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CampMed

Virginia Hospital Center and Northern Virginia Community College offer CampMed, a week-long camp with hands-on activities for middle school students who are interested in healthcare. Students will interact with the many health care professionals who work in an acute care setting.

CampMed is open to all rising 7th through rising 9th grade students. Preference will be given to students who have not attended this camp in prior years. The camp is funded through several sources including grants, donors, and enrollment fees. Limited scholarship may be awarded on an as-needed basis.

All activities are “hands-on" and include topics in surgery, emergency medicine, pharmacy, rehabilitation, radiology and much more. On Tuesday and Thursday of each camp, campers travel by charter bus to Northern Virginia Community College in Springfield for activities which include but are not limited to crime scene management and investigation, CPR, pathology and forensics.

Students who wish to participate should have an interest in a healthcare career. During camp,students are responsible for adhering to camp guidelines; enthusiastically participating in every activity; asking lots of questions; and being responsible for their personal belongings. Parents are responsible for attending orientation night with their camper; providing on-time transportation to and from camp each day; engaging their camper in discussions about camp experiences; and coming to the end of week celebration and student skill demonstration.

This program has very limited enrollment, a waitlist will be created once capacity is reached. Applications are processed as they arrive. Notification of enrollment will be made by email. If you are accepted into the program, you will need to reply to the notification email to confirm participation.

For your planning, once a student is accepted in to CampMed, a forms packet will be emailed and must be completed by May 30. The forms to complete will include proof of a recent physical (within a year of the camp date) including tuberculosis test, proof of immunizations, and medication administration paperwork if needed. Additionally, the student will need to come to the hospital to create a hospital photo ID before camp. A “ticket” to get the ID will be with the forms packet with additional information. The ID office is open Monday-Friday from 7am to 4pm, closed on Memorial Day and the 4th of July.

Dates: Session I: June 26 to 30 | Session II: August 7 to 11

Hours: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm | Students must be dropped off and picked up on time. Before and after care are NOT available.

Volunteer Services

If your child has aged out of CampMed, please consider having your child volunteer at a hospital near you. Volunteers at Virginia Hospital Center, age 16 and up, may qualify as camp counselors during CampMed. Read more

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