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Indiana camp offers burned children a chance to mingle

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 7:57 am

BATTLE GROUND — More than 70 young burn survivors are attending a special camp this week in Indiana.

Survivors between the ages of 8 to 18 get to go to the Hoosier Burn Camp at Battle Ground, near Lafayette.

Executive director Mark Koopman says the week at camp gives kids a break from the stares and questions they can get in day-to-day life. He says they get to go to an atmosphere where their scars are normal, where the other kids have had similar experiences, and for a week they can be "just one of the kids."

The week includes traditional camp activities and programs that build self-esteem and friendships.

The Hoosier Burn Camp is supported entirely by donations, which allow campers to attend at no cost to their families.