Check out our new IABC YouTube channel with 3 new videos from the IABC Friday Chat sessions!!

Each Friday at 12:00p Pacific time, the IABC Board will be hosting Zoom sessions to discuss virtual programming, camp in a box and other topics you’d like to bring up in support of burn camp programming in 2020. If you would like to join us, please send an email to and we will send you

The Federation of Burn Foundations is hosting a webinar mini-series: We’re All in this Together on various topics impacting burn foundations, burn centers, fire departments and community organizations during this unprecedented time.

Sign up below to see the dates and if you cannot attend one of the sessions, you’ll receive the recording!

For many of us, we never thought we might be in these shoes. We are doers, we make things happen – whether it is adapting archery for a camper without fingers or helping a camper with an amputee up a rock wall; burn camp professionals make the impossible … possible. That’s exactly why COVID-19 has impacted what we know and how we do camp.

However, we are better together than alone, thus the IABC Board of Directors is excited to provide you with a free online burn camp presentation regarding COVID-19 and the impact on Burn Camp Programming. We hope this will make it easier for you to get the support you need in a convenient format.

Join us this Friday, April 17th, 2020 at 12:00pm PST. Please send your RSVP to iaburncamps@gmail and we’ll send you the login information.

This presentation will address:

  • Policies and Procedures to consider in regards to Covid-19
  • Emotional Impact of COVID-19 on burn survivor youth
  • Adapting and modifying what we know in terms of camp (Virtual Programming)

Can’t make the presentation? Don’t worry, we will be recording this session and it will be found on the IABC website soon! 

We have just received official notification that ABA 2020 has been cancelled. We will miss seeing all of you and sharing our SIG!! Hopefully we will see all of you at the workshop in September.

Teresa W. Tucker, PhD is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Parks, Recreation, & Tourism Management at Clemson University. Her research interests include professional development for camp staff, youth development, and inclusive recreation experiences for people with disabilities. Teresa has worked as a camp professional for over 30 years and currently volunteers at Camp Kudzu in GA. She has led educational sessions and conducted staff trainings at the regional, national, and international level. Teresa also has served as long-time volunteer with the American Camp Association (ACA).

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.