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Big Bend area summer camps, parents, kids prepare for youth activities' reopen

Posted at 11:10 PM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 23:23:22-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Effective immediately, Florida lifts all restrictions on youth activities including summer camp and athletics.

Kristal Franklin, the president of Gallop's Family Center, says they won't steer away from the CDC guidelines.

"I feel like where we are is our new normal," said Franklin. "So, our cleaning schedules and our expectations, and the things that we implemented instantaneously, to kind of make sure our building is as healthy and safe as it possibly can be. "

Jeremy Rogers, the CEO of Tots and Trails, says while his group had to consolidate to one building, the social distancing guidelines didn't affect how they operate.

"We're out in nature on a trail conducting a lesson plan underneath a she tree, as opposed to sitting in a classroom," Rogers said. "We are excited about these other camps in town, that were really feeling the struggle and the pressure."

Both groups are not taking as many campers as they had hoped, but are excited to get back to doing what they love, interacting with children of all ages.

"The one thing that we take every day at the end of the day is we're always sharing what they said, because it's amazing the things that they share with you," said Franklin.

"Whenever I go on a big trip or have a big mountain to climb, every morning, I'm either giving the expedition report or I'm receiving the expedition report," Rogers said. "I try to impart that on the little ones and make it exciting."

Summer camp at Gallop's starts June 1 and runs through July 31.

Parents can choose to sign their children up for all nine weeks or less.