S.C.A.R.F. Junior - FAQs

Fequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

I’m interested in attending a S.C.A.R.F. junior camp, how do I apply?

The application for Summer 2019 is now available for download on our website. All applications must be typed and must include a recent picture.

When is my application due?

The deadline to receive S.C.A.R.F. junior applications for Summer 2019 is May 15th, though applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are first-come, first-serve. Applications can be delivered to the S.C.A.R.F. team via:

Email: [email protected]

Mailed or hand-delivered to Sycamore office (Monday – Thursday) 2550 Hauser Ross Dr, Ste 350, Sycamore, IL 60178
Mailed or hand-delivered to Elgin office (Friday): 500 N McLean Blvd, Ste 100, Elgin, IL 60123

What is the age range accepted for S.C.A.R.F. junior?

Our minimum age to participate is 9 years. Our maximum age is 14 years. Any students that are 15 years or older are welcome to apply for our Career Guidance and Mentorship Program. This program is an 8 – 10-week program and more information can be found at https://www.scarfnow.org/about-theprogram.html

How many students will participate in each camp?

We will have between 10 – 15 students per week. Space is very limited and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Get your applications in early if you want your first choice of dates!

How will I know if I am accepted?

A member of the S.C.A.R.F. team will be in touch via email within 10 days of receipt of your application. We will make every effort to give you your first choice in selected dates, however space is limited and this is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

When is S.C.A.R.F. junior for summer 2019?

There are three one-week S.C.A.R.F. junior camps being offered for Summer 2019. Each camp is Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm. The dates are as follows:

Camp 1: June 17 – June 21

Camp 2: July 8 – July 12

Camp 3: July 15 – July 19

What can I expect to learn at S.C.A.R.F. junior?

This is an opportunity to learn about heart health and how it can affect overall health. You will learn the major body systems with particular focus on the anatomy and physiology (function) of the heart. You will learn about how to read food labels and make healthy food choices. You will learn how to establish healthy habits at an early age. You will learn how to recognize and manage stress. You will learn about multiple career paths and the steps required to achieve your desired end-result. You will learn about working as a team to accomplish a goal. You will learn about giving back to your community and how important it is to participate in philanthropy. Finally, you will gain an introduction to our Mentorship and Career Guidance Program which is available to students ages 15+.

What types of activities will I participate in?

You will participate in many hands-on activities as a part of S.C.A.R.F. junior. Our older students, our S.C.A.R.F. Ambassadors, work very hard to create fun and innovative projects for our students to complete. This past summer we had a puzzle of the heart to be completed, colored in, and then special tubes with colored water were attached to represent oxygenated vs deoxygenated blood flowing through the appropriate sections of the heart. You will witness a pig heart dissection performed by Dr. Paul Nguyen and have the opportunity to touch and hold the various portions of the heart as it is studied.

Who will I be learning from during this camp?

S.C.A.R.F. junior is taught my many members of the S.C.A.R.F. team. You will learn from Dr. Paul Nguyen, Dr. Rubina Nguyen, Dr. Sarah Alfano, as well as many of our current S.C.A.R.F. Ambassadors. In addition, we will have guest speakers throughout the camp that will vary based on date selected.

Will lunch be provided? What if I have food allergies or special dietary preferences?

Lunch will be provided each day. Please indicate on your application if there is any allergy or dietary preference and we will do everything we can to comply.

If I participate in S.C.A.R.F. junior, am I guaranteed in the Mentorship and Career Guidance Program once I reach age 15?

No acceptance into the Mentorship and Career Guidance Program is guaranteed. However, participating in S.C.A.R.F. junior provides a great introduction to our core values of critical thinking, teamwork, and higher education. It also provides an excellent introduction to the world of philanthropy. These are values that we search for in our candidates for our Mentorship and Career Guidance Program.

Will lunch be provided? What if I have food allergies or special dietary preferences?

Lunch will be provided each day. Please indicate on your application if there is any allergy or dietary preference and we will do everything we can to comply.

Where is S.C.A.R.F. junior located?

S.C.A.R.F. junior is located at our Elgin office known as the ICON. The address is 500 N. McLean Blvd, Elgin, IL 60123.

My sister/brother/cousin is also applying, will we be in the same group?

Unlike the rule for our Mentorship and Career Guidance Program, for S.C.A.R.F. junior we do allow family members to be in the same group. Be sure to rank your preferences for camp dates the same and turn in your applications at the same time. You can even make a note on your application that you would prefer to be in the same group as your family member.

What do I need to wear to participate in S.C.A.R.F. junior?

Unlike our requirements for the Mentorship and Career Guidance Program, for S.C.A.R.F. junior, we do want you to dress casually. Shorts, t-shirts, dresses, etc. are all allowed. We do ask that on the day we complete the pig heart dissection that you wear close-toed shoes and clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty. You will be provided gowns or other protective gear; however, accidents and spills can happen so we want you to be prepared.

How can I participate with and support S.C.A.R.F. outside of the week-long S.C.A.R.F. junior camp?

S.C.A.R.F. hosts many public awareness events throughout the year. Any event will be posted on our website and via our social media pages well in advance. All are welcome to attend. In the past, these events have included Race for Life – a stock car racing event held at Sycamore Speedway with our very own S.C.A.R.F. car driven by Ambassador Ranzy Collins. Spike for Life – a beach volleyball event held in St. Charles and hosted by Ambassador Neehar Shah. Dance for Life – a free morning of Zumba classes held in Hoffman Estates and organized by S.C.A.R.F. Student Liaison and Ambassador Millen Srivastava.

We are always looking to host more “For Life” events and are open to suggestions by our S.C.A.R.F. Ambassadors and S.C.A.R.F. junior campers. If you have a passion or hobby and want to create your own “For Life” event, please contact our director, Dr. Sarah Alfano, at [email protected]

In addition, our 2nd annual Rhythm of Life gala will be held at the Marriott in Schaumburg on Saturday, July 27th. You, your family, and any friends or neighbors are invited to attend. Tickets must be purchased in advance via our website.

How much does S.C.A.R.F. junior cost?

The cost for each one-week camp is $500 per participant. This entire cost is given back to our campers in the form of educational materials, activities, S.C.A.R.F. gear, and provided lunch.

Are there any other requirements once I am accepted to attend this camp?

At least one parent MUST be present on the first day of your S.C.A.R.F. junior camp. They will sign our standard liability waiver as well as our social media consent form.