In the summers without summer camps, staff get creative to stay afloat

As the COVID-19 pandemic began ramping up in the spring of 2020, summer camps were forced to call off weeks of programming, turn away children who had been coming for years and, in the worst cases, close their gates for good.

It also meant that, for the first time in as long as anyone can remember, there was a summer without summer camp.

“Kadimah ran during a war, but this is the first time that camp has ever been closed, ever,” said Jessica Pink, a third-generation staff member at Camp Kadimah, a Jewish summer camp in Barss Corner, N.S.

“We’ve had floods at camp, we’ve had fire bans, we’ve had summers where there wasn’t a lot of campers there. We’ve had swine flu at camp, which is a major disease. We’ve really had just about everything. But no one ever imagined that camp would be closed.”

An Article Published on CBC News.ca by Emma Davie.

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