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West Penn Burn Center’s Annual Summer Camp Begins 27th Year

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Camp Helps Children Who’ve Suffered Burn Injuries Heal, Move Forward
June 8-12 Event Features “Cowboys and Angels” Theme With Hoedown, Horseback Riding
PITTSBURGH - For 27 years, West Penn Burn Center’s Summer Camp for Children has helped children with burn injuries move forward in the healing process through camaraderie and fun. The annual event takes place June 8-12 in Pittsburgh, Bridgeville and Camp Kon-O-Kwee near Zelienople.
About 30 campers will leave West Penn Hospital on Saturday, June 8 and head for Rolling Hills Ranch in Bridgeville, where they will take the reins of their very own steeds through 70 plus acres of picturesque terrain.
From there, they’ll head to Camp Kon-O-Kwee for a hay ride and campfire. Sunday will feature visits from local fire departments as well as traditional camp activities such as sand volleyball, swimming and crafts, and a murder mystery dinner theater. Monday’s schedule includes team building and walks on the Trail of Courage.
Tuesday night features the Hoedown, with music by The Stickers at 7:30 p.m. Daytime activities will include basketball, archery and the climbing wall.
Wednesday the children return to Pittsburgh and enjoy a trip to Kennywood Park before returning home.
Burn Camp activities are designed to encourage the children to take positive risks and boost their self-esteem in an environment that is safe and supportive. Teenagers who have attended Burn Camp for years often return to serve as junior counselors.
“Many on the West Penn Burn Center staff have volunteered at Burn Camp for years, and have seen children grow stronger and more confident through Burn Camp activities,” said Burn Center Outreach Coordinator Christine Perlick. “It’s a great opportunity for them to share their experiences with other children who have suffered a burn injury, and participate in activities that may be a bit out of their comfort zone.”
The generosity of firefighters groups, businesses, organizations and individuals help make Camp free to any child that has been treated at West Penn Burn Center.
Contact:                                                                                                                                                                                              
Stephanie Waite                                             
412.330.4434                                                     
412.337.5484
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