Summer camps for kids might be full of perils these days.
However, virtual online camps are as safe as it gets. That’s one reason the Greensboro-based Kellin Foundation is switching gears from previous summers, and, this year, is presenting free, “virtual” mini-camp sessions from Wednesday, July 22 to Friday, July 24 for children ages 5 through 12.
These sessions, which organizers are calling “fun and active” – despite being internet-bound – will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. The sessions are meant to “nourish children, body and mind.”
The Kellin Foundation, a widely recognized National Child Traumatic Stress Network site in Guilford County, has the stated mission of building “resilient children, families, and adults through behavioral health services, victim advocacy, and community outreach.”
Even though the pandemic has put life on hold for many area groups, the foundation has in recent months been trying to achieve its goals of providing comfort for victims – young and old – through online offerings of various programs meant to help those who have experienced trauma. For instance, on Friday, July 10, the foundation used the ubiquitous Zoom-service to put on a one-hour discussion with Sabrina Huda, the project director for Sesame Workshops. That’s the nonprofit education-based organization that brought you Sesame Street. Sesame Workshops works to help the most vulnerable and underserved kids as well as their families.
The Kellin Foundation is also implementing, locally, the global program known as “The Caring for Each Other initiative,” – a response to the deadly pandemic that’s been rolled out in more than 93 countries in 36 languages. According to promotional materials describing that effort, the initiative offers resources “designed to help parents provide comfort and manage anxiety, as well as help with creating routines, fostering playful learning at home, and staying physically and mentally healthy.”
And, certainly, everyone can use a little anxiety relief these days.