One local summer camp is excited to open after being closed last year due to coronavirus restrictions

The Herkimer Diamond Mines Rock, Gem, and STEM Camp wasn't able to open last summer, but they're very excited to welcome the kids back this summer.

Posted: Apr 26, 2021 6:32 PM

The Herkimer Diamond Mines Rock, Gem, and STEM Camp wasn't able to open last summer, but they're very excited to welcome the kids back this summer. And are prepared to follow the new CDC guidelines that were issued today.

Many kids summer camps were affected by coronavirus restrictions last year, including the Herkimer Diamond Mines. The owner, Renee Shevat, said "Well, last year with covid we were unable to have the Rock and Gem Camp. That's our STEM and STEAM Camp. We've been doing that for 26 years so last year was the first time we couldn't do that."

The owner stresses how important summer camps are for kids education. I was Rock and Gem Camper of the year when I was younger and it encouraged me to choose a career in science. Mrs. Shevat told me "You are an absolute perfect example of what children can learn when they're young, and what inspires them. It's almost giving children not the depth of anything, but a broad perspective of a little bit of everything. And you sift and sort and figure out who you want to be when you grow up."

This is why Herkimer Diamond Mines is so excited to open their summer camp. And they've been preparing all year. Mrs. Shevat said "And we have been preparing for different versions of camp since January. You know we wanted to make sure that whatever guidelines came out, we would be ready for them."

The CDC guidelines state that masks are required and everyone must be six feet apart. They also recommend that most activities are outside, which is no issue for this camp. Mrs. Shevat said "You know we are going to be abiding by every rule, whether it's New York State Health Department, Herkimer County Health Department, covid regulations by New York State. Everything that we need to do, we are going to do to be extremely cautious."

The Herkimer Diamond Mines says safety is their priority. Making sure that your kids have a hard hat and a mask when they're going out mining.

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