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Camp Offers Haven For Young Fire Victims: They’re Not ‘The Burned Kid’ Here

By Vinny Vella, Hartford Courant

UNION — There are seven days each year that Juan Escobar looks forward to most.

More than his birthday, more than Christmas, the week he spends at the Arthur C. Luf Children’s Burn Camp trumps them all.

The Bronx native, 11, is spending his third consecutive year at the camp, tucked away in the woods of this rural town, just below the Massachusetts border.

“I like it here so much. We do fun stuff all week,” Juan said. “At home, I don’t get to do anything. I just lay in bed and watch TV.”

To Juan, the Luf camp is another world, a sprawling wooded playground that strikes a stark contrast from his family’s New York City home. But it represents more than that to him and the hundreds of kids like him who have bunked in its cabins and eaten in its dining hall…

In the featured image above, Christopher Etienne, 9, of Rhode Island, and Vidar King, 9, of Massachusetts, get dressed after swimming in a lake at the Arthur C. Luf Children’s Burn Camp. (Photo: Mark Mirko)

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