RIDGEWAY – Camp Rainbow had planned on celebrating 50 years of summer camp in July and August.

That is not to be as the Arc of Genesee Orleans announced Wednesday that the camp will not open this summer.

Camp officials said it was determined that safety of staff and campers would be compromised and that the “free-spirited, close-knit experience of summer camp could not be achieved during social distancing.”

“It just wouldn’t be fun or safe,” said Jenifer Batt, camp director. “Campers would have to wear masks in the summer heat. We would have to keep everybody 6 feet apart during activities.”

Camp Rainbow serves children ages 5 to 21 with and without disabilities, offering programming that helps campers develop and maintain communication and social skills, fitness, creativity, and leadership.

The camp was scheduled for July 6 to Aug. 7.

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