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'It's gone': What the loss of summer camp means for kids


Last updated 6/25/2020 at 1:04pm

In this June 22, 2020, photo provided by Shaye Spector, Camp Walden Director Robyn Spector holds a group photo from one of her first summers at camp. Spector, 48, would have been spending her 40th summer at Camp Walden, a co-ed sleepaway camp near Lake George in Diamond Point, N.Y. (Shaye Spector via AP)


Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - It wasn't just the leadership opportunities or seeing his best friends or even escaping months stuck at home because of the coronavirus pandemic that had Rory Sederoff thinking 2020 would be one of his best summers ever.

This would have been the Toronto teenager's 15th year at Camp Walden, a sleepaway camp in upstate New York where he has spent every summer since he was 3 months old. He had already started rehearsing the speech he was going to give at the end-of-summer banquet, and imagined the exact tree by the waterfront that he would pick...

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