It's been almost two years since the pandemic started. Some kids haven't been to school since then. Now that it's summer, camp is a great way for them to get out of the house and socialize with other kids their age. However, is it safe to return to summer camp post-pandemic?
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How can a summer camp run successfully during a rapidly spreading viral pandemic like the current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)?
It’s been a challenging summer for youth summer camps in the United States. The news around the pandemic has been up and down, depending on where you live. Many camps had to close in 2020 (62%, according to figures from CNBC), while others went virtual. Certain areas were fortunate to enjoy in-person programs, modified or abbreviated for local safety guidelines.
A ton of top-rated summer camps may have closed this year, but don’t worry, nothing can cancel summer! There are an enormous number of summer camp alternatives ripe for the plucking. Here are a few ways to keep kids busy:
2020 summer camps are in a precarious spot. Many camp owners are wondering how to increase summer camp enrollment with all of the uncertainty around social distancing measures and state-regulated limitations on public events. While some places, like Texas, already have a light at the end of that tunnel, other regions haven’t got there yet.
Texans are glowing with new hope for a vibrant 2020 summer camp season! On May 18, Governor Abbott announced the second phase of safely and strategically reopening the state by allowing Texas summer camps, youth sports, daycares, and bars to ramp up operations. Yes, COVID-19 has thrown a lot of wrenches into the works, but as Abbott said himself:
Getting to full capacity is the #1 priority for legions of camp owners and directors as we head into a much-needed summer camp season. And when it comes to driving registrations, you can’t beat free advertising.
The COVID-19 crisis has launched a temporary, socially-distanced way of life. Extra precautions at camp will be both wise and appreciated by your loyal families. But what if camp is delayed? What if on-site activities have to be canceled altogether?
This pandemic has us all cooped up. It isn’t time for summer camp yet (darn it), but the best way to make sure all this social distancing saves our summer is to stay at home!
By the time the summer camp 2020 season arrives, many parents and children will have been cooped up in social distancing and self-isolation for months. The open-aired freedom of your program is a welcome dream for stir-crazy camp families. We all hope it can become a reality, too.