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YMCA's Camp Willson has been canceled for four weeks for the first time.
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Ohio day camps can resume operations this week, as part of the state’s gradual reopening during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. However, the YMCA of Central Ohio will wait until June 15.

Summer camp directors across the Tri-State are in limbo. As the economy slowly reopens, they're anxiously awaiting directives from state leaders about how or if they'll be able to operate this summer.

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It’s drizzling at Camp Sunrise, Ohio’s only camp for kids affected by HIV and AIDS, but the rain hasn’t dampened spirits for reunion day.

Brad Higgins has been groundskeeper at Jameson Camp for 20 years. Back when he started, the subject of HIV and AIDS was so loaded with stigma that lots of people wouldn't talk about the disease, sometimes even within families.

Every summer the camp hosts one special sleep-away week for kids affected by HIV or AIDS. Each of those years, he would watch campers and their parents have tough conversations in the car before getting dropped off at the camp in Indianapolis.

Thirteen-year-old Noura Alaemi couldn't wait to come back to Cincinnati's Kids4Peace Camp for a second straight year. "I have been discriminated [against] in school before and it was really hard for me but... all these kids [at the camp] treat me like family."

"It beeped in the envelope. That's how we knew."

Leslie Conrad is the director of Clemson Outdoor Lab in Pendleton, S.C., which runs several different camps during the summer. Clemson bans cellphones and other electronic devices for campers.

That makes sense. We traditionally think of summer camp as a place to swim in the lake and weave friendship bracelets, not text and play video games.

Choosing The Best Summer Camp

Apr 18, 2011

Summer camp used to be campfires and the great outdoors…now the kids have cell phones! There was a day when overnight summer camps were more like seasonal holding tanks scores of lucky kids across the country, and in the day not so long ago, there weren't many choices for where to send your children to camp. Now, summer camps have eclipsed day care options and day camps are as popular as overnight. From sports to the arts to cooking and science, there’s something for almost everyone.