New Haven camp sessions begin amid COVID-19 pandemic

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — In one more sign that Connecticut is slowly returning to normal, the City of New Haven opened its summer camps Monday. Of course, like everything else, camp looks a little different in the Coronavirus pandemic.

It’s a day to which many Elm City parents have been looking forward, but the first new rule of summer camp is: Parents stay in the car.

“They’re not allowed to come inside. They have to drop their kid off, then they have to pick them up,” said Erica Cardona, co-director of Camp Eco-Sound at New Haven’s Sound School. “We just have to have specific protocols with them as well.”

Protocol for campers and staff is, they all have their temperatures taken every day. Once inside, they are divided into groups of no more than 10.

“So it’s 20 and then we split them in half,” explained co-director Gabriel Matos. “Right now they’re being sorted. You know, who wants to go with who.”

For 10 year-old Christian Herron, it’s his second year at Camp Eco-Sound. He is looking forward to more of the same.

“Kayaking a lot and hopefully doing some canoeing or something,” said Christian.

That is exactly the plan, to get the kids outdoors as much as possible. That’s not just because it is safer during the pandemic, but because that is what camp eco-sound is all about.

“We’re going to be kayaking, canoeing, biking,” Matos said. “If anything, this year is nothing different than last year, we just have this on our face.”

That’s just what Christian’s mom Crystal Herron wanted to hear. She was a little worried about camp.

“But you know, I was looking at the rates in Connecticut today and it’s pretty low and everybody seems to wear their mask, so I’m a little worried, but not too worried,” Crystal said.

The way the City of New Haven is splitting up its summer camps, it’s basically two two week sessions. So the first two weeks start Monday, July 13, the second session begins on July 27.

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