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  • Writer's pictureNicholas Miller

What to do about Summer 2021?

In March, as we marked a year of online programs, I was in the process of trying to figure out what to plan for this summer at OCT. Last summer was the first summer OCT had done summer camps. We launched into running 17 online camps that were wildly creative and hugely fun. Everyone was thrilled to leap into online programming and our campers had a fabulous time.

A year later, we are all weary of our isolation and our online lives. But I had to think carefully about whether we were ready to make the transition back to in-person programming. Would we be able to gather together this summer? Small groups? Large groups? Outside? Inside?

I thought long and hard about whether to take a risk and pivot back to in-person programming this summer. I desperately want to be with students and instructors again! But in the end, there were too many uncertainties. I had to decide to be patient and stay online, hopefully for the last semester, so that we could offer your children a fully engaging and personal experience, without masks and without fear.

We’ve learned a lot since our first online offerings last spring. We know how to help young people stay connected, even when we are physically apart. We know how to have fun, build skills, and make cherished memories. We know how to create online performances filled with accomplishments and pride. We know how to share these important milestones with family, friends, and distant relatives.

We've designed camps that give young people an opportunity to travel to other places and meet new friends for a portion of their day. There is still lots of time to get outside and off-screen! Our camps are real and interactive experiences guaranteed to bring a smile to your child’s face.

Whatever you decide for your summer, we hope it is a safe and happy one. If you’d like to join us in July, check out our great camps. And if you’ve already registered, we can’t wait to see you soon!

Fingers crossed that we can be together again, in the fall.

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