Burns clubs & camps
Burn clubs and camps are an opportunity for young people who have suffered burn injuries, to meet others, share experiences and improve self-esteem. Clubs usually offer a range of activities ranging from day events to a residential camp experience offering a variety of challenging, creative, socialising and fun activities for children and young people up to the age of 18.
This focus on physical challenges is based on evidence that if young people with scars, who may not feel good about how their bodies look, can feel good about what their bodies can do, then this helps them have a better body image and higher self-esteem.
The majority of clubs and camps are at present funded without NHS support, through donations and fundraising efforts.
A variety of volunteers are drawn from both NHS and non-NHS backgrounds to support the clubs and camps. Involvement is not usually part of an NHS job description, although some NHS staff may be granted study leave to assist with events.
Children’s Burns Trust has been involved in raising funds for regional and national events, starter funds and equipment for clubs, and has facilitated information sharing and training opportunities.
A list of burn clubs can be found on the British Burn Association website.
Grant opportunities are available to support children to attend the National summer camp or autumn jamboree. To request support please complete the grant request form via the link below.