Midwest Children’s Burn Camp
Midwest Children’s Burn Camp is a unique week-long program for burn-injured children, age 6-17. Camp is a supportive environment where these children spend a week with others who have also experienced burn injuries. MCBC seeks to have the campers build self-esteem and confidence in a physically and emotionally safe environment. MCBC provides an opportunity for these children to not suffer from the stares and other stigmas they incur when out in public. Often these children have been isolated and have never had the opportunity to be with other burn survivors. Fun is the focus and friendships form quickly.
Midwest Children’s Burn Camp (MCBC) fills needs of the community by helping burn-injured children gain self-confidence, improve their self-image, and develop better social skills with the realization the only thing holding them back from achieving their desires and goals is not their scars, but their attitudes. The community needs that MCBC meets are multi-layered. Unlike diseases, burns discriminate, not by race, but by socio-economics – the need for assistance is even greater. There is no fee to attend camp and many of these children would never have the opportunity to attend if camp were not free. In 2013, 72% of the children were in foster care or from families receiving financial aid and qualified for free/reduced meal assistance.
Many of the campers that come from foster homes were burn-injured because of abuse. Another major cause of burn injuries to children is a lack of quality parental supervision and direction. In statistics provided by the United States Fire Administration, the leading cause of residential fire-related injury among children, ages 9 and under, is due to carelessness.
Burn camp is important as it helps young burn survivors grow, develop and learn to become valuable members of our society and communities. Burn camp provides these children with the skills to become more secure and have better self-esteem as they build improved interpersonal relationships with family, friends and co-workers. Camp helps the children realize they are not judged by “the wrapping paper” of their skin, but by the gift that is inside each and every person. Camp provides a secondary benefit to the parents and siblings of the campers as the campers return home with more self-esteem and better social skills than they had before.
Midwest Children’s Burn Camp is for any child who has sustained a burn injury, was treated at a Missouri or Kansas burn care facility, was hospitalized for a minimum of four (4) days and needed skin grafts, or caused scars and/or affects the face, head, hands or feet. Children who were treated at a Missouri or Kansas burn care facility, but live outside of Missouri or Kansas may attend.
The demographic make-up of campers in 2017 was 55% of the campers were boys, 67% were Caucasian and 79% of the campers had previously attended MCBC. Statistics show that more boys than girls are burn-injured because boys are more likely to be involved in risk-taking events that involve fire.
As all of the children attending Midwest Children’s Burn Camp are burn survivors, their physical ability can vary from child to child. In prior years, children have attended camp having used crutches, missing fingers, ears and hair, as well as a child with a prosthetic leg.
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In order to be eligible to be matched, gifts must be charitable donations made to Camps For Kids and must be received by Camps For Kids between April 1st and July 31st. Single contributions are only matched up to $1,500.
6220 South Lindbergh Blvd., Ste 203
St. Louis, MO 63123