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May 27, 2020


May 27, 2020

Dear Campers and Families,

We hope you have all been doing well and keeping healthy over the past few months. We wanted to reach out today to provide you with a brief update for Neighbourhood and Otonabee Day Camp programs this summer. We are waiting on announcements from local and provincial authorities to make final decisions regarding our 2020 day camp programs. The specific details surrounding our summer day camps remain uncertain at this time, but what we do know for certain is that things at camp will look a lot different this summer!

While we are waiting to share more detailed information about changes to camp, we felt it was important to keep families informed about some impacts to camp that have been confirmed at this time:

Otonabee Day Camp
• Due to additional transportation requirements and the inability to maintain social distancing, all of our equestrian programs will be canceled.
• Due to a large reduction in contracted instructor programs, we will no longer be able to offer sailing programs.

Neighbourhood Day Camp
• We will no longer be offering out trips this summer. Our themed weeks will still focus on skills highlighted in our guide, but will not include out trips or have guest performers/visitors in order to maintain safety standards.

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding while we adapt to the evolving landscape of COVID-19. Please know that all decisions in the coming weeks will be made with guidance from public health authorities with the safety and wellbeing of our camp community in mind. We are looking forward to finding innovative ways to serve our community this summer, and will keep you informed every step of the way.

If your child’s programs have been cancelled, or if you are planning to withdraw your registration for the summer of 2020, please contact us at day.camps@ymcaywca.ca. We would be happy to issue a credit note that can be used for any other Y program, or full refunds are also available. 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!

Wishing you, your families and our entire Y community good health and wellness!

Yours in camping,
Vanessa Spratt, General Manager of Camping and Outdoor Education