Statement Regarding Summer Camp and COVID-19:
UPDATE (June 19, 2020): We are excited to offer child care for families in our community this summer so that parents and caregivers can return to work and school, and so children are supported to continue learning and growing.
Our Summer Care program for school-aged children (ages 5-12) will be considerably smaller than camp in years past to ensure we’re able to support our staff and the children in our care as we maintain the following new protocols. This means spots will fill fast.
ORIGINAL STATEMENT: The YMCA of Southern Maine has a deep appreciation for how summer camp fosters character, independence, a love for nature, and leadership skills. It is important to us that we hold camp this year and we are doing everything in our power to do so safely.
Like all camps, we face some new challenges this summer. The COVID-19 pandemic is continually evolving and our decision about when to open camp will largely depend on recommendations and limitations set by Federal and State authorities.
While we wait for further guidance from Governor Mills on when we’ll be able to start camp, we are working diligently to implement additional safety protocols for the summer, including ways of supporting ongoing social distancing, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.
As part of this, we have decided to cancel all field trips for this summer. This was not an easy decision – we love going to the water park, the beach, and more! However, we believe that keeping kids at camp will allow us to better protect the health and safety of our campers and camp staff.
Some of you have asked what we’ll do if summer camp is not able to run. Rest assured, if camp is closed due to the pandemic, we will refund deposits upon request.
We appreciate you waiting with us as we all look for additional direction from the Governor’s office. We will reach out as soon as more information becomes available. We look forward with hope for a full and inspiring summer with your kids.
Please see the Summer Care page for more information.