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 and their partner or caregiver (a refundable deposit is required).

The retreat location for 2023 is South Lake Tahoe, CA. Limited transportation scholarships are available upon request.

Retreat Dates

April 28 – April 30, 2023

South Lake Tahoe, CA


Application Deadline: March 5, 2023

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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 flyer here.

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

American Burn Association Education Scholarship Program

Conference Dates

55th Annual ABA Conference

May 16-19, 2023
Dallas, TX
Scholarship Application Deadline: December 15, 2022

The Firefighters Burn Institute (FFBI) is committed to funding education for medical burn team professionals and supporting burn treatment and rehabilitation research for burn unit staff to attend the annual American Burn Association Conference. This annual meeting is the premier educational event for the entire burn care team.

The FFBI scholarship is not intended to cover the full cost of attending the ABA conference. Each scholarship amount will be based on the need of the applicant and is intended to assist the recipient with hotel, registration and travel expenses. Applicants taking an ABLS course may qualify for additional aid. We will require verification of conference attendance and also completion of a post-conference survey. 

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.

How to apply for an educational scholarship to attend ABA:

In order to be considered for a scholarship through the FFBI, each applicant will need to complete an online application.  Applications can be found here on the FFBI website.

FFBI will review each application and make final decisions on scholarship amounts and recipients. Careful consideration will be given to each applicant. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you have any questions, contact Rachel Crowell at (916) 739-8525 or at

Requests must be received by: December 15, 2022

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 2020 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, 2020.

Mail Completed Application Package to:

Firefighters Burn Institute

Attn:  Scholarship Committee
3101 Stockton Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95820

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

Camp Staff Applications and Information

If you think you have what it takes to be an awesome staff member…

We are looking for fun loving individuals who are willing to dedicate one week to provide a fun, adventurous and magical opportunity to young burn survivors of various ages. The hours are long and no salary is provided, yet the rewards are plenty and the memories will last a lifetime! Please note: Camp Counselors must be 21 years old and Counselors in Training (CIT) must be 18 years old.

Helping Burn Survivors Since 1973