ELIZABETH CITY – College of The Albemarle (COA) hosted Camp Scrubs at the Elizabeth City Campus June 18 through 22. A grant from the HCWGMW Donor Advised Fund of the Northern Albemarle Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, made Camp Scrubs possible. Grant partners included COA, Sentara Albemarle Medical Center (SAMC), Albemarle Family YMCA and the Eastern Area Health Education Center (AHEC) of Elizabeth City.
The camp introduced 7th, 8th and 9th graders to a week of activities including various lab simulations, virtual job shadow, and CPR training and certification. Students learned about the many careers in healthcare from people who do those jobs. They observed and participated in hands-on experiences with community healthcare professionals from COA, SAMC and many others.
Eastern AHEC and other local individuals in the medical community gave informative presentations and a Togetherhood Project was completed by the students with the YMCA who showed them opportunities about health and community service.
Students walked away from the week with a better understanding of their interests in the healthcare field. Exposure to so many different opportunities has enabled them to have a better understanding of their future in healthcare and how to get there.