Beverley Walker, Professor of Fire and Emergency Services Administration at East Georgia State College, is a long-time volunteer for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation. Recently, she had the opportunity to coordinate a camp for burn-injured children, Camp Oo-U-La.
This year’s Winter Camp was held January 15-18, 2016 at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, Ga. Approximately 35 children and their siblings attended. Summer Camp is a week-long camp held in June of each year at the Camp Twin Lakes facility at Fort Yargo in Winder, Ga. Approximately 80-100 burn survivors ages 7-16 attend summer camp each year.
“Camp Oo-U-La is a time for children that have been affected by serious burn injuries to join together and have some fun,” said Walker. “Many of these children have suffered disfiguring injuries that affect them both inside and outside. Camp Oo-U-La is a place to forget that, at least for a while.”
Dr. Lee Cheek, Dean of EGSC’s School of Social Sciences, notes that “Professor Walker’s work at the camp is a sign of how our College attempts to connect our learning with the ‘real world.’ Her active and long term involvement with support networks related to the fire services allows us to showcase our belief that learning can take place in and out of the traditional classroom. We hope to involve our FESA majors in these enterprises in the near future.”
The Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to partner with the fire service and burn care community to provide fire safety and prevention education, support medical facilities and assist burn survivors in their recovery. Professor Walker has supported the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation for many years through volunteer work and fundraising efforts.
“The work of the Burn Foundation is very important for the community of burn survivors and their families, and it is a great partnership with dedicated people,” she said.
To learn more about the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation, visit their website at www.gfbf.org.
Walker is pictured with GFBF Board Member Danny Rumney and Children Services Director at GFBF McKenzy Williams.