CORONAVIRUS: Open, Closed, Unsure – Area Day Camps Share Plans

Coronavirus News

The Latest From American Heritage, Eagles Landing, Pine Tree, St. Andrews


BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — BocaNewsNow.com was first to report Tuesday that American Heritage Summer Camp will NOT open this summer. The concern, according to Director Bob Stone, is that there’s just too much unknown at this point to ensure that kids are safe.

The announcement to BocaNewsNow.com came hours after Eagles Landing Camp sent an email blast announcing that it’s “business as usual” and that “based on the most recent CDC plan for reopening America and ELC being categorized as an “essential service”, Eagles Landing and the Night Owls will be open for the summer of 2020, as long as Florida moves into Phase Two.”

Eagles Landing Camp Founder Matt Cannold, responding to an inquiry today from BocaNewsNow.com, clarified the email and stressed the part about Florida moving into “phase two” of a recovery.

“To be clear,” wrote Cannold, “no final decision has been made concerning this summer.  We have indicated in a recent email that we plan on being open, “if Florida has moved into Phase Two of America’s plan to reopen…”.

“ELC has established itself as the premier camp in this community,” said Cannold, “in large part by putting children front-and-center in everything we do.  In this extraordinary time, we are motivated by the desire to give kids who have been in quarantine for months an outlet to socialize, to be kids again, and normalize things.  However, we will only open if we are confident that we can do so in an environment that is safe for the kids, their families, and the community at large.”

We also checked with St. Andrews Camp and Pine Tree Camp which uses Lynn University.

St. Andrews says it’s still assessing the situation and will continue to update families on its website. Pine Tree did not respond to a request for information.

While BocaNewsNow.com is not seeing anything concerning camps on the CDC website, there are guidelines for facilities where children are present. We are posting those specifics below. Camp decisions, however, would ultimately need to be made in accordance with whatever state and local (Palm Beach County/Broward County) rules or orders are in place at the time that camp would start.

From the CDC:

“Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in this Emergency Order to work as permitted. To the extent possible, childcare facilities should operate under the following conditions: Childcare must be carried out in stable groups of 10 or fewer (inclusive of childcare providers for the group); children and child care providers shall not change from one group to another; if more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group shall be in a separate room. Groups shall not mix or interact with each other. All play equipment used by one group of children must be cleaned and sanitized before use by another group of children. Any child exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 illness shall not be allowed to stay in the childcare facility…”




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