Summer camps adjust to pandemic

MIAMI COUNTY — In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, local summer camp organizers are making adjustments to operations, with some choosing to cancel or postpone events.

The Miami County YMCA Piqua and Robinson branches will still offer its Day Camp Program this summer for school-aged children.

To learn more about enrollment at the Piqua Branch, parents and caregivers are encouraged to contact Jaime Hull by phone at (937) 773-9622; by email at j.hull@miamicountyymca.net; or in-person at 306 W. High St.

To learn more about enrollment at the Robinson Branch, caregivers may contact Imari Witten by phone at (937) 440-9622; by email at i.witten@miamicountyymca.net; or in-person at 3060 S. County Road 25-A in Troy.

Group sizes are limited to nine youth in grades first through sixth. Children will have their temperature taken and will be given a verbal health screening each morning. Children who are sick, or those who have been around someone who is sick, are advised to stay home.

In further response to the coronavirus, these day camps will adhere to new guidelines, including limiting swimming at branches only, implementing regular cleaning and sanitizing, social distancing as much as possible, no pre/post camp, and no transportation or trips.

WACO Aviation Summer Camp will be held July 20-24 this year. The camp is designed for students in grades fifth through ninth.

Students will complete a five-day course of study which takes them through the history, theory and science of aviation. Certified Federal Aviation Administration pilots will instruct students in the basics of flight.

Campers will build and fly several models that include gliders, kites, hot air balloons, paper rockets, and more. Participants will also spend time in a simulator lab and have the opportunity to fly in a full-scale airplane.

For information about a limited scholarship program, call (937) 335-9226. Visit www.wacoairmuseum.org/aviation-summer-camp for more details about the program and to register.

Other summer camp options in Miami County include:

• Mayflower Summer Arts Camps — The Mayflower Arts Center is holding its eighth season of over 27 creative camps and workshops for kids of all ages, with new COVID-19 guidelines being implemented this year. To learn about each camp and how to register, visit: www.mayflowerartscenter.com/2020-summer-art-camps.html.

• Brukner Nature Center — Children in grades kindergarten through fifth are invited to join Brukner’s “Strive to Thrive” and “Wild Like Me” camps in June and July. COVID-19 guidelines will be implemented. For more information, visit www.bruknernaturecenter.com/summer-camps-for-kids.html.

Annual summer camps that have been cancelled for 2020 include the Hug The Earth Family Festival, which was set for early May, along with Troy-Hayner Cultural Center’s Kids Summer Art Day Camp, the Ohio Hospice of Miami County’s Camp Courageous, and the Miami County Sheriff’s Office’s Summer Youth Camp.