Shriners Hospitals for Children – Cincinnati special kids summer camp gives burn survivors a week of normal

Shriners Hospital for Children – Cincinnati, which specializes in pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery and burn care, hosts their 27th Annual Camp Ytiliba from June 6th to 10th. The camp gives patients a chance to be around kids just like them, make new friends, share stories and create a connection with hospital staff unlike any other.

Established in 1989, Camp Ytiliba (“ability” spelled backward) is a week-long program designed for Cincinnati patients to experience summer camp. Camp Ytiliba provides activities such as fishing, horseback riding, high ropes, swimming, lake sports and games and crafts to help the kids accept new challenges and make new friends while building confidence and self-esteem – all in a safe environment.

“Each year our employees volunteer their time to work the camp,” said Mark Shugarman, Hospital Administrator at Cincinnati Shriners Hospital. “It allows our young patients and our employees to share a week together outside of needles, bandages and treatments. And they don’t worry about their burn injuries. They don’t worry about their appearance. They get to hang out with other kids who’ve been through the same thing.”

This year Camp YTILIBA will be held at Camp Ernst in Burlington, Kentucky. The 65 children attending camp are patients between the ages of 9 and16. There are no costs for the campers. Camp expenses are covered through charitable donations.

Shriner’s Hospitals for Children – Cincinnati provides services for burns and pediatric plastic surgery, including cleft lip and palate, abnormal breast development in boys and girls, hemangioma, congenital hairy nevus, hand malformations, ear deformities, complex wound and skin disorders, and trauma and reconstructive conditions. Shriners Hospital for Children – Cincinnati is verified by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons and recognized as a Cleft Lip and Palate Team by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and Cleft Palate Foundation. The hospital has had Magnet™ designation since 2008 and is fully accredited by the Joint Commission. All services are provided regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

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