Send kids to camp at The Painted Turtle

Where kids are not defined by their illness.

Remember those amazing summers at camp? Think of all the friends you made during late-night, bunk bed chit chats. The confidence you gained from conquering the ropes course, learning new land and watersports. Experiencing the thrill of  adventure on your first overnight canoe trip (can you taste the s'mores and smell the bonfire?). I was lucky enough to go to camp in Wisconsin for 8 weeks every summer. Every experience, the good and bad, contributed to my character and helped me become the person I am today (I still consider myself an expert at tying knots). I think all kids should have an opportunity to go to camp. Don't you?  

From May 14-May 31, Burn 60 will be donating a percentage of all packages purchased to The Painted Turtle Camp. The Painted Turtle has served over 55,000 camp experiences to children and their families through its Summer and Family Weekend camps since it opened its gates in 2004.

Our goal is to raise $5,000 to help send (5) kids with life threatening illnesses to camp this summer. So...buy your package, feel great about giving back, and send a kid to camp!

Why are we doing this?

At Burn 60, we believe every kid should have the opportunity to go to camp, but unfortunately, that's not always the case. That's why we've partnered with The Painted Turtle, where children with serious medical conditions celebrate just being kids! The mission of The Painted Turtle is to provide a year-round, life-changing environment and authentic camp experience for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. The Painted Turtle supports children's medical needs, inspires them to reach beyond their illnesses, and provides care, education, and respite for their families. All campers and families attend completely free of charge.

Last week, I had the privilege of meeting Rhiannon Carter. She is 14 years old. She has severe arthritis - Yep! - Arthritis! It is not just a disease that afflicts older people. Rhiannon learned that she had arthritis when she was 4 years old. When she is feeling good, you can hardly tell that she has a chronic, debilitating disease. Other days, she can barely move or is confined to her wheelchair. Please take a minute to read her story.

I am proud to be a founding member of this remarkable organization and through innovative, camp-based programs, we offer a great big dose of fun and support. Children with more than 90 medical conditions visit The Painted Turtle each year, reclaiming the joys of childhood. 

For over 14 years, we have given thousands of campers the chance to sing, dance, laugh, and grow in a safe camp environment, built for their needs. Without The Painted Turtle, many of these children would never experience the wonderful memories of lifelong impact of summer camp.

There is no billing department at The Painted Turtle - campers and their families attend free of charge. And there's no limit to the amount of laughter campers take home with them either!

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