After finishing another successful “Give Burns The Boot” last weekend, firefighters with Barrow County Emergency Services are now ready to see where some of that funding goes. The Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation Inc. (GFBF) is hosting its annual Camp Oo-U-La at the Will-A-Way camp inside Fort Yargo June 5 through June 11.
“This camp is always a lot of fun for all those involved,” said Barrow County Fire Department Lieutenant Scott Dakin. “Several members of the department will go and spend the day with the campers and take away memories for a lifetime.”
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. The camp also includes the annual parade for the campers. Limousines from around Georgia will pick the campers up on Wednesday June 8 for a parade through Winder. They are joined by firefighters and law enforcement agencies around Barrow and surrounding counties. The parade will start at 10:45 a.m.
“We ask citizens to take time to cheer these campers on as they go by,” said Lieutenant Dakin. “You will all be rewarded by some very beautiful smiles.”
For many of the campers this is the one week a year that they can just be a kid. The campers all share so much including suffering a burn injury and the treatments that go with these injuries. While at Camp Oo-U-La® they have the opportunity to hang out with not only other campers, but with volunteers from around Georgia. These volunteers include firefighters, EMT’s, and mental health professionals.