Burn Camp a place of body acceptance for Quadra Island participant

Brynn Hawkins, 14, recently returned from her fifth year of attending Young Survivors Burn Camp.

“It has been a wonderful opportunity for her, just to go and identity with other kids who have had similar experiences and can just be kids and have fun and not have any body image judgment,” said Brynn’s mom Debbie Hawkins.

Brynn pulled 10 cups of boiling water onto herself when she was almost two years old.

Hawkins was making coffee and unbeknownst to her Brynn came up from behind and she was just able to reach over the counter and tip the pot.

She ended up with second and third degree burns on 42 per cent of her body.

The family lives on Quadra Island. Brynn was rushed to Campbell River in an ambulance and then taken by air to BC Children’s Hospital. She spent one week in intensive care and seven weeks in the burn unit, which Hawkins said was fairly new at the time.

When Brynn was discharged the family was informed about the opportunity to go to Burn Camp. It is free for the families as it is funded by the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. There is a celebration for families and victims of all ages when the camp begins and kids are invited to attend on their own when they are six-years-old.

But Hawkins wasn’t ready to part with her daughter for a week until she was older.

The Hawkins said she was finally ready when Brynn was at a day camp wearing a bikini top and some of the other girls made fun of how she looked.

“Right there was my turning point, she needs to go be with people who share her experience,” Hawkins said.

Brynn has been going to the camp ever since, and according to Hawkins she loves it.

The Burn Fund hosts burn survivors aged 6-18 for one week every summer. The campers participate in fun summer activities such as swimming, hiking and kayaking and they also have access to counsellors who are either burn survivors themselves, medical professionals or fire fighters.

The camp is free for the young survivors to attend. It costs the Burn Fund around $2,900 for each camper. Campbell River Firefighters raise funds for this cause each year.

This year the camp was held at Cheakmakmus Centre in Paradise Valley.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Single-lane alternating traffic in place along Hwy. 19A project

Traffic changes in effect until end of the year: City

Woman injured during rollover on Hwy. 28

Incident took place Saturday evening near Strathcona Lodge

Demonstrators voice displeasure over mask-use in Campbell River

Sunday afternoon event has held by Hugs Over Masks Nation

Tidemark Theatre and Chamber of Commerce join forces to launch two new TV shows

Show will explore the arts, community, culture and local industry through conversation

Campbell River Storm set to face Comox Valley in season opener

Fan attendance remains a question mark, but broadcast gets boost

QUIZ: Do you know what’s on TV?

Fall is normally the time when new television shows are released

B.C. VOTES 2020: B.C. Liberals vow to eliminate sales tax for a year

From 7% to zero, then back in at 3% to stimulate economy

The holiday everyone needs this year: Vote for your favourite in Fat Bear Week 2020

Voters will get to decide who gets to take home this year’s most coveted prize

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Canadian ski resorts wrestle with pandemic-vs.-profit dilemma as COVID-19 persists

Few are actually restricting the total number of skiers they allow on the hill

Victoria-area RCMP locate high-risk sex offender thanks to help of taxi cab driver

Scott Jones wanted on a Canada-wide warrant, ‘a risk to women and girls,’ police say

A (virtual) walk around the world by 88-year-old B.C. man

George Doi says it’s simple: ‘I like walking’

Most Read