Hoosier Burn Camp, Inc. (INDIANA) is a nonprofit organization committed to providing life-changing experiences for young people who have suffered the physical and emotional trauma associated with a severe burn injury. Our annual summer camp and monthly events create experiences for burn survivors where they can be just one of the kids in a safe and supportive environment. HBC provides a week-long resident camp experience for burn survivors ages 8-18, family programs for all ages from infancy through 18, overnight camping and adventure trips for teenagers and scholarship and retreat opportunities for young adults.
Hoosier Burn Camp programs provide a non-judgmental atmosphere, where children have the opportunity to build self-esteem as they enjoy the varied activities that make up our programs. Activities address the social and emotional impacts of a burn injury. Opportunities to try new things in an environment with supportive peers and adults helps campers develop life skills such as self-confidence, independence and cooperation – all necessary to help campers to fully recover from their burn injury. Hoosier Burn Camp programs also provide a space for support networks among campers and families to naturally develop. Campers build lasting friendships and support systems as a result of a mixture of traditional camp activities and organically occurring conversations about their burn injuries and directed discussions centered on the unique challenges burn survivors and their families experience.
How the Money Will Be Used
In 2016, the Tony’s Crew Award was for $4,000.
In 2015, the TSF Grant Accelerator Award of $5,000 will be used to support the Hoosier Burn Camp’s 18th annual Summer Camp program. Roughly 70 burn survivors ages 8-18 from throughout Indiana will come to YMCA Camp Tecumseh in Brookston, IN for a week-long, therapeutic resident camp experience that includes traditional camp activities and opportunities for these young survivors to continue to heal from unique challenges associated with the burn injury.
In 2014, the TSF Grant Accelerator Award of $5,000 was used for the 2015 Summer Camp Week.