(Above) Captain Scott Robbins, Chief Wardle, Firefigher Ryan Eddy and Retiree John Miguel celebrate some fantastic shooting skills with this cabin of kids!
(Top of page) Buckaroos (child survivors ages 5-7) watch a demonstration during super hero training at camp!
Champ Camp is a week-long, residential summer camp experience for child burn survivors ages 5-16, who have been treated at California hospitals or are current residents of California. Each year, approximately 130 children attend this week long summer camp at Wonder Valley in Sanger, California.
Champ Camp is free to all burn survivors and it is fully staffed by medical doctors, nurses, program staff, volunteers and counselors – many of whom are also burn unit nurses, burn doctors, adult burn survivors and firefighters. Activities at the camp include fishing, horseback riding, crafts, canoeing, archery, water slides, camp fire, a dance, and team building activities. The main focus of camp is for burn survivors to have fun and just be kids away from medical procedures and financial hardships. Camp provides a safe environment where burn survivors can play, learn, grow, gain self-esteem, and make new friends. Mountain View Firefighters have a long standing tradition of working as volunteer camp counselors and on the program staff.
Camp is a safe place for young burn survivors to build confidence through activities and interactions that they would otherwise never have a chance to experience. The giant slip and slide is a huge hit.