CLEAR WATER, Wisconsin (WEAU) –
Summer camps are back.
“We are extremely excited. Obviously, this last year with COVID has been very difficult, ”said Caroline Wee, director of child care services for the YMCA of the Chippewa Valley’s Association.
After being canceled or reduced in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Chippewa Valley day camps are back.
The camps will still follow certain COVID-19 security protocols.
“Staff who have been fully vaccinated will not have to wear their masks because they have not yet been vaccinated. We’re still going through the same amount of cleaning, as always, trying to keep them socially at bay, ”Wee said.
She said that unlike last year, when campers were placed in a group confined to one room all day, children will be able to play more outdoors and go on excursions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people who are not fully vaccinated wear face masks indoors at all times. They should also hide outside in large crowds. People who are fully vaccinated, that is, who finished their series of vaccines at least two weeks ago, do not need to wear a mask.
The CDC also recommends that camps keep children in assigned groups and not mix them up.
At the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley, MarLee Johnson, director of the Lee and Mary Markquart center, said all campers and staff will be required to wear a face covering, regardless of their immunization status.
“We’re starting to be able to move around the building safely, still following cleaning protocols, masking protocols, all that kind of good stuff, but we’re able to relax the restrictions and keep the kids safe. security, ”she said.
Johnson said the camp will be able to operate more normally but the children will need to stay within their groups.
Whatever the drawbacks with COVID-19 security protocols, Johnson is excited to be returning to camp.
“I’ve spoken to a few kids through Zoom, through family referrals and things like that and they’re all really excited to be back,” she said.
Boys and Girls Clubs and YMCA Camps in the Chippewa Valley begin June 14.
Johnson and Wee say their camps still have places available. People can register for Boys and Girls Clubs camp here. They can register for the YMCA camp here.
Wee also said that the YMCA camp has partnered with the Eau Claire area school district to provide Eau Claire campers with educational activities every day.
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