Healthcare Workers Make a Difference as Summer Camp Volunteers
Linda Childers, Monster Contributing Writer
While some people might be looking forward to a cruise or family trip this summer, many healthcare professionals plan to use their time off to volunteer their expertise at medically supervised summer camps that serve children and adults with medical conditions ranging from asthma to AIDS.
These camps, typically held over the course of a week or weekend, rely on nurses, respiratory therapists, medical students and other healthcare workers to provide campers with basic medical care, support and guidance. The experience also allows volunteers to network with others in the medical community, master new skills and make a profound difference in campers’ lives.
Medical volunteers, whose duties might include administering meds or helping children maneuver IV lines while they participate in arts and crafts, work diligently to give children the same experiences healthy kids enjoy at summer camp.
“Our camp allows children to forget about their illness for a week and to just be kids,” says Carrie Cady, RN, who volunteers at the Stanley Stamm Summer Camp outside Seattle. “Even if they can’t breathe well, they can blow bubbles or soak their friends with a water pistol.”