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Camp takes COVID-19 precautions as some campers remain ineligible for vaccine

Updated: Jun. 7, 2021 at 7:41 PM EDT
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PAMLICO COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) -Some kids didn’t see campgrounds last summer because of the pandemic, but this year many are gladly returning as restrictions continue to ease.

“Bringing that back to them is what gives you chills on check in day when all these friends are coming back together again, it’s really beautiful,” said Camp Don Lee Counselor, Sky Elledge.

Camp Don Lee is a summer camp in Pamlico County, their Camp Director, Kate Metts said after a year of distance getting reacquainted with friends is a must. “Kids need camp more than ever, they have been isolated, away from their peers they need time with people their age.”

According to the CDC, people below the age of 12 cannot get the Covid-19 vaccine just yet, presenting some risk for young campers. “I think there’s risk involved, but I think it’s a very small risk and since camp is generally outdoors the risk becomes much smaller,” said Dr. Ron May with CarolinaEast Medical Center.

Recognizing that risk, Kelly Weaver, a mom of three explains confidence in Covid-19 protocols at schools helped her make the decision to send her kids to camp “So, I think that also allayed some of my fears about sending them to camp knowing that where they’re going to camp is also following those protocols.”

Metts assures Camp Don Lee is keeping a lot of its activities outdoors and making sure there’s plenty of handwashing and cleaning taking place. “This year we know more and so more confident that we can manage this and have a successful summer,” she said.

Metts also said the camp requires a negative Covid-19 test or fully vaccinated status to come to camp, as a result they’ve seen more fully vaccinated campers this year.

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