All Y locations are temporarily closed until the Governor and the Department of Health communicate is is safe to reopen. YMCA summer camps will begin June 29. See camp page for further details. Contact your local Y if you need to change your membership or camp registration status.
SUMMER CAMP UPDATE
The countdown to summer is finally here! We’re just as eager to unplug and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Due to the popularity of our summer camps, new registrations are currently closed.
SAFETY IS #1. KEEPING OUR CAMPERS SAFE.
As the inventors of camp, we're known for our safe and nurturing environment. While much has changed, the one thing remains, is our commitment to provide a safe, reliable and enriching summer camp experience for all.
Here's how we're maintaining a healthy environment:
- Campers will be assigned to stable groups of 15 or fewer including staff. This means your little ones will not change groups and will stay with the same group of children for the duration of their enrollment.
- Campers will need to bring their own lunch and snacks from home.
- Campers will not be required to wear face coverings during the day, however, staff and any adult visitors will be required to do so.
- Daily health screenings will be required for all campers and staff.
- Regular hand washing and personal hygiene will be encouraged for all campers and Y counselors.
YMCA summer day camp enrichment will begin June 29. Further details surrounding capacity, hours, and safety measures will be shared the week of May 18. As a result, new camp registration is currently on hold until further guidance from the Governor and the Department of Health has been communicated.
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OVERNIGHT CAMP - CAMP FULLER
After much consideration, planning and consultation with experts and parents, we are saddened to announce that we will not be offering traditional overnight camp this summer at YMCA Camp Fuller.
A MESSAGE TO CAMP FULLER FAMILIES & FRIENDS
Dear Camp Fuller Family and Friends,
We hope you and yours are staying safe and healthy in these unprecedented times. We know you and your campers have been anxiously awaiting news about summer camp.
As former campers and staff members, we understand the important role Camp Fuller plays in the lives of so many who come to our shores. It is a place to reconnect by disconnecting. A place to explore, learn and discover. A place of safety and sanctuary. With that in mind, we worked diligently to determine if there was a way to open safely, while also offering a true Camp Fuller experience.
After much consideration, planning and consultation with experts, parents and others, we are saddened to announce that YMCA Camp Fuller will not be offering traditional overnight camp this summer. Ultimately, it was decided that in light of the continued evolution of the Pandemic, as well as the shortage of tests and supplies, we could not in good faith offer the safe and enriching camp experience which you look for from Camp Fuller. Our camp is a global camp, built on the principles of diversity and inclusion, and that would not be possible this summer.
We understand this may be difficult news for you and your campers, so we will not be publicizing the cancellation of summer camp until tomorrow, Saturday, May 16th, so they can hear it from you first, and so that you have time to process as a family.
Below, you will find important information about refunds, advice for talking to your camper about this news, and how to contact us. We urge you to consider donating your Camp Improvement Fee and deposit if possible. Our team has been hard at work this winter and spring conducting major facilities improvements. Your support will ensure we continue to renovate our beloved camp, and keep our year-round staff team working. In the coming weeks we will also be sharing information more ways our Camp Fuller family can connect, even as COVID-19 keeps us physically separated.
This is heartbreaking for all of us who have driven down the Camp Fuller Road, heart and head filled with excitement and expectations for a summer to remember. While we never imagined a summer without camp, we are confident we will get through this stronger, and more resilient, than ever.
We hope you continue to stay safe and healthy.
Until we meet again, Kate and Shannon
Donations, Refunds & Credits
We’re offering families three options. PLEASE DO NOT CALL OR EMAIL YOUR REQUEST - to ensure efficient processing of your request, please click below to complete our online request form.
SUMMER CAMP RE-IMAGINED
We are in the early stages of considering ways campers can connect with, and bring a little bit of, Camp Fuller magic home. Ideas include virtual council fires, care packages from Camp and more. Stay tuned for more details.
OPENING CAMP FULLER
Although much is subject to change, we are considering re-opening Camp Fuller in July for family and alumni camping vacations. Stay tuned for more details.
TALKING TO YOUR CHILD ABOUT CAMP FULLER BEING CANCELLED
First, remember that you know your child best. Try to digest the news yourself before talking to your camper. This is why we are waiting to publicize it so you have time to discuss as a family. Below are some tips that can help guide how you:
- Acknowledge their feelings. Expect a range of emotions, including disappointment, anger, sadness, or even grief. Most us, including our children, have experienced a lot of cancelled plans, and adding yet another disappointment to the list may feel overwhelming. Acknowledge that it is frustrating to suffer yet another loss.
- Ask: What would help? When your camper is ready, think about what can be done to cope. You can set up a video call with some camp friends. What are some things that your child can do to share their favorite parts of camp with your family? Maybe they can teach you a game from camp or camp song. Is there a camp meal you can make at home? Not every child will feel better by doing camp activities at home, so let them be the guide. Remember, it may take time for your child to process their feelings to get to a place where they can think about pro-actively moving forward.
- Check-in Again. Over the next few days, gently ask how they’re doing and see if they need more support. Try to remember to ask again as we get closer to the days when camp would have started.
RESOURCES ADDRESSING OTHER CHALLENGES THAT CAN ARISE IN A CRISIS
- How to Talk to Your Children When Bad Things Happen: This article offers help with one of the biggest challenges of parenthood, explaining bad things in the world.
- Supporting Families During COVID-19: The Child Mind Institute shares supportive and comprehensive resources for parents on a number of coronavirus-related topics.
- Parenting in a Pandemic: Tips to Keep the Calm at Home: These tips from the American Academy are designed to help families through the current crisis.
- How to Be Your Best Self in Times of Crisis: Psychologist Susan David shares wisdom on how to build resilience, courage, and joy in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic in this TEDtalk.
- Emotional Regulation Worksheets: A Coping Skill Activity: This worksheet and calming technique can help you focus on the present rather than overthinking about the past or future.
- 51 Mindfulness Activities for Kids: These tips and activities can teach elementary-aged students how to practice mindfulness.