University of Wisconsin–Madison
Area Health Education Centers
Area Health Education Centers

Health Careers Summer Camps

Health Careers Camps are five day programs held around the state of Wisconsin. These camps allow the students to experience first hand the challenges, opportunities and rewards of health professions.

The hands-on activities are facilitated by health profession students, instructors and health care professionals. Diversity awareness and leadership skill training are also a part of the camp experience.

This unique camp is a collaboration of Wisconsin AHEC regional offices, local colleges, technical schools colleges, and area healthcare practitioners. These summer camps are open to any high school student living in the counties served by the regional AHEC center sponsoring the camp.

Meals, lodging expenses and other program costs are provided by AHEC funding and sponsoring organizations. Counselors will be on site at all times. A non-refundable confirmation fee is required upon acceptance to a camp. Financial Assistance is available upon request.There are scholarships available.

Interested in being a camp counselor?

Please apply using the separate Health Career Camp Counselor Applications found on each regions website. Pay will vary, depending upon the camp. Please send your application to the contact listed for the camp where you are interested in working.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Health Careers Summer Camp Application Process

  • What is the total cost of this camp for me the student?

    The total cost for you is the camp confirmation fee ranging from $100.00 and $150.00 depending on the camp you plan to attend.  All of the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) camps are sponsored by AHECs and in some regions also by area health care systems.  This camp costs the sponsors about $750.00 per student. By having sponsors, we are able to keep your cost of this camp to only the non-refundable confirmation fee between $100.00 and $150.00.

  • Who can attend camp?

    Health careers summer camp is for high school students entering into 11th through 12th grade in the fall of 2018.  Students who have graduated high school are encouraged to contact their regional office to learn of future counselor opportunities.

  • Is this a day camp or an overnight camp?

    This camp is an overnight camp. Camps run from Sunday to Wednesday/Thursday.  Students are required to stay on campus.  Camp activities start in the morning and run into the evenings.  Due to the camp schedule no exceptions to the overnight stay are able to be made.

  • What is considered a complete application?

    A complete camp application is the Student Information Page, Student Personal Statement (online) and the Teacher Reference Math or Science form and the Teacher Reference English or Fine Arts form (online). A health occupation teacher can be one of the references. The students application will not be considered until all of the above forms are received by the AHEC regional camp director.

  • Do the teacher reference forms need to be included with the student portion of the application?

    No.  Teacher references are done online.  Once a teacher has completed the reference form it is directly emailed to the camp director. The teacher reference form must be completed by the application due date.  As a student, it is a good idea to check back with your reference teachers to make sure they have completed the online form.

  • What camp can I apply to?

    Camps are located in four regions: South Central, Scenic Rivers, Northeastern and Northern Wisconsin.  The camp you can apply to depends on the county in which you live or go to school.  The following is the list of counties in each region:

    South Central AHEC – Madison Camp

    Counties eligible: Adams, Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Green, Green Lake, Iowa, Jefferson, Lafayette, Marquette, Rock, Sauk, and Waushara.

    Scenic Rivers AHEC- La Crosse Camp and Platteville

    Counties eligible: Buffalo, Crawford, Grant, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Trempealeau and Vernon.

    Northeastern WI AHEC – Lakeshore Area Camp or Fox Valley Area Camp

    Counties eligible: Brown, Calumet, Door, Fond Du Lac, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Sheboygan, Washington, Waupaca, and Winnebago.

    North Central AHEC- Rhinelander Area

    Counties eligible: Clark, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Marathon, Pepin, Pierce, Portage, Taylor, Waupaca and Wood.

    Northwest AHEC – Rhinelander Area

    Counties eligible: Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Polk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Rusk and Washburn. 

    Northern Highland AHEC – Rhinelander Area

    Counties eligible: Florence, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Price, Shawano and Vilas.

  • When will I know if I have been accepted to Camp?

    Students will be notified a minimum of three weeks after the application deadline date.  You may contact the camp director if you have not been notified after the three-week time period.

Regional Camp Dates

  • La Crosse Camp

    June 17-20, 2018
    Counties eligible: Buffalo, Crawford, Grant, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Trempealeau and Vernon.
    Camp Director: Bob Matysik
    (608) 487-4878

  • Edgewood Camp

    June 17 – 21, 2018
    Counties eligible: Adams, Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Green, Green Lake, Iowa, Jefferson, Lafayette, Marquette, Rock, Sauk and Waushara.
    Camp Director: Kari Steck
    (608) 445-9477

  • Platteville Camp

    June 24-27, 2018
    Counties eligible: Buffalo, Crawford, Grant, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Trempealeau and Vernon.
    Camp Director: Bob Matysik
    (608) 487-4878

  • Fox Valley Area Camp

    June 24 – 28, 2018
    Counties eligible: Brown, Calumet, Door, Fond Du Lac, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Sheboygan, Washington, Winnebago.
    Camp Director: Brenda Birringer
    (920) 652-0238

  • Rhinelander Area Camp

    July 15th – July 18th

    North Central Counties eligible: Clark, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Marathon, Pepin, Pierce, Portage, Taylor, Waupaca and Wood.

    Northwest Counties eligible: Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Polk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Rusk and Washburn.

    Northern Highland eligible: Florence, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Price, Shawano and Vilas.

    More info: https://sites.google.com/nahec-wi.org/thepulse/home

  • Lakeshore Camp

    July 15 – 19, 2018
    Counties eligible: Brown, Calumet, Door, Fond Du Lac, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Sheboygan, Washington, Winnebago.
    Camp Director: Brenda Birringer
    (920) 652-0238