Today’s youth need summer camp. Kids need this incredible space for development and where they can come be kids again. They need a place where they can be accepted for who they are and that helps prepare them for an ever-changing world.

In this SIG, we will discuss some of the challenges that face youth today and how a well-run summer camp experience can help prepare kids for a human-centered economy. We will discuss how 21st century skills can be honed and developed in a camp environment. We will learn about new American Camp Association (ACA) research (with outcomes) that help tell the story of “why camp” and “why now”. We will also review data from the ACA Crisis Hotline that shows current trends and situations that face camp professionals each year.

As a natural practitioner of fun, Tim will also weave in interactive games and activities that you can take back to your camp programs.

Tim Hucton – Biography

Tim is passionate about the summer camp experience. For the past 25 years, he has been a camp professional and worked in a variety of camps and roles that drive the camp experience. He is the Membership Manager for the ACA Eastern Region and is a regular speaker/presenter for conferences across the country. Outside of his role with ACA, he is an EMT and firefighter and spent 6 years working full time in this profession. He keeps his EMS and fire skills sharp today by continuing as a volunteer medic and firefighter. He is also a photographer and professional voice actor.

He has worked for camps that serve children with medical and special needs, including burn camps. He is convinced that camps like these provide amazing life-impacting programs that allow kids to be themselves and be accepted for who they really are.

Roz and Jed Buck

David Windecher

Lemuel “Life” LaRoche

We also have a number of breakout sessions planned, lunch time discussion groups and of course, evening fun out on the town!!


The International Association of Firefighters Foundation looks forward to hosting the 2018 International Association of Burn Camps Workshop at Camp Wabanna in Edgewater, Maryland, from Saturday October 13th – Wednesday October 17th. 

Click Here for Online Registration!

Please join us for the Burn Camp SIG on Tuesday, April 10, 12-3pm, IABC Business Mtg 3-4pm, Joliet Room, 3rd Floor, Hilton Chicago.

Michael Brandwein is the #1 bestselling author of training and supervision books for camps. His sixth book, ”Growing Great Qualities in Kids”, has just been published. He is an international speaker, having made presentations on six continents and all 50 states in the US. Recently, he was the keynote speaker at the Global Camp Conference held in Russia for 1,250 people from over 30 different countries.  Michael has also written and presented three television programs on “communicating with youth” and these programs have received an Emmy®. Michael also does staff training for camps throughout North America.

NEW THIS YEAR – PLEASE NOTE: Registration is now required to attend SIG meetings. If you only plan to attend SIG Day, you may register for the Tuesday day rate. The ABA offers a day rate of $275 for members and $400 for non-members. Day rates are limited to two days and attendees will be issued color coded badges. The Friday day rate does not include an Annual Banquet ticket.

Alisha Ann Ruch Burn Foundation looks forward to hosting the 2016 International Association of Burn Camps Workshop!

The workshop is located at Wonder Valley Ranch Resort and Conference Center from Wednesday November 9th – Sunday November 13, 2016.

If you have any questions about the online application please contact Dana Dillard at

$425 per person before July 1st

$450 per person after July 1st

If you know how many staff you want to bring and you don’t have names confirmed yet, register now at the special rate and you can update the account later. Please feel free to register under one name and contact Dana Dillard at once you know attendees first name, last name, email address, and t-shirt size.

Registrations will be refunded in full by September 9th. After September 9th cancellations will be refunded at 50%.



Online registration COMING SOON for the 2016 IABC workshop, hosted by the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation at the Wonder Valley Ranch Resort and Conference Center Wednesday November 9th – Sunday November 13th,  2016.

Featured speakers:
James Bosch & Cindy Tutt-Rutter

$425 per person before July 1

$450 per person after July 1


2016 IABC Workshop will be hosted by Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation at the Wonder Valley Ranch Resort and Conference Center Wednesday November 9th – Sunday November 13th,  2016.

More details to follow! 

Alberta Fire Fighters’ Burn Camp for Children looks forward to hosting the 2014 International Association of Burn Camps Worskhop, October 8-12, 2014.

• Location: Easter Seals Camp Horizon, hosted by Alberta Fire Fighters Burn Camp in Bragg Creek, Alberta Canada
• Guest Speaker: Dr. Christopher Thurber
Dr. Christopher Thurber is a board-certified clinical psychologist, educator, author, and father. He earned his BA from Harvard University in 1991 and a PhD in clinical psychology from UCLA in 1997. A dedicated teacher from a young age, Chris has taught elementary school French, undergraduate courses in psychology, and swimming and sailing to people between the ages of 8 and 80. During a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Chris worked with child burn survivors, a population he continues to support through work with the International Association of Burn Camps and the Phoenix Society. Chris now has more than 30 years of experience working with camps and independent schools. He has written numerous book chapters and scholarly articles on homesickness and children’s adjustment to separation from home. An award-winning contributor to Camping Magazine, Chris has also shared his youth development expertise on the Today Show, Martha Stewart, CBS Morning News, NPR, FOX, and PBS. His research has been featured in Time, Newsweek, US News & World Report, Smart Money, Parents, Parenting, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Day, Family Circle, Men’s Health, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and many local newspapers and magazines. In 2007, Chris co-founded, which quickly became the Internet’s most popular and respected educational resource for youth development professionals. For more info visit

For camps sending more than 4 attendees: Attendees 1-4 pay at regular rate, attendees 5-8 pay HALF PRICE! Contact us to make arrangements.

Click here to register and pay online

The International Association of Burn Camps welcomes you to attend the upcoming ABA Burn Camp SIG Monday, March 24 3:00-6:00 PM (room locations will be noted in the annual meeting program book). Our goal is to present the benefits of building Psyche/Social Team at your Burn Camp. Guest speaker, Bob Ditter, M.Ed., LCSW, is a well-regarded child, adolescent and family therapist from Boston, Massachusetts. He is a nationally recognized trainer and consultant and works with organizations that work with young people.
His focus for our group will be:
Communication with Campers (and training the staff)
The 4 Most Common Mistakes adults make with children
Critical Non-verbal communication with Campers
Consequences and creative ways of managing child behavior
What other creative techniques we can use at camp to manage camper behavior

What is Special and Healing about Camp from a social-emotional perspective and from the perspective of brain science; and what makes it an ideal setting for a special needs population.

Find out more about Bob Ditter at