DEAR CAMP COMMUNITY,
- Can we guarantee the safety of our staff and campers?
- With so many uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 virus, we are not confident we are able to operate our summer camp programs without putting campers, their families, and our staff at risk of being exposed. We recognize that each camp has different programs, facility capabilities, and different staffing structures that may allow them to operate differently than us.
- Can we provide a camp-like experience while managing those risks?
- We have spent weeks pouring over guidelines and best practices from the ACA, CDC, Y-USA, our local health authorities and other camps. For us, the changes needed to provide a safe environment would lead us to a program that would be so different that we wouldn’t be able to provide the camp experience that would be fun, fair and attainable for all in the ways that Camp Copneconic has come to be known for over the last 105 summers.
- It’s hard to picture a summer with no high-fives, no all-camp meals in the dining hall, no campfires and no end of the week ranch rodeo programs. All of these activities would have to be suspended under the guidance we’ve received.
- Can we provide an equitable experience?
- The short answer is no. Current guidelines are to only serve your immediate communities. Since we’re typically regional we would not be able to serve campers from scholarship agencies such as Oakland County Youth Assistance. Without the ability to put kids on a bus we would not be able to serve our campers from our Safe Places programs in Flint. We would only be providing programs for affluent and middle class families who can afford and transport their campers. One of the greatest values of the Y is that we’re open for all. We would not be able to say that this summer.
FOR FAMILIES REGISTERED FOR SUMMER 2020 PROGRAMS:
You will have two options for the camp fees you’ve already paid for this summer. You may elect to receive a full refund, or to leave part or all of your fees as a donation.
We are asking that you inform us of your decision by May 31st. We will process refunds the first week of June. Any families that do not inform us of their decision will automatically receive a full refund.
To inform us of your decision:
- Log in to your Camp In Touch account
- Click “Forms & Documents”
- Click on “Summer 2020 Refund Options”
- Indicate your decision
Please contact us with any questions:
Brandon Dreffs, Executive Director
Thomas Bawden, Associate Executive Director
Katie Comack, Summer Camp Director