FYI: non-member event:
Don't miss out on the 2nd Annual St. Florian Miracle Burn Camp Gala on May 8 at the Sioux City Convention Center!
Curious what is Miracle Burn Camp?
Miracle Burn Camp began in 1995 in Sioux City, Iowa by Sioux City Firefighters and burn Nurses from St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center. This camp is now hosted at Camp Foster on Lake Okoboji and has grown to include many kids primarily from Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. It is the flagship program of St. Florian Burn Foundation. Miracle Burn Camp is conducted by a staff of professional firefighters, burn survivors, burn care professionals, and YMCA camp experts. These volunteers serve as camp counselors and activity leaders.
Miracle Burn Camp is like no other camp. It is the only burn camp in North America with burned and non-burned children integrated into activities throughout the week. Burn survivors aged 8 – 18 years of age, have the opportunity to be themselves in a non-threatening environment. They meet others who have experienced similar injuries, feelings, fears, and concerns in relation to their burns. Many lifelong friendships have grown from this very special camp.
The Miracle Burn Camp experience helps build self-esteem and supports emotional healing, encouraging burn campers to live beyond the scars and to be themselves. Through structured activities they develop a sense of self-worth and gain confidence. Interaction with non-burn campers is a huge benefit to both the burn survivor and non-burn camper; a feeling of inclusiveness for the survivor and a life changing educational lesson for the non-burn camper.
Miracle Burn Camp Goals:
1. Provide a fun summer camp experience in a non-threatening environment for children with burns.
2. Provide esteem-building opportunities through physical activity and attainment of personal goals.
3. Allow staff and patient interaction away from the intensity of painful procedures at the hospital.