From Arlington County…unsurprising news, and also seems like the responsible thing to do. Sad, though.
In accordance with the health and safety guidelines of state, national and camp officials during the COVID-19 pandemic, Arlington County is cancelling summer camps for 2020.
This difficult decision was reached after County staff considered many options to determine if camps could be held with proper social distancing, appropriate cleaning protocols and other safety measures. The health and safety of campers and staff is the County’s number one priority, and ultimately, the County was not confident all campers and staff would be able to safely enjoy an even modified camp experience.
“We recognize how important camps are to our residents, and we are truly saddened to have to cancel for the summer,” said Parks & Recreation Director Jane Rudolph. “Ultimately, it is the best decision for the safety and health of our community. We will continue to explore opportunities to provide programs and services as national, state and local guidelines allow. We appreciate your patience as we work through this difficult time.”
Cancelling summer camps was primarily based on guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Camp Association (ACA), as well as Virginia’s guidelines for summer camps. Given the number of unknown variables still present, the risks of bringing our community together, in-person, for a traditional camp season are far too great.
If you registered for an Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation camp, you will receive a full refund. If you signed up for a camp with one of the County’s contractors, contact the contractor directly regarding their refund policy. The 2020 Guide to Summer Camps in Arlington County lists all County camps, along with information for contractor camps.
County refunds will be issued in the form of a household credit. After the refund has been applied to an account, contact the Department of Parks & Recreation to request the refund be processed back to the original form of payment. Questions regarding cancellation should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the Summer Camp FAQs for more information and details.
DPR previously announced the cancellation of summer programs for 2020.
All Arlington County/Arlington Public Schools (APS) parks, playgrounds, fields, restrooms, tracks, dog parks and athletic courts remain closed until further notice. Parks and park amenities will be re-opened in phases in coordination with the County’s Health Director and based on health metrics and state guidelines.
Parks & Recreation’s new Recreate at Home, launched during the COVID-19 pandemic, offers a bi-weekly list of fun and safe things to do at home and outside while practicing social distancing.
Everyone should take personal responsibility and practice social distancing, wear face coverings and wash their hands frequently. Visit the County’s COVID-19 site for updates, sign up for Arlington Alert for County updates and Parks & Recreation’s eNews.