Cary, Museum of Life and Science cancel June summer camps; camp providers begin announcing virtual summer offerings
Both the town of Cary and the Museum of Life and Science in Durham on Thursday announced that they are canceling summer camps scheduled in June.Posted — Updated
Both the town of Cary and the Museum of Life and Science in Durham on Thursday announced that they are canceling summer camps scheduled in June because of concerns about the health and safety of campers and staff members during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Durham, the Museum of Life and Science told camper parents and caregivers that it was canceling June summer camps, but was continuing to plan for in-person camps in July and August.
"Our top priority is the health and safety of your family and our museum team. We will only conduct in-person summer camps when state and local health and government officials allow us to do so, when we believe the staff and grounds are ready, and when new safety measures and protocols are in place," museum officials wrote.
If in-person camps can continue in July and August, the museum said it would be making several changes, including:
- Reduced camp sizes
- Reduced hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with no early drop-off or late pickup
- Increased sanitation
- Face coverings for staff and increased hand-washing
- Social distancing
- Limited indoor camp activities and more outdoor activities as the weather allows.
Museum of Life and Science is offering full refunds to families who have signed up for a camp. It also updated its cancellation policy to allow for a full refund if families cancel any camp this summer before May 22. Cancellations after May 22 will be subject to a $30 fee per camp session. If the museum cancels any more camps going forward, however, the museum will offer a full refund.
The museum also plans to offer at-home virtual camps for kids ages four to eighth grade. The Museum's Camps@Home programs will combine online and self-guided activities for an entire week with three 30-minute online sessions throughout the day and two hours of additional activities for the child to do on their own time. Each camp will offer two sessions per week.
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