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June 26, 2020

‘It's gone': What the loss of summer camp means for kids

  • Summer camps are an $18 billion industry in the U.S., but most are closed this year because of virus-related state restrictions.
    Associated Press

    NEW YORK — It wasn't just the leadership opportunities or seeing his best friends or even escaping months stuck at home because of the coronavirus pandemic that had Rory Sederoff thinking 2020 would be one of his best summers ever.

    This would have been the Toronto teenager's 15th year at Camp Walden, a sleepaway camp in upstate New York where he has spent every summer since he was 3 months old. He had already started rehearsing the speech he was going to give at the end-of-summer banquet, and imagined the exact tree by the waterfront that he would pick to be named in his honor.

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