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 Summer Camp for Burn Injured Youth, or “Burn Camp” for short, is a free, week-long, overnight summer camp experience for kids with life-changing burn injuries to grow their lifelong support system, continue to heal from the emotional trauma of their burns, and just be a kid. The dedication and participation of more than 100 burn survivors and volunteers makes this camp special for everyone who attends.

Our 30th annual Burn Camp will be held from August 11th-17th, 2024 at Camp Timber-lee in East Troy, WI. 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. The theme for this year’s Burn Camp is “Be a Star in Life”with activities for the week revolving around a Hollywood, red carpet theme and empowering campers to star in their own lives and communities.

“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)

Burn Camp Information

2024 Dates

Burn Camp | Ages 7-17 | August 11th-17th, 2024

Explorer’s Day Camp | Ages 3-6 | August 13th, 2024

Young Adult Leadership Program (YALP) | Ages 18-21 | August 11th-17th, 2024

Registration Information

Camper Registration

Burn Camp Registration Form

Explorer’s Day Registration Form

YALP Registration Form

Other Forms 

*A Medical Form is required for each individual camper*

Camp Medical Form – Online Form 

Camp Medical Form – Printable Version

Rock Climbing Waver (Required only for campers 15-17)

Staff Applications

Please consider making a difference in the lives of young burn survivors by joining our Burn Camp volunteer staff.

New Full Week Volunteer Application 

Returning Full Week Volunteer Application

New and Returning Individual Day Volunteer Application 

Application Questions:

 

August 11th-17th, 2024

 

Burn Camp Amazon Wishlist

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:

Leadership Retreat for Young Adult Burn Survivors

Registration Open Now

PFFWCF’s Leadership Retreat for Young Adult Burn Survivors is held in the Wisconsin Dells area each year with young adult burn survivors (ages 17-25) from all across Wisconsin attending. The focus of this weekend is service leadership that provides burn survivors with the tools and skills needed to overcome obstacles in their lives and thrive as leaders in their communities.

This year’s Leadership Retreat for Young Adult Burn Survivors was held from Friday, June 28th to Sunday, June 30th, 2024. Wisconsin burn survivors were 17-25 are invited to join us at Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells for a weekend of fun, friendship, and growth.

Please contact Katie@pffwcf.org with questions.

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)
    • 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 Scholarship Application

The Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation is pleased to provide scholarships to burn survivors who attend or have attended our programming. This scholarship is open to burn survivors who have participated in PFFWCF’s Burn Survivor Support programming and are continuing their education or training in any way, whether through a post-secondary technical or training program, a 2-year or 4-year college institution, or another program that furthers education or career-readiness in some way.

For more information and to apply, please click here.