Summer Camp: Parents Need a Break and “Kids Need Kids”

Monday, July 06, 2020

 

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The past 120 days have been tremendously difficult for families, but summer camps may be just what families need.

Providence Country Day’s Emet Schwartz, Director of Summer Programs, joined GoLocal LIVE to discuss how this summer’s camp may be different -- and how it may be more important than previous summers.

“Kids are so happy to be engaging with other people their age, being able to talk and communicate [with people] besides with mom or dad or some family members.  They're over the moon and the parents have just been ecstatic that they can have some sort of reprieve, where they have a place that they can bring their kid for a couple of hours and then when they get home they're exhausted and ready to just go to eat some food and go to sleep,” said Schwartz.

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“[Camp] looks different, but with some hints that you know keep the normalcy alive. So we have our groups of summer campers and we keep them in a small contained group -- the terminology is 'stable groups' so we are keeping everyone to no more than 15 interactions. So they're with the campers plus counselors, there are no more than 15 people, and they'll stay together all day," said Schwartz.

The camp is in the spirit of a summer camp. This is not intended to be more screen time as the campus is focused on being outdoors and enjoying activities.

“We have great activities planned every day, unique activities. Today we're doing some egg drops or decorating some cookies, doing some bubbles and bubble paint...I can't wait to go back out there and do some myself to be totally honest with you,” said Schwartz.

The Providence Country Day camp is limited to no more than 50 campers per week.

The camp runs daily from 9 AM to 3 PM, but early drop-off and pick-up are available.

Camps run weekly through the end of July.

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This interview is available through a partnership between The Providence Country Day School and GoLocalProv.com

The past 120 days have been tremendously difficult for families, but summer camps may be just what families need.

Providence Country Day’s Emet Schwartz, Director of Summer Programs, joined GoLocal LIVE to discuss how this summer’s camp may be different -- and how it may be more important than previous summers.

 

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