Florida State Fire College steps up to host camp for young burn survivors

Thanks to the Florida State Fire College in Ocala, burn survivors will be joining their peers for a week of adventures, bonding and fun during the 2019 Children’s Burn Camp of North Florida Inc.

The Florida State Fire College in Ocala is playing host this week to Camp Amigo for young burn survivors. The camp had to be moved from the William J. Rish State Park in the Panhandle because it was ravaged by Hurricane Michael this past October.

Better known as Camp Amigo, it’s normal home in the Panhandle in the William J. Rish State Park was ravaged by Hurricane Michael this past October. That left organizers searching for a setting where campers could embrace nature and engage in outdoor adventures. With a central location, dormitories and amenities on site, the Florida State Fire College was deemed ideal and selected for this year’s weeklong camp.

Activities kick off on Monday, July 8 and sessions will vary daily. The camp will cater to youth ages 6-18. And campers will have the opportunity to overcome their fears and foster relationships with firefighters and each other while experiencing fire operations from the rescuer’s perspective. Activity stations will include, but not be limited to, extinguisher burns, rappelling and vehicle extrication.

Founded in 2001, Camp Amigo exists to provide children who have physical and emotional scars a place to be themselves and build a network of support that will last throughout their lives. The camp is fully funded by private donations and the campers stay free of charge.

For more information, visit, www.CampAmigo.com or contact Camp President Rusty Roberts at (850) 509-6200.