Campers get to do everything from water skiing to arts and crafts, as well as be in a space where they feel safe to express themselves openly. They’re accompanied by doctors, nurses, medical therapists, adult burn survivors and professional fire fighters, who donate their time.
Every year the local fire department raises money for the Burn Fund, and this year through fundraisers like its pancake breakfast and Firefighter’s Ball it was able to donate $77,750. Captain Brent Morgan says that although they don’t often deal with many burn survivors in Fort St. John, the camp helps firefighters understand just how many people – and children – are affected.
“It’s all over B.C.,” he explains. “This money, it goes to children all over B.C. to help them, no matter how remote the location is.”
Morgan adds that the experience at Burn Camp also helps motivate the firefighters to raise more money next year.
“When these guys come back from burn camps, they just can’t believe what the stories are from kids,” he says. “Actually seeing kids with burns and hearing their stories, it hits home for a lot of people and it definitely helps them come back and be all gung ho for raising money for the Burn Fund.”
The cost of the Burn Camp is fully covered by the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, at approximately $2,900 a camper, and the Fort St. John Fire Department would like to thank everyone that’s donated.