Falmouth Recreation Director Joseph E. Olenick announced on Tuesday, June 16, that there will be no summer camps this year. Difficulties implementing state regulations were a determining factor in the decision, he said.
“It is with a heavy heart and sadness that the Falmouth Recreation Department will not be offering our Summer Adventure and Teen Extreme Programs for the summer of 2020. It was a decision that we did not take lightly and looked at from many different angles. We waited until the state and the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] came out with the guidance and protocols for summer camp programs. We looked at the guidance with an open mind to see if it was possible to operate our normal summer program,” Mr. Olenick wrote in a letter to parents and former campers.
After speaking with town administrators, including Health Agent Scott McGann, Mr. Olenick came to the conclusion that his department could not “have a program that would be enjoyable for the children.”
“The restrictions took away most of the things we do during our typical program day. From wearing masks to no field trips to the amount of time it would take just to check all the children in each day. The protocols were just too difficult to overcome,” he wrote. “Knowing how much a summer program is needed for working parents in the Town of Falmouth made the decision more difficult to make. Next year when this pandemic is over, we will be back and ready to bring fun to our summer programs again.”
The recreation department will share information on some small clinic-style programs to be held outdoors. These programs will include soccer, basketball, volleyball and a few others, Mr. Olenick wrote.