Mom and Dad have had to endure weeks of homeschooling their kids, and it hasn't been easy on many of them. They've been looking forward to the traditional summer sleepaway camps to give them a break.
But with no clear end in sight to coronavirus-imposed social-distancing rules, most camps have either called off their activities or have said they're likely to do so.
Parents are not celebrating.
"I almost cried. It’s a bad blow," Deborah Davis Hurwitz told the New York Post. Her 11-year-old son, Jordan, was headed to Massachusetts’ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy until it was cancelled on Thursday.
"It’s going to be bedlam, especially for us parents in the city," Hurwitz says of the closure. "He took it better than me — because I’m going to be stuck with him.
"I'm 100% in panic mode," added Amanda Goldberg. "The idea that both kids will be home with no town pools, no beaches open — what will we do? How will they make it through the day?"
Goldberg admitted it "seems like a first-world problem," but explained, "these kids have been home since March. Camp is the highlight of Justin's year. With the prospect of these long days, how will we get through the day till Labor Day?"
Camps throughout the United States are cancelling, from scout camps to religious and cultural camps to science and other themed camps.
The Post reported that CampMinder, a firm concerned with camp software management, polled 350 camps and found that 7% confirmed they had closed for the summer with another 9% saying they likely would as well.
One mother, Simma Levine, was more upbeat.
"We're not like Anne Frank — we can go outside, we have food, shelter, blankets and we have each other," she said. "As long as we have each other, we'll figure it out. No one has the playbook."
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