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.
In order to make Illinois' camp for young burn survivors the best possible experience for both campers and volunteers, there is a wide variety of equipment and supplies required. From fun events and activities to essentials for a medical camp and being out in the woods, there are many items that can be purchased and provided as an in-kind donation to help make a difference. All items donated to the IFSA are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
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!
The Illinois Fire Safety Alliance is offering this no-cost, family-friendly event to participants of Camp “I Am Me” and the entire Illinois burn survivor community. The Camp “I Am Me” Winter Extravaganza and luncheon will take place on Saturday, January 15th in Woodridge and will include a wide variety of family-themed activities.
The Illinois Fire Safety Alliance’s first-ever Camp “I Am Me” Golf Classic was held at Chevy Chase Country Club in Wheeling on September 22nd. The fundraiser was able to net $20,000 to support Illinois’ camp for young burn survivors while treating guests to a wonderful day of lunch, dinner, golf, and prizes!
The Illinois Fire Safety Alliance’s signature program, Camp “I Am Me,” provides a special and unforgettable one-week camp experience for children and teenagers who have experienced injuries from burns. 2022’s camp will represent the 31st year of Illinois’ camp for young burn survivors and the IFSA is looking for compassionate and enthusiastic volunteers to help during the entire week of camp – in the cabins, at the various activities, and having just as great of an experience as each of the 70 campers!