by Misun Bormann, HealthForce Minnesota~


It started small when 66 students came to Winona State for a week-long residential health careers camp. However, Scrubs Camp has now grown by leaps and bounds!

Scrubs Camps grew to nine camps and 469 students in 2015. Faculty and industry professionals help inspire students to learn about themselves and different health care careers through hands-on activities.

MS Lab CoatsHealthForce Minnesota is excited to announce that we will have 16 Scrubs Camps throughout the state this summer.

Those 16 camps plus a new STEM camp for high school students called Camp Explore will reach (wait just one moment … Drumroll please …) – 1,400 middle and high school students in ONE summer!  Through strong partnerships with our K-12, higher education, and industry partners, we are developing tomorrow’s health care workforce.

How do I describe the energy and “light bulb” moments that happen all the time at Scrubs Camp?  I can’t do it justice, but I can share some quotes from our students:

“(Camp) showed me different areas in the health industry, and helped me to decide what I like.  It helped me to start thinking about where I want to go within health care.”

“It made a HUGE impact.  I now know what pathways I want to take in the health science sector.”

“This camp was amazing and life changing!”

“This scholarship has given me the drive and inspiration I needed to really open myself to the world of health care.”

Working together, we are making a difference.  Come join us at camp as a volunteer, presenter, or a camper.  Registration is now open.


Misun Bormann is a licensed school counselor pursuing her doctoral degree in higher education administration.  She is the Director of Statewide K-16 Partnerships and Outreach for HealthForce MN.

Images used courtesy of HealthForce MN, Winona State University-Rochester. 

2 thoughts on “Building the Future Workforce – One Camp at a Time!

  1. I too, find it important to gain some hands-on experience in order to truly know what the career or job entails.



  2. I love it when young people get the opportunity to gain real world, hands-on experiences! When I worked for the Office of Higher Education, we held several summer camps to expose middle school students to the options available to them after high school and helped them explore a variety of careers. As an educator, you can’t always see the effects your work has on students until much later.

    A few years ago, I was walking through downtown when a young male student approached me to thank me for the life and career lessons I taught him at camp. His name was Denzel. He was a 6th grader when I worked with him. I’m so thrilled about Camp Explore and the impact that will have on those students!


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