“There’s no way to socially distance with an overnight camp,” Dr. Wollman-Rosenwald said.
But day camps aren’t necessarily better. Children who catch the virus in these settings could take it home to their family. Asymptomatic transmission is known to play a substantial role in the pandemic, and daily camp commuters could unknowingly provide opportunities for microbes to travel.
With modifications, overnight camps could actually be some of the safest options for summer, said Dr. Pardis Sabeti, a computational biologist at Harvard University and the Broad Institute. Adequate testing would be a must for all — campers, counselors and staff members — before arrival; and everyone would probably need to remain on-site full time, effectively walling themselves off from society for the camp’s duration. Each cabin of campers could then become its own family unit, interacting with only one another and minimizing contact with other “households” — mirroring what is already