CDC Junior Disease Detective Camp: Frequently Asked Questions
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- When is the CDC Junior Disease Detective Camp?
- What will participants learn?
- Will my child go into an infectious disease lab?
- My child wants to be a doctor. Is this camp for them?
- Who can apply?
- How do I sign my child up?
- Can I reserve a spot until I mail in my application?
- How are participants selected?
Two sessions of a middle school camp will be offered in 2014.
Session 1: Monday, June 9 – Wednesday, June 11
Session 2: Monday, July 7 – Wednesday, July 9
All days are 8:30am - 3:00pm.
The CDC Junior Disease Detective Camp is an age-appropriate introduction to an important part of CDC’s work: public health. Campers will engage in hands-on activities, modified lab experiments, and short presentations from experts. This program’s focus is to explain the science of CDC’s work while introducing new career ideas to middle-school students.
Due to federal laboratory guidelines, we are not able to take the Junior Camp participants into any lab. Our modified laboratory experiment will be held in the CDC Museum classroom, and will not involve the use of any live microorganisms.
Possibly. The camp focus is not clinical medicine - so there are no dissections or activities related to anatomy and physiology. Topics related to health such as infectious diseases, lifestyle choices and how the environment affects our health are covered, but the focus is not clinical.
The CDC Junior Disease Detective Camp is open to students who are currently in 6th and 7th grade, so this summer during camp they will be rising 7th and 8th graders. There are absolutely no exceptions.
The application process for the 2014 CDC Disease Detective Camp is now closed. Please check back in mid-December 2014 to apply for the Summer 2015 camps.
We do not reserve spaces. Once the March 14th application deadline is reached, each application will be reviewed.
Applicants are selected based on the quality of the Application Essay Questions submitted, teacher recommendation, completed application and submission of the application by the March 14th deadline. A team of current or retired CDC employees will read each application and use a rubric to score applications based on completion, proper grammar, well thought-out responses and teacher recommendations. We are seeking a diverse and eager-to-learn group of campers!
All applicants’ parents are notified via e-mail when their applications are received. Be sure to add email@example.com to your e-mail address book so that notifications won’t go to your spam folder.
Once the deadline date for camp applications has passed, applications are reviewed. All applicants will receive notification e-mails indicating if they are being offered a slot in the camp or not by April 10, 2014. Please notify the camp office if you have not received a notification by April 11th.
There is no cost associated with attending the CDC Junior Disease Detective Camp, but campers will need to bring their own lunches.
CDC’s main campus is located at 1600 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30333. The CDC Junior Disease Detective Camp is organized by staff in the David J. Sencer CDC Museum, at CDC headquarters.
Yes! Non-Atlanta residents may apply for the camp, but are responsible for providing their own accommodations and transportation. Campers in past years have stayed with family friends or relatives in Atlanta.
No. While we understand that you may want to visit with your child, your best chance for him or her to get to know fellow campers is by staying with the group -- even during lunch.
If your son/daughter is offered a slot in the program, you will receive more information about what we suggest you send along. Participants will have to bring or buy lunches, but will not need to purchase any other supplies for the program. Attendees and their parents will be given explicit information about camper drop-off and pick-up.
Each session of the CDC Junior Disease Detective Camp will host 18 participants.Top of Page
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