By: Amber Goodreau
Aboard the ferry to Camp Harbor View
There is always something fun and exciting going on for both campers and staff during a summer at Camp Harbor View, which brings together youth from across the city’s neighborhoods on Boston harbor’s Long Island. We fill our days with all kinds of activities: swimming, soccer, sailing, arts and crafts, and more.
But we also like to switch it up sometimes and shift away from our normal routine. It helps keep campers engaged and interested in learning about new things. One of the ways we are able to do that is the Partners HealthCare Career Days. Campers are always curious when I mention that a career day is coming up because they don’t know what to expect. But they do know that they will definitely be learning something new – like how to take their blood pressure, how to perform the Heimlich maneuver and how an ultrasound works.
Having dozens of representatives from across the Partners HealthCare system come and speak to our campers about health care professions recently was a powerful experience. Many of our campers arrive at camp with limited exposure to health care careers. But these career days help our campers understand that working in the health care field doesn’t mean you have to be a doctor or a nurse. There are so many more career options and opportunities to explore.
The career days expose the campers to something that they might not have access to through their schools or after-school programs during the year. And campers usually walk away with more knowledge about healthy behaviors, which is a huge added benefit.
Seeing different faces, meeting new people and being exposed to life outside of camp are essential for campers’ growth and development. We are so appreciative of Partners’ ongoing support of our efforts to develop the future leaders of our community—some of whom will surely be leaders in health care!