Overnight Camps in The Time of Covid

Are you looking to send your child to an overnight camp this summer but concerned about COVID?

If so, you’re not alone. Many parents are evaluating whether sending their children away during these times is a good idea.

You should know that the camps that I work with have learned what they need to do to keep campers and staff safe – and have done a great job accomplishing that.

Some camps took on this responsibility in the summer of 2020. They followed CDC and state guidelines. For 2021, they shared these best practices with others and remained aware of changes as they occurred. The result was a very successful 2021 camp season. I have every confidence that summer 2022 will be the same.

This summer’s major difference is that most overnight camps require all campers and all staff to be vaccinated. This will allow camps to run, for the most part, as normal.

What is not clear is whether those camps that offer inter-camp competition will do so. There is still a concern about breaking the camp bubble. Most of the ones offering inter-camp tournaments are back east or in the Midwest.

Our kids need a camp experience now more than ever.

Last fall, when we thought the pandemic was under control and a glimmer of normalcy was in sight, Delta and Omicron quickly took over.

Now many children are tested weekly. They are in school, out of school, and back in school. The tension and confusion are real.

How are your children doing in this scenario? Sending your child away this summer will provide them with a carefree environment where they can be with friends, participate in fun activities, and enjoy freedom and a sense of accomplishment.

Many parents have reached the same conclusion, and as a result, this year, camps are filling faster than ever before. Every day I receive emails about camps now waitlisting applicants.

Parents are realizing more than ever how vital that overnight camp is. Summer camp can be one of the most rewarding, unforgettable experiences in a child’s life, now more than ever. The camp enrollments reflect this.

If you haven’t started researching your child’s summer experience yet, do so now and find that special place for your child to thrive next summer.

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Helene Abrams

Helene Abrams, of the free advisory service Tips on Trips and Camps, helps parents find enriching summer overnight experiences for their children. Reach her at 214-484-8141 or [email protected]

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