Children Safe to Go to Summer Camps, Mensch Says

HARRISBURG PA – Pennsylvania children can again enjoy the fun and recreation of organized summer activities, 24th District state Sen. Bob Mensch reminded families Wednesday (March 31, 2021), following a Wolf Administration announcement that it removed an earlier coronavirus-related prohibition against summer camps visits or stays.

The Pennsylvania Health Department on Tuesday (March 30) issued answers to frequently-asked questions about “Summer Recreation, Camps and Pools.” The guidance in part states that programs providing child care, and enrichment and recreational activities, for children and youth are permitted to operate but must follow the must current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regulations.

That’s a turn-around since last summer, when attending camps and other group activities was prohibited as a result of the pandemic. “I’m happy to hear” that summer camps will be back in business, Mensch said. They’re “an essential part of our communities. Kids and parents alike benefit from these programs,” he acknowledged.

Many families depend on summer camp to provide children with recreation, education, socialization, and skills development when schools are not in session, the senator noted. Summer camps are major employers, and make significant contributions to regional and local economics, he added.

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