Camp Kindred moves programming online to help families manage the pressure

Posted at 8:34 AM, Jun 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-23 09:34:41-04

Concerns over coronavirus have forced yet another summer program to move its curriculum online this summer - at a time when its message may be more important than ever.

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Milwaukee's Camp Kindred is in its third summer, and enrollment has picked up each year.

The camp traditionally brings local youth together in Campbellsport, with the goal of building bridges, friendships and understanding between children of different racial and ethnic backgrounds.

But this summer, it's had to move its programming online.

While it's disappointing the campers can't gather in person, Camp Kindred's Tom Cramer hopes they can still build some of those bridges virtually.

Organizers delivered all campers their official Camp Kindred tee-shirts earlier this month.

They will also receive "camp in a box" packages, Cramer said, which contain activities they can do at home like gardening or tie-dying.

Cramer said camp staff is being trained to promote the camp's message of inclusivity and diversity through its online activities. The hope is kids can still discuss the activities, and some of their difference and similarities, via video chat.

Liliane McFarlane has two daughters enrolled in this summer's Camp Kindred.

"I think it's important for kids to think about inclusivity, equity, and being around people different than them," she said. "They need to understand that, in their difference, there is some beauty."

She hopes the virtual sessions will still provide some value for her daughters. McFarlane added the girls will likely be excited to attend the camp in person in 2021.

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