May 1 Summer 2020 camp update

 

Camp Abnaki Family,

All of us at Camp Abnaki hope you are all well. It’s been two weeks since our last formal communication, and we want to take a moment to catch up.

ill be of greatest interest to you is that we continue to plan and prepare for a summer 2020 camp session. As we await guidance from a collaboration of the CDC, Y-USA, and the American Camp Association, we are very busy working through potential scenarios. Allow me to remind you that we have posted some FAQs on our website, which you can reach by clicking here.

I hope that you know and trust that Camp Abnaki will only operate this summer if it is safe to do so. As we work toward this determination, we recognize the Abnaki experience may be more important than ever this year. We also realize the experience may be different. However, regardless of changes we make to practices and procedures, what will remain the same is the ability for campers to be creative, be outdoors, to challenge themselves, to grow, to connect, and to enjoy a place where they are comfortable being themselves.

To help spread some of the companionship and connection of camp now, we are reaching out to campers, staff, and alumni through an ongoing series of events. We hope you consider joining us for any or all the following upcoming events and activities. Look for a calendar to be e-mailed next week and posted on social media.

On the more personal side, all of us at Camp are balancing summer preparations with efforts to keep ourselves healthy, both physically and emotionally. I am working at the camp office in North Hero, staying at camp a few days a week with my family. I’m enjoying regular walks around camp, card games with the kids, and reading the Harry Potter books. Brian, our Associate Director of Operations is working from home in Burlington. The stay safe order has allowed Brian some time to hike, get out on his bike and play poker online with friends. Adam, Our Associate Director of Camping is working from his home in central Vermont. Being at home has given Adam lots of Porter time (his dog), and the opportunity to connect with friends virtually and catch up on episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender.

If there is anything we can do to answer questions or concerns, please write or call anytime. It is our goal to write again and update our website by Friday, May 15. Thank you everyone for your continued support of camp, our community and each other.

Whatever shape Abnaki takes this summer, we’ll be there for you, to help you navigate through the new normal, to celebrate the new you, and to come together as the new us.

Gratefully,

Jon

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GREATER BURLINGTON YMCA LOCATIONS

Pomerleau Family Y
298 College Street
Burlington, VT 05401
802 862 9622 (YMCA)

Camp Abnaki
1252 Abnaki Road
North Hero, VT 05474
802 372 9622 (YMCA)

Additional Program Sites
in Vermont

Addison, Franklin, Grand Isle, Washington and Chittenden Counties