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COVID-19 CAMP UPDATE

 

We at Storer Camps hope that your family has remained happy and healthy during the challenges of COVID-19.

Since 1918, YMCA Storer Camps has been committed to providing programming that builds a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We believe camp will be more important than ever for campers this year,  but due to circumstances out of our control, we are anticipating starting summer camp in July.  June programs have been cancelled. 

Please read below and click each section for more information regarding this decision.

 

Important Information

What options do we have if our camper was registered for camp between June 14 and June 26?


Transfer: You can transfer your camper's registration to a July session.  Please understand that availability is limited for transfer spaces.

Donation: Making a gift of some or all of your registration is a generous gesture to ensure that YMCA Storer Camps remains strong and able to re-open when it is safe to do so.  For over 100 years, YMCA Storer Camps has been providing a lifetime of memories for campers and families; your gift enables us to continue our mission of providing quality camp programming for all.  THANK YOU to everyone who makes these important gifts to YMCA Storer Camps during the time.

Account Credit: We will hold your payment and credit the amount towards another YMCA Storer Camps program in the future.  This is another way to provide financial stability to YMCA Storer Camps and ensure camp is here for those who need us most.

Full or partial refunds: Many families are currently experiencing their own hardships.  We can process a full refund on your account or you may choose a partial refund and make a donation with the remaining amount.  Please allow at least two weeks for refunds to be fully processed.

Who should I contact about making changes to my camper's registration?


1. Contact our office at 517-536-8607 during business hours (8a - 4p, Mon - Fri)
2. Email jwells@ymcastorercamps.org

What is happening with the remainder of Summer Camp?


As of right now, we are still hopeful to run our scheduled sessions of Summer Camp in July and August.  

What changes are being made to ensure campers are safe this summer?


Increased cleaning and sanitation has already begun by our staff along with more handwashing areas available.  Program wise, campers will be placed in smaller cabin groups, temperatures of campers and staff will be checked regularly and activities/skill clinics will be taught by cabin group.  Changes to food service include plated meals rather than family-style meal service.  

With this, there may be a few traditional activities that might not support social distancing and sanitation standards.

There are some things at camp that will never change. We will continue to deliver the quality programs in a natural environment. Campers will still gain stronger relationships with their peers. There will still be fun in beautiful Stony Lake. The smell of campfire smoke will still stick to everything. In the spirit of “I’m Third”, our world needs to change for a while, but camp will continue to be a safe home for children to grow.

Changes for Teen Camp programs.


Pathfinder and Outback will be run on the North Center of camp this summer. Due to the logistics of these programs' trips, Pathfinder/Outback trips to Empire are cancelled.  

Ranch camp will also be housed on the North Center with opportunities to run programming out at the Ranch.  Ranch Rough Riders has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled in July.

Leader-in-Training has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled in July.  Those who participated in LeaderCorps and received credit for a week of Leader-in-Training will have that honored in a manner TBD.

How should I talk to my child about camp being cancelled?


We know this news will be hard to share with your children, but always remember that you know your child best.  Here are some tips for when you tell your child.

Acknowledge and respect their feelings.  Many children are currently overwhelmed by changes and cancellations in their life.  However they may respond, please be understanding of their reactions.

Locate camp alternatives.  The YMCA Storer Camps Facebook page has been engaging campers through virtual programming.  We have resources for Storer activity pages, tours of camp and digital campfires.  

Continually check-in.  Though the shock may wear off after a few days, your camper may still need your support leading up to the time they were registered to come to camp.

Will Family Camp run this year?


At this point, we are planning on running family camp. However, we will be making final decisions in the next few weeks.  When decisions are made, they will be communicated to families as soon as possible. Programming and design will look different to comply with guidelines for safety and social distancing.

If Family Camp is not run, will there be refunds?


There will be three options for families if Family Camp does not run. 

Transfer to 2021: Your registration funds can be transferred to Family Camp 2021 which will have a July 4th start date.

Donation: Making a gift of some or all of your registration is a generous gesture to ensure that YMCA Storer Camps remains strong and able to re-open when it is safe to do so.  For over 100 years, YMCA Storer Camps has been providing a lifetime of memories for campers and families; your gift enables us to continue our mission of providing quality camp programming for all.  THANK YOU to everyone who makes these important gifts to YMCA Storer Camps during the time.

Full or partial refunds: Many families are currently experiencing their own hardships.  We can process a full refund on your account or you may choose a partial refund and make a donation with the remaining amount.  Please allow at least two weeks for refunds to be fully processed.

What is the status of Camp Catch-A-Rainbow?


Programming for Summer 2020 is shifting from in-person at camp to virtually at home.  Virtual camp programming will be posted on the Camp Catch-A-Rainbow Facebook page through the week of August 3 – 7.  The exact details of that programming is still being worked out, but we have a dedicated group of volunteers and staff designing an incredibly fun week.  Please visit this page specifically concerning Camp Catch-A-Rainbow Summer programming.

Are schools still coming for Outdoor Education this fall?


We are planning to run our fall Outdoor Education program and are in the midst of making any necessary changes based on CDC, Y-USA, American Camp Association and state/local recommendations to ensure a safe experience.  Please contact Nancy Burger, Director of OEE, nburger@ymcastorercamps.org if you have questions.

Are you still hosting retreats?


We have cancelled June retreat programming. We have the intention on running retreat programs in August working with groups to follow social distancing and safety guidelines. 

What is the status of Women's Adventure Wellness Weekend?


We are currently planning on running Women’s Adventure Wellness weekend following social distancing and safety guidelines.

 
 

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