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Tallahassee summer camps revamped to follow COVID-19 safety protocols

School is out, but summer camps are now taking on COVID-19 safety protocols.
School is out, but summer camps are now taking on COVID-19 safety protocols.(WCTV)
Updated: Jun. 16, 2021 at 10:30 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - School is out, but summer camps are now taking on COVID-19 safety protocols.

Many camps are operating under limited numbers and still implementing social distancing when possible. However, the pandemic has forced Buck Lake Elementary School Program Director John Banner to get even more creative with camp activities.

“Instead of going swimming, now we do splash games here on campus,” said Banner.

For over 20 years, Banner has focused the program on quality and enrichment. With themes for each summer, the program offers classes and field trips weekly off campus. However, with new guidelines, all activities are now limited to on-campus only.

“They traveled often for different events,” said Myron Williams, whose daughters have all gone through the program.

“I remember one year, they went to the zoo and one time I think they went to a Navy facility or an Air Force base or something like that,” recalled Williams.

Banner said students used to go skating, to the pool or bowling, but those activities have been revamped and are now set up at the school as an alternative.

“I kept stopping in the middle because I don’t really know how to skate,” said Mackenzie Williams after spending the day skating the basketball courts.

Although camp has just begun, Williams said he is happy with the new adjustments.

“She comes home tired every day and that’s what I enjoy the most,” Williams said.

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