The Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod is now registering children going into grades 1-9 for their socially-distanced summer day camp at the Boys & Girls Club for the month of August. The hours are 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, with staggered drop off and pick up times for each group.
“Despite masks and social distancing, the kids are having a blast,” said Ruth Provost, the Boys & Girls Club director. “We were surprised at how quickly they adjusted to the safety restrictions and went about the business of just being kids in the summer!”
The Boys & Girls Club Camp is licensed through the Board of Health and follows the EEC and DPH guidelines. Space is limited to 45 children due to the need to socially distance. While this isn’t the Boys & Girls Club’s normal camp experience, the counselors keep kids engaged and having fun while they are there.
The children are grouped in pods of nine children each, with 2 counselors per pod, Per the health and safety guidelines, each pod is housed in one space within the building on any given day, with all programs taking place in the pod or outside at the Clubhouse. Children are seated 6 feet apart within that space and required to wear masks. Each child has their own bag of supplies and do not share materials.
The Boys & Girls Club requires a health check before kids can enter the building each day and hand washing takes place hourly, along with frequent sanitation of the program space.
“Despite not being able to take our usual field trips,” Provost added, “the staff has figured out a way to get in two beach days a week, with parents dropping off and picking up at local pond weather permitting. The kids stay at the pond all day, again, with social distancing. They are accompanied with certified life guard and the staff wipes down the playground before every use. We were thrilled that we could get them doing something fun outdoors.”
Space will be allotted on a first come basis. The weekly fee is $175 per child and registration forms are available online at www.boysgirlsclubcapecod.org Please contact (508) 477-8845 or (508) 579-4700 for details.
The Club added that the limited number of children they can accommodate this summer, the expense of PPE’s, and the high degree of staffing required, is costly, even with support from the Cape Cod Foundation and the United Way of the Cape & Islands COVID Relief Funds, but they felt that for the families who have to go back to work, being open and giving the kids a place to go was important.
“It is our deep hope that the community will support our kids and families through these trying times by making a donation to help us continue to serve Cape Cod’s kids. We are excited to be able to hold our Golf Tournament on the Ocean Course at New Seabury on August 31 this year, and are taking reservations for staggered tee times online http://tiny.cc/lwrrrz. Gifts can also be made on online at our website, www.BoysGirlsClubCapeCod.org , or by Texting “Kids” to 800-419-9693”
The Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod is centrally located on the Upper Cape near the Mashpee Rotary and Mashpee Commons off of Route 151 on 31 Frank E. Hicks Drive behind the Mashpee Police & Fire Stations, and opened in 1999 with huge support from the community. It now serves 1,089 Cape Cod children and teens, providing homework assistance, mentoring, tutoring, drug & alcohol resistance programs, STEM programs, character & leadership programs, and classes and clubs in sports, recreation, mathematics, chess, and dozens of other subjects. 508-477-8845; Website: www.BoysGirlsClubCapeCod.org ; email: info@BoysGirlsClubCapeCod.org ; ; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BoysandGirlsClubofCapeCod