BALTIMORE — Baltimore City summer camps started back yesterday but the procedures are much different than years past to adhere to social distancing and keep everyone safe.
Camp now includes temperature checks, masks and limited numbers. Each group is a maximum of 9 kids and one leader, set up with social rings.
"Each social ring is 10 feet wide and they have 6 feet of space between each slot so each has the proper 6 feet of social distancing," said Baltimore City Recreation and Parks executive director Reginald Moore.
On top of that, Moore said everything is outside since rec centers are closed but some of the activities will be the same.
"Arts and craft, STEM education; also as part of this curriculum they will do STEM education that ties back to nature and nature walks," said Moore.
Even with the changes, campers are happy to be out with their friends again.
"I’m looking forward to having fun," said camper Morgan Tinsley.
"I think it’s important because we need to hang around people our age," said camper Neveae Tinsley.
"Most kids have been home looking at computer screens all summer so this is an opportunity to go out and be social, run off some energy, engage with some friends while also keeping social distancing in mind. And also it gives our parents a break," said Moore.
Registration for camp is full but there are a lot more outdoor activities opening up next week to get out and play, including city basketball courts, playgrounds and park pools.