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Young Adult Summit & Adult Retreat Application Deadline (Cambria, CA)

January 15

Since 2013, Camp I Am Me has been providing various programming opportunities to prepare and assist participants for the challenges ahead of them not only as burn survivors, but as adults. Through partnerships with other like-minded nonprofit organizations, survivors from Illinois have the opportunity to receive support through programs that are held across the country. Qualified Camp I Am Me personnel and volunteer staff accompany participants to these programs to ensure safe arrival and return as well as to help assist survivors gain new tools and knowledge while meeting others from across the United States.

The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation’s (AARBF) Young Adult Summit is a long-weekend retreat for burn survivors between the ages of 18-20. Each President’s Day weekend since 1997, approximately 25 burn survivors gather at Ocean Pines in Cambria, California, to share their stories and strengths. The Young Adult Summit was created to meet unique challenges associated with growing up with burns. All teens must navigate school and work, adopting a sense of independence and changing roles. The Young Adult Summit is for those who deal with these issues in addition to their healing. Workshops and exercises engage attendees in life skills lessons, team building, and networking.

The Adult Retreat by AARBF provides a survivor-driven program allowing the opportunity for approximately 20 adult burn survivors to learn about their healing process and their journey as a burn survivor. This program is for adult burn survivors 21+ and is an intense weekend, developed by burn survivors, for burn survivors. It includes workshops, support groups, and promotes healing, self-discovery, and socialization.

These programs are taking place February 16-19, 2024. To learn more and to complete the short Application Form, Click Here! Application Deadline is January 15, 2024.


January 15