Healing is part of the journey at Camp Courage
Emmanuel Aguilar was severely burned on January 5th, 2015 in a house fire that took the life of a sibling and injured his mother and brother. After many surgeries and an extensive hospital stay at the Arizona Burn Center, the now twelve–year old Emmanuel is ready to attend Camp Courage for the first time. Along with many other first time campers, he will experience the joy of acceptance and “healing” along with many other children who have experienced a similar life-changing injury.
Over 75 other young burn survivors, most of whom have been treated at the Arizona Burn Center, will meet at the Maricopa Medical Center Campus on Sunday, June 5th to board buses and head for Camp Courage in Prescott. This year, in addition to the children from Arizona, campers include three children from Calgary, Canada as part of the Sister Cities program and eight from Las Vegas, Nevada as part of a partnership with the Lions Burn Unit at the University Medical Center.
Now in its 26th year, the Arizona Children’s Burn Camp, Camp Courage is offered annually to child burn survivors through the Arizona Burn Foundation. The program is free to campers and offers camp activities such as hiking, boating, fishing, rappelling, horseback riding, arts and crafts and more, including life skills training. Most importantly it allows kids the freedom from rejection, isolation and frustration often experienced by burn survivors.