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Grandparents plan at-home camp for 10-year-old whose summer camp was canceled

Posted at 5:57 PM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 20:57:56-04

Max Booth is from Redondo Beach and was excited to go to Maine for a summer camp for the second year. This year, that didn’t happen because of coronavirus, leaving Max at home. Then, his grandparents stepped in to save the day.

Tim and Joy Booth live in Pacific Beach and said right around when Max found out he would be staying home for the summer, beaches and public places in their area started opening up, so they took advantage and planned a substitute summer camp for the 10-year-old.

“It gave us real happiness to figure out how to make something that was at least a little bit similar to what he might have had,” said Joy.

The trio spent the last week exploring the San Diego area, completing a long list of activities like cutting wood and barbecuing at a park, going to the beach, playing at a water park, practicing archery, hiking and observing nature, completing a junior park ranger program at the Cabrillo Monument and more. They even took the time to give back to the community, spending a day shoveling sand off of steps in Pacific Beach. They said a police officer and surfer stopped to thank them, the surfer adding that he had slipped on those steps because of the built-up sand.

“We swept the stairs because we wanted to help people not get any injuries from slipping on the sand,” said Max.

The week may have been different than a typical summer camp, but all three said they had the best time.

"I would just like to say thank you for being my parents and thank you for doing all this stuff for me," said Max.

"You’re welcome, Max. We love you," responded Tim and Joy.