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Burn Camp donates new bunk beds

MILLCREEK CANYON, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Imagine having to sleep in an old, rusty bunk bed once used by prisoners.
MILLCREEK CANYON, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Imagine having to sleep in an old, rusty bunk bed once used by prisoners.

That's what kids at Camp Tracy have been sleeping on for years. And some are not your ordinary campers.

Camp Tracy is a Boy Scout camp, but for one week out of the year in August, the scouts and the Great Salt Lake Council let the University of Utah Burn Center use it free of charge for young burn survivors.

“They're gracious enough to give us their space each year, they don't charge us,” said Brad Wiggins, Burn Camp co-director.

On Saturday, the Burn Center is saying thank you by replacing what's been a tiring problem for all campers who come here: bunk beds originally used at the Salt Lake County jail.

“Very antiquated, they're squeaky, they sag,” said Ronald Rife, co-director. “We've had kids fall out of the bunks because there is no railing on the bunks.”

Jacobsen Construction is donating the time along with lumber and equipment. By the end of the weekend, campers will have 80 state of the art bunk beds complete with storage, ladders and railings.

The U's Burn Camp has been held at Camp Tracy for 13 years.

If you would like to sponsor a camper's week at camp, click here.
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