After missing a year due to COVID and seeing restricted activities last year, Special Olympics Delaware is returning to Camp Barnes this summer.

The 21st Annual Special Olympics Delaware Summer Camps begin at Camp Barnes in Frankford next weekend.

“We are thrilled to be able to come together and provide our campers and counselors with a great summer experience at camp,” said Jon Buzby – the Media Relations Manager for Special Olympics

He says campers meet from Saturday August 6 to Monday August 8, 2022 and again from August 14 to 16, 2022, “We will have over 50 athletes at each of the two camps. On day 1 they enjoy summer camp olympics where it’s kind of a team building activity as they get to know each other. And then on the second day they have kayak races, they do sports, they swim, and they do arts and crafts – so a lot of your traditional camp type activities. Everything is done outdoors at Camp Barnes.

Buzby also notes that campers are treated to a big dance on the last night of camp. The dance will have a beach theme this year.

He says there is something new this year for the 21st year of the camps, “The biggest benefit for them when they get there will be that the cabins are air-conditioned, for the first time in Camp Barnes history, who of course runs summer camps all summer long for kids in the state of Delaware So what used to be a lot of fans blowing camp every night – this year they’ll be in the lavish accommodations of the air-conditioned cabins. So it will be a surprise.”

Buzby notes that this camp is one of the most anticipated events of the year for Special Olympics athletes – and they are happy to be back up and running after two years of being canceled or limited by the pandemic.