S.C.A.R.F. Teen FAQ

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

The application for Summer 2020 will be available on our website beginning in mid-January 2020. All applications must be typed and will require that you submit a recent picture.

When is my application due?

There is no deadline for our S.C.A.R.F. TEEN camps, however applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are first-come, first-serve. So please have your application in sooner rather than later to guarantee your spot in the desired date.

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

Our minimum age to participate is 13 years. Our maximum age is 15 years. Any students that are 16 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/mentorship. Any student that is between ages 9 – 12 is welcome to apply to our S.C.A.R.F. junior camp and more information can be found at https://www.scarfnow.org/scarf-junior.

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. We will make every effort to give you your first choice in selected dates, however space is limited.

When is S.C.A.R.F. TEEN for summer 2020?

There are two one-week S.C.A.R.F. TEEN camps being offered for Summer 2020. Each camp is Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm. The dates are as follows:
Camp 1: June 15 – June 19
Camp 2: July 6 – July 10
Additional camps may be added if there is enough student interest.

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

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 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. TEEN. 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, students participated in activities involving kidney function, blood typing, and a pig heart dissection. Each day students will be divided into small groups and will do mini-research topics and presentations. There will also be a pig heart dissection performed alongside Dr. Paul Nguyen.

Who will I be learning from during this camp?

S.C.A.R.F. TEEN 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 may 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. TEEN, am I guaranteed in the Mentorship and Career
Guidance Program once I reach age 16?

No, acceptance into the Mentorship and Career Guidance Program is not guaranteed. However, participating in S.C.A.R.F. TEEN 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. TEEN located?

S.C.A.R.F. TEEN 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. TEEN 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 around 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. TEEN?

Unlike our requirements for the Mentorship and Career Guidance Program, for S.C.A.R.F. TEEN, 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. TEEN 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. TEEN 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 salfano@scarfnow.org. In addition, our 3 rd annual Rhythm of Life gala will be held at the Westin in Itasca on Saturday, August 1 st. 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. TEEN cost?

The cost for each one-week camp is $525 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. TEEN camp. They will sign our standard liability waiver as well as our social media consent form.