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.
For more information, please contact Virginia Davenport, Director of Camp Love and Learn, virginia.davenport [at] acc.cdom [dot] org or 901-722-4718.