Summer 2020 Updates
Dear Camp Sloane Families,
We hope that you and your family are well and coping with these difficult times. We wish we were writing with happier news, but it is with heavy hearts that we let you know that Camp Sloane YMCA sleepaway and day camp programs will be closed for the summer. This week, Governor Lamont declared that there will be no overnight camps in the state of Connecticut. After many long days and sleepless nights working to find solutions to every possible contingency, we ultimately realized that, with all the uncertainties, it did not make sense to open our programs this summer.
With nearly 1000 kids looking forward to having a great experience at Sloane this summer, it was heartbreaking to come to this decision. Operating a safe and enriching camp takes many months of preparation under normal circumstances. However, with the strict social distancing requirements, severe limitations on everything from what programs we could feasibly offer to how and where we would feed our campers and staff, combined with shortages of tests and supplies, as well as guidance from the state of Connecticut to not hold gatherings that attract large groups of people from outside the local area, Camp Sloane YMCA cannot, in good faith, offer the safe and enriching camp experience you have come to expect from us.
After months of quarantine, we understand that this was not what you were hoping to hear. None of us ever imagined we would see a summer without camp. We are confident that with the help of you, our Sloane Family, we will remain strong for years to come. Please stay safe and healthy. Remember to put OTHERS first and keep spreading the Camp Sloane spirit wherever you go. We hope to see you in 2021.
Paul “Bear” Bryant – Executive Director/CEO
P.S. For those who have already registered for camp this year, click here for further information that includes details about refunds, tips for talking to your child about this news, who your family can call for support, and other pertinent information.
Dear Sloane Family,
In these anxiety-producing times, we all are hoping for some things, like camp, to be a constant. You are probably asking, "what will camp be like this year?" or even " will camp be able to open this year?" You should know that we are wrestling with those same questions.
Should we open this summer? The answer to that question is complex and evolving daily. We must put the safety of our campers and staff first. In order to answer the questions of opening, we will rely on expert scientific guidance to inform our decision.
Our Board of Directors and staff are discussing and analyzing scenarios while we wait for recommendations from public health professionals. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has developed guidance for day and overnight camps and has connected with the American Camp Association (ACA) and the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) to engage them around this work. In addition, ACA and Y-USA are also working with independent experts in public health, epidemiology, infectious disease medicine, and organizational design to provide educational resources for camps to assist them in meeting the guidance required by the CDC. The Y-USA and ACA will be releasing this guidance in mid-May. The guidance along with recommendations from the State of Connecticut Office of Early Childhood will be critical for us in our decision to open. Should we decide to open, this guidance will be key in helping us run a program that is safe for staff and campers.
Our decision to open or modify our operations will be made on or before May 28th, a full month prior to camp's opening date. Should your session be canceled due to a late opening of camp and you are unable to attend a later session, you will be eligible to receive a full refund of fees paid, including deposits. Also, if we do not open for the summer, you will be eligible for a full refund of fees paid, including deposits.
We will be facing many challenging decisions in the coming weeks. Those decisions will not focus on whether Camp Sloane will survive this pandemic. We will make sure that it does. The world is a better place when it has more Camp Sloane leaders in it, and we will continue to develop those leaders when it is safe to do so. The thoughtful leadership over the past 92 years, the generous support from all of you, and our talented staff team will ensure that we are able to weather this storm. We remain steadfast in our commitment to serving our campers and camp family in a healthy and safe manner.
In the Spirit of Camping,
Paul "Bear" Bryant
CEO and Executive Director
We are currently awaiting further guidelines from the state, CDC and American Camp Association. These are due to be released in the next week or so, after which we will be able to make informed decisions about the summer. We will keep you all updated.
In the meantime, you can find fun activities, games, and songs on our 'Sloane @ Home' page - we are taking a short break from our daily virtual camp sessions to plan and prepare for the summer and will be back in a couple of weeks with even more awesome activities!
Due to the current situation with COVID-19, we will be making our May Open House a virtual experience! Join us on Zoom on May 17th at 12pm & 2pm for a virtual tour and Q&A session. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the link to join the call.
We have spoken to a lot of families over the last couple of weeks and we want to let you know that we are here to help support you through these times. We have decided to adjust our deadline for final payments to relieve some of the financial stress over these next few months.
1. We will extend our final payment deadline to June 1st. This will mean that deposits and payments made up until that date will be refundable if you cancel by June 1st.
2. If we have to cancel our summer programs due to COVID-19 after June 1st, you will be eligible for a full refund, including your deposit.
3. If we are running camp this summer and you cancel after the June 1st deadline, you won't be eligible for a refund of fees.
We are happy to offer payment plans. Questions, please call or email us - just let us know!
Due to the current situation with COVID-19, we will be making our April Open House a virtual experience! Join us on Zoom on April 26th at 12pm & 2pm for a virtual tour and Q&A session.
We are also postponing our Volunteer Weekend and are hoping to hold it at a later date. We will keep you all informed!
Our 'Sloane @ Home' page is now live. Check it out for lots of fun games, activities and other things you can join in with while you're at home. We'll also be hosting (live) virtual sessions all next week! More details can be found at https://campsloane.org/sloaneathome
As schools are closing and we are all doing our best to practice social distancing, we are busy preparing some fun activities and games for you and your campers to join in with at home in these coming weeks. We will be posting more info soon - keep an eye on your emails and on our social media!
As you are all aware, the COVID-19 virus is having a massive effect on all our lives. We want to share some information about the status of camp in relation to the coronavirus situation.
As of right now, we are planning on camp running as normal this summer. We will continue to monitor the situation and we will be following the recommendations of the American Camp Association, YMCA of the USA and those of our state and federal government agencies. We are also looking at our camp cleaning procedures and practices to make sure that we are maintaining the most sanitary environment possible.
Our plan is to stay in contact with you on a regular basis as we learn any new information. We will email you as we have further information, updates will appear on this page and also through our social media (Facebook, Instagram).
Please note that we are all working from home starting Monday, March 16. From Monday through Friday, the phone will roll over to one of our home phones between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. each day. So, if you have questions or need info, please give us a call. You can always chat with us via JivoChat on the website too (it pops up when you go to our site). We all have access to our emails and to CampMinder. So, we are still open for business and can take registrations.
Stay safe out there, wash your hands and if you are all home due to the coronavirus situation, have the kids teach you all the camp songs they know (pro-tip: steer clear of 'Little Red Wagon' song, particularly if you live in an apartment or condo where you share walls and floors/ceilings with other families. Trust us on this, it gets loud).
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch, either via the Jivo chat on our website, by phone at 860-435-2557 or by emailing email@example.com