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Summer camps affected by COVID even with looser restrictions

Girl Scouts Nebraska canceled camps through July
Posted at 10:32 PM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 00:14:58-04

OMAHA, Neb. — Summer plans are looking a little different this year for many kids who planned on attending camp. Organizations like Girl Scouts Nebraska have already canceled their camps through July, while others are making drastic changes.

Girl Scouts Nebraska Camp Maha is typically filled with girls all summer.

"The COVID-19, the social distancing and the limits on gatherings has affected Girl Scouts quite a bit," marketing director Shannon Peterson said.

Girl Scouts made the decision last week to cancel camps through July. But now they're taking things virtual and bringing the outdoors to the computer screen and beyond.

In April they created "Girl Scouts at Home" to offer lessons and virtual camp outs.

"All those are free and it's not just for Girl Scout members. Anybody can do them," Peterson added.

The organization had to get creative and made the decision to create virtual camps for the time being.

"Families and girls can come in their car and they can do different activities at different stations but stay in their cars but still get exposed to camp and get a chance to go outside," Peterson said.

Monday more restrictions were loosened in Nebraska when it came to day camps, that's why Omaha School of Music and Dance director Kelsey Wallman made the decision to continue on with their camps but with 25 kids per room only.

"Everything else has gotten basically ripped out from underneath them and we want to be able to bring back some normalcy into their lives," Wallman said.

The school offers free online lessons as well and want to continue bringing music and dance to kids everywhere.

"My heart is that I get to enrich the lives of students through music and dance and the fact that I got to do that through a world pandemic is incredible. So if that means a free dance class to get kiddos up and moving and staying active, that's totally our heart."

Organizations are adapting as best they can to provide some sort of summer fun during the pandemic, some sort of release.