Junior Camps FAQ

I’m interested in attending a SCARF junior camp. How do i apply?

Due to COVID-19, S.C.A.R.F. Junior Camp will be hosted virtually. The application is now available by visiting https://www.scarfnow.org/scarfjunior-apply

When is my application due?

Applications for Summer 2020 are due by June 10th

What is the age range accepted for SCARF junior?

Our minimum age to participate is 10 years and our maximum age is 13 years.

How many students will participate in each camp?

We are requiring a minimum enrollment of 8 campers in order to host this virtual camp. We will accept a maximum of 20 campers.

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.

When is SCARF junior for summer 2020?

In 2020, S.C.A.R.F. Junior will be hosted virtually. This will be held Monday June 22nd - Friday June 26th. Camp takes place each day from 9:00am - 12:30pm.

What can i expect to learn at SCARF junior?

Our S.C.A.R.F. Junior camp is a STEM-based program where you will focus on three key areas: Health, Wellness, and Professionalism. You will learn anatomy and physiology of key body systems in addition to the science behind sudden cardiac arrest. You will learn about mindfulness, mental wellness, and managing stress. You will learn about profesionalism including education and career planning. You will learn the steps you can take now to ensure a successful future. You will practice research and public speaking by working on a research project and completing a final presentation on the final day of the camp. This will all be performed virtually. Finally, you will gain an introduction to our Mentorship and
Career Guidance Program which is available to students ages 16+.

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. Given that our 2020 session will be conducted virtually, you will be provided with "camp kits" in advance that will contain the materials you need to participate in these activities. You will also take part in a research project and final presentation to be given on the last day of camp.

Who will I be learning from during this camp?

S.C.A.R.F. junior is taught by 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 may have guest speakers throughout the camp who will provide their own expertise with various activities.

What materials do I need in order to participate?

S.C.A.R.F. will provide you with the various materials you will need to participate in our hands-on activities. This kits will need to be picked up by you/your parent in advance of the camp start date. In addition, you will need a laptop/computer/tablet that has a microphone and a camera in order to participate in this virtual camp. We will be meeting via Zoom (or similar virtual meeting software) and details/links for these meetings will be provided in advance.

If I participate in SCARF junior, am i guaranteed admittance to the mentorship and career guidance program when i turn 16?

No, acceptance into the Mentorship and Career Guidance Program is not 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.

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

In 2020, S.C.A.R.F. Junior is located virtually. This means anyone around the world has an opportunity to participate!

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

For 2020, we are only hosting one virtual camp. That means if you have friends or family members (even from out of state) they are free to apply and participate with you!

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

Given that S.C.A.R.F. Junior is now a virtual camp for 2020 and will be taking place in the morning only, we have significantly reduced the cost. The cost for our 2020 camp is $250.

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

  • You must have all necessary technical components in order to participate in camp (internet access, laptop/tablet/computer with microphone and camera)
  • You are expected to arrive on time (or better yet, a few minutes early!) to our virtual meeting each day
  • You are expected to be respectful to our S.C.A.R.F. team members who are leading this camp as well as to your fellow campers - any rude or inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated and may lead to immediate dismissal from the program
  • You are expected to actively participate in our activities, discussions, and presentations

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 Ambasador 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 assistant director, Leslie Guerrero, at lguerrero@scarfnow.org.