celebrated 20 years of excellence in creating unforgettable camp experiences for children who have survived serious burn injuries.

At Midwest Children’s Burn Camp (MCBC), campers enjoy adventures including zip-lining, kayaking, canoeing, water-tubing, archery, crafts, and even a 110 foot water slide into the lake. And lots of dancing and celebrating! MCBC offers a safe and supportive environment where young burn survivors spend a week with others who have also experienced the trauma of burn injuries. Fun is the focus and friendships form quickly. Burn Camp provides campers with life-long friends to share their journeys with as they get back to living.

Since all campers at this unique camp are survivors of burns, everyone has scars on the outside. Campers learn they are not defined by their “wrapping paper”. Emphasis focuses on the beautiful person on the inside, not the scars on the outside. Campers learn a “can do” attitude and experience Fun, Friends and Memories that last a life-time. Camp positively impacts each child’s attitude and self-image. It’s a chance to have fun without the staring and questions that are too common for burn survivors. “At camp I can put on my swim-suit and not worry about having to answer questions from strangers or re-live my accident.” Campers and counselors explain, “One week of burn camp does more than years of therapy!”

MCBC was founded in 1997 by Gary and Linda Hansen who envisioned a safe place for children struggling with the challenges associated with surviving serious burn injuries.

Campers attend at no charge thanks to generous community support. The residential camp is provided for children ages six to seventeen who have survived serious burn injuries; campers are accepted from all over Missouri and neighboring states. Free transportation to camp is provided from St. Louis, Columbia, Springfield and Kansas City. Attendance at camp is subject to medical approval. Contact Us for more information or Apply today to be a Camper.