Will Chattanooga area summer camps open as COVID-19 restrictions ease?

Photo contributed by Baylor School / Baylor School hopes to hold summer camps on schedule beginning in June on its 690-acre campus.

Many local summer camps are still in limbo as to whether they will open this summer, leaving parents reeling as they scramble for options to keep their children occupied after months of isolating at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not yet issued guidelines for summer camps. While Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's Executive Order 30 prohibits overnight camps through May 29, they may be allowed to operate as early as June.

To comply with the order, Boy Scouts of America Cherokee Area Council's Skymont Summer Camp canceled its first two weeks of camp and added two weeks in July, according to a letter sent on behalf of program director Mark Lytle to Scout units registered for camp this summer.

If government restrictions are not lifted by June 1, additional weeks of camp will likely be canceled as well, the letter said.