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Frequently Asked Questions About AHEC’s Health Careers Summer Camp

Download the 2014 application HERE.

· WHEN IS IT?

Exact dates vary from year to year, but our camp usually takes place during the first or second week of June every summer.  Make sure you contact our office or visit our website to confirm dates.

· HOW LONG IS IT?

The camp typically lasts 4 days and 3 nights.  Students usually arrive on a Monday morning and depart early afternoon that Thursday.

· WHERE IS IT?

Our camp is held at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX.   Check-in and check-out usually take place at Cardinal Village on campus. If transportation is an issue, arrangements can be made with our coordinators.

· HOW DO I GET CHOSEN?

      Twenty (20) high school students are selected each year from the applications collected during the Spring semester.  Selection is based on multiple factors—including grades, teacher recommendations, personal statements, and how much benefit our camp will provide the applicant.  Alternates are also selected and notified if a spot becomes available. All grade levels can apply.

· HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

The camp price is $250.00, which includes activities, meals, and dorm fees.  Payment arrangements and sponsorships are available to applicants that demonstrate financial need.

For more information about our camp, health careers, or AHEC, please contact Lucero Salinas or Isaac Mancillas at (409) 933-0021 ort isaac.mancillas@txaheceast.org.

Summer Camp Programs & Activities

· The College Experience

      A taste of university life is one experience our campers always go home raving about.  Throughout the camp's duration, students will live on campus at the Cardinal Village dorms, eat at the Lamar dining hall,  and attend several activities within the university grounds.  Supervision is provided each day by AHEC staff and university volunteers, with additional security   services in the evenings and overnight.

· Shadowing Health Professionals

      Camp participants will spend a full day at Baptist Beaumont Hospital, where they will individually   shadow health care professionals in several different departments and fields of specialty.

· Hospital Tours

Our campers take interactive guided tours at several medical facilities.  They experience how health care services are provided in both urban (Houston’s Texas Medical Center) and rural (Chambers County Health) areas.

       
· Skill and Knowledge Building

Interactive and hands-on experiences tend to be among the most popular activities we offer.  Nursing skills labs,  guest speakers, and career presentations are just some of the enrichment modules on the camp itinerary.


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Lamar University - Home of AHEC's Summer Camp

Lamar University, a comprehensive public university in Beaumont, Texas, enrolls more than 14,000 students each year in more than 100 degree programs.  Both the university and the neighboring Lamar Institute of Technology offer health and health science degree programs.  Lamar’s nursing department is an active partner in our camp, providing skills activities and volunteers.

For over 15 years, Lamar has been the host for our Health Careers Summer Camp.  Participants and staff reside at Cardinal Village, the primary student residence area on campus.