BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Saturday, July 17, will be a special day for 40 survivors of pediatric burn injuries.
Saturday is the day these young survivors attend a free summer camp called “Camp Catahoula”.
Campers stay at a camp in Lawrence, Mississippi for a week.
According to Baton Rouge General, the camp offers “summer fun such as swimming, fishing, and play, along with an opportunity for burn survivors to share their experiences with other survivors.”
Image Courtesy of Baton Rouge General (Photo taken in 2019)
This special week is made possible with the help of volunteers from all walks of life.
Baton Rouge General listed the various volunteers who will be at Camp Catahoula this week:
Baton Rouge General physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, and a chef Members of the Baton Rouge Fire DepartmentLouisiana State PoliceInternational Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)Brothers Keepers, a motorcycle club for firefightersParents of young and adult burn survivors
“It’s worth watching the excitement of the campers as they interact with other children recovering from burns,” says Dr. Tracee Short, burn surgeon and medical director of BRG’s Regional Burn Center. “To feel supported and at ease with other burn survivors who have experienced the same trauma and who bear similar scars really helps with their emotional healing.”
Some of the activities that burn victims will enjoy at Camp Catahoula are listed below:
A ropes course Relay race Olympic Games Petting zoo A fairArts and crafts
If you want to know more about this adventure, visit BRG Camp Catahoula.