"Scrub Camp" Teaches Teens About Health Industry

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND): A camp for teenagers who want to learn about the medical industry is underway today.

"Scrub Camp" lasts for three days at the Carle Foundation Hospital in Champaign. 
On Thursday campers toured a helicopter and a pediatric ambulance. They were able to ask questions to the first responders.

Max King, a freshman at Blue Ridge High School says he came to the camp to figure out if medicine is something he would want to do someday.

"I came to find out what it's like to be these people," King says. "The stress their under, what their hours are, how busy certain jobs are and if I'm up for it or not."

Organizers say that's exactly what they hope will happen.

"We feel like area high school students aged 14 to 18, it's a perfect time in their lives, you know, planning for their future," Laura Pew, co-chair of the Carle Scrub Camp, says. "So we really wanted to introduce them to the health care field so that they understand that there's so much to health care than just doctors and nurses."

The camp has more than 70 students. Organizers say they had to close registration early due to high interest in the camp.

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