Chattanooga announces city summer camps, works to staff Youth and Family Development Centers

Staff photo by Doug Strickland/ The Avondale Youth and Family Development Center is seen on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Six area Youth and Family Development Centers will be open this summer to host camps, while plans to fully staff the camps and the other 12 sites are still in the works, the city of Chattanooga announced Tuesday.

The centers have been closed since early 2020, close to the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic, when the city shut down many public spaces to prevent the spread of illness.

Last week the city announced that Chattanooga was working on plans for the camps and the centers. On Tuesday, officials confirmed that the Avondale, Brainerd, Carver, Hixson, JA Patten and South Chattanooga sites will be reopening to host camps and that camp counselors were needed.