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Format: 04/21/2014
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West Penn Burn Camp Begins 26th Year of Helping Burned Children Heal

Friday, June 8th, 2012

June 9-13 Event Features 50s Nostalgia Theme “Cruisin” with Sock Hop and Hot-Rod Rides
PITTSBURGH - West Penn Hospital’s Summer Camp for Burned Children is celebrating its 26th year of helping children with burn injuries move forward in the healing process through camaraderie and fun. The annual event takes place June 9-13 in Pittsburgh and Camp Kon-O-Kwee near Zelienople.
Saturday, June 9, the campers leave West Penn Hospital School of Nursing at 1 p.m. and will spend the afternoon at the Pittsburgh Zoo and the evening at the Pittsburgh Pirates game before leaving for Camp Kon-O-Kwee.
Sunday’s activities at Camp Kon-O-Kwee will include a car show, swimming, fishing, crafts, a climbing wall and campfire, as well as peer group meetings that give kids time to talk to one another about their experiences. Monday follows with more camping activities such as canoeing, hiking and bowling.
Tuesday night features the big Sock Hop at 8 p.m., preceded by hot rod rides at 7 and the drive-in movie at 10:30.
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.
“For five days, these children’s scars and pressure garments don’t seem so noticeable and they can share their stories with others who are going through the healing process. It is a wonderful opportunity for them and we have seen often that this camp can help change the lives of those who have suffered from a burn injury,” said Burn Center Nurse Manager Esther Atwood.
Donations from firefighters groups, businesses, organizations and individuals help make Camp free to any child that has been treated at West Penn Burn Center. About 30 youngsters are expected to attend this year.
Stephanie Waite
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West Penn Allegheny Health System
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