Summer campers enjoying varied activities while social distancing


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Summer camps are popular in Brevard County.

Chris Bonanno

A summer camp program at the Viera Regional Park Community Center is helping area youths enjoy their summer even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Terry Parks, the recreation program coordinator at the Viera Regional Community Center, said social distancing is strictly enforced and all counselors wear a mask.

“Things have been sort of an adjustment and a lot of things we’ve had to do on the fly,” he said. 

Safety was paramount as each of the 45 campers are assigned to one of five counselors on staff (another three are on staff and serve as needed). Each group of campers and counselors has an assigned room and campers stay with their group. 

Parents were asked to prove a need for their child to attend camp because of the limited spaces available.

Forty-five children, ranging in age from 6 to 11 years old, have taken part in the camp that began June 15 and runs through Aug. 7.

“Even though this is a trying time for us in the community, we at Brevard County Parks and Recreation have found a way to serve the community by giving the kids a version of summer camp where they can have fun, learn new things and make new friends,” Parks said.

He said activities varied depending on the week’s theme. He cited one example, Winter in July, where campers made snowflakes out of rice in an arts and crafts class. 

They also have had guest speakers visit and campers have been able to partake in interactive fitness programs. They also have made shaved ice.