EAST TROY, Wis.—The annual Burn Camp, hosted by the Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin Charitable Association, entered its 28th season this week.
The week-long camp was able to raise over $100,000 to fund the following year’s camp.
The camp is designed for children who have suffered life-altering burns. This year, dozens of campers enjoyed a week of fun dedicated to them.
One of those campers is 11-year-old Cavin Allen. About a year ago, Allen found himself very unwell in his garden. He tried to put out a fire with a shovel, but put himself in danger doing so.
“My sweatpants caught fire and my fangs caught fire, so my foot got burned,” Allen said.
Allen suffered a third-degree burn to his foot that required him to need skin grafts. He said it was an extremely frightening and painful process to endure while recovering.
“I was scared. I didn’t know what was going to happen that night. I didn’t know if I was going to be okay or not,” Allen said.
Although he had a scary experience, it was the one that brought him to Burn Camp. He said he can now be happy it happened to him so he can experience the magic of a camp full of other kids who have been through similar situations.
“I feel like I can bond with them and I feel like they can bond with me,” Allen said.
Oscar Castillo is a camp counselor at Burn Camp and also serves as a firefighter for the city of Madison. He said it was a wonderful experience to be with the children for a whole week.
“I thought it was a cool way to support them and help them socialize and be around kids who have been through the same thing and hopefully it helps them assimilate into a community a little better,” said Burn Camp adviser Oscar Castillo.
The kids got to see all the different types of fire trucks, play games, fly kites, enjoy food and so much more throughout the week.
Allen said he was already excited to be back for another year.