The Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod Has Reopened for a Socially Distanced Summer Day Camp

PRESS RELEASE Contact:
July 7, 2020 Ruth Provost (508) 477 8845
For Immediate Release to RProvost@BoysGirlsClubCapeCod.org
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The Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod Has Reopened for a Socially Distanced Summer Day Camp

The Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod has reopened as of July 6 and is now registering children going into grades 1-9 for an eight-week socially-distanced summer day camp at the Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod. The hours are 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, with staggered drop off and pick up times for each group.

The Camp is licensed through the Board of Health and will be following the EEC and DPH guidelines. Space is limited to 45 children due to the need to socially distance. While this will not be the Boys & Girls Club’s normal camp experience, the counselors will be keeping kids engaged and having fun while they are there.

The children are grouped in pods of nine children each, with 2 counselors per pod, since staff and kids in different pods cannot intermingle. Per the health and safety guidelines, each pod will be confined to one space within the building on any given day, with all programs taking place in the pod or outside at the Clubhouse. Children will be seated 6 feet apart within that space and required to wear masks. Each child will have their own bag of supplies and there will be no sharing of materials. The Boys & Girls Club will require a health check before kids can enter the building each day. Hand washing will take place hourly and staff will wipe down program space frequently. There will be no field trips but the kids will be outside with their own group when the weather allows and the Club is planning on all day beach trips later this summer if conditions at the beach give them enough space to social distance, with parents dropping off and picking up at the beach.

The Boys & Girls Club contacted the parents who had signed up prior to the lockdown to give them first chance at the limited space available, and have now opened registration up to the general Cape population to fill the remaining slots. 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.

“We are excited to reopen,” said Ruth Provost, the Club’s executive director, “we worked with the local Board of Health to make sure we were following best practices, and we will be following the safety guidelines and keeping up to date on any changes from the Department of Public Health and the EEC as the summer continues.”

“The limited number of children we can accommodate, 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 the Board of Directors and I felt that for the families who have to go back to work, reopening 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, both in person and via online virtual programming,” she added. “Gifts can 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

Author: Katy Acheson

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