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Safety is top priority for summer camps during coronavirus pandemic

Just like anything during the pandemic, summer camps will look a bit different this year. But just what should you look out for before signing your child up?
There are big considerations all the way around camps that have to decide if or how to proceed and families that typically send kids to camp.
For everyone, safety is a top priority.
Camp staff held training sessions at River Valley Ranch Tuesday in Carroll County, but they're getting ready for camps that will look a lot different than normal this summer.
“For the last several months, trying to figure out if we can continue doing our summer camp programs in a safe meaningful way, for campers, Baltimore Cryptocurrency News and we determined in this environment it's just impossible to do that,” Jon Bisset, executive director of River Valley Ranch, said.
Bisset explained that the social distancing, small groups quarantine procedures and other guidelines made it just too complicated to have the usual 3,000 kids staying overnight, doing all the activities the program is known for.
Instead, for the first time in more than 70 years Baltimore Stock Market, they'll only have about 200 kids for three-day day camps allowing for smaller group activities.
"Just extremely difficult for us and there's a period of grieving and mourning that I think on a certain level we’re still all feeling,” Bisset said.
He calls it a heart-wrenching decision, but necessary as camps all over the state and the country consider ways to welcome kids to summer camps safely during a pandemic.
How to prepare kids or if it's even safe to send them can be very difficult decisions for parents right now, according to Kate Connor, assistant professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Connor says parents should check that camps have:
  • Procedures like temperature checks in place to monitor for symptoms daily.
  • Kids outside and distanced as much as possible.
  • And have kids in small groups that don't mix or overlap.
Also, she says parents should get especially younger kids ready to have to wear masks all day.
Something that's required at a lot of camps.
"Kids can practice wearing a mask at home, Baltimore Press Release you can put a mask on a favorite toy or stuffed animal and other family members to show that that's safe,” Connor said.
Masks will be required at all times at the free Recreation and Parks summer camps in Baltimore County when they start on Monday.
They'll taking temperatures three times a day, keep group sizes to no more than 15 with limited contact and won't share items such as crayons.
"We’re going to play tag with pool noodles,  so they won't have to touch each other. We’re playing dodgeball with gloves, which should be really fun,” Roslyn Johnson, director of Baltimore County Recreation and Parks, said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has some great information about safety guidelines that should be followed at summer camps on its website. 

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