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How to Plan Your Summer Experience in 2021

Planning for summer looks a lot different this year. Instead of comparing programs and pre-college summer opportunities, parents are trying to understand COVID protocols, what programs are even available, and navigate the uncharted territory of selecting summer programs during a pandemic. Luckily, at Summer Discovery, we learned a lot from our 2020 experiences. Here are some of our tips to parents and families planning for their summer 2021 experience – whether it be camp, pre-college, enrichment, travel, or more.

Reset Your Expectations

Programs for summer 2021 will look different than previous summers. Students will likely have to wear masks, be in single-occupancy housing, and network with a smaller group of peers.

Summer program providers will still provide amazing experiences, but in different ways from years past. For example, concerts and large gatherings are probably a no-go! Programs may have altered visitation policies for friends and family. The packing list for summer camp may be slightly different and include masks. Ask your summer program provider what will be different about their program this summer compared to previous summers. Remember, different doesn’t mean bad. It just means adjusting your expectations so your experience aligns with what summer experience providers can safely provide.

Summer Discovery is doing all of these things – and more – to ensure our families are up-to-date with information and any changes to our program offerings. We encourage families to regularly visit our website and social media and to sign-up for email updates. Our COVID Task Force meets regularly and is in constant communication with our university partners to ensure we have the most up-to-date information about in-person safety protocols and policies.  While we can’t control COVID, we can control our response and how we’re informing families of this response.


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