WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Brown kicked off a virtual Summer Manufacturing Camp mini-summit with Summer Manufacturing Camp leaders from across Ohio to discuss how to hold camps safely within their communities. The summit included presentations on creative ways to adapt the annual summer manufacturing camps in 2021 to ensure that they are safe, fun and educational for everyone involved.

“We’re hopeful that this summer we can add back some of the traditional parts of the camps that we couldn’t do last year,” said Brown. “A hallmark of our camps has been the opportunity kids have to visit manufacturing plants – to get out on the factory floor and see modern manufacturing up close. We may not be able to get our kids out to those plants this summer, but we can bring the concepts and opportunities of local manufacturing to them and inspire them for the future.”

Since 2013, Brown’s office has partnered with local businesses and community leaders to host more than 90 camps, including 34 camps in 26 counties in 2019. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brown’s office assisted with three virtual camps last year that assured students would still be able to learn about manufacturing safely and remotely.

Brown’s summer manufacturing camps help introduce kids and their parents to an up-to-date, real-world understanding of American manufacturing. This learning opportunity gives local students the opportunity to learn about careers in their community and hear directly from experts. Students learn how products are made, participate in team-building exercises, and work on a project specific to their community.

As the start of each camp approaches, Brown’s office will release more detailed information about registration and media opportunities. Interested students, educators, manufacturers and community partners can learn more about how to get involved on Brown’s website at brown.senate.gov/summer-manufacturing-camps.