May 28th, 2020
Howdy YMCA Camp Wabansi Family,
It truly has been a roller coaster the last 2 months. We were confident in our ability to offer safe and meaningful programs at YMCA Camp Wabansi and follow the best practices outlined by the CDC, American Camp Association and YUSA. However, a recent development in CDC transportation guidelines has caused us to suspend 2020 summer operations at YMCA Camp Wabansi.
On May 22nd the CDC published its latest guidelines for transportation. The guidance limits occupancy on buses to 12-14 passengers depending on the size of the bus. Bussing is by far the biggest expense for YMCA Camp Wabansi and these guidelines essentially quadruple our transportation expenses. Plain and simple, we cannot afford to pay for 8 buses to bring kids to Camp Wabansi each day.
I know that many of you would be willing to transport your children to and from camp, such is your dedication to the great programs we offer kids. However, asking all parents to provide over 11 hours of driving for their campers to attend camp each week is neither realistic or sustainable.
We are so sorry to suspend the programs at YMCA Camp Wabansi this summer but at the end of the day we can neither willingly disobey the guidance of the CDC nor make catastrophic business decisions for our non-profit day camp.
Our dedicated camp staff will continue to maintain the property and continue to improve the program and facility for summer 2021. We know that this season will pass and that we will be stronger after this challenge is over.
The decision to suspend summer programs at YMCA Camp Wabansi truly breaks our heart but please know that this decision is supported by myself, the camp staff, board of directors and executive leadership of the Greater Green Bay YMCA.
I encourage you to still seek meaningful outdoor experiences with your children. We are happy to be providing an alternative summer camp program, Summer Family Camps, at YMCA Camp U-Nah-Li-Ya. This modified programming allows for parents, friends and families to attend 2 night programs at camp. Summer Family Camp allows us to follow best COVID 19 prevention practices and offer amazing camp experiences. We feel very confident that this modified program is the best program we can offer the community during the pandemic. Be sure to complete the form below to receive a call on June 1st to register for Summer Family Camps opens June 1st at 8:30am. Registered summer camp families will have priority registration before it opens to the public on June 8th.
Previously scheduled Father Son Programs will be offered on the weekends July 31st – August 2nd and August 7th – 9th. Father Daughter Weekends, Women’s Wellness Weekend, and Mother Child Weekend will run on their originally scheduled dates. Fall Outdoor Environmental Education is not impacted at this time.
In the meantime, if you currently are registered for summer camp at YMCA Wabansi please use this Fee Adjustment Form to adjust your 2020 fees and registration. You will have until June 19th to complete this form, or your paid camp fees will be donated to the camper scholarship fund.
If your child is a Green Bay YMCA School Age Child Care (SACC) participant who was attending Wabansi, you do not need to complete the form as the day camp cancellation will be handled through the SACC Office.
We know that you will have additional questions please call or email the camp office, we are happy to chat anytime.
Please take comfort that we have a hopeful and wonderful future for camp. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and future” – Jeremiah 29:11. We look forward to seeing you this year at Summer Family Camp and next year for Summer Camp 2021.
With sadness and sincere hopeful resilience,
Maxwell A. Clark
Executive Director of Camping Services
Greater Green Bay YMCA