Volunteers Needed To Take Kids On The Water


Volunteer boaters are needed Aug. 20 to help children who are burn victims enjoy a day of fishing on Lake Hudson.

The 13th Annual Oklahoma Firefighters' Burn Camp is held at Dry Gulch U.S.A. near Pryor for children ages 6 to 16 that have suffered major burns.

"Every Saturday of camp, we host a fishing day which is filled with fun activities such as bow fishing, fly fishing, bow shooting and instruction, and an early morning fishing tournament," said Kristi Collins, Burn Camp fishing and boating chair. "We have volunteers from all over the state who come out to take these kids out to fish."

Fifty or more campers are anticipated, and volunteers are needed to bring fishing boats as well as to take campers fishing.

Each camper is paired with a volunteer for fishing from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tackle and bait are provided, and a fish fry lunch will follow. According to Collins, children are awarded a variety of prizes for their catches. Volunteer check-in time is from 5:30 a.m. to 6 a.m., and a free breakfast is provided to volunteers at 6:30 a.m.

According to Collins, when asked to name their favorite part of Burn Camp, campers say it is fishing day.

"It would not be possible without the hundreds of volunteers that come to lend their hand and heart for the day," Collins said.

Those interested in volunteering should pre-register by Aug. 15 by requesting a volunteer sign-up form from Collin, who can be reached at (918) 830-4631.

More volunteer details and information about the Oklahoma Firefighters' Burn Camp can be viewed on the sign-up form.

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