As summer nears, kid's camps making adjustments amid coronavirus pandemic

Summers is coming, and with that, many summer camps are starting to prepare on how they can open safely.

"We have been learning CDC guidelines. We have been learning protocols," said Katie Smetana, Senior Vice President of Operations at Valley of the Sun YMCA.

Each year, the Valley of the Sun YMCA holds regular camp at their locations, and their overnight Camp Sky-Y in Prescott, where kids enjoy activities like rope courses, rock walls, and team-building exercises.

This year, the camps may be a little bit different, as organizers follow all CDC guidelines.

"At Camp Sky-Y, for example, we have a capacity of 250 kids a week, and we are probably going to be at 50% to 75% of that capacity," said Smetana.

At Camp Hubbard in phoenix, where kids play sports from soccer to archery all week, new sanitation practices will be in place, as well as following social distancing guidelines/ They say this also goes for their swim school as well.

"We are lowering our ratios with instructors to the kids, and our swim instructors will be wearing face shield for protection in the water," said Annmarie Sunderhaus, Director of Camp Hubbard.

Officials add it is important for kids to get some socialization, because they have been forced to stay at home for so long.

"So many kids have been at home for the last nine weeks, to get them active and east from their parents and socializing in a safe manner is key," said Sunderhaus.

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