The Summer Camp program provided by the Parks & Recreation Department has been extended through Friday, August 14. This change was made to accommodate the delay in school starting, recently announced by Mesa County Valley School District 51. The extension of summer camps is key for the many families who rely on community-based childcare options.
The Summer Camp program began on June 15 after adaptation to public health guidelines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. City staff has worked closely with Mesa County Public Health to understand the pandemic and provide a safe environment for campers.
Each week this summer, over 250 campers at eight different sites (an average of 26 kids per site) enjoyed activities ranging from arts and craft projects, virtual field trips around the world to outdoor sports activities and games. The program implemented social distancing, masks on campers and staff, temperature checks, and additional cleaning measures, keeping kids in small groups for the entire camp. With these high standards and strict protocols in place, City staff successfully kept campers and staff safe and healthy all summer long. With these measures, there were no instances of illness.
Although this year looked different than previous years, the Parks & Recreation Department was thrilled to be able to offer this service to the community. The benefits of fostering positive and healthy youth engagement in the midst of the pandemic, along with supporting working families that needed childcare in order to get back to work, have been critical as our community deals with the pandemic.