Day camp available for area elementary students

BRATTLEBORO — With the unique school schedule that parents and students are facing this year, the Recreation & Parks Department and Brooks Memorial Library will offer Gibson-Aiken Day Camp for those who are currently in kindergarten through grade 6.

This program will be run by the regularly scheduled staff from both institutions, with local high school and college students who are learning remotely and available to share their knowledge with those who are younger.

Camp will begin on Monday, Sept. 14 at the Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Camp organizers ask that all parents be prompt when picking up and dropping off their children.

Campers will be screened each day upon arrival, will be asked to sanitize and wash their hands frequently, will have their temperatures taken daily, and will be asked travel and contact questions. All participants will be required to wear a mask during the day, and social distancing will be enforced.

The fee will be $25 per child per day for Brattleboro residents ($30 for non-residents).

Participants can register for one day a week or five days a week and must do so by Wednesday for the following week. No same-day registrations will be accepted.

The program will be capped at 20 participants a day and will require at least 10 participants.

Children will participate in a morning group activity, arts and crafts, sports and games, homework time, library and book talks, skits and music, outdoor time, and other activities.

Staff will assist children with logging in to their online classes, but they will not be able to provide one-on-one help. They ask that participants bring their own technology and headphones, though a limited number of laptops and iPads will be available for use while attending camp.

Registration can be completed by doing one of the following:

• Call the Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Office at 802- 254-5808 to schedule an appointment at the Gibson-Aiken Center. Plan to wear a mask.

• Visit Brattleboro.org and complete the fillable registration form along with the COVID-19 release form and then email both to [email protected].

• Print and complete a registration and COVID-19 release form and mail them to the below address with payment.

Forms and payment may be sent to Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department, Attn.: Gibson-Aiken Camp, P.O. Box 513, Brattleboro, VT 05302. Payment must be mailed so that it will be received by Sept. 4.

Parents should indicate accommodatations required for special-needs campers at least five days in advance.

For more information, call or stop by the Recreation & Parks Department office, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 5 p.m.

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