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Camp Rainbow will take this year off due to Covid-19

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 June 2020 at 9:23 am

File photo by Tom Rivers: Dakota Morris of Holley swings at Camp Rainbow in Ridgeway in this photo from August 2015. Camp Rainbow is owned and operated by the Arc of Genesee Orleans

RIDGEWAY – Camp Rainbow is taking the summer off due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The site on Townline Road is owned and operated by the Arc of Genesee Orleans. The summer day camp was founded in 1970. It serves children with and without disabilities.

After careful deliberation and review of the guidance available, Arc officials determined that the safety of our campers and staff would remain a concern if camp were to open.

Arc managers also decided that the free-spirited, close-knit experience of summer camp could not be achieved during social distancing. Camp Rainbow was scheduled for July 6 through Aug. 7.

“It just wouldn’t be fun or safe,” said Jenifer Batt, camp director. “Campers would have to wear masks in the summer heat. We would have to keep everybody 6 feet apart during activities.”  Camp Rainbow serves children ages 5-21, offering programming that helps campers develop and maintain communication and social skills, fitness, creativity, and leadership.

The postponement is especially unfortunate with Camp Rainbow celebrating its 50th anniversary this summer. Families and funders have been notified of the change for this summer.

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