Clinton youths can begin Camp Osage mid-week this week now that guidance from the State of Illinois has been given on conducting summer camp.
Youth program director at the Clinton YMCA David Torbert says they'll be scaling back the initial number of children they'll host for the first month or so of camp, or until they receive clearance to take on more. He adds they will take precautions through handwashing and basic hygiene practices.
Activities will continue to include going to the parks that are open, taking part in indoor activities but Torbert indicates he wants to introduce some learning activities. He notes his collaboration with the school district to come up with things to keep the kids engaged in learning during the summer given the amount of classroom time lost during the coronavirus pandemic.
Nine campers to one counselor have been the recommended ratio by health officials. Torbert indicates they are being asked to keep groups as small as possible and are keeping the kids isolated from the general Y population as possible during the day.
While some may be hesitant to send their kids off or might do it out of necessity but aren't completely comfortable doing so, Torbert reassures parents they are following all the health guidelines and are holding themselves to a high standard to keep everyone safe.
To get registered, visit the YMCA website at clintoncommyma.org. There is a $25 registration fee. Camp is $36 per day or $125 for the whole week for members. The program is open to non-members at $52 a day or $225 for the whole week.