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One of the important functions of the locally-run Sellwood Community House is child care...

DAVID F. ASHTON - These Sellwood Community House campers paused their playing to wave hello to THE BEE. For kids eager to get out of the house, and for parents looking forward to a respite from child care, news that the Sellwood Community House (SCH) was starting up its summer camps in mid-June came as a welcome development.

"Starting on June 15, our summer camp program got underway, giving kids days that include games, crafts, life lessons, skill building, fitness, and a whole lot more," recounted SCH Director David Engle.

Due to COVID-19 coronavirus concerns, and the fact that Multnomah County had not yet reached "Stage 1 reopening" when the camps began, SCH modified its programs to make sure campers would remain safe, healthy, and still have a a great experience.

"We've divided the building into three 'zones'; with each zone hosting ten participants who stick together for the week," explained Engle. "This means, instead of hosting a total of 90 campers each week, we're providing programming for 30 youths in each camp period."

Each group of campers are in one of the three 'zones' for the day; then, the staff thoroughly sanitizes the areas each evening. "The next day, the group moves to the next zone, so there's no cross contamination between groups, Engle told THE BEE.

In addition to play, craft and activity zones, when it's not raining, campers enjoy supervised nature walks to area parks, and participating in local scavenger hunts.

"Our camps run through August, and we'll extend them if school opening schedules are moved back," Engle said.

Due to the limited number of campers, he suggested parents sign up right away to reserve a space for their child to enjoy a week at the SCH Summer Camp.

To learn more, see their website – www.sellwoodcommunityhouse.net


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