Camp Nah Nah Mah is a summer camp sponsored by the University of Utah for child burn survivors. For the duration of 5 days, burn survivors come together to learn skills, make friends, talk about their experience, and work with counselors to continue in the emotional and psychological recovery. The intent of the camp is to provide the children with fun experiences to build a relationship with others. The location for Camp Nah Nah Mah is up Millcreek Canyon at Camp Tracey in Utah. For many years this has been the location for this burn camp, but there are renovations that could be done to help the burn camp function better and have the amenities to involve more children in the camp. This design is proposal for a redesign to Camp Nah Nah Mah.
A modern approach was taken to the architecture and interiors of both the cabin and the main lodge. Although modern styles are not often found within a natural setting, this was selected to give a new and refreshing look. For many children this is their first time away from home and the intent for keeping the buildings modern was to help give the children a reminder of home.
Throughout the interior of both the cabins and the main lodge, neutral and modern finishes were selected for their subtle addition of color. The purpose of this camp is to help the children to interact with other survivors, to learn new skills, find the courage to open up about their trauma, and to experience nature. Biophilia was another important element to focus on in the selection of color. With this in mind, I kept the nature surrounding the cabins and the lodge as the main focus within each space. Blacks, whites, white oak wood, and other natural finishes were selected for the base pieces within the camp. From this, soft grays, blues, greens, and subtle uses of yellows and oranges are added to liven each space. However, the addition of these colors is not meant to overpower the brilliant colors of the nature seen through the windows in each of these spaces.
The selection of cooler colors within each of the spaces was intended to help the children to feel a sense of peace, steadiness, and easiness as they are at camp. For some, this is the first time they are away from family for a few days, or for others, this may be the first time they will open up about the experience that led to their burn injury. By applying cooler grays, blues, greens, and teals to the space is meant to encourage the children to not feel anxious or stressed.