It sounds like kid-to-kid transmission isn’t much of a thing, and that outdoor transmission with masks isn’t so bad, so we won’t negatively judge anybody who is doing summer camp. DC2 is so energetic and so extroverted that summer camp has seemed like a necessity.
There are three summer camp options in town for 7-8 year olds.
The school-run camp doesn’t open until Mid-July and they are doing everything correctly. They’re limiting the number of students at each campus, they’re putting them in groups of 5 that don’t interact, they’re requiring masks (except at meals) and they’re doing most of their camp outside. Curbside pick-up and drop-off of campers only. Problem: it is already regularly 100 degrees outside so that sounds MISERABLE. (Plus it’s so inexpensive and slots are so limited, I feel guilty taking a slot that someone who can’t work from home needs, though that problem could be solved by just waiting to sign up.)
On the other end of the spectrum, the Children’s Museum is making zero changes. They’re doing their full programs at full size, indoors, masks optional. The Children’s Museum itself will be open the same as usual with no mention of additional cleaning procedures. That all sounds like a recipe for disaster on top of us feeling like zie had really outgrown it last year at age 6.
In the middle is the Science Museum, which is limiting each of their summer camps to 10 kids total, two groups of five. Masks required. They’re only doing half-days, mostly indoors. The museum itself will be closed during the camp (it will open for the general public after camp finishes). The problem with this is that the two groups of five are separated by age with 4-7 as one group and 8-12 as the other group. DC2 is 7 and grade-skipped. They don’t expect kids to be able to say, read, in the younger group. It seems like the benefit just wouldn’t be worth the risk. (DC2 also isn’t interested in any of the topics from this camp this year.)
What are we doing instead? DC2 is still going through workbooks and other chores. Zie is zooming with hir friends (though some of those friends are signed up for the school’s summer camp and won’t be around in a month). We’ve been working on getting them to be able to play minecraft together safely. (It looks like we can buy a subscription to a private minecraft server after signing waivers on behalf of our kids, but there are some wrinkles with there being different flavors of minecraft that don’t all talk with each other. We’re hoping to work those kinks out soon.) Zie is rapidly going through the kids’ collection of novels, manga, and comic books. Zie is also allowed 2 hours of unsupervised screentime each day and has been watching Card Captor Sakura or playing several of a ton of switch games that DH bought recently. There’s also bike riding (indoor or outdoor) and Ring Fit playing. And 15 minutes of cleaning up their rooms. But… there’s also a lot of whining and a little bit of sibling squabbling and quite a bit of parent shouting at them to knock it off and go outside if they can’t stop while we’re trying to work.
We still haven’t gotten reimbursed for our dependent daycare account– I thought that was supposed to happen last month, but I emailed and they said it would be in my “July paycheck” but this year I don’t have a July paycheck, so we’ll see what happens. But even if we just flat out lose the money, I think we’re making the right decision not sending DC2 to daycamps here.
What do daycamps in your area look like? What are other people doing with their kids?