Adult Burn Survivor Recovery Retreat

“Beyond Surviving”

The Firefighters Burn Institute offers adults who have been affected by the emotional and physical pain of a serious burn injury a unique opportunity to meet others who have gone through similar experiences and build a network of support.

Thanks to generous donations, the Firefighters Burn Institute is able to offer this retreat free of charge to burn survivors (a refundable deposit is required).

Our retreat will be held at the beautiful Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel from May 1st – 3rd 2020.

Retreat Dates

May 1-3, 2020

Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel

4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Application Deadline: February 28th, 2020

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To apply to attend the retreat please review the Participant Application for further information & instructions. 

Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first come first served basis.

Download the flyer.  For questions or more information please contact Valorie Smart at (916) 739-8525 or

Survivor Social Events

At different times during the year the Firefighters Burn Institute plans social events for burn survivors and their families. These social events change from year to year depending on the donations we receive from generous donors and the interests of our survivors. Social events in the past have included tickets to Sacramento Kings games, Sacramento River Cats games, Sacramento Republic FC games, barbeques, picnics, movie nights and more! These social events are a wonderful opportunity to build a network of support while meeting others who have gone through similar experiences.

For more information on upcoming social events please contact our office at (916) 739-8525 or email us at

Cliff Haskell Perpetual Scholarship

In 2005, the Firefighters Burn Institute started a scholarship program for burn survivors who have participated in programs, events and/or services offered by the Firefighters Burn Institute and who were treated as an inpatient at a medical burn facility for twenty-four hours or more.

Up to four $2,000 scholarships will be awarded each year to burn survivors.  Applicants must be pre-enrolled and accepted for full-time attendance to a college, university, trade school, or technical school before any money is distributed.  Recipient must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA throughout the school year.  This scholarship may be awarded to an applicant a maximum of twice.

The following items must be submitted for your scholarship request to be considered.

  1. Completed Cliff Haskell Perpetual Scholarship application
  2. Official high school transcript/GED, including credits and GPA OR official college, university, trade/technical school transcripts and GPA.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from any the following: camp directors or counselors, high school or college counselors, teachers, professors, principals, employers, and other program leaders.
  4. An essay (minimum of 500 words) addressing how being a burn survivor has changed your life and how the scholarship will help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must have:

  • Completed high school or received a GED or be in his/her high school senior year at the time of application.
  • Applied to or been accepted to an accredited college, university, trade/technical school on a full-time basis or be a full-time student at an accredited college, university, trade/technical school and be enrolled for the 2019 Fall Term. We will verify each recipient’s college or trade school enrollment prior to disbursement of scholarship funds.

Application Deadline

Applications must be postmarked by July 1st, 2019.

Mail Completed Application Package to:

Firefighters Burn Institute

Attn:  Scholarship Committee
3101 Stockton Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95820

American Burn Association Education Scholarship Program

As part of our mission, the Firefighters Burn Institute is committed to funding education for medical burn team professionals and supporting burn treatment and rehabilitation research.  To help fulfill this portion of our mission FFBI provides a limited number of education scholarships for Shriners Hospital and UC Davis Medical Center staff to attend the annual American Burn Association Conference. This annual meeting is the premier educational event for the entire burn care team.

The American Burn Association dedicates their efforts and resources to promoting and supporting burn-related care, prevention, education, and research. Their multidisciplinary membership enhances their ability to work toward common goals with other organizations and educational programs.

Conference Dates

52nd Annual ABA Conference

March 17-20, 2020
Orlando, FL
Scholarship Application Deadline: November 1, 2019

How to apply for an educational scholarship to attend ABA:

Any Shriners or UC Davis Medical Center staff is eligible to apply for scholarship consideration. In order to be considered for a scholarship through the FFBI, please review the Scholarship Program Outline for instructions and requirements.

Firefighters Kids Camp

Due to COVID-19, it is with a heavy heart that we share FFKC 2020 is cancelled.

July 12th – 17th, 2020

Camp Arroyo in Livermore, CA

We are looking forward to a stellar camp session in summer of 2021 and hope to see all our campers and staffers back and resilient as ever! Thank you for your support now and through the years.

Firefighters Kids Camp is a program held annually to benefit young burn survivors ages six (and have completed the 1st grade) to seventeen.


Camp Info For Campers and Parents

A Healthy, Safe & Fun Camp for Young Burn Survivors

We would like to invite your child to attend our Firefighters Kids Camp program! Firefighters Kids Camp is a one-week program that is held annually to benefit young burn survivors ages six (and completed the 1st grade) to age seventeen.

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Helping Burn Survivors Since 1973