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COVID-19 Updates

Updated May 5, 2020

Earlier this evening, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper shared an update on North Carolina’s modifications to stay-at-home orders activating Phase 1 of our State’s reopening plans. We did receive a clarification from his office that overnight camps are currently not a part of Phase 1. North Carolina is awaiting guidance from the ACA and CDC to determine if overnight camps will be able to open in Phase 2. To read more about North Carolina’s plan, click here.

I know you are aware that, in many instances, overnight camps across the country are canceling their summers and making difficult decisions in the interest of responsible programming given the complexities of COVID-19. None of these decisions are easy and they are incredibly disappointing for staff, campers, families and alumni – all of whom never imagined a summer without camp.

The Camp team and I continue to thoughtfully consider all the factors that affect our ability to deliver a safe, fun and meaningful camp experience. We will share our update and decisions for summer 2020 with you the week of May 18.

Thank you for all the support, patience and trust.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Sallie Ransom
Vice President, Overnight Camps
YMCA of the Triangle

Updated April 24, 2020

Last week, we shared information specific to you, our Camp parents. Now, we want to share a special video message with your camper. We are so proud of their adaptability, resilience, and commitment to living the values of Camp’s Good Sport Award during this very challenging time.

 

Updated April 16, 2020

We hope you and your family are well and safe. These are extraordinary times that have moved us all to a new normal, forced to us to put so much on pause and pressed us all in ways we couldn’t imagine before this crisis began.

We also know that Camp is on your mind, and we cannot thank you enough for all of your support. From emails to texts to calls to all the amazing messages on social media, we sure are fortunate to have you as part of our Camp family.

Like you, we are continuing to monitor developments regarding the COVID-19 outbreak closely. As we approach the summer, we want to update you on our decision-making process and status moving forward. Establishing and maintaining a safe and healthy Camp community inside our gates remains our top priority. It also presents a different reality in the wake of public health recommendations and government mandates in North Carolina and across our country. Since this epidemic began, we have been working to answer these two critical questions: Can we safely and effectively deliver our summer programs in the new reality of COVID-19? And, if able, what does it look like at Camp this summer?

To guide us in answering these questions, a Medical Task Force has been convened. Members of the task force include medical professionals with backgrounds in epidemiology and infectious disease medicine, public health experts, YMCA executive staff and Camp leadership.We are also continuing to work closely with the American Camping Association (ACA) and overnight camps across North Carolina and the country. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is also currently developing specific guidance for day and overnight camps and has connected with the ACA to engage them around their work.

Following North Carolina mandates, guidelines and recommendations from the ACA and CDC, the task force is continuing to explore all challenges, options, protocols and health practices that factor into our ability to deliver summer programs safely.   

Moving forward, we will keep you updated on the task force and key decisions regarding changes to our Camp programs. By mid-May at the latest, we hope to share broader updates regarding our summer plans.

For those of you who are on the frontlines of this crisis: a special thank you for your service.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any specific questions or concerns. We will continue to update you as we have information and, as always, you can find answers to questions on our FAQ page.

Updated March 26, 2020

This is an unprecedented time in our country and around the world. As we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 outbreak, these past few weeks have been nothing short of challenging for everyone – especially children.

Summer Update from Camp Sea Gull Camp Seafarer on Vimeo.

We recognize, too, that we are in a fluid, evolving situation. We are following the directions of the CDC, World Health Organization (WHO), North Carolina Department of Public Health and other state/local officials. We are also speaking regularly with the American Camp Association among others, and consulting our trusted advisors and Medical Committee.

Read our complete COVID-19 FAQs here.

You may have heard that, out of an abundance of caution, the YMCA of the Triangle has temporarily suspended all member access and member activities until at least April 30.  Please know that this does not, in any way at this time, impact Summer Overnight Camp Programs. 

We encourage you to stay tuned to our social media channels in the coming days for exciting updates and some Live Camp fun (any Camp song you have been missing hearing the Director’s sing?! Rainy day ideas?! Start thinking!).

Please keep visiting this blog for more updates.