Camps Are Hosting Virtual Activities for Children This Summer

Lizzy Buczak
May 13, 2020 - 10:10 am

The year is 2020, a pandemic has flipped our lives upside down, and summer camp is now going virtual.

Students, who have been forced to finish out the school year online, were looking forward to spending their summer months at summer camp, as were their parents.

Unfortunately, because of the coronavirus outbreak, many sleep-away summer camps have cancelled programs for the year.

A handful have pivoted their approach to temporarily provide online programs which will offer exhausted parents a bit of reprieve during the summer months.

Many of these camps are determined to provide children with a proper and interactive “camp” experience from the comfort of their own living room.

Happy Camper Live is offering campers a 41-episode web series that was pre-recorded prior to the pandemic and gives kids a true camp experience.

They offer a variety of videos with activities, sports, music, performing arts, and even yoga. Campers will have access to a canteen, where they can use coins to purchase gear, and a campfire where they can submit their own videos.

Camp Supernow is offering an at-home experience that brings the magic of camp to you. “We’re a virtual summer camp for kids ages 5-11. We exist because in this time of physical distance, kids still need to expand their imaginations, spark their creativity and stay connected to friends. And parents could use a little time for themselves too,” the description reads.

It wouldn’t be camp without cabins, so they’re offering virtual rooms made up of either a group of friends or the option to get placed in a cabin with campers from all over the world to make new friends. Cabins are led by the same counselor for a week and offer field trips, nature walks, and more.

The camps will be conducted through Zoom for an hour each day. The trial week is $85 and jumps to $100 a week per camper after that.

And Varsity Tutors presents Virtual Summer Camp has five sessions, starting on Monday and ending on Friday, arranged by grade level. Classes include “Make Your Own Lego Movie,” a “detective” class, a class that allows you to travel the world through Google Earth, a magical potions course, computer coding, improv, songwriting, and courses that teach you a new language.

So, while your kids may not be able to get away, there's still plenty that will keep them entertained.

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