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CHILDREN’S BURN CAMP, “CAMP HOPETAKE,” CELEBRATES 20 YEARS

Adventure Island is one of the stops on campers’ weeklong adventure

June 4, 2010 (Tampa, FL) – Each year, approximately 40 children from Camp Hopetake (pronounced hope’ e’ tock-ee) take a field trip to Adventure Island for a day of thrilling slides and water fun. Camp Hopetake is not an ordinary camp; it is a special camp for a special group of children who have endured a burn injury. And this year the weeklong camp, which is offered free of charge, celebrates 20 years.

The camp was created to be a safe haven for ages 5 through 17 who cope with the social and emotional scars of living with burn injuries. Adventure Island is traditionally one of the favorite activities during the weeklong camp. Campers will visit the water park Wednesday, June 16.

Camp Hopetake will take place on the campus of USF for the third consecutive year. It is paid for by the Tampa Firefighters and Paramedics, IAFF 754, and the Tampa General Hospital Foundation. The camp is supported by the staff of the Regional Burn Center at Tampa General Hospital. The camp’s counselors are TGH nurses, therapists, firefighters and paramedics who volunteer to provide a safe and supportive environment for these young survivors.

Planning for the camp occurs all year. Staff members from the Regional Burn Center at Tampa General Hospital recruit the campers, solicit vendors, plan and then coordinate the camp’s activities alongside Tampa Firefighters and Paramedics, IAFF 754.