For generations, summer camp has been a cornerstone of childhood and an unforgettable opportunity to explore new interests, extend learning into non-classroom settings, make new friends and experience personal growth and development. In the summer of 2020, many summer camps have cancelled or severely restricted their offerings as a result of the pandemic. With many camps and recreation centers across the country remaining closed for the foreseeable future an unprecedented number of children will remain at home in the coming months, and potentially into the 2020-21 school year. WPBS-TV, working with the education sector partners across our region, has stepped up to offer preschool and elementary children a number of “virtual” camp experiences including:
A new broadcast series for elementary school children which will blend day camp and learning into a daily hour of playful fun to address the “COVID slide.” Camp TV airs on WPBS-TV each weekday from 11:30 am – 12:30 p.m., beginning Monday July 13th and continuing through Friday, August 7th.
A collection to support STEM and socioemotional learning for children ages 3 – 5. Virtual instructional videos and supporting resources from the Peg+Cat collection on PBS LearningMedia will guide campers and families to solve Really Big Problems! with 12.5 hours of hands-on learning.
Promoting and supporting Camp-in-a-Box, an initiative of Camp Wabasso, designed to allow campers to have a modified summer camp experience at home. Two weeks’ worth of activities, along with materials and directions in each box, with three boxes being offered over the summer months.
A guide to free activities and learning resources offered by the North Country Library System.
PBS Books Storytime is a resource developed by the PBS Books channel to offer author read-aloud stories and book features for educators, libraries and families.
The segments feature children’s book authors and others in “Read-Aloud” segments and/or video features on new and best-loved children’s books.
Storyline Online®, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Kristen Bell, Rita Moreno, Viola Davis, Jaime Camil, Kevin Costner, Lily Tomlin, Sarah Silverman, Betty White, Wanda Sykes and dozens more.
4-H Camp Wabasso is a residential summer camp located in Jefferson County just outside of Redwood, New York. This 177-acre facility is situated along 2/3 of a mile of pristine waterfront on Millsite Lake. Youth ages 6-16 will find exciting opportunities during the six weeks of residential camp or during one of our other programs. Campers stay in Adirondack cabins, dine in our modern dining hall, and enjoy a wide variety of fun, educational programming. From archery and astronomy to theatre and volleyball, there is something that is sure to pique the interest of even the most hard to please camper! 4-H Camp Wabasso promises to create memories to last a lifetime!