Camp Returns Amid Easing of COVID-19 Restrictions

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Sister campers pose in masks on campus.

Kate Hirschen, Journalist

The School’s Summer Programs will be returning this June after last year’s camps were canceled due to COVID-19.

Run by Director of Auxiliary Programs Cassandra Abodeely, Brimmer Summer offers a Day Camp in addition to several specialty programs for children of many ages. Between sports, academics, and games, camps at Brimmer Summer promise an experience that everyone can enjoy.

This year, specialty programs such as STEAM, college essay writing, and music explorations programs will run during the summer months. Additionally, the camp will offer lacrosse and soccer camps for students in fifth to eighth grade.

A program directed towards Upper School students is the College Essay Writing Bootcamp. In this course, rising 12th graders have the ability to talk with college counselors and work on college essays. The program includes an hour of planned lesson time and another two hours of work time.

However, COVID-19 has called for this year’s programs to be modified to meet health and safety precautions. Campers will be required to complete a daily screening before arriving at camp. Frequently used areas will also be cleaned continuously.

One of the biggest changes to camp this year is where programs will be run. All academic courses will be held outdoors under the School’s new tents, instead of inside. Since arriving on campus in the fall, the tents have offered shaded spaces for students to eat lunch, socialize, and get work done during the academic year.

As preparations for Day Camp and other summer programs ramp up, Abodeely said she is excited for the start of summer.

“I’m looking forward to welcoming the campers back to Brimmer, and to once again being part of our unique and intentional community where everybody belongs, where we encourage each other to try, support each other in our failures, foster new friendships, and always have time for costumes and dancing,” Abodeely said.

Abodeely said she is eager to begin working with and developing camp staff, emphasizing that despite changes due to COVID-19, Brimmer Summer’s goal remains to “create this awesome world for our campers.”