DAVENPORT — St. Ambrose University is offering seventh and eighth-grade students the opportunity to explore health care careers in a day camp format. Health Careers Adventure Camp, July 18-22, will allow students to experience the challenges, opportunities and rewards of health professions through hands-on learning sessions provided by faculty and practicing clinicians.
“We want to provide the kids with a fun, information-filled experience to help them understand how to stay healthy, how to assist others with health issues and to learn about the different health sciences careers available to them,” says Professor of Occupational Therapy Christine Urish.
The weeklong camp will feature daily activities in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech pathology, social work, exercise science, pharmacy and medicine. With St. Ambrose health sciences students serving as camp counselors, campers will learn how to check vital signs, perform CPR, take health assessments, and choose healthy behaviors for themselves. In addition, they will travel to clinics throughout the area and have the opportunity to job-shadow professionals in two different areas of healthcare.
Camp runs Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Campers may be dropped off beginning at 7:30 a.m., and supervision will be provided until 5 p.m. Enrollment is limited to 30 students. Pre-registration is required.
Cost to attend the weeklong camp is $150 and includes on-site pre- and post-program supervision, a shirt and team bag, daily snack and lunch, transportation, and program costs. The cost for students who qualify for free/reduced lunch is $35. The camp is underwritten in part by the Southeast Iowa Area Health Education Center (AHEC), the Rock Island Foundation, and Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Stoffel.