It seems that a weather update is always the first item on the blog post, but it determines how the day will go at camp each and every day. It was a steamy one today. Heat indexes reached 108 degrees as the lunch hour approached. The two morning activity periods went off without a hitch and the early afternoon was all water fun! After that, campers were kept in and around their cabins to stay cools as the temperatures rose.
Another wonderful morning at camp! Very few clouds in the sky and relatively low humidity, which was good because the temperatures sneaked into the low 90’s in the early afternoon. Water and Gatorade was distributed all over the campsite at all the activities from our Snack Guy, Robert. Today’s theme was the 1950’s and a handful of our counselors never disappoint, dressed like they were going to bebop all night long!
It was an absolutely beautiful day to kick-off the 31st annual camp for young burn survivors in Illinois – Camp “I Am Me.” Ironically, 31 campers from across the state and beyond joined us at YMCA Camp Duncan in Ingleside to begin the greatest week of the year! There was tons of enthusiasm as 2022’s camp is the first “back to normal” camp since 2019.
Support Camp I Am Me and look good doing so! The annual Camp I Am Me Apparel Fundraiser will take place throughout the month of June. There are 14 brand new items to choose from for both children and adults, and with multiple color options – we have what you want! Best of all, proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly to supporting young burn survivors across the state!
Over the years, camp has made requests to fire departments across the state for extra FD t-shirts. These shirts are provided to campers and volunteers on the last day of camp as a special gift and a reminder of the tremendous support provided by the Illinois Fire Service. Interested departments can deliver or mail shirts to the IFSA office in Mount Prospect by June…
The Illinois Fire Safety Alliance has opened the application period for its summer camp program, for children 8-17 living with a burn-related injury. For over 30 years, Camp “I Am Me” has been made available to families at no cost, giving children and teens the opportunity to gain critical life-skills including self-confidence, independence, gaining greater self-esteem, and creating lifelong friendships in an inclusive and accessible environment.
The From Tragedy to Triumph Foundation has created a new opportunity for the burn survivor community. The Caper Brown Memorial Scholarship supported by the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance provides funds for those with financial need when they are accepted into an accredited post-secondary institution.
Camp “I Am Me” Shirt Day is an awareness campaign promoted by the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance during national Burn Awareness Week to highlight the organization’s various burn survivor support programs, such as burn camp. Join the IFSA on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 by simply wearing your camp gear at home, to work, or wherever your day leads you!
As a result of the tremendous success of the virtual support group initiative that launched at the beginning of 2021, the IFSA Adult Virtual Support group will return in 2022.
The Illinois Fire Safety Alliance (IFSA) and Burn Units across the state are working together this holiday season and bringing a bit of joy to hospital patients being treated for burn injuries.