Camp Harbor View kids take part in annual Career Days with Partners HealthCare staff members
Leaders-in-Training offered career guidance opportunities
Each summer, kids from Boston’s inner city neighborhoods look forward to life at Camp Harbor View, on Boston Harbor’s Long Island. The camp provides a respite from daily city life, and offers kids a chance to participate in the joys of summer in a naturally beautiful setting.
|Campers at Camp Harbor View and a Partners HealthCare staff members play a life-size version of the game Operation.|
Partners HealthCare, which has sponsored Camp Harbor View since its inception in 2007, has planned career education days each summer to introduce campers to the idea of working in the medical field. Staff members from Partners HealthCare hospitals visit the camp and work through fun activities and obstacle courses, such as a life-size game of Operation, interactive demonstrations of how to evacuate patients in an emergency, and relay races requiring campers to don sterile medical garb.
In addition, some LITs interested in careers in health care take part in two-week internships at hospitals and health centers affiliated with Partners HealthCare. These internships offer older teenagers a chance to see what a future in health care might look like, and equip them with the knowledge to seek out that path. Last year, two Camp Harbor View LITs, Avery Nichols and Bianca Glover, both of Dorchester, were placed in internships at Codman Square Health Center and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Boston, respectively. Read more about Avery’s experience and Bianca’s experience.
LITs are also able to take advantage of resume writing workshops put on at the camp by the Partners Workforce Development group.
This Better Living video, from 2012, shows how the camp came into existence, and that it offers campers a place to grow and learn more about themselves each year. Partners is proud of its commitment to the camp, and will continue to support its cause.
Camp Harbor View Video
The video above details Camp Harbor View's mission and shows kids enjoying activities at the camp.
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