The entire burn camp network is built on team communication. An extensive staff-training weekend is the kick off to each camp program. This is a mandatory 1-3 day training that provides education and team bonding prior to the arrival of the campers. A well-established team is the foundation for a rich camp experience for each camper providing a safe, challenging, consistent and nurturing environment. During staff training specific information is provided and reviewed including role playing around communication, understanding bullying and techniques to address bullying with the campers, cultural competence, and understanding normal child development and the impact of trauma on the developing brain.
The success and longevity of The Children’s Hospital Colorado Burn Camps Program is built by a strong, dedicated staff that includes professional camp counselors, medical staff specializing in burn care, professionals from referring burn units, firefighters and adult burn survivors who have been through our camp program. The activities offered present physical and emotional challenges to advance the healing process and rehabilitation needs of the child and family. The Burn Camps Program meets these needs by providing challenging activities, opportunities to build lasting relationships with other survivors, adult mentorship, and goal-setting opportunities.
Our program is run through Children’s Hospital Colorado. We work closely with the Foundation, as well as other areas of the hospital such as the volunteer department, risk management department, legal department, and media relations. We follow strict guidelines upheld by CHCO.