Burn Survivor Support

Chances are that you or someone you know has experienced what thousands of others have – a burn injury. Although it is estimated that 80 percent of burn injuries and fire-related deaths are preventable, the fact remains that burn injuries continue to remain one of the leading causes of childhood injury and death in the United States. Every year, 250,000 children are injured and more than 1,000 die as a result of burn trauma.

Burn injuries can be devastating to adults, children, and their families. Unlike other injuries, burn injuries often leave behind emotional and physical scars that can last a lifetime. Those who suffer from severe burns must undergo physical and psychological healing before they can return to a sense of normalcy in their lives. Yet their lives are permanently altered. The Fire & Burn Foundation understands the unique nature of a burn injury and provides burn survivor support programs to help burn survivors cope with the long-term effects of their injuries.

Staff/Counselor/LIT Information

(2021 UPDATES)

Thank you for your interest in our camp program.  Embers of Hope camp has been scheduled for August 6-9, 2021 at Camp Nawakwa near Jenks Lake, CA. Please complete and return your application before the deadline July 30, 2021. If for any reason, you must withdraw your application, please notify the Fire & Burn Foundation in a timely manner.

Each year, we receive more and more camp volunteer applications. Unfortunately, we only have a limited number of spots for counselors and simply cannot accommodate everyone. For this reason, we advise sending in your camp application as soon as possible. All applicants, whether selected or not, will be notified by mail after July 30, 2021. NOTE: There is no guarantee that a prior volunteer will be selected to participate in this camp session.

If you are a new counselor/applicant, you will be required to attend a short interview (details TBD) and must commit to Mandatory Counselor Training in order for your application to be considered. A Mandatory Camp Orientation Training will be held (details TBD).

All applicants will be required to remain at camp for the entire duration of camp.  Please contact us immediately if there is a conflict and the camp committee will consider the impact to the camp and campers. A decision regarding your attendance will be made.

We reserve the right to refuse or excuse any applicant based on one or more of the following:

  • Failure to return application postmarked on or prior to deadline date (new and returning counselors)
  • Have not completed a Live Scan 
  • Does not attend the Mandatory Counselor Training Session (new and returning counselors and staff)
  • Negative action by applicant that in any way lessens the camp experience for campers, volunteers and staff alike. This applies to any previous camp session, as well as, before or during the 2021 camp session.

You may either complete the online application below, or download, print and fill out the appropriate application and submit it to the Fire & Burn Foundation.  If completing the online application, new counselors will need to complete the entire form.  Returning counselors are only required to complete the "required" fields, which are indicated by a red asterisk.


Please contact the office for a paper application.

Click here to apply online. 


For questions, please contact:

Fire & Burn Foundation Staff
951-901-8293 (cell)
FAX 866-628-8047
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Youth Burn Survivor Support Group

Support groups are available at the Edward G. Hirschman Burn Center in conjunction with clinical treatment provided by burn unit staff. To learn more, please call the social worker for the burn unit at (909) 580-1080.


Embers of Hope Camp for juvenile burn survivors serves as the hallmark of the burn survivor programs of the Fire & Burn Foundation. Each year children ages 5-17 attend a 4-day camp in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Camp provides a relaxed social setting offering burn-injured children the support and counseling needed to re-establish and enhance their self-esteem. Campers discover that they are not alone—that there are other children out there learning to live with burn injury. Burn Camp is a unique, positive experience for these children where they can be themselves, share common ground with others, and make new friends in a nurturing environment. Campers also get to do what kids do best – have fun!

For many children, this special camp is the first time they have seen another child with burn injuries. Campers begin to feel better about themselves and are better able to face their injuries with new coping skills and a renewed sense of self-esteem. Camp is a remarkable healing experience that helps transform burn victims into burn survivors. Many camp counselors and volunteers are off-duty firefighters and adult burn survivors who are uniquely familiar with the challenges these children face.

You can make a difference in a child's life. Donate now to help send a child to Embers of Hope Camp.

About Us

The Fire & Burn Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 California nonprofit health agency. The agency is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, all elected by the process stated in agency by-laws.

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