Summer camps are on and the staff is optimistic

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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - The summer camps at the Kearney Area Children's Museum are an annual event both parents and children look forward to each time June rolls around.

The Museum's summer camps will look slightly different with a change in days and only half of the Museum available to groups.

Good news: they're still on.

The staff at KACM made the conscious decision to move forward with the camps despite the ongoing pandemic and so many summer events already being cancelled or postponed.

Camps will be split into two groups, one on Monday and Tuesday and the other on Thursday and Friday. Each group will be with the same two staff members each day and have just half of the Museum available to them, with the hopes of spending plenty of time outside.

"It'll be different and we're just trying our best to make the best decisions we can for everyone," Traci Winscot, the Museum's Executive Director, said.

The staff didn't toss around the idea of cancelling the camps for very long before it decided to move forward with them. Employees realize there are question marks and things will look different but believe the benefits for children and parents outweigh anything else.

"We feel like, as kids are very resilient, they do still get impacted by their environment and so our choice to have camps was we knew that it would be extremely positive not only for the children but also for the parents as well," Jennifer Beck, the Museum's Director of Community Engagement, said.

Beyond the camps, the Museum is doing a soft opening this week by allowing groups to book half of the Museum for an hour. After a group leaves the staff will spend 30 minutes cleaning before a new group may enter.

Camps are available for children ages 4 through 10 and cost $50 for members and $70 for non-members.