Winter Camp 2020

Hello from YMCA Camp Hanes,

We want to once again thank you for an special Summer Camp this year.  We worked hard to meet the needs of all of our families and will continue to do so in the future.  We moving forward with our Winter Camp and wanted to update you on our  preparation that focuses on both the health and safety of our campers and an enriching experience! 

We continue to receive guidance from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, American Camp Association, YMCA of the USA, and Environmental Health and Engineering, Inc. to  make the best decisions for your health and safety. All of these guidelines are based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These materials and information allow us to create our plan to share with our local health departments and move forward with Winter Camp. 

Our goal is to continue being a positive place for kids who need it more than ever. Here is some information for you to know as we prepare for Winter Camp. 

  • Staff and campers will have health screenings, temperature checks upon arrival and throughout the weekend. We will conduct  temperature checks each day.  
  • Campers and staff will wear mask when unable to physically distance 6ft or are not participating in a physically demanding activity, sleeping or eating.  
  • Check-in and check-out will be staggered, and parents will not be able to go into our cabins. They will check in at the Reynolds Center, campers will have a health screening, and say goodbyes there. On check-out, we will have campers packed and luggage packed ready for you when you arrive.    Families will stay in their vehicles.  
  • Activities  will be done in cabin groups. Cabin or cohort groups will travel, eat, and do activities together.  
  • We will not gather in large groups for chapel or campfires. We are instead planning some creative ways to have campfires and chapel in small groups and be able to physically distance co-hort groups.  
  • Medication flow will happen in a different space than inside the infirmary. We will only have sick campers and those with injuries in infirmary. We will use the isolation rooms, and reserve a cabin as an isolation space.  
  • If a camper is not feeling well, or has a fever, they will need to be picked up by their family. 
  • We are working with the local health department to be ready if a camper or staff member were to show symptoms. They will work with the families and camp. 
  • We will communicate any health concerns at camp to families.  
  • Campers will eat in small table groups at the dining hall.  There will be no camper self-service — our kitchen and camp staff will serve food to cut down on contact.
  • We have an extensive sanitation plan.  
  • There will be a lot of handwashing, and then more — and more, and more, and so on!  
  • We will sanitize surfaces at camp as they are used throughout the day. Some items and areas will be cleaned daily, some multiple times a day. We will train staff on new cleaning/sanitation practices. 
  • There will be a smaller number of campers in cabins at Winter Camp.  Beds and heads will be spaced apart.  

Register here.  More weekend information here.  

We are looking forward to a great weekend.   Please let us know if you have questions.  Thank you for all you do for camp. Be your best self! 

Jen de Ridder
Executive Director
YMCA Camp Hanes