There are new guidelines issued by the CDC today for safety at kids summer camps. We spoke to some local camps about their plan for this summer.
Utica City FC is excited for their third annual summer camp at the Adirondack Bank Center. The General Manager of the Utica City FC, Tommy Tanner, said "We just want to get the kids back out into the community and being active." The camp begins in July, but they are getting a head start on their coronavirus safety plan. Mr. Tanner said "Well obviously we'll follow all of the local and state guidelines along with CDC. The kids will have to wear a mask as it currently stands, and so we'll wear a mask. All our players, most of them have already been vaccinated or will be." The CDC guidelines issued today say that masks are required, along with six feet social distancing. Mr. Tanner said "There's plenty of space to socially distance. And we'll keep it at a max number of most likely 40."
The local Boy Scouts Leatherstocking Council weren't able to have summer camps last year, but they are ready for this summer. The Assistant Scout Executive/COO, Thomas Labayewski, said "We've been ready. We've been anticipating these guidelines. A lot of states actually did run camps last year and did it safely, so we've been following and developing plans based on a lot of those types of situations." And for parents that are hesitant, the Boy Scouts Leatherstocking Council says safety is their priority. Mr. Labayewski said "I am a leader of a scout troop and I can tell you, when we can go camping the kids are excited. It's different, it's masks, it's six feet apart, it's lots of other rules on how we're doing food prep and things like that. But you know we're doing everything in our power to make sure that the kids and adults that come to our camp stay safe."
If you are sending your kids to camp this summer, make sure they're educated on how to stay safe by wearing a mask and proper hand hygiene.