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When summer camps around the country closed due to COVID19, the Springfield JCC and Jewish Family Service feared for the mental health and wellbeing of their campers (and area youth). Between a lack of socialization and an even bigger educational ‘summer slide’ than normal, there was a need – and from that need, Camp-in-a-Box was created.
“Super bummed over here and can’t wait until next summer,” wrote camp parent Christine Petrone. “[Camp-in-a-Box] will help with him not being able to attend.” More than 300 families received boxes, stuffed with 20+ activities – from STEM to the arts, scavenger hunts and recreational activities. These free boxes feature adaptations for campers of all ability levels, and were translated into multiple languages so that ALL families could access the content.
“It’s been a long few months. Between online learning, adults at home juggling parenting and working, there was a demonstrated need for some fun and recreation this summer.” said Seth Stutman, Camp Director at the Springfield JCC. “We serve more than 700 campers annually, from every mental and physical ability level and economic status, and we knew that it was vital to offer them ALL the opportunity to have an unforgettable summer.”
Mass Appeal on WWLP Appearance:
- Jewish Ledger: Learning in a Box, August 12, 2020
- HIAS: Camp-In-A-Box Gives Fun Back to Kids During Pandemic
- MassLive: 400 Children Receive Their Second Camp In A Box
- BusinessWest: 400 Children Receive Second ‘J-Camp In A Box’
- 22News WWLP: Springfield JCC provides “Camp in a Box” set to more than 400 children
- HCN HealthCare News: 400 Children Receive Second ‘J-Camp in a Box’
- The Reminder: Jewish Family Service Brings Benefits of Summer Camp to Families