Welcome to the LAB!
NEW! Sick Kids Hospital
Medics Camp is excited to have the opportunity to host an amazing team of medical professionals from Sick Kids Hospital every Friday at Medics Camp this summer. Medics Camp is a community partner for the Caliper Program which is collecting samples in order to establish a comprehensive database of children and adolescents. They will collect a tiny amount of blood (1 tsp) that will test for for many health conditions and diseases and parents receive a copy of their child's results. Children who participate by providing the blood sample receive a $10 gift and a choice of a teddy bear or T-shirt. Teens also receive highs school community service hours from Sick Kids for their donation. What a great feeling for a child to know that they can help other children in Canada and around the world just by participating in this study.
Participation is completely voluntary. Parents would complete the questionnaire and consent form but it's ultimately up to the child to participate. They can change their mind at the very last minute. We hope that many of our Medics will choose to participate and while giving even a tiny amount of blood might seem a little scary, the team from Sick Kids are the absolute VERY best at what they do and specialize in children. They will make it easy and even fun and your child will be proud of themself for the difference they will have made in the lives of other children and the medical community.
Sick Kids will also be collecting samples for their COVID-19 Study. The COVID-19 Seroprevalence Study aims to monitor antibody levels after COVID-19 vaccination in children and adults to help better understand immune response and protection following vaccination. Campers can participate in either or both studies. Note that Sick Kids will provide parents with the results of the swab for COVID but doesn't offer the same incentives as they do for blood donations for Caliper and COVID. We know not every child will be comfortable providing a blood sample no matter how good the medical team is. Medics Camp will provide a participation button and certificate for those who choose to only donate a nasal swab sample.
Medics Camp supports the research being done at Sick Kids Hospital and will allow the siblings and other family members ages 1-18 of registered campers to also participate at our onsite Friday clinics if they wish to. The testing takes about 20 minutes. Please email us if you have questions or need more information.
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Medics Camp encourages kids and their families to explore the fantastic fascinating world of fungi with us. One of our camp topics is germs and we typically focus primarily on viruses and bacteria and realized we have not given fungi enough attention. Not all germs are harmful, in fact some bacteria and fungi are very healthy for our bodies, helpful to the environment and used in medicines.
If you and your child are looking for a fun and educational activity for early spring consider growing your own mushrooms! Our friends at Grow Mushrooms Canada recommend their easiest to grow indoor kits - blue oyster, elm oyster, yellow oyster and lion's mane. For outdoors Wine Cap is a great choice.
They also have lots of great links to educational videos on their website's Learn to Grow page.
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Medics Camp Book Recommendation:
The Mushroom Fan Club by Elise Gravel
We are pleased to announce that Medics Camp programs have been accredited by STEM.org the leading and exclusive third-party validator of STEM programs and other learning experiences.
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