BANGOR – There are a lot of different summer camps in Maine and one in Bangor is giving students a chance to decide if they want a career in healthcare.
At the adventures in Healthcare Camp, high school students are getting to do exactly that. Adventure through the different fields that healthcare can offer.
It came about because of a partnership between Northern Light Health and Eastern Maine Community College.
“It gives them that chance to explore and see what they really want to do in life,” Nikki Gray, operations manager for Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center, said.
The camp offers a hands-on experience to different career paths like nursing, sports therapy, physical therapy and many others.
Nikki Gray said there’s a shortage in the medical field, and offering a camp like this allows the students to find their interests in the field.
“It gives them that ‘I got to do this, I get to play, I get to touch things, I know what these things are doing, and you know what? I didn’t know about that and now I have that opportunity,'” said Gray.
Camper Ava Dowling agreed.
“In high school, not everyone knows what they want to do and this will maybe lean you towards it or away from it helping you decide what you want to do,” Dowling said.
The students participating are broken up into groups to not only meet new people but also keep that friendly competition that goes along with summer camp activities.
After many group activities and challenges, the group with the most points wins.
“It’s been a lot of fun meeting new people and getting to work with them,” said camper Chris Urquhart.
Gray said Adventures in Healthcare is an exciting way to spend a summer while exploring a new career.
“It’s really cool because you don’t understand how many jobs there are in healthcare,” Dowling said.