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This kids camp hasn’t been canceled yet. Here’s why

The Eco-Art & Nature Camp starts June 15 at New Quarter Park. (WYDaily Courtesy of Unsplash)
The Eco-Art & Nature Camp starts June 15 at New Quarter Park. (WYDaily Courtesy of Unsplash)

Kids looking to learn more about the environment and nature can still sign up for camp this summer.

The York County Parks and Recreation Department’s third annual Eco Art & Nature Camp starts June 15.

Children must be 8 to 12 years old and registration costs $65 for residents and $85 for non-residents. Registration ends June 1.

The department had previously canceled all programs and events through June 10, according to their website.

So why not extend the closure and cancel the Eco-Art & Nature Camp?

“So it depends on what the governor’s orders are going to be for the next phase,” said Michael Wilcox, outdoor recreation supervisor at York County Parks and Recreation Department, in terms of canceling or postponing the camp. “We’re optimistic we will be able to continue with this new camp.”

The week-long camp is outdoors with a different theme each year.

This year’s theme is fish, insect, pollinators, Leave No Trace principles — a nationwide effort to leave little impact in the environment during hikes, backpacking and camping.

The camp will also teach survival skills such as learning how to build a shelter and geocaching where kids use a compass and learn to read maps.

Currently the camp’s max capacity is 18 campers with only five spots remaining.

Wilcox said the number may stay the same or get smaller depending on the governor’s order to ensure proper social distancing standards and the proper ratio for groups.

The summer fun camp, which happens a week after the Eco-Art & Nature Camp, was pushed back to July, something Wilcox attributed to logistics since the camp usually has 100 kids per site.

If the camp is not canceled, Wilcox said the kids will congregate in an larger outdoor shelter to spread campers apart, sanitize the equipment and break kids down into smaller groups.

Wilcox said they are looking in to what personal protective equipment the staff will wear and if they will have the children wear masks, too.

The Eco-Art & Nature Camp at New Quarter Park starts June 15.

For more information or camp updates, visit the York County Parks and Recreation’s website or call 757-890-3500. You can also call the RainoutLine the week of camp or download the RainoutLine app.

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Julia Marsigliano
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Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to julia@localvoicemedia.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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