We hope you are healthy and safe amid the latest COVID-19 surge in cases. What a year it's been.
We hear from parents every day how much their kids missed going to camp last summer after the coronavirus forced so many camps to close.
We know how much kids depend on the camp experience to enjoy the outdoors, make lots of new friends, and have tons of fun. After being cooped up inside for the balance of the spring semester last school year, not camp to look forward to was flat-out devastating for kids everywhere.
The L.A. Camp Fairs were not immune. We had to cancel five different Camp Fairs planned at UCLA, in Calabasas, Santa Barbara, Los Feliz, and Cal State Northridge. We were so sad do to this because we know how much L.A. area parents and families depend on the Camp Fairs to help them find suitable camps for their kids.
What about the 2021 in-person camp fairs?
When we were forced to cancel last year's events, we hoped it was an aberration and we'd get back to normal in 2021. We are still crossing our fingers, so we have tentative plans to resume in-person camp fairs for the spring at all the locations mentioned above. There's even talk of a vaccine right now, which makes us even more optimistic we can have Camp Fairs again in 2021.
At the same time, it's important to understand the live event industry will likely be among the last to come back in the age of coronavirus. Even small get-togethers will likely be prohibited for the foreseeable future, let alone large social gatherings among strangers like Camp Fairs.
Virtual camp fair alternative
Just in case the COVID-19 pandemic prevents us from having in-person camp fairs in 2021, all is not lost. We will have virtual camp fairs instead! But don't worry, we understand when you hear the world "virtual" it conjures up thoughts of boring online meetings and home-school experiences we've all had to tolerate the past year.
No, we're talking the real deal instead! You will be happy to know we just got a hold of an amazing digital camp fair platform that rivals the in-person experience. You will be able to meet camp directors and counselors online, view camp photos and videos, download camp brochures, and so much more all in real time.
So please, stay tuned. We'll keep you apprised of the status of the L.A. Camp Fairs frequently in this space. We hope to see you at the camp fairs soon!
Blog posts by Cora Carter of L.A. Summer Camps.com