The Hoosier Burn Camp is an annual week long gathering of young burn survivors from across Indiana to come together for a week during the summer at Camp Tecumseh and get the chance to “just be a kid”. This year the summer camp was held from Sunday, May 25th through Saturday, May 31st and Community Tissue Services was able to get the chance to participate!
On Wednesday, May 28, a special visitor’s day was held at the camp and some lucky employees from Community Tissue Services were invited to come and participate. Tammy Mertzman and Amy Moeder traveled to the camp and passed out Bubba the Bear kits, which are specifically designed to help young burn survivors cope with their injuries. They also had a coloring station for the campers, but the most popular activity for the campers had to be taking photos with props and Bubba the Bear! The campers also got the chance to ride fire trucks from the camp to the lodge where visitor’s day was held.
The annual summer camp creates experiences for burn survivors where they can just be a kid, in a safe and supportive environment. Over 70 burn survivors, from ages 8 to 18, attended camp this year. Many campers come back to serve as counselors for other younger burn survivors. Camp programs help them to build self-esteem and allow them to participate in traditional and unique camp activities.
Community Tissue Services greatly appreciated the invitation to participate at this year’s camp and thoroughly enjoyed getting to meet so many wonderful young men and women!
To learn more about the Hoosier Burn Camp, visit their website: http://hoosierburncamp.org/