IS A VIRTUAL SUMMER CAMP IN YOUR PLANS?
After months of homeschooling their children and being cooped up inside, parents are learning that summer camps and other summer plans are being delayed, canceled or going online due to COVID-19.
An estimated 20 million U.S. children attend summer camp each year, according to the American Camp Association, leaving many Tennessee parents wondering what they will do with their children this summer.
U.S. Cellular suggests the following convenient mobile options to help keep your kids busy, entertained and safe this summer if overnight and day camps aren’t an option.
- Get your child thinking and creating with The University of Tennessee’s virtual Kids U. Summer Camps. Your child can choose from over 50 weeklong camps from cooking to art to technology and much more.
- The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) is hosting a free virtual summer camp all summer long to educate children about the environment. Your child will enjoy virtual hikes, arts and crafts, virtual wilflife interpretations, nature activities and much more.
- For kids interested in science, technology, engineering and math, Muse Knoxville is hosting two virtual STEM summer camps in June to provide kids a hands-on interactive camp that they can experience on their own schedule.
Many local camps are modifying their in-person camp experience either by reduced camper class sizes or staggering the number of campers. Zoo Knoxville is still offering in-person day camps, and the Knoxville Children’s Theatre and the City of Knoxville’s Arts & Fine Crafts Center also are holding weekly in-person camps throughout the summer.
U.S. Cellular recommends checking in with your child’s camp organizers to learn more about how they are proceeding this summer, what safety procedures they are putting in place and what is expected of campers should they decide to stay open.