For the legions of kids who have been cooped up at home all spring, parents will be relieved to find out that the annual Czech tradition of příměstský tábor or “suburban camp” lives on.
Typically taking place in the summer months, these traditional Czech summer camps expose kids to arts, culture, or sports while lending a helping hand to working parents.
On May 15, the Czech government announced that sleepover camps could be held as of June 27, though no specific guidelines for day camps were put in place (you can find the hygiene restrictions for overnight camps here).
Soňa Polak a spokesperson for the Czech council of children and youth organizations (ČRDM), the organizing body for camps in the Czech Republic, told us they recommend suburban camps take follow the same precautions as overnight camps.
“There is no valid legislation for suburban camps; we advise to follow hygienic recommendations for residential camps,” she says.
A number of camp operators have responded to the news with tentative optimism.
“I think children will be happy to be able to meet and socialize even though there will be some limits on their usual interactions, says Jonathan Ogden co-founder and director of Two-Hour school in Prague, which is launching an all-day summer program for bilinguals in July.
He adds: “I also think many parents understand the need to balance the precautions they take with elements of normality, especially as we start coming out of the other side of this state of emergency.”
Lukas, founder of Sport Football Academy which will open its inaugural season for campers also in July, stresses the importance of adhering to the rules.
“I am happy that the restrictions are released more and more, but still every individual must be careful and we should strictly follow hygienic standards.”
Still looking for a summer camp for kids? The camps listed here are English-friendly (plus a few Czech-language options below) and still have space for happy campers:
Sports and active
Language and Arts
For more tips on summer camps in the Czech Republic join the FB group Czechia Camps and Clubs.
Got a tip for a fun summer camp? Leave it in the comments.