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Pitching a Camp

Inspira’s Garden Area Health Education Center provides fun and informative summer camp to middle-schoolers.

The Garden Area Health Education Center (AHEC) of Inspira Health recently hosted a free Youth Career Exploration Camp at the Inspira Fitness Connection in Vineland. The summer camp provided in-depth information about various health care career choices, as well as information on local college programs and tracks that are available for each profession. Middle school students from various local schools attended the four-day camp.

This educational career camp was implemented as a part of Inspira Health’s mission to improve the lives of all it serves by providing the youth of Cumberland County access to a fun and safe learning environment during the summer months—a time when children are often without structured learning schedules.

The camp also included time to have some fun with exercise. Basketball drills and games were daily activities at the camp. Students also learned various stretching techniques to help with muscle management as it relates to sports. Guest speakers from different professions, such as occupational and physical therapy, also gave the students an inside look at what it takes to work in the health care industry.

“It’s important to provide kids with a space to come out and have fun during the summer,” said Matt McCafferty, AHEC manager. “Pairing career-exploration education with sports-related activities is a great way to get our local students involved and informed about some of the resources that they have right here in Cumberland County with Inspira Health.”

If you are interested in attending future AHEC educational programs, contact Matt McCafferty at: or visit

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