Youth camp

This proven scholarly reinsertion program has considerably diminished prejudices that could arise among youths regarding outward appearances.

This year we have decided to innovate and offer a linguistic experience for our youths from Quebec.

They will have the chance to travel to the Arthur C. Luft Children’s Burn Camp in Connecticut.

It’s the beginning of a path to self-discovery. This camp is a unique experience for the child at every level (social, emotional, and physical) under the supervision of a devoted team. The exceptional atmosphere leads the campers and volunteers to return year after year to share in the joy and friendship of a large family that hasn’t stopped growing since 1991.

The camp encourages team spirit among the campers during physical and social activities in order to develop their esteem, but also to help them recognize their personal value, which runs far deeper than their scars.

The campers, aged between 8 and 18, come from New England, New Jersey, New York, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Florida, Puerto Rico, and even countries like Russia, Jamaica, Peru, the Dominican Republic, the Bermudas, Croatia, Vietnam and Canada to take advantage of this picturesque environment.

Located in Union, Connecticut, on the Massachusetts state border (near Sturbridge), the camp boasts one of the most enchanting decors in the forests of Connecticut, covering 176 acres with a lake for swimming, canoeing and other recreational games.

The children will be entertained by various planned activities such as firefighter games, hikes, swimming, rope challenges, nights under the stars, fishing, archery, basketball, volleyball, soccer, natural science activities, talent nights, dancing, treasure hunts, arts, and traditional camping games, including storytelling nights around the campfire.

The Arthur C. Luft Children’s Burn Camp provides a specialized medical team for major burn victims – doctors, nurses, therapists. The participating major burn victims centres are: The Bridgeport Hospital in Connecticut, the Weill/Cornell Presbyterian Medical College in New York, the Nassau University Medical Center, the Westchester Medical Center in New York, the St. Barnabas Burn Center in New Jersey, the Massachusetts General Hospital, the Shriners Burn Center Hospital in Massachusetts, and the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.

Two firefighters and two nurses from Montreal who are perfectly bilingual will accompany the group to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Watch the information session taking place in April on Skype or contact us for more information.

Testimonial of a camp experience from the summer of 2011

“I don’t even know where to start about these wonderful moments I had at the camp. It was unforgettable because I was with young people like me who had lived through similar experiences and who had to return to their lives, sometimes facing difficulties. There was no shyness about our burns because we were all the same. The camp allowed me to meet strong people who understood me and what it means to live with different skin. I want to thank everyone who made a camp like this possible because it greatly improved my self-esteem and there were so many fun activities to do with good friends. I’m so excited to go back! A million times thanks, Véronique.”