April 17 Camp Abnaki COVID-19 Update

Dear Abnaki Community,

It is almost cliché to talk of spring as a time for change, but this year we are truly experiencing change as we never have before. In uncertain times, we can often find comfort in things in our life that are constant. Camp Abnaki is one such constant — this is true even for a first-time camper who in just one or two weeks forms a bond that will last a lifetime.

For 120 years camp has been a place for boys to spend time outdoors, connect with friends – both old and new, pick up a new skill, and in more recent years ensure time away from technology. This summer, boys will need camp more than ever.

The path to camp, however, is not as clear as we might like. That said, at this point we are planning for a full season of camp. The safety of our campers and staff is our number one priority. So, as we continue to monitor best practices recommended by the CDC and the Vermont Department of Health, we will adjust course as needed. As we make decisions, those decisions will be shared with you.

From what we are already hearing from camp families, there are a handful of questions that we are coming up with some frequency. To help share information more broadly, we have created a list of Frequently Asked Questions. To review those FAQs, click here.

You should, as always, feel free to reach out at any time with questions or concerns. We have staff working both from home and camp, with our regular e-mails and phone numbers fully operational.

Thank you to the Abnaki community and donors nationally and worldwide for your support through these difficult times. We will no doubt learn a lot about ourselves as we come together again this summer.

In the meantime, we’re preparing a variety of activities, videos, photos and social media posts to stay connected with our campers and the community. Look for a schedule in your inbox soon.

For 120 years, the Camp Abnaki motto has been “Help the Other Fellow.” At no other time during our history has it been more important to take this call to action to heart. I have no doubt that our community will help each other stay safe, stay positive, and emerge stronger and more united.


Jon Kuypers



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


"Help the other fellow."