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Eugene Family YMCA in full Summer Care swing

This year, the Eugene Family YMCA has changed a lot about their summer camp program, including changing the name to Summer Care.

Posted: Jul 14, 2020 6:23 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- This year, the Eugene Family YMCA has changed a lot about their summer camp program, including changing the name to Summer Care.

"Everybody gets their own kiddie pool when we bring out the pools for them to sunbathe in. We have sprinklers for them to play in where they, you know, have to do their best to practice that physical distance, but the sprinklers are going wild for them so they're still having a blast," said Maritza Ruiz, multi-site coordinator for youth development with the Y.

Changes aren't always easy but needed, Ruiz said.

"I think when you look at the larger picture it's the right thing to do," said Ruiz.

Staff also wear face masks at all times indoors and out -- even before it was mandated by the governor.

And even things they were doing already, like hand washing, have been ramped up because they want the kids in their care to have fun while also staying healthy.

When usually groups of 50 or more kids would be allowed to play together, this year that number is capped at 10, and the kids that have been playing with one another will be staying with one another for the week in static groups.

"It's difficult for me because I'm used to giving people I've seen a while ago hugs," said Nelson, a camper. 

But, even will all that different -- one thing remains the same.

"I really like summer camp because you get to meet a lot of new people and you have a bunch of fun," Nelson continued.

Summer Care runs week by week and is going on until Aug. 28.

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