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Pediatric Burn Survivors Headed to BRG’s Camp Catahoula

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BATON ROUGE, La. – A group of 50 pediatric burn survivors from the area are at Baton Rouge General’s Camp Catahoula, a free, week-long camp held annually in Lawrence, Miss. Camp Catahoula provides summer fun like swimming, fishing, horseback riding and games along with the chance for burn survivors to share their experiences with other survivors who have faced the same trauma, all as part of the healing process.

Camp Catahoula is staffed by volunteers from Baton Rouge General -- doctors, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, and even a chef – as well as the Baton Rouge Fire Department, Brother’s Keepers, a firefighters’ motorcycle club, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and Louisiana State Police. Parents of young burn survivors and adult burn survivors also volunteer at camp.

Campers will enjoy an action-packed week, including a ropes course, archery, a petting zoo, karaoke and a glow party, cooking competitions and team relay games. They’ll also have the chance to do arts and crafts, and join in various small groups to share their stories.

Several organizations support the BRG Foundation by raising funds to send local children to Camp Catahoula without any expense to their families, with Shell as the primary sponsor. Other supporters include Baton Rouge State Fair Foundation, Brother’s Keepers, Cenla Roadrunners, F45 City Square, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Professional Firefighters Association of Louisiana, Turner Industries, many adult burn survivors, and current and former staff.

“From helping bring to life the outdoor therapy area in a newly expanded space to presenting Camp Catahoula for the third year, Shell is proud to be a partner in the important work of Baton Rouge General’s Regional Burn Center,” said Emma Lewis, Shell Senior Vice President US Gulf Coast. “Our team has had the opportunity to take an active role in Camp Catahoula, adding to the camp experience for our region’s youngest burn survivors.”

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