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Seeking virtual summer camp options? Here are six places to look.
Amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus, almost all Jewish summer camps have cancelled sessions this summer, disappointing kids and parents alike. Since then, some camps have pivoted to virtual models, offering online options to replace in-person programming. And Jewish youth organizations have stepped in with classes, crafts, and even group activities that kids can do from their living rooms.
Online offerings may never live up to the magic of in-person summer camp, but they can help kids stuck at home connect with friends and learn a new skill — while giving weary parents a much-needed break.
How some Jewish summer camps are going virtual this year:
(JTA) — Ask Jewish summer camp directors about the hardest part of designing a virtual camp experience for the COVID-19 era and they’ll laugh.
Then they’ll say that all of it is hard. That they’ve never done anything like this before. That camp on a screen isn’t really camp.
But with kids unable to run around freely without risking infection, Jewish camps by the dozen have responded by canceling their summer seasons. And now some of them are going virtual.