Camp I Am Me is excited to announce the dates for 2024 Summer Camp! The 33rd annual “Burn Camp” will be taking place from Sunday, June 16th to Saturday, June 22nd at YMCA Camp Duncan in Ingleside.
Camp I Am Me, the renowned summer camp for burn survivors, is excited to announce its upcoming Winter Party. This no-cost, end-of-year event is designed to bring together current and past participants of the Summer Camp program, as well as the entire burn survivor community.
Camper Tayvon and I had the incredible opportunity to attend a burn camp organized by the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). It was a week filled with amazing experiences, from visiting fire stations and historical landmarks in Washington, D.C., to bonding with fellow survivors and exploring new friendships.
Even though the 33rd annual Summer Camp will not be taking place until June of 2024, Camp I Am Me is already beginning to prepare for the signature event. Camp I Am Me’s Summer Camp is Illinois’ camp for young burn survivors which provides a special and unforgettable one-week experience for approximately 60 children a year.
2023 recipient of the Caper Brown memorial scholarship, Jesseka Boyer is a long-time burn survivor and high school cheerleader and track athlete. At just the age of one, she was left near a fire by a babysitter and curiously wanted to touch it. Her injuries resulted in the need for three emergency surgeries over the span of a month at the Madison, Wisconsin burn center…
Each year, the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance teams up with the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Foundation to send one Camp “I Am Me” camper and counselor to the International Burn Camp in Washington, D.C. Dozens of teen burn survivors from across the United States and Canada make the trip east for the one-week program led by professional fire fighters and paramedics who know the challenges these remarkable children face.
After four years in the making, the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance served as host to the International Association of Burn Camps 15th Workshop. The conference was held at the Eaglewood Resort & Spa in Itasca and welcomed over 70 burn camp professionals, volunteers, and burn survivors from 18 burn camps across the country for networking, education, and comradery.
A great day from sun-up to sun-down. Campers began the day with a one-mile Rocky Run (or walk) through the campgrounds. There was great participation and all that completed the course received a Rocky Raccoon medal for their efforts! Temperatures reached the low 90’s so the afternoon water activities really helped keep everyone cool.
Boy o’ boy, just another gorgeous day today. There was a single cloud in the sky, humidity was low, and fun and laughs a plenty. There hasn’t been a drop of ra….. (we don’t use that word around here – it’s bad luck). The morning was a sleep in day as everyone took in a lot of a sun during the long day yesterday – there were zero complaints about the extra hour of sleep!
What a wonderful day today! The return of a “normal” Fire Apparatus Parade (presented by Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Initiative), Appreciation Day, and Fun Fair was a joy for everyone involved! Dozens of fire trucks, engines, and command vehicles descended on Camp Duncan early in the morning as campers participated in their first activity period.