BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Saturday, July 17 is going to be a special day for 40 pediatric burn survivors.
Saturday is the day that these young survivors head to a free summer camp called “Camp Catahoula.”
Campers will spend a week at a camp in Lawrence, Mississippi.
According to Baton Rouge General, the camp “provides summer fun like swimming, fishing and games along with the chance for burn survivors to share their experiences with other survivors.”
This special week is made possible with the help of volunteers from all walks of life.
Baton Rouge General listed the various volunteers who will be at Camp Catahoula this coming week:
- Baton Rouge General doctors, nurses, physical, occupational therapists, social workers and a chef
- Members of the Baton Rouge Fire Department
- Louisiana State Police
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
- Brothers Keepers, a firefighters’ motorcycle club
- Parents of young and adult burn survivors
“It is rewarding to see the campers’ excitement as they interact with other children recovering from burn injuries,” said Dr. Tracee Short, burn surgeon and medical director of BRG’s Regional Burn Center. “To feel supported and comfortable around other burn survivors who have faced the same trauma and who carry similar scars truly aids in their emotional healing.”
Some of the activities that burn victims will enjoy at Camp Catahoula are listed below:
- A rope course
- Relay Olympics
- Petting zoo
- A fair
- Arts and crafts
If you would like to learn more about this adventure, visit BRG Camp Catahoula.