The 21st Show

Summer Camps Adapting Amidst Uncertainty Around COVID-19


Uncertainty about the stay at home order and what our new normal might look like has left summer plans up in the air. Today we hear what that might mean for the tradition of summer camp. 

Although it might not feel like it after a long March and April, we are officially in May and the end of the school year is on the horizon. 

In years past around this time, many parents would be signing their kids up for summer camps. Whether that’s a local day camp or sleepaway camp -- a summer tradition many kids look forward to all year. 

But the uncertainty that has accompanied the coronavirus pandemic, also brings uncertainty about summer plans and what our new normal might look like in the next few months. 

Guests: Sarah Brewer, Association Director of Youth Development at the YMCA of Springfield. Olivia Ottenfeld, Co-Director and Counselor at the Illinois Chapter of Camp Kesem. Every summer, that organization offers free sleepaway camps for kids who have been affected by a parent’s cancer. Today there are more than 100 chapters of Camp Kesem nationally.