RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – Youth summer enrichment programs are postponing summer camp session in accordance with Governor Greg Abbott’s latest social distancing executive order.
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) and The Boys and Girls Club of Mission are offering virtual experiences on social media in place of cancelled summer camp sessions.
Also, the Brownsville Glady’s Porter Zoo confirmed Wednesday that by the end of May, staff will determine if the zoo will re-open in mid-summer to host the Summer Teen Program and Safari Camp.
Annually, the Boys and Girls Club of Mission hosts between 500 and 600 children each summer. Director, JJ Guerrero, says now is a good time for working families to start searching for a day camp alternative.
“We know we are important to families when they have to go to work and their kids don’t have a place to go. That’s why we are here. That’s why we exist to make sure these kids have the best possible scenario in their life that they are not home alone,” he said.
Guerrero and other Valley summer program directors are awaiting orders from the CDC in hopes to schedule mini camp sessions in July. UTRGV will also cancel more than 30 spring and summer camps until August 1.
However, the university may reschedule a few camps in the fall.
The Gladys Porter Brownsville Zoo will use Facebook to post educational life sciences videos during the closure.
The Boys and Girls Club of Mission will also engage with the community on Facebook and post children D.I.Y. activity videos.
CBS 4 reached out to the Boys and Girls Club of Harlingen and have not received a response.