May 18th, 2020

Dear Camp Families,

We hope that your family is safe and sound. Many of you have contacted us in the last two months, eagerly awaiting news on our summer programs. We still hope to run the second session as close to normal as we can. We have reached the difficult decision that we are unable to run our first session programs. We will be in contact with the details of our second session as soon as we are able. If you are interested in attending the second session, please fill out this form to be placed on the waitlist.

 

Session 2A - July 19th - August 1st


Camp Registrar (
registrar@hayowentha.org / 231-544-5915)

Sincerely,

Tim McKendrick
Director, Camp Hayo-Went-Ha
tmckendrick@hayowentha.org
Amanda Macaluso
Director, Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha
amacaluso@hayowentha.org 


April 30th, 2020

Dear Hayo-Went-Ha Parents,

We hope this email finds you well. Thank you for reaching out with encouragement and support during the last six weeks. Hearing from all of you lifts our spirits and gets us excited for the summer. 

At the end of this week, we expect the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will release guidelines for summer camp programs. YMCA Hayo-Went-Ha Camps eagerly await the latest recommendations from the CDC and the American Camping Association. It will take some time to synthesize those recommendations with our existing health and safety policies. We share your desire for a successful and safe summer, and that’s why we want to take the needed time to study the new guidelines. 

Usually, May 1st is the last day for parents to cancel their child’s program without losing the deposit. As of today, we are extending our cancellation date from May 1st to May 15th. This means that you will not lose your deposit unless you cancel after May 15th. 

YMCA Hayo-Went-Ha Camps are targeting May 15th as our decision date. The additional two weeks will allow us to accumulate the most up to date information to illuminate our path ahead.   We know that you are all eagerly awaiting a decision from us regarding summer camp, and we thank you for your patience. We are ready and excited to run a safe and successful summer season. 

We look forward to seeing all of you very soon.  

Each for All, All for Each

Tim McKendrick
Director, Camp Hayo-Went-Ha
tmckendrick@hayowentha.org
Amanda Macaluso
Director, Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha
amacaluso@hayowentha.org 


April 29th, 2020

We anticipate running a successful 2020 summer camp season as scheduled. We are suspending all spring outdoor education programs and private events until May 16th.  This is in response to the Executive Order issued by Governor Whitmer issued on April 24th.


April 23rd, 2020

Dear Hayo-Went-Ha Parents,

We hope this letter finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. Please know that we are thinking of each of you daily. We miss you all. Thank you for putting your faith in Hayo-Went-Ha Camps as we navigate the evolving situation. We don't want to overwhelm you with communications. Still, we endeavor to keep you as informed as possible as we move closer to the start of summer. 

To be fair and equitable to all of our camp families, we have decided to suspend all further automatic payments for our summer camp programs. We understand that additional fees may represent an undue burden on some families. There will be no additional charges, regardless of your current balance, until the future of the summer is less nebulous. This change applies to all trips and programs, including the Alaska trip. 

Government policies and guidance are still very much in flux for the period surrounding summer camp. We are working closely with the American Camping Association, CDC, and the camping industry, in general, to ensure we have guidelines in place for a safe and successful summer. Unfortunately, those guidelines have yet to be issued. Our strategy is to delay an ultimate decision on the fate of summer camp in the hope that we'll receive that guidance promptly. 

Hayo-Went-Ha Camps may need to cancel part or all of the 2020 summer. We will make that determination in coordination with our Board of Directors in the coming weeks. We anticipate a final decision as early as May 1st or as late as May 15th. We are closely monitoring events and guidance as it emerges and will delay deciding as long as we are practically able to.

Thank you for entrusting us with your family now and in the past. Stay healthy, stay strong. We are all in this together. 

Tim McKendrick
Director
Camp Hayo-Went-Ha

Amanda Macaluso
Director
Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha


April 13th, 2020

We anticipate running a successful 2020 summer camp season as scheduled. We are suspending all spring outdoor education programs and private events until May 1st.  This is in response to the Executive Order issued by Governor Whitmer issued on April 9th.


April 6th, 2020

Dear Hayo-Went-Ha Camps Families,

First, we want to reassure you that the Hayo-Went-Ha Camps are strong and stable. We are grateful that our camps have a devoted team of senior leaders, committed board members, loyal camp families, and alumni. At this time we would like to share some of our current thinking on the challenges facing us.

Many of you have questions about our summer programming. It is our hope that all summer programs run as scheduled this summer. All preparations have been made to deliver a full summer experience.  Circumstances are changing rapidly, however, so right now, our HWH Camps COVID19 task force is developing alternate program offerings for this summer. We will communicate these alternate offerings to you once they are fully vetted and only if necessary.  

The safety of our campers, staff, and participants is always our top priority. Any decision about the summer 2020 season—to hold camp as scheduled, modify our offerings in some way, or cancel camp—will be made by the leadership team in collaboration with our Camp Board, based on recommendations and requirements from the state and federal government, the CDC, the American Camp Association, our local Health Department, and other trusted advisors in the camping industry.

We know how much you care about camp. We share your sentiment and that is why we are taking the time needed to determine the best path forward for the 2020 season. While it is difficult to know at this point, we estimate making a final decision around May 1st. If we need to cancel camp, we will work with families to transfer their tuition balance to the 2021 summer season, or issue a refund. The camp cancellation policy has been updated and details can be found on our website. This is a difficult time financially for many families; please reach out to us if there is something we can do to ease your burden.

The core of Hayo-Went-Ha Camps is our community. The friendships and bonds that are formed at camp are only made stronger and more relevant by today's challenges. Lean on each other and reach out to each other as we continue to do the same. Offer support to your camp friends, and be comforted by them. Each for All, All for Each. 

Stay safe,

Tim McKendrick
Director, Camp Hayo-Went-Ha
tmckendrick@hayowentha.org

Amanda Macaluso
Director, Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha
amacaluso@hayowentha.org

  


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’s 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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