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March 19, 2012

DHEC’s Camp Burnt Gin accepting applications for campers and staff

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Camp Burnt Gin, South Carolina’s residential camp for children, teenagers and young adults who have a physical disability or chronic illness, is accepting applications for staff and for children to attend the camp’s 2012 season, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

“Camp Burnt Gin is open to children, adolescents and young adults with a wide variety of physical disabilities including orthopedic problems, hearing impairments, epilepsy, sickle cell disease, heart conditions, cerebral palsy and others,” said Marie Aimone, camp director.

Located near Wedgefield in Sumter County, the camp is operated by DHEC’s Division of Children with Special Health Care Needs. There will be four six-day sessions for children 7 through 15 years of age, two six-day sessions for teenagers 16 through 20 years old and a four-day session for young adults, ages 21-25.

“Camp Burnt Gin offers a range of activities for children, teens and young adults who might not otherwise have a camping experience because of their special health care needs,” Aimone said.

Staff members, in a ratio of one for every two campers, live with the children and assist those children who require help with their personal needs and participation in the activities. Camp Burnt Gin has two nurses in residence and a physician on call for specialized medical care. Nutritious well-balanced meals are served at no charge to the children as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program.

“Learning opportunities and experiences provided by the camp are invaluable,” Aimone said. “Camp Burnt Gin helps children to develop social skills, improve their self-esteem, increase their independence, develop recreational skills, learn to get along with others and have fun.”

The camp sessions for 2012 are held in the months of June, July and August. Camper applications can be obtained by contacting Aimone at (803)-898-0784. Applications will be accepted as long as space is available.

“There are also opportunities for summer employment for staff at the camp,” Aimone said. “Working at Camp Burnt Gin is an excellent opportunity for someone planning a career in education, health related professions or social services to gain experience working with children who have special health care needs. The staff comes to Burnt Gin with the desire to make a difference in the life of a child. What they do not realize is the difference the children can make in their lives and how much they can learn on a professional and personal level from the children.”

Summer employment this year will be from May 31 through Aug. 5. Applications are being accepted for male and female counselors and waterfront staff.

The camp, accredited by the American Camp Association, is open to children and teenagers regardless of race, color, sex, physical disability or national origin. Camp Burnt Gin is an equal opportunity employer.

Staff and camper applications and additional information can be obtained by writing Aimone at: S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, Box 101106, Columbia, S.C. 29221, calling her at (803) 898-0784, or emailing her at aimonemi@dhec.sc.gov. For more information about Camp Burnt Gin, visit the camp’s web page at http://www.scdhec.gov/campburntgin.

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For media inquiries:
Adam Myrick – (803) 898-3884
Email – myrickar@dhec.sc.gov
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