YCAMP OF MAINE & COVID-19

We understand that there is a lot of apprehension, confusion, and uncertainty right now. We are all trying to make the right decisions for today, tomorrow, and the future.

Like everyone, we are practicing social distancing and covering the phones to be here for you. We are continuing to plan forward and holding on to the prospects of having Camp this summer. We know you want to get through this and get back to places that bring joy and strengthen resolve - YCamp!

If you can be optimistic with us, please keep your camper enrolled in YCamp for this summer. This will help everyone keep our eyes set on a positive future.

YCamp has been a constant in the community and in the hearts of many for 105 summers. We continue to monitor the situation and talk with our peers and other industries to make sure we are making good choices for OUR community. 

This page will be updated as we learn more.

Keep the spirit burning.

 

General Information
At YCamp, the safety and well-being of our participants is always the highest priority. We will be regularly updating this page to inform you of our practices and policies regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We are closely monitoring ME DHHS, CDC, and WHO for up to date information. We are also working closely with Redwoods Insurance Group, Chalmer’s Insurance, American Camping Association (ACA), Y-USA, and local physicians to make sure we are up to date with best practices and guidelines. Our local, state, national, and international agencies remain in contact to keep us informed and proactive as new information develops.

For now, the best path forward for all of us is to stay informed on the facts, which are being updated on a regular basis. Below is a list of reliable sources of information:

ME DHHS Coronavirus Overview
CDC Coronavirus Overview
WHO Coronavirus Overview


Frequently Asked Questions
Will YCamp Maine be open this Spring and Summer?
We are planning forward. It is our plan to be open for our first groups on May 8 and ready for summer camp! We will be monitoring circumstances and adhering to guidance from the CDC, the ME Department of Health and Human Services, and other experts to determine whether programs need to be canceled..

Is YCamp accepting phone calls and emails?
Yes, please feel free to contact us at 207-395-4220 or by email. Again, out of an abundance of caution, we have closed our offices and asked our staff to work remotely. We appreciate your patience with our responses while we adjust to a new way of work.

Will I be refunded if Camp is canceled?
Like most nonprofits, YCamp is preparing to experience significant hardships related to COVID-19. Beyond ensuring the health and safety of our participants and their families, we remain optimistic about providing scholarships for campers this summer, funding our overhead, and continuing to offer life-changing YCamp Experience. However, we recognize families across the nation are also bracing for their own challenges.

If your session is canceled, you will have the following options:
Please consider donating your registration fees to help sustain our mission and operations.
You might also consider saving your fees as a credit with us to be used for future registrations during the next year. You will be given priority registration for 2021.

We will refund your full registration fees upon request minus the deposit.

Will I be refunded if I choose not to participate in a program that is not canceled?
Please refer to the Cancellation and Refund Policy for your program. In general, when a program participant chooses to cancel, they will not receive a full refund. However, we are prepared to make exceptions to our policy in the event that government-mandated travel restrictions or school dates prevent you from attending your program. Please feel free to contact us about your unique situation at 207-395-4200 or by email. You can also consider moving your session if dates allow.

What additional steps is YCamp taking to prevent COVID-19?
It is reassuring to acknowledge that YCamp already meets and/or exceeds all of the public health recommendations of the CDC and ME Department of Health and Human Services. We continue monitoring recommendations and will institute changes in our Health Care Policies as necessary

What are the YCamp’s plans for summer camp?
We are planning to provide campers with what will surely be a much-needed, fun-filled summer camp experience. Thankfully, we have an excellent working relationship with Maine Summer Camps and the American Camp Association. Our professional leadership team is working with these agencies and many others to ensure that we are fully prepared to continue to offer the same values-based, mission-driven summer camp experience that we have been providing since 1915.

Will YCamp have international campers and staff this summer?
Campers and staff from around the world join us each summer and they add immeasurable value to life at camp. We are hopeful that this can continue, but as always, the safety of our campers comes first. As summer gets closer, we will be deferring to the CDC’s travel advisories to determine if we need to make changes to our international camper and staff populations. Our international campers and staff add so much value to the culture of camp that – as long as it is safe to do so – we will continue to welcome them at YCamp.

As a donor to YCamp, how can I help?
We are beyond grateful to the members of our community – our alumni, camper families, volunteers, and staff – who have recognized the challenges crises like this can pose to a human services organization regardless of their own hardships that they may be facing. For those who are able and interested, please make a gift here. THANK YOU for your support of children and families during these uncertain times.

Resources
News of COVID-19 is everywhere. Many parents are wondering how to bring up the epidemic in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already may be. Here is some advice from the experts:
Child Mind Institute
Psychology Today
NPR
CDC
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Admin)

Next Steps
We will continue to monitor COVID-19 and share relevant information and updates with you. Thank you for your continued support and commitment to keeping YCamp safe and healthy. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at 207-395-4220 or by email