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Mayor, Parks Director Announce Summer Fun Program for Youth

Stacy M. Brown | 6/12/2020, 6:35 a.m.
BMORE Summer Fun, a free, outdoor summer camp alternative for Baltimore youth ages five to 12, will launch on Monday, ...
BMORE Summer Fun, a free, outdoor summer camp alternative for Baltimore youth ages five to 12, will launch on Monday, July 6. Photo Courtesy of BCRP

BMORE Summer Fun, a free, outdoor summer camp alternative for Baltimore youth ages five to 12, will launch on Monday, July 6.

The six-week outdoor program will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., rain or shine, according to a joint announcement by Mayor Jack Young and Reginald Moore, the executive director of the Baltimore City Recreation and Parks’ (BCRP).

“Providing our children summer activities is a critical need, and I want to thank Director Moore and his team for putting this program together,” Mayor Young stated in a news release.

“BMORE Summer Fun allows our youth to have access to engaging summer programming, and I am excited to see this program launch.”

Because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, both Mayor Young and Parks Director Moore said the BMORE Summer Fun experience will rely on Baltimore City outdoor spaces to allow social distancing while participants engage in summer sports and games, stem activities, crafts, nature play and more.

The city and BCRP have designated the following BCRP greenspaces that will serve as BMORE Summer Fun locations:

North Harford Rec Center Samuel FB Morse Rec Center Rita Church Community Ctr Dewees Rec Center Edgewood/Lyndhurst Rec Ctr Farring Baybrook Rec Center Harlem Park Rec Center Herring Run Rec Center CC Jackson Rec Center Fred B. Leidig Rec Center Joseph Lee Rec Center Lakeland Rec Center Locust Point Rec Center Bocek Rec Center Roosevelt Rec Center Virginia S. Baker/Patterson Park Rec Center Luckman Park Vollmer Center Greenmount Rec Center Carrie Murray Nature Center

Additionally, 42 BCRP recreation center locations will continue to operate as meal sites throughout Summer 2020.

Each location is equipped with nearby indoor areas for inclement weather/Code Red Days, restrooms and supply storage, officials stated.

The outdoor format includes health and safety precautions in response to the latest COVID-19 guidance.

Program participants will enjoy activities in small groups--one counselor assigned to every nine participants. Group assignments will remain the same for the duration of the program.

Both staff and participants are required to wear masks and routine temperature checks will be taken upon arrival.

To ensure staff and participant safety, BMORE Summer Fun will not offer trips or off-site activities, according to a news release.

“Summer camp is an essential part of our agency and parents citywide rely on us year over year,” Moore said. “Although our summer offerings will look a little different this camp season, we promise the same fun, with safety at the forefront.”

The outdoor format includes health and safety precautions in response to the latest COVID-19 guidance.

Program participants will enjoy activities in small groups – one counselor assigned to every nine participants. Group assignments will remain the same for the duration of the program.

“Both staff and participants are required to wear masks and routine temperature checks will be taken upon arrival. To ensure staff and participant safety, BMORE Summer Fun will not offer trips or off-site activities,” Moore added.

Current Camp Baltimore registrants will have first opportunity to confirm their participation. The general public is encouraged to stay tuned to @recnparks on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram for an announcement as additional spots become available.

For more information about BMORE Summer Fun, call 410-396-7900 or visit https://bcrp.baltimorecity.gov/virtual-rec.