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Summer Camp Amid a Pandemic

This past year has been challenging for everyone and our youths’ are definitely feeling the effects of the current pandemic. It’s taken measurable tolls on children socially, physically, emotionally and academically. Schools have been a combination of virtual and in person learning, sports and activities have been cancelled or modified and children have had to adjust to a new way of communicating with friends.

Many of our children and youth are struggling to cope. According to an NBC News study “Emergency rooms have seen a 24 percent increase in mental health-related visits from children ages 5 to 11 compared to last year. The increase among older kids is even higher — 31 percent.” The same study revealed “an estimated 17 million children are now in danger of not having enough to eat mainly because many were cut off from free school lunches.” Also, school attendance and test scores are plummeting due to quarantines and illness. Children, families and workers are exhausted and frustrated.

The nation (and the world) is looking for fun and safe solutions to help families and children. At the wellness center, we are committed to holding a Summer Camp that is dedicated to getting children active, allowing socialization and learning in an environment that is supportive. Being part of the Washington Health System the Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness is committed to the highest level of health and safety standards. At camp, you and your child can expect:

  • All members, staff and program guests are required to wear masks at all times
  • Counselor to student ratios should be no more than 2:15. These children will be divided by ages and will remain with the same groups each day.
  • Counselors will keep daily attendance sheets and location records in the situation that a child may be exposed; all those involved may be quickly and efficiently contacted.
  • All hard surfaces will be disinfected with the electrostatic sprayer. No soft goods will be used.
  • All counselors will have disinfection wipes as well as wipes provided in all locations to disinfect equipment and the space before and after use. Bins will be created as “Used” and “Clean” so all staff members are able to know the difference between supplies ready to be used.
  • All groups of children remain within their group of 15 and will eat in a designated spot without interference of other children at tables/chairs 6ft apart
  • Most activities (including meals) held outside under the tent or on the field weather permitting.
    There should be no non-essential visitors on site, no field trips, and no visiting guest speakers. (Child drop off and pick-up will be held outside)

Here at the Wilfred R Cameron Wellness Center, we offer a summer Kids Camp for children entering first grade through children entering 8th grade from June 15th – August 12th where our goal is to keep children physically and mentally active. There are a variety of registration options: 9-week full day, 9-week half days, weekly drop ins or virtual drop-ins. Full day camp is offered Tuesday and Thursday 8:30am – 5:00pm. Half day camp is offered 8:30am – 1:00pm or 12:30-5:00pm. Wednesdays are virtual learning days from 10:30-12:00pm and 1:00-2:30pm.

For more information, please contact Kids Camp Supervisor, Mallory Vodopich at (724) 250-6282 or mvodopich@whs.org.



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