March 23rd, 2020

We anticipate running a successful 2020 summer camp season as scheduled. We are suspending all spring outdoor education programs and private events until April 14th.  This is in response to the Executive Order issued by Governor Whitmer issued on March 23rd.


March 18th, 2020

We anticipate running a successful 2020 summer camp season as scheduled. We are suspending all spring outdoor education programs and private events until March 30.  This is in response to the Executive Order issued by Governor Whitmer issued on March 16th.


March 17th, 2020

YMCA Hayo-Went-Ha Camps Families,

First, we anticipate running a successful 2020 summer camp season as scheduled.  We are moving ahead with spring facility preparations and program planning so that our camps are ready to welcome campers on June 20th.  That being said, we want you to feel informed about the impact that COVID-19 (coronavirus) is having or may have on our operations and the upcoming summer.  We have created an information hub on our website which we will keep updated with communications and new details as they emerge. The website will always contain the most up-to-date information, but you can expect to receive a direct communication like this with any significant changes to the program or our policies. 

As the situation surrounding COVID-19 develops and changes rapidly, we want to reassure you that we are taking guidance from our local health authorities and regulatory entities as we make decisions here at camp.  Our staff and Board are currently reviewing our policies and procedures both for the preparation leading up to camp and while camp is in session. We are making changes as needed in response to the virus to safeguard everyone at camp and the community at large.  

We appreciate that every family will have different comfort levels and unique circumstances to consider moving forward. Hayo-Went-Ha Camps continues to have one of the most forgiving and generous cancellation and refund policies in the industry. Our hope is that the following resources will alleviate some of the uncertainty surrounding your family‚Äôs pending decisions. 

Sincerely,

Tim McKendrick
Director
Camp Hayo-Went-Ha

Amanda Macaluso
Director
Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha


March 3, 2020

Dear Hayo-Went-Ha Camps Families:

We recognize continuing concerns in our community about the possible spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and want to remind families that we are closely monitoring new developments and following the guidance of health officials to protect all campers, participants, and staff.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the immediate risk to the general U.S. public is considered low at this time. This is a rapidly developing situation, and we are taking necessary steps to ensure Hayo-Went-Ha Camps (HWHC) are ready and prepared to implement health recommendations as required. Staff frequently cleans and disinfects surfaces with CDC/EPA approved chemicals for this virus, and we are continuing to work with the Health Department of Northwest Michigan (HDNM) to reinforce preventive steps to reduce the spread of illnesses.

HWHC is reviewing our existing plans and procedures for communicable diseases and responding accordingly based on recommendations from health officials. Our planning for COVID-19 is focused on specific steps necessary to maintain a safe environment for campers, participants and staff.

Sincerely,

Tim McKendrick
Executive Director
State YMCA of Michigan / Camp Hayo-Went-Ha 

Amanda Macaluso 
Director
Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha 

Transcript for the CDC Telebriefing Update on COVID-19 (2/28/2020)

https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/t0228-COVID-19-update.html

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
https://www.cdc.gov/

Health Department of Northwest Michigan
http://www.nwhealth.org/


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