May 15 2020 Summer Camp Update

Hello Camp Community,

As always, I hope that this email finds you and your loved ones well.

Recently, the State of Vermont is beginning to “turn the spigot,” as the Governor says, slowly reopening some businesses and easing certain restrictions. These changes are being made sector by sector, and the full picture for camp has not yet come into focus. We anticipate that in the coming days we will receive detailed guidance from the State regarding overnight summer camp.

The guidance from the State will be augmented with input from Y of the USA, the American Camp Association, and the CDC. Each of these entities will provide information that is crucial to our process in making decisions about Camp Abnaki for this summer. It remains our intent to make and share these decisions by Monday, June 1st.

We appreciate your patience and hope that you can understand our need to be thorough and deliberative in this process. Our decisions must be based on the best available information, with our focus being the health and well being of campers and staff.

In the meantime, I hope that each of you has found a way to “fill your bucket,” to find joy in each day. For me, I have been thinking recently of a song I sometimes sing at grace before camp meals. One of the lyrics is, “who knows when we’ll be all together again.” The song celebrates how fortunate we are to be together. Those words have never been truer than these past two months. However, despite the challenges of physically distancing from one another, I am heartened by the emotional connection we have shared and greatly anticipate a time when we will, once again, “be all together again.”

Look for another update via e-mail and if you have any questions or comments in the meantime, please do not hesitate to write or call.

Be well.








Jon Kuypers

Camp Abnaki Director

Greater Burlington YMCA

298 College Street Burlington, VT 05401

TEL: 802 652 8129 FAX: 802 713 1005


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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)

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