Frequently Asked Questions

How is Camp Survivor set up?

Campers are divided into tribes (usually between eight and ten campers) who are supervised by a Tribe Leader. Tribes then compete in challenges throughout the week to earn points which ultimately results in one tribe being declared “Tribe of the Week”

What does your daily schedule look like?

Days at Camp Survivor are packed full!  Wake up around 6:30am with breakfast at 7:15am.  Programming (hands-on activities and challenges) begins at 8am and lasts until 8-8:30pm.  Lights out is at 9:30pm.  In addition to meals, we offer two snacks a day and provide each of our campers with water bottles to ensure they are hydrated and ready for whatever comes their way.

Because we sometimes have to modify our agenda due to weather and commitments that arise with our healthcare professionals, we do not distribute schedules to our campers. Anyone who has worked in a summer camp or healthcare setting (or lives in Maine for that matter!) realizes that no matter how well you plan, sometimes things come up and you must be able to adjust and adapt. However, below is an overall general idea of what events and activities occur:

  • Registration & Introductions
  • Teambuilding Activities
  • Tour of the Eastern Maine Medical Center campus
  • Hands-on activities  (EMCC & Husson University)
  • Maine Wheelers presentation
  • EMMC’s Healthcare Mall and Capital Ambulance tours
  • Lifeflight presentation
  • Amazing Races, Disability Round Robins & Tacky Dinner
  • Skill Practice Challenges
  • Closing Ceremony & Goodbyes!


What are hands-on activities?

A Chinese proverb states “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand”. Presentation and lectures on careers is nothing new, however Camp Survivor introduces hands-on exercises to explore the careers our presenters speak about. Campers actually practice suturing (on bananas) and spine immobilization. They take x-rays and use laparoscopic robots in the EMCC operating room. They not only see the tools our professionals use, but they get to touch and use them as well. This component of our program is what makes it truly unique!


Where do campers stay while at camp?

While at EMCC, meals and snacks will be provided by the staff of Chartwells Dining Services and served in the McCorkill Dining Hall.

Campers and Staff will be residing in Kineo Hall on the campus of Eastern Maine Community College.  Male campers and staff are housed on one floor, while female campers and staff are on another.  Each camper will be assigned a roommate and then will share a common bathroom with two other campers which consists of two sinks and separate toilet and shower stalls.

Like the entire EMCC campus, Kineo Hall is chemical-free and locked 24/7. Each student is provided with a key which allows them access to the building and to their assigned room. Summer Resident Assistants monitor the building from 6pm-12am and contracted security conduct rounds every few hours.


Does Camp Survivor offer a day camp option?

Unfortunately, Camp Survivor is a true residential program with activities lasting late into the evening and beginning early in the morning. We also stress the importance of meeting and making new friends and having a program that our campers are fully emerged in. Any campers (and parents) tentative about being away from home are encouraged to speak to our Camp Coordinator Alissa Gervais at check-in to set up scheduled “check ins” during their time at camp. In the past, brief phone calls home just to check-in and discuss the day’s events have alleviated most of the stress of being away from home.


Why can’t my child have their cell phone? What if I want to check in with them?

It is our goal to have campers who are fully open and engaged in the opportunities we provide them. Cell phones, iPods and other electronics often distract campers from the experiences yet without electronics, they learn skills like problem solving and conflict resolution while navigating friendships and social skills.

We understand this can make campers (and parents) anxious which is why each evening we post pictures and snippets of the day on the Camp Survivor: Adventures in Healthcare Facebook page. In addition, parents can reach our Camp Coordinator Alissa Gervais by emailing or by calling (207) 478-9821. She is with campers throughout the day and returns parent phone calls/emails every evening.

Any parent who wishes to schedule “check in” calls during their child’s time at camp should speak with Alissa at check-in as well. In the past, brief phone calls home just to check-in and discuss the day’s events have alleviated most of the stress for all parties involved.


How are campers transported during the week?

All camper transportation is provided by CYR Bus Line and supervised by Camp Staff trained in transportation and emergency procedures.