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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,  and we are excited to be able to be able to offer Summer Overnight Night Camp and Day Camp this July.  To see our policies and procedures for Summer 2020 relating to COVID-19, please click here.

Please read below and click each section for more information about all Storer programming.

 

Important Information

Who should I contact about registering my child?


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?


Summer Overnight Camp will be running from July 5 - July 31.  Day Camp will be running from June 29 - August 14.

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.

You can watch recorded Zoom meetings that cover all of the changes for Summer 2020 by clicking here.

You can read all of our policies and procedures for Summer 2020 by clicking here.

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.

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 at Home page through the week of August 3 – 7.  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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