Transcript for What campers and counselors are doing to stay safe at summer camp
Now to another sign we are returning to normal. Summer camps are back and with special covid precautions. Janai Norman joins us with more on what parents need to know. Good morning, janai. Reporter: Good morning, robin. It is drop-off time here at liberty lake day camp. There is basketball, there's gaga ball. Never heard of it. There are kids playing on this playground. This is before the day even gets started with archery, boating, ziplining, martial arts, cooking, so many activities with the help and safety of these kids top of mind. Bye, guys. Reporter: This morning summer camps are back in session. I love you. Have so much fun, okay? They have been away from friends and not socializing so it's really exciting. Reporter: Marking another sign of a return to normalcy, this time for kids longing to socialize after a year of social distance. It's definitely good to see a lot more smiling faces this year without the masks on. Reporter: About 19.5 million kids missed out on camp last summer. The pandemic closed 82% of overnight camps and 40% of day camps. This day camp welcoming 750 kids ages 4 to 16 every day. Many seeing their friends for the first time in months after the challenges of a virtual school year. Like Ebony's son who she says remains on the honor roll but missed his classmate. I feel so bad with the virtual learning and having to go to school on computer the whole year I wanted him to get back socializing with people. This was the best place to start. Reporter: The camp with 250 staffers remained open last year. The whole camp all outdoors and going all summer without a sickle covid infection. Sanitizing everything with the help of a electrostatic cleaners all over the campus. Last year there were a few notable summer camp outbreaks across the U.S. Like more than 80 people infected at a camp in Missouri and more than 250 infected at a camp in Georgia. Though cases are on the decline this year, this camp is still taking precautions, campers split into small groups to reduce the risk of infection and lots of hand washing We're not getting as many questions as you would think from parents. I think parents are pretty confident in the situation as it is right now. We're just jumping for joy that we can do what we can do. Reporter: Though hundreds of the kids are too young to be vaccinated, many parents feel the benefits of socialization are worth the risks. The way that parents say it to me is that it's worth the very small risk of my kid getting sick for them to be in a social situation to be able to regain their childhood again. Reporter: So I've got my camp assistant Laney who will show us this hand washing station. Want to turn it on? One of the safety precautions, don't turn it on too hard. I got the crew wet earlier. There you go. One of the stations. The CDC says kids at summer camps when outdoors can be without masks. This camp all outdoors even when it rains as long as there's no thunder or lightning and caught it liquid sunshine, guys. You look right at home. You look right at home there, janai. Looks like fun. I am looking for an adult summer camp, robin. This is too much fun. We all are, thank you so much.
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