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The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation believes in the dignity and the intrinsic worth of every human being.  Read the Statement of Inclusion →

All those affected by burn injuries engaging with the AARBF deserve and are entitled to rights. Read the Burn Survivor Bill of Rights →

COVID-19 continues to be a health threat taken seriously for AARBF’s recreation programs, camps, and in-person events. Read about Covid and AARBF →

AARBF supports more than 1,000 burn survivors and family members with a variety of supportive services, including fun camps and outings for members of the burn survivor community.

Dates and activities are subject to change due to health and safety restrictions. Click here to see the current Communicable Disease Plan.



Young Adult Summit

February 16-19, 2024

The Retreat


The Adult Retreat

February 16-19, 2024



Champ Camp

June 8-15, 2024

The Getaway


The Getaway Family Camp

August 31-September 2, 2024


Women’s Empowerment Weekend

April 18-21, 2024


Child Regional Program

Statewide Ski Trip

March 8-10, 2024


Child Regional Program

Child Regional Program


Child Regional Program

Outdoor Trip

August 2-4, 2024


Child Regional Program

Beach Adventure

September 13-15, 2024

Kayak Event 2021 (7)

Adult Day Program

Kayak Event 2021 (7)

Adult Day Program


Adult Day Program

Hiking Trip – All Regions

Varies by location


Family Day Events

Sporting Events

Varies by Location


Family Day Events


Family Day Events

Holiday Party

December 2024

Watch for the return of the Expression Series in 2024.

The Expression Series is a virtual experience open to all members of our burn community – survivors, family, volunteers, and supporters. No matter where you are located in California (or in the world) you can spend time strengthening connections and support while having an opportunity to express yourself!

Movement Expression

(January, May and September)

Art Expression

(February, June and October)

Writing Expression

(March, July and November)

Music Expression

(April and August)

Burn survivors and family members have a lot of questions—and AARBF has the answers. Find comfort in the company of those who understand.

Hospital Visits

(For survivors and family members)

Support Groups


Peer Support

(Phone calls and in-person)

Re-entry Program

(For work or school)

Emergency financial, food, and transportation assistance for burn survivors and their families is offered on a case-by-case basis.

In Hospital Aid

  • Gas Cards
  • Grocery Cards
  • Target Cards
  • Hotel Stays

Post Discharge Aid

  • Cosmetic and image support
  • Medical Supplies