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The regulations for social distancing in camps and schools during the COVID-19 pandemic provide an opportunity to rethink the traditional day camp experience. Catholic Charities of West Tennessee understands with the unexpected closure of schools in March due to COVID-19, summer learning is of even more importance. This year, Catholic Charities of West Tennessee partnered with the Compass Community Schools to provide Summer-in-a-Box Camp to the rising fourth and fifth grade students.
Early data projections from NWEA, a research-based, not-for-profit organization that creates assessment solutions to measure growth and proficiency, show that the current school closures “could result in substantially lower achievement levels for students" (https://www.nwea.org/blog/2020/covid-19-school-closures-could-have-devastating-impact-student-achievement/). This same source cautions that students may lose close to a year of learning which could be mitigated by appropriate supplemental materials. For these reasons, Camp Love and Learn moved from a day camp model to a summer-in-a-box model for Camp 2020.
The overall goal of the Summer-in-a-Box camp model is to engage families, provide grade-level and interesting materials to students, and to mitigate the learning loss that has taken place since the abrupt closure of schools.