WINTER PARK | Young people of all ages share fond memories of San Pedro Spiritual Development Center’s summer camps, dating back to 1960. This year, for the first time in 60 years, the center cancelled its June camps. Due to the pandemic, after prayerful discernment, the camp team announced April 30th that it will only offer a July program. They are seeking guidance from parents regarding whether the July camp should be in-person or virtual.
Parents may opt out completely, receiving a full refund, transfer June camp fees to a July selection, or have their payments credited to a camp in 2021. Kimmy Zeiler, San Pedro’s program director noted, due to the extraordinary circumstances of this time, submissions for cancellation will receive refunds of all deposits.
Zeiler added, “Although we are making the difficult decision to cancel our June camps, our decision about July camps will depend on the guidance of our Bishop as well as county, state and CDC guidelines.” Parents are encouraged to respond to the short survey accompanying the email announcement to help the team make an informed decision.
The first consideration for the July camp is to provide an in-person day camp from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with no overnight stays. Groups would be broken up as they were previously. The second choice is a virtual camp provided via computer or other device, from 1 – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Virtual camp would provide an interactive experience for campers. “This idea is exciting to me,” Zeiler said because she and camp director Lisa Karpinski have already explored ways in which they could share many previously planned activities in a virtual format.
“What makes our camp so great is, time and time again, we hear campers say that they find at San Pedro a place of family, a place of belonging,” Zeiler said. “They leave inspired by the lived example of their camp counselors and get inspiration from their fellow campers. That encounter with God isn’t something the coronavirus can take away.”
For more information on San Pedro camps go to sanpedrocenter.org/camp.
By Glenda Meekins of the Florida Catholic May 6, 2020