Camp “Sababa” (awesome) — The world of children with burns

Yehiel Hayun, Anat Ben-Dror, Naomi Schreuer, Yuliana Eshel, Dean Ad-El, Asaf Olshinka

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Aims: Camp “Sababa” operates in Israel through the Burn Advocate Network of New Jersey, to help children with burn injuries cope with consequences of injury. The study assessed adolescents’ perceptions of their participation in the camp, and its effect on their self-esteem and quality of life. Methods: Ten adolescents from diverse cultural backgrounds attended Camp “Sababa” in 2017. All the participants and parents signed an informed consent form, responded to a demographics questionnaire, and participated in in-depth interviews and focus groups. Phenomenological analysis revealed three themes, reflecting the chronological sequence of rehabilitation: (1) coping with emotional and physical scars, (2) formulating coping strategies, (3) belonging to a group, and (4) implications of camp experience. Results: Social participation engendered a feeling of safety and trust, enabling adolescents to share their burn experiences, and thus cope better with the physical and emotional challenges of their injuries. Participation in camp activities strengthened their confidence and social bonding; and their return to typical adolescent behaviour while at camp, and ultimately in the community. Conclusions: The positive results suggest that burn camps should be part of the rehabilitation process of adolescents with burn injury, with emphasis on challenging, age-appropriate activities, and peer group participation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)413-419
Number of pages7
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2022

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  • Adolescents
  • Burn camp
  • In-depth interviews
  • Peer group
  • Rehabilitation
  • Safe environment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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