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 27th Annual Summer Camp for Burn Injured Youth was held from August 8th to 14th, 2021 at Camp Timber-lee in East Troy, WI. Burn Camp 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.

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 camp will be announced at our 5th Annual Fired-Up Fundraiser & Charity Ball on May 8th, 2021 at the Harley-Davidson Museum.

“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)

2021 Burn Camp Information

Application Questions:

2022 camp dates will be announced this winter.

 

 

August 8th – 14th, 2021

Youth: Sunday, August 8th – Tuesday, August 10th

Teens: Thursday, August 12th – Saturday, August 14th

 

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)
    • 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.