Salvation Army Tulsa will open its summer camps June 1, prioritizing spots for essential workers and past clients.
Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Tulsa Executive Director Richard White said with several other organizations deciding not to hold camps amid the COVID-19 pandemic, they know there’s a growing need for child care with school out and Oklahoma reopening.
"Honestly, I think we’re all a little nervous like everyone else. we don’t know what to expect, especially as our community starts to open back up … and people start go back to work. You know, how much of a need is this going to be?" White said.
Salvation Army Tulsa is instituting several safety measures at the Mabee Red Shield, North Mabee, Broken Arrow, Sand Springs and Creek County Sapulpa day camps, including limiting check-in times, having staff wear face coverings, health screenings, observing social distancing and sanitizing frequently.
There are even quarantine protocols.
"We had to think about what happens if one of the kids or one of the staff members becomes ill during the day. How do we isolate them until we can provide some other care for them or they can go to get the kind of care they need somewhere else?" White said.
Camp programming will include science, technology, engineering, and math activities. Breakfast, lunch, and a snack will be served daily through a partnership with Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa.
More information and a registration link is at the Salvation Army Tulsa website.