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The future of summer camp post coronavirus

Posted at 7:44 PM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 20:35:15-04

TULSA, Okla. — Because of coronavirus lockdowns, kids and parents have not had the usual daily break from each other.

With summer just around the corner and stay at home orders being lifted across the state, kids are anxious to be outside and parents ready to oblige.

Brady Carlson is the mother of a first grader. She says having to adapt to distance learning has been difficult,

"Normally, he's in school five days a week.," Carlson said. "So adjusting, I never thought I was going to be a teacher."

Carlson says she is looking forward to summer camp so her son can get out and burn off energy. Also, so she can regain some much needed me time.

"So, for him to be outside in God’s country and have a break in camp and for mom to have a break is great,” Carlson said.

Camp Louchridge plans to open their gates starting the first week of June, but with several changes post coronavirus.

The executive director of the camp, Jacob McIntosh, says they are adjusting to keep children safe and healthy.

The camp is adjusting group sizes, limiting the number of kids in the dinning area and spacing out areas in the conference center for social distancing.

McIntosh says the camp is also leaning on their medical staff for screening kids. There will be an isolation area for any child who develops a fever or becomes sick.

McIntosh says he has seen a steady increase in registrations in the last few days as shelter in place orders have begun to be lifted.

He says the plan to open will go on unless otherwise recommended.

"That is conditioned on what the governor, the mayor or our city leaders say," McIntosh said.

If camp is canceled, McIntosh says parents can get a full refund of the registration.

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