Frank Pierce via Crowdrise
June 07, 2015
Hello and thank you for visiting.
My name is Frank Pierce and I am currently the board president for the Great Lakes Burn Camp. I have been involved with camp since 1997 and from day one I was hooked. While at camp I serve as a cabin counselor for boys in their early to mid-teens. It is often challenging with 15 to 20 young men that all have different ideas of what fun is, but the rewards of watching them grow, not only in age but as people, is more than anything I could have ever expected. This is why I am so passionate about the camp.
The Great Lakes Burn Camp is a place where burn injured children, ages 6-17 can go for one week in the summer and a long weekend in the winter, to have fun and not worry about someone asking them about injuries or the curious stares of others. The camp is staffed by firefighters, nurses, paramedics, police officers, social workers, teachers, and just about every profession you can think of. These kind hearted men and women donate their time to come make this the best week many of these children will have in their life time, often using up the only vacation time they have for the year. It takes a very special person to give so precious a gift as their time.
I could talk for hours about all of the stories that I have gathered about camp of the years but the best one to tell is the one where our campers give back. Many of our campers, once they are old enough, enter into a program at camp called the outpost where they are more independent of main camp and learn to depend on one another with teamwork by way of many of the planned activities they have together. These young men and women learn the leadership skills to become a staff member at the age of 18 if they so wish. They enter a junior counselor program where they are paired with senior counselors to help them learn what it takes to take care of the campers. There is nothing more fulfilling than standing back and watching a former camper take over your role and help the new campers adjust to being away from home for the first time after their injury. They know the road these children have walked down and are able to connect in a way that I would never dream of. It makes me proud to think that maybe I played a small part in helping them become better people and teaching them to give back.
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for stopping by and hope that you can help us win this challenge. Any amount helps and I am also proud to say that approximately 93 to 97 percent of all funds donated are used directly for camp. We unfortunately do have some overhead, but we keep it as low as possible. Our campers pay nothing to come to camp and often show up with the clothes on their back. We feed and clothe them and often send them back home with many of the school supplies they will need for the next year.
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