Embers of Hope Camp Fill the Boot Drive – June 16th 8:00 am to 8:00 pm – Hesperia Road/ Bear Valley Road

By: Simone Graham – Editor HDG: Paul Lindley post: The San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Hesperia Fire Explorer Post 152 is hosting a Fill the Boot Drive to raise funds for the Fire & Burn Foundation’s Embers of Hope Camp.

Embers of Hope Youth Camp. Did you know over 300 children each day become the victim of a burn injury? Burn-injured children face an uphill climb, carrying with them physical and emotional scars that will last a lifetime. The road to recovery is a daily challenge. Embers of Hope exists to offer them escape and encouragement.

For more than ten years, the Fire & Burn Foundation has run a four-day, three-night winter camp for burn- injured children ages 5-to-17, and young adults 18-20. Camp is free of charge to children from Riverside, San Bernardino, Inyo and Mono Counties, and every effort is made to find a sponsorship for any burn survivor wishing to attend.

Our staff of volunteers consists of off-duty firefighters, adult burn-survivors, mental health professionals, teachers and burn unit personnel. They are all familiar with the challenges burn-injured children face and bring knowledge and compassion to this unique healing experience. For many campers it will be the first time they’ve seen other burn-injured children or adults. They realize they are not alone.

Activities focus around providing campers challenging, yet fun experiences to help them grow in both their physical and emotional recovery. Activities include rotating indoor and outdoor activities for campers depending on the weather such as: sledding, dance lessons, team building, hiking, music, camp fires, arts and crafts, and ice skating.

Transportation to and from camp is provided and all campers receive a health screening prior to departing for camp. Campers are served three square meals a day. We offer snacks, roast marshmallows, and serve hot chocolate. Trained mental health professionals are on staff to help facilitate peer support sessions offering young burn survivors much needed counseling in a safe environment. Children experience a rare opportunity to build friendships that last a lifetime.

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