The Pennsylvania State Police on Friday announced the cancellation of upcoming youth camps due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a news release.

The camps typically take place throughout Pennsylvania in the spring and summer months. Those camps include the 27-week Camp Cadet for 12- to 15-year-olds; Commissioner’s Honor Camp; State Police Youth Week, which is hosted in partnership with the American Legion and National Guard; and 12

Sunny Day Camp programs, which are one-day events for children and adults with special needs or disabilities, and their families.

Col. Robert Evanchick, state police commissioner, said while vaccine availability is increasing and COVID-19 counts are decreasing, troopers felt it was too early to host the programs where social distancing and other mitigation efforts aren’t possible.

“We made the difficult decision to cancel camps in the interest of the health and safety of all participants, but we remain hopeful the programs will resume in 2022,” he said.