Mercy College invites aspiring healthcare professionals for four days of guts, goop, and ooze. Camp Scrubs, a summer camp for kids entering 6th through 9th grades, gives campers firsthand experiences of what it takes to be a healthcare ‘Rock Star.’
During Camp Scrubs, campers are introduced to the human body via gross anatomy, followed by fun, profession specific activities involving medical imaging, neurology and mental health, digestive health and nutrition, and cardiopulmonary health. Campers have the opportunity to learn and apply skills such as basic first aid and to participate in clinical simulations. Campers learn from the best including Mercy College faculty and staff, Mercy Health professionals, current students and healthcare leaders in the community.
William, a previous Camp Scrubs attendee, valued his experience, noting, “Camp Scrubs let me try the instruments real nurses use and now I have a better idea about what a day may look like as an ICU nurse. Before camp I didn’t realize how many people play a role in healthcare … from the lab tech who draws blood to the health information technologist who makes sure patient information is accurate and secure … healthcare is definitely a team effort.”
Throughout the four-day camp, campers have the opportunity to fully engage as a healthcare professional. Campers utilize the same skills labs, simulators and modalities used to train providers and students. Mercy Health providers offer candid question and answer sessions allowing campers to ask what it is really like to have a career in healthcare.
Camp Scrubs introduces campers to careers in healthcare paying special attention to academic programs offered at Mercy College including nursing, ophthalmic technology, polysomnographic technology, and radiologic technology as well as pre-med, biology, and health information technology. Campers learn about academic requirements and the student experience at the College.
During Camp Scrubs, campers are split into two groups based on the grade they are entering and perform several grade-appropriate healthcare related activities. Younger campers learn how to take a pulse and blood pressure, blood typing, grow bacteria, and dissection. Older campers are challenged to start an I.V. on simulator, dissection, identify symptoms of a heart attack and stroke, explain how body systems work together, and learn CPR.
Camp Scrubs runs for four days starting on June 19 and ending on June 22. All activities take place at the Mercy Health facility on Jefferson Avenue. The fee is $180 and includes lunch and snacks daily, camp materials, and Camp Scrubs t-shirt. Interested campers should register early as Camp Scrubs tends to sell out. For more information visit mercycollege.edu/camp.