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May 20, 2020

May 20, 2020

Hello Parents and Campers,

We wanted to reach out to you in light of the statements made today by the provincial government with regards to camping operations in Ontario. While many questions remain about restrictions that will be placed on our day camp operations, as of today, we now know that our overnight camps will be unable to run this summer.

This unfortunately means that we will no longer be able to run our scheduled overnight camps or out trip programs.

We have seen the phenomenal impact that a camp experience has on our campers, and we love the sense of community that is created at camp. While it saddens us greatly to cancel these overnight programs, we hope you understand that these decisions were made with camper and staff safety as the top priorities.

We continue to work with guidance from the Province of Ontario, as well as Ottawa Public Health, to determine how we can best provide a safe and healthy day camp experience this summer. We will certainly share more information with you on that soon. And please know how hard we will be working to have both day and overnight options ready for the 2021 summer season!

For those families affected by the cancellation of overnight or out trip camp programs, we invite you to reach out to the camp office via e-mail at day.camps@ymcaywca.ca. We would be happy to issue a credit note that can be used for Y Day Camp programs (or any other Y program). Full refunds are also available - please note refunds will need to be processed back to the original method of payment, and could take up to six weeks to process if you paid by cash or cheque.

Support for the Y is critical now more than ever. If you wish to donate all or part of your camp fees, you can do so by donating online. A tax receipt for your contribution will be issued immediately. We are beyond grateful - thank you!

We would like to thank you for your patience and dedication to Y camps. These are truly unprecedented times, and we are very appreciative of your continued support.

Wishing you and your families’ good health and wellness during these times.

Yours in Camping,

The Camp Otonabee Team