Child burn survivors had a wet and wonderful time at the annual Children’s Burn Foundation “Camp Gung Ho” event in Malibu on Saturday, Aug. 6 at Makos Surf Club.

About 70 children learned surfing basics from 15 instructors at the longtime surf club located near Lifeguard Tower 16 at Zuma Beach.

The camp emphasizes making friends with other burn survivors, learning new skills, gaining confidence in meeting a challenge, boosting self-esteem — and having fun. The children and their families also enjoyed snacks and a lunch.

Children’s Burn Foundation helps child burn survivors and their families cope with physical, emotional and financial issues. The nonprofit facilitates full recovery services for children who have been severely burned, emergency family assistance, support groups, camps and parties. The support services are for ages up to 18.

  • Daniel Lazar (no shirt at left), 28, of Agoura Hills,...

    Daniel Lazar (no shirt at left), 28, of Agoura Hills, lead instructor for the Malibu Makos Surfing Club shows children attending the Children’s Burn Foundation’s Camp Gung Ho how to properly stand on a surf board while surfing. Lazar and several other instructors helped the children learn how to surf Saturday, August 6, 2022 at Zuma Beach in Malibu, Ca. (Photo by Kevin Karzin/contributing photographer)

  • Children attending the Children’s Burn Foundation’s Camp Gung Ho learn...

    Children attending the Children’s Burn Foundation’s Camp Gung Ho learn how to push themselves up on a surf board Saturday, August 6, 2022 at Zuma Beach in Malibu, Ca. The Malibu Makos Surfing Club were teaching the children how to surf. (Photo by Kevin Karzin/contributing photographer)

  • Children attending the Children’s Burn Foundations Camp Gung Ho go...

    Children attending the Children’s Burn Foundations Camp Gung Ho go pick out a surf board while being taught how to surf by the Malibu Makos Surfing Club Saturday, August 6, 2022 at Zuma Beach in Malibu, Ca. (Photo by Kevin Karzin/contributing photographer)

  • Ivan Solis, 10 of Mexico practices standing on a surf...

    Ivan Solis, 10 of Mexico practices standing on a surf board prior to. getting into the water Saturday, August 6, 2022 at Zuma Beach in Malibu, Ca. Solis was one of several children attending the Children’s Burn Foundation’s Camp Gung Ho where they were taught how to surf by the Malibu Makos Surfing Club. (Photo by Kevin Karzin/contributing photographer)

  • Tesa Barolet, 6 of Santa Clarita tries to stand on...

    Tesa Barolet, 6 of Santa Clarita tries to stand on the surf board as Malibu Makos Surfing Instructor Lillia Weissmuller, 20 of Pacific Palisades helps. Barolet was one of about 75 children from the Children’s Burn Foundation in Sherman Oaks, Ca. who were participating in the annual Camp Gung Ho and were being taught surfing lessons by members of the Malibu Makos surfing club Saturday, August 6, 2022 at Zuma Beach in Malibu, Ca. (Photo by Kevin Karzin/contributing photographer)

  • Joe Rickabaugh, 29 of Agoura Hills and lead surf instructor...

    Joe Rickabaugh, 29 of Agoura Hills and lead surf instructor for the Malibu Makos instructs the children attending the Children’s Burn Foundation’s Camp Gung Ho at Zuma Beach in Malibu, Ca Saturday, August 6, 2022 how to tell is the current is a rip current or a lateral current. The children were given surfing lessions by instructors of the Malibu Makos during the day. (Photo by Kevin Karzin/contributing photographer)

  • Malibu Makos Surf Instructor Lillia Weissmuller, (l), 20 of Pacific...

    Malibu Makos Surf Instructor Lillia Weissmuller, (l), 20 of Pacific Palisades reacts after Tesa Barolet (r), 6 of Santa Clarita fell off the surf board while trying to stand during the Children’s Burn Foundation’s annual Camp Gung Ho Saturday, August 6, 2022 at Zuma Beach in Malibu, Ca. (Photo by Kevin Karzin/contributing photographer)

  • Ivan Solis,, 10 of Mexico smiles as he runs toward...

    Ivan Solis,, 10 of Mexico smiles as he runs toward the water after getting his wetsuit during the Children’s Burn Foundation’s annual Camp Gung Ho Saturday, August 6, 2022 at Zuma Beach in Malibu, Ca. The children were taught how to surf by the Malibu Makos Surfing Club. (Photo by Kevin Karzin/contributing photographer)

  • Ivy Avieles, 9, of Culver City gets her wetsuit adjusted...

    Ivy Avieles, 9, of Culver City gets her wetsuit adjusted by Sara Greene, 17 of Woodland Hills during the Children’s Burn Foundation’s Camp Gung Ho, where children burn survivors received surfing lessons from the Malibu Makos Surfing Club at Zuma Beach in Malibu, CA, Saturday, August 6, 2022. (Photo by Kevin Karzin/contributing photographer)

According to the foundation website, about “250,000 children in the United States, ages 0-17, will be burned seriously enough to require medical attention; 15,000 of them will require hospitalization and as many as 1,100 of them will succumb to their injuries.”

About 75% of child burns involve children under the age of four. The foundation estimates that 80% of burns can be prevented. They strive to educate the public on how to prevent and treat burns.

Children’s Burn Foundation, 818-907-2822. www.facebook.com/childburn. www.childburn.org/

California

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