Miracle Burn Camp began in 1995 and is the flagship program St. Florian Fire and Burn Foundation. Miracle Burn Camp is conducted by a staff of professional firefighters, burn survivors, burn care professionals, and YMCA camp experts. These volunteers serve as camp counselors and activity leaders.
Miracle Burn Camp is like no other camp. It is the only burn camp in North America with burned and non-burned children integrated into activities throughout the week. Burn survivors aged 8 – 18 years of age, have the opportunity to be themselves in a non-threatening environment. They meet others who have experienced similar injuries, feelings, fears, and concerns. Many lifelong friendships have grown from this very special camp.
The Miracle Burn Camp experience helps build self-esteem and supports emotional healing, encouraging burn campers to live beyond the scars and to be themselves. Through structured activities they develop a sense of self-worth and gain confidence. Interaction with non-burn campers is a huge benefit to both the burn survivor and non-burn camper; a feeling of inclusiveness for the survivor and a life changing educational lesson for the non-burn camper.
Miracle Burn Camp Goals:
- Provide a fun summer camp experience in a non-threatening environment for children with burns.
- Provide esteem-building opportunities through physical activity and attainment of personal goals.
- Allow staff and patient interaction away from the intensity of painful procedures at the hospital.
A message about Miracle Burn Camp for Summer 2020:
“To all of Miracle Burn Campers and their families, it is with a very heavy heart that we share this news, we simply cannot comprehend that a day like this would ever come. We are so sad to share that we will not be able to host Miracle Burn Camp this summer. Camp Foster has made the painstaking decision to post-pone all overnight camps for Summer 2020. This includes MBC. We know how special MBC is to each of our campers and staff, we feel the same way. Please also know, that it is also our responsibility to keep everyone safe. This is a decision that was not made lightly and all scenarios were taken into account. Please understand how much we will MISS EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU💕
We will keep Family Burn Camp on the calendar in hopes that we can all be together then. Until then, we are thinking of you and feeling the sadness with you. Sending you all a virtual HUG 🤗”
Visit Camp Foster YMCA of the Okoboji’s website for a list of activities.
Miracle Burn Camp is a member of International Association of Burn Camps (IABC)