Burn Camp for Children

Summer camp is usually an extremely positive and beneficial experience for any child. For burn survivors, camp offers the opportunity to have fun while sharing feelings and experiences with other children in similar circumstances.

In 1994, the Kessler Burn Unit and Strong Memorial Hospital, in conjunction with Camp Good Days and Special Times Inc. and the Finger Lakes Regional Burn Association, initiated the first summer session of Burn Camp.

Since then, the four-day overnight camp has been held annually at the end of August at a site near Rochester. Any child between seven and seventeen who has been treated for a burn injury in New York State and Ontario, Canada is invited to participate. The cost of the camp has been entirely underwritten, so there is no cost to the children or their families.

Campers enjoy a wide variety of activities, including arts and crafts, sports, games, aquatics, and activities that encourage self-expression and creating a new and positive self-image. The camp is staffed by dedicated nurses, social workers, and other healthcare professionals as well as firefighters, adult burn survivors, and equally dedicated volunteers.

For more information about Burn Camp, contact the camp coordinator at:

Board of Directors - Burn Camp
The Kessler Burn & Trauma Center
Box 619-10
University of Rochester Medical Center
601 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14642
Phone: (585) 275-5472
Fax: (585) 292-1733

Contact Us

Kessler Burn Center, call (585) 275-2876.

Kessler Trauma Center, call (585) 275-8000.

Transfer Center, call (800) 499-9298 (24 hours).

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