Are you interested in learning about job opportunities in the healthcare field? Do you need help preparing for the college application process? Are you looking to meet other high school students with similar interests to yours? The Rural Health Careers Camp can help you with all this and more.
The Rural Health Careers Camp is a three-day, overnight educational program for high school students interested in the healthcare field. Students will participate in hands-on learning activities and labs that represent different healthcare careers and stay at an overnight facility to experience living on a college campus.
Since 2005, the NCRHP has helped over 600 campers explore opportunities in rural healthcare.
What to expect as a camper:
- Participate in over 20 activities related to healthcare professions
- Learn directly from current healthcare providers and have the opportunity to ask them about why they love their career
- Meet camp counselors who are current health professions students
- Live like a college student on an overnight campus
- Make new friends from the area with similar interests
Will the camp be available for 2024?
Yes! The Rural Health Careers Camp is scheduled to be held from Monday, June 24 – Wednesday, June 26, 2024 at a location in northwest Illinois. The location will be finalized in early 2024. All activities will be held in person.
When will I find out if I am accepted? Will you tell me if I am not accepted?
The 2024 final application deadline is Wednesday, May 15, 2024.
Notification of acceptance will be sent by email to both the camper and their parents/guardians.
Preference for the camp goes to underclassmen (rising freshmen and sophomores) from rural communities who have not yet attended the camp. Students of all grade levels are welcome to apply. Based upon the number of applicants, there may be a waiting list. Students will be notified if they have been placed on the list.
What is a typical day like at camp?
A typical day begins between 8:00 and 9:00 am. Educational activities are scheduled until dinner, around 5:00 pm. Additional speakers, career workshops, and team building games are scheduled after dinner. Time is reserved in the evening for campers to relax before official “lights out” at 11pm.
All but one day of camp activities are spent at the camp location. One day typically includes rotations at the UIC Health Sciences Campus- Rockford. Transportation by coach bus is provided on this day.
How many students will be participating?
Up to 50 students will be selected to participate in the 2024 camp.
Where will I be staying during camp? Will I have a roommate?
Campers will stay in a room with one other camper. Campers are separated by gender. A Roommate Compatibility Form is included in the acceptance email to match students by interests. There is also a section on the form to request a particular roommate.
Camp counselors are also required to stay in private rooms in the facility for supervision and to attend to campers as needed.
When do I need to arrive to and leave camp? Can I drive myself?
Check-in begins at 9:00 am on Monday, June 24, 2024. Check-out will begin at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, June 26,2024. Campers MUST be dropped off and picked up by a parent, guardian, or the parent/ guardian of another camper. Please notify us if you will be dropped off or picked up by another camper’s family.
What should I bring?
A list of suggested items will be sent in camp acceptance email.
What should I wear to camp?
A list of suggestions will be sent in camp acceptance emails, but we advise checking the weather beforehand because temperatures in June can vary throughout the day. The dormitories and classrooms can also range in temperature. Campers must wear comfortable, closed-toed sneakers each day for lab rotations.
I can be shy in big groups. Will I still enjoy the experience?
Of course! Campers will be assigned a small group and a camp counselor for activities throughout camp. Campers will have the chance to work with students of other groups, but these smaller groups will be a great way to get to know a few fellow campers more closely. The majority of former campers say that the camp is a great opportunity to make new friends!
Will there be downtime to hang out with other campers?
Yes! There will be time each night before official “Lights out” when campers can socialize.
Can you accommodate an allergy and dietary restrictions?
Most meals will be provided at the camp’s dining center. Their staff can accommodate your dietary needs. An Emergency Medical Waiver Form will be included in your acceptance email where you can indicate allergies and restrictions.
I submitted my acceptance packet and $100 camp fee but plans have changed and I am no longer able to attend. Can I get a refund?
We understand that plans can change, so we allow refunds by a certain deadline each year. The acceptance packet will provide information on camp fee and refund deadlines. Camp fees do not need to be submitted until after notification of acceptance into the program.
The 2024 Rural Health Careers Camp is planning to be held from Monday, June 24 – Wednesday, June 26, 2024.
Applications for the 2024 Rural Health Careers Camp will be available beginning January 8, 2024.
We are looking for rural Illinois high school students who are passionate about helping others through a healthcare career. Preference goes to underclassmen and incoming freshman students from the following counties: Boone, Bureau, Carroll, DeKalb, Henderson, Henry, JoDaviess, Knox, LaSalle, Lee, Mercer, Ogle, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Stephenson, Warren, Whiteside and Winnebago. Seniors and students outside of these counties will be considered, pending availability.
For Camp Counselors:
Applicants must have completed sophomore year of undergraduate studies in order to apply. Preference goes to students with previous counseling and mentorship experience.
University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
1601 Parkview Avenue
Rockford, Illinois 61107
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