VHHA is pleased to offer camp grant opportunities for 2011 summer camps for middle school students.
Camp leaders are available to speak about their experiences. Please feel free to contact them or Barbara Brown, VHHA, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (804) 965-5722 to discuss holding a camp at your hospital/health system. Each fall, VHHA hosts a “roundup” of all the camp leaders so they can share their experiences and learn from each other. Those interested in offering a camp may attend. More information will be available in fall of 2011.
VHHA has a couple articles for new or prospective camp leaders detailing What We Learned at Summer Camp and How to Host a Summer Career Camp. Does the camp experience make a difference? Read From Camp to Career, how health care summer camps changed their futures.
As a long-term strategy to reduce health care employee shortages, VHHA is offering grants to health systems and their partners to sponsor summer nursing and health career camp experiences for middle school students. Successful camp experiences can positively influence students’ perceptions about health careers, remove misconceptions about the field and increase their interest in choosing a health career. It is hoped that the availability of the grants will allow partners to expand an existing program, replace a program eliminated due to state funding, or to start a program in areas previously underserved by summer experience opportunities. VHHA funds nursing and health career camps for middle school students only. As the funding is from the member organizations of VHHA, the grant must be submitted by a member hospital or health system. Hospitals and health systems are encouraged to partner with health career educational schools and universities to expand the opportunities for camp activities. Applications are due March 1, 2012. If the application is for a new camp, the submission deadline may be extended upon request. Please contact Dr. Brown at email@example.com.
Additionally, in response to facilities’ requests to assist high school students to learn about health careers, VHHA is sponsoring grants for weekend high school health career camps. Camps must be held during the school year. Applications are due by March 5, 2012, and will be accepted on a rolling basis. A limited number of weekend camp grants will be awarded.
Please e-mail the completed application to Dr. Barbara Brown at VHHA at firstname.lastname@example.org. Final decisions will be made by March 14, 2012.
Applicants for VHHA funding for health career summer or weekend camps should submit the following:
A completed cover sheet (described below)
Line item budget that includes support from other sources with 50% cash matching funds required. If the camp director(s) is (are) employed in an administrative position full-time, their salary cannot be included in the budget. Funds for staffing are to be used to buy-off time for health professionals routinely involved in patient care to assist with camp activities.
Daily agenda for the camp that lists at least one hands-on activity for each time slot. Hospital tours are not considered hands-on activities. Camps that operate as half-day health fairs are discouraged. Camps are to occur when the school year for public schools surrounding the primary camp site have closed for the summer.
Letters of support from cosponsor organizations, if applicable.
Applicants hosting novice and advanced camps (for returning campers) must submit an application for each camp. VHHA understands that returning campers are likely to be high school students.
Cover Sheet is to include the following information:
Project Manager (include title, work address, phone number and e-mail):
Amount of Request: (At least 50% of funding for camps must be provided by applicant and cosponsor organizations)
Is this camp being offered for the first time?
Purpose of Camp (Include target population):
Deliverables: (describe how you will evaluate your camp as to its effect)
Sessions (dates and hours):
Number of campers to be enrolled: (Camps that have operated for one summer or more must enroll at least 15 students for the summer. The students can be split between two camp sessions. Exceptions are made for advanced camps and for hospitals under 90 beds.)
Line Item Budget
Budget should describe projected revenues such as application fees or other grants and expenses (personnel, equipment, supplies, meals, student transportation, etc). Applicants must use the 2012 Camp Budget spreadsheet format (XLS) for middle school camps and the 2012 Weekend Camp Budget spreadsheet format (XLS) to describe budget. Applicants may send a budget narrative with the spreadsheet if they wish. Budget items assigned to be given to campers may include scrub tops, stethoscopes, backpacks and educational materials (anatomy activity books). Items used for hospital marketing purposes are not to be included in the camp budget.