Local summer camps unsure what season holds with coronavirus pandemic

PITTSBURGH — With the coronavirus pandemic restrictions, local summer camps are closed right now, leaving camp leaders unsure of what the upcoming season will mean for their operations.

“This is very odd, nobody here in the middle of April,” said Camp Kon-O-Kwee Spencer Executive Director Dave DeLuca.

Normally, at this time of year when you drive into the camp, it is packed with college students, church groups and kids.

“A weekday like this, we might have 200 school kids on property,” DeLuca said.

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But instead it’s empty. DeLuca said his biggest concern is if health officials limit campers. The camp can hold 400 kids at a time. If that number gets cut in half, it could cause problems for families already registered for this summer.

“It is the opposite of social distancing. Groups come together. Kids are outdoors,” DeLuca said. “We are seeing registrations even through this pandemic and we have very very few cancellations.”

He said he is staying optimistic, working with local health officials on how they could go about safely reopening.