FENTON — After a very challenging year for so many kids and their families, the YMCA of Greater Flint is excited to announce the return of summer camp fun to YMCA Camp Copneconic in 2021, with registration for day and overnight camps now open.
Uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, along with state-mandated stay-at-home orders, caused the 750-acre camp located in Fenton to cancel all summer programming in 2020.
“We were heartbroken to cancel summer camps last year but knew that it was the best decision for the health and safety of campers, their families and our team members,” says Brandon Dreffs, executive director of YMCA Camp Copenconic. “Our amazing staff has been busy reviewing and implementing new safety protocols designed to keep everyone protected, and we are confident that we can offer a safe, equitable and transformational summer camp program once again.”
While Dreffs and his team realize that not everything will be back to normal by summer, the goal is to maintain the same high-quality programs that have made Camp Copneconic one of the best camping experiences in the Midwest for more than 100 years.
Summer camp safety protocols have been developed following recommendations from the county and state health departments, the YMCA of the USA, and The American Camping Association. Campers will be placed in smaller groups with no co-mingling of these groups. Additional protocols will include health and temperature screenings, physical distancing, mask wearing, and increased cleaning and sanitation of common areas and shared equipment.
Summer day camps at Camp Copneconic are designed for kids age 4 through those entering eighth grade and will kick off on June 21 with nine five-day sessions to choose from. Overnight camps will begin on July 11 with four five-night sessions available for kids entering third grade through those entering their senior year of high school.
Scholarships are available to help ensure that camp is accessible to all who wish to attend. The application process has been made quicker and easier, and assistance is available to more families than ever before.
Details and the register: Call 810-629-9622 or visit campcopneconic.org. — G.G.