March 11, 2021

PALS camp suspended for summer 2021

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — With limitations on the size of in-person gatherings in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual PALS camp on the Purdue University campus will not take place this summer.

PALS camp, which stands for Purdue Athletes Life Success, is offered through the College of Health and Human Sciences and the Department of Health and Kinesiology.

Some 400 campers, ranging in age from 8-14 from Tippecanoe County, whose family incomes are at or below federal poverty guidelines, attend the free five-week camp each year. Campers learn about exercise and healthy living through numerous sporting activities, and about their community through a variety of hands-on educational programs.

“Unfortunately, we are not able to conduct a camp of our size this summer,” said Bill Harper, co-director of the PALS program and a retired Purdue professor. “We eagerly anticipate PALS returning to our community with plenty of vitality and playfulness in 2022.”

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