Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation

Working to create a fire-safe and burn-free Wisconsin

Burn Survivor Support Program

We provide meaningful support to burn survivors of all ages and in all stages of recovery.

Our deep commitment to supporting burn survivors goes back to the very beginnings of our organization. In more than three decades of work, we have discovered over and over that those with life-altering burn injuries are victors – not victims. From bike rides and golf invitationals to youth leadership opportunities and our signature Summer Camp for Burn-Injured Youth, we work tirelessly – and in partnership with Burn Centers across the state – to deliver much needed continuation of care that help those we serve to not just survive but thrive.


Burn Survivors: join our private Facebook group for more information on Burn Survivor Support programming.

Summer Camp for Burn Injured Youth

Our 26th Annual Summer Camp for Burn Injured Youth will be held from August 9th to 15th, 2020 in a virtual format. This free, week-long summer camp provides remarkable continuation of care for kids with life-changing burn injuries by promoting healing and peer support and helping campers visualize life beyond their injuries. The dedication and participation of more than 100 burn survivors and volunteers makes this camp special for everyone who attends.

Each year our Steering Committee works year-round to plan a new Burn Camp theme that makes each child’s experience fresh, unique, and more impactful. This year’s theme is “A New Perspective.” While we’re bummed that we can’t gather in-person for PFFWCF’s 26th Annual Burn Camp, we’re looking forward to the opportunity to connect in new and exciting ways this summer. Our Burn Camp Steering Committee has been working hard to ensure that we provide campers with the same level of healing, love, and support as previous years through a virtual format. Campers can still look forward to a week full of fun activities and events, just from a new perspective.

Burn Camp Announcement from our Camp Director, Melissa Kersten:

“It is with a heavy heart I share with you that after careful consideration, the PFFWCF Burn Camp steering committee has decided that we will not be able to host Burn Camp in-person, this summer. Never in my wildest imagination did I think a day would come when I would be writing this announcement. This is a heart-breaking and incredibly difficult decision and was not entered into lightly by our committee.

Due to the many unknowns of this virus, and the trust that so many have put in PFFWCF to provide a safe environment for all, we cannot – in good faith – offer the high-quality summer camp experience that we promise, and each of you expects.”

“Burn Camp is a life changing opportunity for burn survivors. During camp I learned that I am not a victim of my circumstances, but that I am a victor.”

– Sam P. (Camp graduate & current camp staff)

2020 Burn Camp Information

  • 2020 Camper Application
  • Burn Camp Explorer Application (Ages 3+) Day camp is August 12, 2020: Coming May 2020
  • Burn Camp Brochure: View here (PDF).
  • 2021 Young Adult Leadership Program (YALP) Application (Ages 18-21): Coming Fall 2020

Application Questions:



August 9th – 15th, 2020

Visitor’s Day is August 13th, 2020


Checkout these videos about our Summer Camp for Burn Injured Youth and the impact thereof:

Checkout picture slideshows from our Summer Camp for Burn Injured Youth in 2019 and 2018:

Winter Leadership Retreat for Young Adult Burn Survivors

Our Winter Leadership Retreat for Young Adult Burn Survivors is held every February in the Wisconsin Dells area. More than 30 young adult burn survivors (ages 17-25) from across Wisconsin attend. The focus of this 3-day weekend is service leadership that provides young adult burn survivors with the tools and skills needed to overcome obstacles in their lives and thrive as leaders in their communities.

Wisconsin Burn Survivor Family Picnic and Bike Ride


      Held in conjunction with Neenah-Menasha Firefighter’s Local 275 Backdraft Bike Tour the first weekend in June this is an opportunity for burn survivors, families, and staff to connect each year.

    • Backdraft Bike Tour

Support and Coordination with Wisconsin Burn Centers

The PFFWCF, along with our partners, provides support and collaboration with Wisconsin Burn Centers. Our goal is to ensure the best treatments and outcomes possible; as well as, improving continuity into our programming.

Pictured are members of the UW Burn Board at The Overture Center for the Arts in Madison during Burn Awareness Week. The Overture Center turned their lights red to help us create awareness about Burn Awareness Week.


Burn Awareness and Prevention

Wisconsin Burn Survivor Grant to attend outside programming

Applications are program specific and will be posted here when available.

  • World Burn Congress (WBC)- October 22-24, 2020 -Providence, Rhode Island
    • WBC is the world’s largest gathering of the burn community, connecting attendees with support, resources, and each other. For many, it is the first chance to connect with others on the journey to recovery from a burn injury. Every year we send delegates from the Burn Survivor Community here in Wisconsin to attend this impactful event.
  • IAFF Burn Camp
    • Every year one of our Summer Camp for Burn Injured Youth campers along with a camp counselor is selected to attend the International Association of Fire Fighters Burn Camp where they spend a week with other burn survivors from across the United States and Canada.

Wisconsin Burn Survivor Educational Scholarship Application

The Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation provides academic scholarship to burn survivors that attend or have attended our programming. To apply please click here.