Camp Manitou 2020
It is with a heavy heart that I share with you that all YMCA Camp Manitou programs for the summer of 2020 will be canceled. This decision came after much thought went into ways to provide safe and meaningful experiences during this pandemic. In the end, we determined that even with significant modifications, too much is unknown on how to keep kids and staff safe in an overnight camp setting.
This decision was not taken lightly. To so many kids and staff, going to camp is a return to what feels like a second home. Developing meaningful relationships, experiencing independence, and enjoying nature are as critical as ever during these challenging times. However, as always, safety guides our decision-making and we could not be confident in camp being a safe place for kids and staff at this time. It is heartbreaking not to be able to fill our cabins with the energy and excitement of 1,500 kids this summer.
We will be sending out an email shortly to all families who were registered for sessions this summer on how to receive refunds. As with many organizations and households, this is an extraordinarily challenging financial time for us. We still have many fixed costs we need to cover this year and also want to be in a position to make sure camp remains accessible to all kids in 2021 who need financial support. If you are in a position to do so, please consider making a donation to Camp Manitou.
We look forward to the day when we can all gather around a campfire on opening night to sing songs and share stories. Until that time, we wish you the strength to hold strong and for everyone to be both physically and emotionally well.