RAMONA, Calif. -- Fifty children and young adults who have sustained serious burn injuries attended``Camp Beyond the Scars,'' held by the Burn Institute Tuesday.
The camp provides a supportive atmosphere for those coping with emotional and physical hardships related to burn trauma. Kids will participate in activities including swimming, laser tag, archery, arts and crafts, rock climbing and therapy pet visits.
“Because I suffer from severe anxiety, and for me to be able to not even have anxiety about what people are thinking about me, makes camp very special for me, said Madilyn Garcia burn survivor. Survivors from age 8 to 18 have been enjoying the week long camp for 28 years.
“I like it so much, because it’s a place where I can express my feelings without people judging me,” said Arie Acuna a burn survivor.” Survivors who have been going to the camp for years say this experience creates lifelong friendships.