Kudos to the many overnight camps that are successfully giving kids the chance to be kids this summer. None of us will likely take for granted again the simplicity of unplugging from devices and having good old-fashioned, in-person fun. As parents we understand how the uncertainty of the past year and a half has made many decisions harder and more complicated than ever before, but we’re so glad that many parents had the confidence to send their kids to summer programs.
We can report that our sleep away camps got off to a great start! They tested kids for Covid, created “safe zones,” and, when quarantine finished, let campers play freely without masks to the delight of all. Many of our families told us that while the transition for both parents and kids to camp was more challenging this year, once camp was in full swing, there was a welcomed sense of calm, normalcy, and routine. Campers and parents both relaxed into their experience and, in all the most important ways, it has been a typical summer at camp.
Around this time in the overnight camp season, in a normal year, there would have been much preparation and planning by camps and parents for visiting day. Most camps decided not to have an in person visiting day due to Covid related concerns. Many chose FaceTime sessions so that kids and parents can have a chance for face-to-face communication, albeit virtual. They put together special treats for the campers and live streamed events around camp for parents to watch. The feedback we have gotten is that it was a good decision and a huge success. While Moms and Dads are only getting virtual hugs, camp bubbles remain intact and after the call, campers are able to jump back in and enjoy their home away from home.
Summer 2021 camp season is full of surprises. The Tips Team hope that summer experiences will leave you and your children re-charged and ready for the fall. We’re looking forward to hearing all about your child’s summer.