A message from our CEO, Jerry Huncosky:
Dear Camp Family,
I hope that you remain in good health during this challenging time. I’m sure you and your child have been awaiting an answer about summer camp. With a heavy heart, I share with you that Frost Valley YMCA will not be offering overnight or day camp this summer. After many long days and sleepless nights, our staff and I worked to find solutions to every possible contingency, but ultimately the uncertainties are still too great too late in the season. The final decision came as a board vote on Sunday evening.
Frost Valley YMCA summer camp is an experience I know your child was looking forward to. Operating a safe and enriching camp takes many months of preparation under normal circumstances. However, with this many unknown threats, combined with shortages of tests and supplies, as well as the sensible guidance from NY Governor Cuomo not to hold gatherings that attract large groups of people from outside the local area, Frost Valley cannot in good faith offer the safe and enriching camp experience your child was looking forward to.
I know this is heartbreaking news. None of us ever imagined we would see a summer without camp, but our confidence that together we will rise and thrive remains strong. Please stay safe and healthy, and we hope to see you for summer 2021.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THIS CANCELLATION
We wanted to make this decision before the refund deadline, so that families could had several options. We’re offering three choices:
- Donations: Making a gift of some or all of the funds you have already paid is a generous way to ensure that Frost Valley remains strong and ready to re-open when it is safe to do so. Frost Valley aims to be here for children and families well into the future, and your gift preserves our mission to serve all. Thank you to everyone who is able to make this vital gift to Frost Valley during a time of extreme hardship.
- Hold as Credit: We can hold your payment and credit the amount toward another program in the future. If you choose to put this credit toward a summer camp 2021 program, our refund deadline for cancellations is March 31, 2021. This option also significantly assists Frost Valley’s financial stability, and we are incredibly grateful.
- Full or Partial Refunds: We know that many families are also facing their own hardships. We can process a full refund in the amount paid or you may choose to take a partial refund and make a donation with the remainder. Refunds will be mailed as checks in about 6-8 weeks.
Our camp staff will be contacting registered camp families in the coming weeks to process your preferred method. For urgent questions, please contact our registrar’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-985-2291 ext. 203. Thank you for your patience as we expect hundreds of emails and calls over the coming days.
Re-Opening Frost Valley
Although much is subject to change, our current plan is to reopen after the summer camp season for family camp and the alumni reunion on Labor Day Weekend, as well as upcoming school trips, group retreats, and family weekends. If you are registered for a program in late August or thereafter, we are still holding your spot and hope to see you then. Registered guests will be informed immediately if any changes are made.
Our “Virtual Camp” program will be slightly scaled back for the month of May as we talk to parents about the cancellation of camp. However, several camp-style activities are still being offered throughout each week. We would love to see your camper there! To view the schedule and sign up, visit: www.frostvalley.org/virtual-camp
Frost Valley’s Mission & COVID-19
Our mission to serve all will remain strong through this crisis. Although our dining hall will not be serving children this summer, we will continue to prepare meals for our food delivery program that supports local families facing food insecurity, and the produce at our farm will be donated as well. Our emergency daycare program for children of essential workers will also continue to be offered to infants through pre-K. As mentioned, virtual programming is happening now and is open to all children, not just those who are registered for camp. We are also looking for more opportunities to serve and safely respond to this crisis in the coming months.