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.

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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

As my time with the IABC comes to an end I wanted to share with you my personal feelings about this ever growing organization. I have been serving on the board for the last ten years and have learned so much about making camps a better place for our young burn survivors. I ask each of you to look back over the last ten years and think about the changes we have seen within the burn camp community. Together we have accomplished many improvements internationally.

We have strengthen our workshops to help provide new education and goals for your camps. We have built our teamwork with each other as well as the teamwork within our own camps. We have built our knowledge of camps, parents,  and management of our programs. We have gained a better understanding of homesickness, discipline at camp, and improved our outcomes with our campers. We have built friendships that will last a lifetime. We have truly made our burn camps the best place for survivors to gain acceptance for who they truly are as survivors, not victims. WE have strengthen our membership to over 30 camps from Peru to Canada, and California to Europe.

We are ready for the future together! We are ready to develop more web training for our camps. We are ready to welcome more camps. We are ready to present our guidelines on how to have the best burn camp programs. We are ready to promote more psychosocial programming within our camps without it feeling like therapy camp!

We are ready for the future!

Embrace it and welcome change because it makes our camps better every day.

Thanks for the memories, thanks for the learning, thanks for making our camps better!

Yours Sincerely,
Brad Wiggins RN BSN
IABC Chairperson