Local summer camps look to make comeback

CINCINNATI (WKRC) – When school is out, summer camp is in. Programs across the city are getting ready for students to join them after quickly changing plans last summer because of the pandemic.

Music, dance and drama camps at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati were a mix of virtual and in-person in 2020. This summer, Angelo Cerniglia is excited to welcome more students back to the stage.

“We are going to only offer a couple weeks of virtual this year because of rooms that we need to continue being mindful of our guidelines,” he said.

Those guidelines will continue to be strict. Masks are mandatory and each room will have 6-foot boxes taped off.

“Every kid gets a number. So, if you were to come, you would get No. 1 and your number would be in every classroom. So, you knew exactly which chair was yours, which box was yours, which music station was yours,” Cerniglia said.

From June to August, Russell Ihrig said the Cincinnati Art Museum plans to have camps with 12 kids in each classroom.

“Even if your family has a 6-year-old and a 12-year-old, they are going to be together in the same group so we can minimize the amount of cross-contamination,” he said.

From painting to sketching, the campers can still get creative following COVID-19 guidelines.

“We are still planning to have individualized art kits, still having their own tables to work at and trying to make sure we get a lot of outdoor time as well,” Ihrig said.

New this year at Drake Planetarium, Pam Bowers has an exciting partnership with the NASA Lewis Research Center.

“We are actually going to have on a regular basis scientists who will be here through Zoom or in person helping us deliver this program,” she said.

This summer, camp sizes are reduced, but that doesn’t mean fewer kids have this opportunity.

“What that means is that we are going to have a lot more individual camps that are smaller,” Bowers said.

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