28th Annual Camp Helps Children With Burn Injuries Heal and Build Confidence
Pittsburgh, PA – Burn injuries often take a devastating physical and emotional toll. For 28 years, West Penn Burn Center has hosted a summer camp program for children who’ve suffered burn injuries, offering an environment of peer support that fosters emotional healing through camaraderie and fun.
This year’s camp happened June 7-11 in Pittsburgh and Camp Kon-O-Kwee, near Zelienople, and about 30 kids ages 8 through 17 are set to participate.
Camp is free of charge to any child that has been treated at West Penn Burn Center, thanks to the generosity of firefighters groups, businesses, organizations and individuals.
“At West Penn Burn Center we are proud of our 28-year-history of continuing to help our young patients long after their stay in the hospital ends,” said Ariel Aballay, MD, Medical Director, West Penn Burn Center. “Our team recognizes that healing is not only physical but emotional as well.”
Camp kicks off as the campers depart from West Penn Hospital to board a Pirate Adventure on a Gateway Clipper cruise. The group will hit landfall on the Northside for an encounter with rare and endangered birds inside Pittsburgh’s National Aviary. Campers will participate in programs with parrots, owls and other flying friends. The adventure then moves on to Camp Kon-O-Kwee for dinner around the campfire.
The camp will feature special activities such as visits from local fire departments, a pirate treasure hunt that will incorporate team-building exercises and challenges and a “Pirate Palooza” Party as the campers get into pirate character for a gala evening. Traditional camp activities like swimming, archery, fishing, canoeing, ropes courses, and adventures on the trail of courage will also take place. Continue>
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