At Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California, care extends far beyond hospital walls. The medical team is devoted to giving patients the opportunity to identify activities they enjoy so that they can return to their communities as active, confident and productive citizens. The hospital partners with a number of community organizations to provide opportunities for children to explore and grow their potential outside the hospital. Your nurse or care coordinator will be able to direct you to opportunities in the community, which include the following:
Camp Winning Hands is an overnight camping experience that provides children and teens with congenital hand differences an opportunity to play and explore in a safe environment. The camp also supports families by providing education and emotional support through connections with other families. Camp takes place at Camp Arroyo in Livermore, Calif., which is supported by the Taylor Family Foundation. Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California works in partnership with UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital to organize camp activities.
Firefighters Kids Camp is a program held annually to benefit young burn survivors ages 6 (and have completed the 1st grade) to 17. Presented by the Firefighters Burn Institute, the camp provides young burn survivors with a fun and safe camp environment that encourages healing, personal growth and character development within a natural setting. Burn care professionals from Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California are among the camp’s enthusiastic and well-trained volunteer staff. Campers traditionally meet at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California to board the bus for camp.
Little Heroes Preschool Burn Camp is a burn recovery program designed for preschool burn survivors, ages 3 to 6 years old and their families. Presented by the Firefighters Burn Institute, the camp is supported by burn care professionals from Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California who volunteer their time and expertise. The three-day program helps children along with their families understand and cope with the physical and emotional challenges associated with burn recovery.
Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF) sponsors camps and other programs for burn survivors. Members of the professional burn team at Shriners Hospitals for Children provide volunteer support and direction for Champ Camp, a week-long, residential summer camp experience for child burn survivors ages 5–17. Each year, approximately 130 children attend this camp at Wonder Valley in Sanger, Calif. Patients ages 16 to 20 years old may participate in the Young Adult Summit, a weekend camp that addresses issues and concerns faced by teenagers and young adult burn survivors.
World Burn Congress is an annual international meeting of burn survivors of all ages sponsored by the Phoenix Society. The professional burn team at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California is actively involved in planning and program development.