May 22, 2020
Dear Valued Y Families,
I hope that you and your family remain in good health during this challenging time. I’m sure you and your child have been awaiting an answer about summer camp, so it’s with a heavy heart that I tell you that the YMCA of Gloucester County will not be offering day camp this summer. After many long days and sleepless nights, we worked to find solutions for every possible scenario that might arise. This was a difficult decision to make but our top priority is and always has been the safety of the campers and staff. Ultimately, we concluded that the uncertainties are still too great too late in the season.
I know how much your child was looking forward to the summer camp experience. Operating a safe and enriching camp takes many months of preparation under normal circumstances. However, taking into consideration the recommendations/guidelines from the American Camp Association and the CDC, we are in agreement that as much as we would like to have camp we cannot move forward with the uncertainty that exists right now. With so many unknown threats, combined with shortages of tests and supplies, as well as guidance from Governor Murphy not to hold gatherings involving large groups of people from outside the local area, the YMCA of Gloucester County cannot, in good faith, offer the safe and enriching camp experience your child was looking forward to.
None of us ever imagined we would see a summer without camp, but our confidence that together we will rise and thrive remains strong, so let’s stay positive and look forward to next summer when our campers will be back and be ready to play. Please stay safe and healthy, and we hope to see you for Summer 2021.
Senior Manager of Youth Development