This is the premier program for MABC; participation in this program is required in order to qualify for any of the other programs except for those listed under the Outings and Activities category. Applications for the summer camp are mailed in April and the camp is held the third week in August each year at Camp Horizons in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The camp serves approximately 90 child and adolescent burn survivors ages 8 to 17 from the Mid-Atlantic Region and beyond.
The camp includes traditional camp activities such as swimming, horseback riding, arts and crafts, hiking, and sports, as well as an extensive ropes-and-initiatives course. More adventurous activities such as rock climbing, caving, and river canoeing are available for the older campers. These programs promote teamwork and self-confidence, reinforcing the camp's goal of building the campers' self-esteem. But above all, the camp is designed to be fun.
Additionally, an experienced staff of adult burn survivors, burn therapists and nurses, and other dedicated volunteers provides unique programs that help campers deal effectively with burn-specific issues.
Held each February in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania at a ski resort, campers receive skiing lessons and participate in a variety of indoor and outdoor recreational activities over 4 days. During the camp an emphasis is placed to planning for the future with campers participating in discussions and activities that help them to make a plan for their future education and vocation. Participants must be 15 to 17 years old.
MABC offers a scholarship program for young burn survivors who have participated in our summer camp program and who wish to attend college or vocational training. Those wanting to apply must contact MABC in writing and request an application.
Outings and Activities
MABC and affiliated organizations sponsor numerous outings and activities for young burn survivors and their families each year. These include family picnics, holiday parties, recreational and educational outings, sporting events, and other special activities. Please check the Calendar of Events for upcoming outings and activities in your area.