Thank you for your continued support and patience as we all come together, take on this pandemic, and create a plan to carry out the mission of camp and ensure the safety of kids who attend camp.
With Governor Jay Inslee’s recent announcement of the four-phase plan to reopen Washington State, we have new guidance on how camp will be able to operate this summer and what our programming will look like. There are still many questions to be answered over the next month, but we do find relief in having guidance on the capacity in which we can carry out camp and when that might be.
Over the next few weeks we will be fine-tuning the start for our summer staff training, camp start date, and what that programming will be. With this four-phase plan, program plans for Camp Reed have started to take shape, and at this moment, there are two leading scenarios for camp this summer:
The exact dates and details of these options are still being ironed out, but have presented themselves as real possibilities. Under either scenario, there is optimism that our CIT (Counselor-In-Training) program could run at its normal length, with some different formatting. Under the first scenario, our Mini-Camper sessions would operate at the same session length as years past, but under smaller enrollment capacities. There is still hope camp could run under traditional cabin capacities and session lengths; however, a full camp does present more significant challenges as we assess the impact of this pandemic. As we move through these phases, and we receive new information from local, state, and federal officials, there are still possibilities that summer programs could grow and be adjusted as the summer moves along.
What will we do immediately?
We will be moving all of our camp program registration to stand-by status. Families may still sign up for camp and be added to a stand-by list, to then register at a later date. Once we know what summer camp will look like, participants will fully register for their desired session. Families who are currently enrolled will get the first option to change their sessions, re-register, or receive a full refund upon the announcement of our summer plans. Stand-by registrants will then be enrolled once we finish contact with our current registrants.
These are challenging times, but we strive to deliver camp in some capacity this summer! With your support and commitment to camp, we will still have the best summer ever! If you have any questions or wish to provide feedback on either of the scenarios laid out above, please feel free to contact us. Thank you again for sharing the magic of camp. Stay safe and stay healthy!
We have had some inquiries regarding our cancellation/refund policies, so please CLICK HERE to review our updated refund policy. If you have concerns in regard to the deposit fee, please contact the Camp Reed Office directly. We will work with you to explore different options and get your kiddos registered for camp. For any and all further questions, please contact the Camp Reed Office via email.
PLEASE NOTE: Outstanding balances for YMCA Camp Reed summer 2020 are no longer due by June 1st. Prescheduled payments set to run on June 1 will be unscheduled and will not be charged. If you have any questions, please contact Camp Reed directly via email.
Our mission is to enhance personal growth, Christian values, and a sense of community in a safe wilderness setting. Through active participation in unique challenges and new relationships, Camp Reed transforms ideals into lasting behaviors. We embrace and teach the YMCA’s core values of respect, honesty, responsibility, and caring.
We are proud to have YMCA Camp Reed accredited by the American Camp Association, which means that we care enough to undergo a thorough (up to 300 standards) review of our operation, a comprehensive process covering everything from staff qualifications and training to emergency management.
American Camp Association collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to assure that current practices at our camp reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation. Camps and ACA form a partnership that promotes growth and fun in an environment committed to safety.
Challenge Course Coordinator
Ann “Tarzann” Nesbitt