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Boy Scouts summer camp programs going virtual in WNY

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Due to health and safety concerns with COVID-19 this summer, leaders for the Seneca Waterway Council Boy Scouts of America will shift their traditional summer camps to be virtual this year. (SBG file photo)

(WHAM) - Due to health and safety concerns with COVID-19 this summer, leaders for the Seneca Waterway Council Boy Scouts of America will shift their traditional summer camps to be virtual this year.

Officials said they were trying to create solutions to have the camps continue in person while guaranteeing a safe environment and a quality experience. With the constantly changing guidelines and data, as well as the need for safety protocols for activities such as aquatics and shooting sports, they could not come up with a plan that would meet those needs.

However, the summer camp experience will continue in a virtual format for 2020," Stephen Hoitt, Scout Executive/CEO, Seneca Waterways Council, BSA. "The Scouts BSA Camp and Cub Scout Virtual Summer Camps are both stocked full of activities to keep children of all ages very active.”

The virtual programs will focus on unit competition and team building, individual learning and competition, and advancement needs. Camps will still have evening programs, campfires, and inter-faith services just like at camp.

Virtual Summer Camp registrations are open online. Questions can be addressed over the phone at (585) 244-4210.

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