Dear Camp Wapsie Families,
Here at YMCA Camp Wapsie we have been excitedly preparing for the start of summer 2020, as I am sure you have been. Anticipating the gathering of returning and new friends and trying the many activities that remind us of camp; the taste of food prepared over a fire and the heartfelt emotions we feel at the closing wish-stick campfire.
The last couple months have made us realize that camp was going to be different this year. While addressing the many concerns and challenges related to COVID-19, our staff have been working diligently to make the necessary adjustments to offer the best camp experience. Every day over the last couple months, we planned adjustments to be able to run camp. With the current level of COVID-19 in our state and the recent recommendations we received from the American Camp Association, YUSA, the CDC and our local health department, we realize it is getting exceedingly difficult to be able to offer the safest and highest quality Wapsie summer camp experience you expect and deserve.
With the guidelines and recommendation’s that we have been given, and our commitment to put our community, staff and most importantly putting our campers’ health and safety first, YMCA leadership has made the painful decision to suspend the first four sessions this summer. We will monitor and evaluate upcoming recommendations and current conditions to make plans to start summer camp programming on July 5th (session 5) if current conditions improve and state guidelines allow operation of camp programs. We will notify families in mid-June if we are able to open for the remainder of the summer. Should we be cleared and able to begin operating, we will provide a thorough update on safety protocols, updated policies, and program updates in upcoming communications.
It is with great struggle that we came to this decision. We believe in the value of camp, bringing people together to develop friendships, and connecting with the outdoors. We hope to be able to do that again soon and feel this decision keeps that a possibility for the near future. Please stay with us and watch for updates as we monitor and evaluate conditions and review recommendations throughout the next couple of weeks. We look forward to the day that we can welcome back our Wapsie community to camp.
To help you break this disappointing news to your children, please see the above video from camp where we share the news and try to acknowledge the challenge and hope of moving forward. Thank you for your support and patience through this trying time. This has been a difficult time for everyone, but together we will work to overcome, support each other, and get back together as soon as we can.
Sincerely in Camping,
YMCA Camp Wapsie