The Arthur C. Luf Children’s Burn Camp is a safe, natural outdoor environment for kids ages 8 to 18 from around the world who have survived life-altering burn injuries.
We encourage camaraderie coupled with physical and social activities to develop their self-worth. Activities are designed to help campers overcome anxieties, develop and enhance their physical skills, and allow them to move beyond their scarring and burn injuries.
- To build each child’s self-esteem and self-confidence so that they are capable of overcoming their anxieties and are able to adapt to their injuries for reintegration into their family and community life.
- To enrich the lives of child burn survivors by creating a camping experience that is fun, entertaining, empowering, enhancing, energizing, and full of self-discovery.
- To provide child burn survivors with memories that will sustain and inspire them.
The Arthur C. Luf Children’s Burn Camp became a reality in 1991 after many years and hours of dedication and planning by our late President and Founder, Arthur C. Luf. Located in Union, Connecticut on the Massachusetts line near Sturbridge, MA, it is set on 176 acres with its own pond for swimming and boating. A beautiful setting in the woods of Connecticut. The Arthur C. Luf Children’s Burn Camp is the only one of its kind in the Northeast.
All children attend free of charge. All expenses for lodging, meals, arts/crafts, activities and programs are paid for by the Foundation.
Most of these children have never seen a campground or enjoyed an overnight camp-out, let alone the many other camp activities which include camp fires, hiking, fishing, archery, boating, and a challenging ropes course.
Active and retired firefighters from Fire Departments along the East Coast, medical personnel trained in treating burns, burn survivors, and caring individuals help round out the team of counselors for the children. All counselors serve on a volunteer basis.
Our campers come from all over with children from throughout New England, New Jersey, New York, Washington D.C., Maryland, Florida, Puerto Rico and from other countries like Russia, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Peru, Croatia, and Vietnam.