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Camp Oo-U-La returning to Barrow

POSTED: May 30, 2014 4:43 p.m.

Summer Camp Oo-U-La, a program designed exclusively for burn injured children, hosted by the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation (GFBF) is celebrating its 22nd year of camp, according to a news release.

The GFBF has partnered again with Camp Twin Lakes to hold this year’s camp, at their Will-A-Way facility, located inside Fort Yargo State Park in Winder from June 1 through June 7. Camp Twin Lakes is a nonprofit organization that offers year-round recreational, therapeutic, and educational programs for children and young adults facing serious illnesses and other life challenges. With its network of Partners, Camp Twin Lakes provides life-changing experiences at its state of the art, fully accessible camps in Rutledge; Will-A-Way in Winder; and other locations throughout the state.

"Many of the campers have suffered a burn that is visible and feel self conscious about this injury," said Lt. Scott Dakin, with the Barrow County Emergency Services. "During the week of Camp Oo-U-La they get to be around other kids that have burn injuries so for the entire week they just get to be kids and not worry about the way their injuries look."

For more information about Camp Twin Lakes visit www.camptwinlakes.org.

The GFBF’s Camp Oo-U-La is free to any Georgia resident between the ages of 7-17 who has sustained a burn injury that required treatment or hospitalization in a Burn Center. Children who are not residents of Georgia but have been treated or hospitalized in one of the Burn Centers in Georgia are also eligible to attend. Look for the Camp Oo-U-La annual parade through downtown Winder on Wednesday June 5.

There will be motorcycles, fire trucks and limousines leaving the Will-A-Way property between 10:15am-11 a.m. making a loop through downtown Winder. For more information about Camp Oo-U-La or other GFBF programs and services please contact McKenzy Bailey, Children Services Director at (404) 320-6223 or visit our website at www.gfbf.org.

 

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