Dear YMCA Camp Minikani Families,
Thank you for your overwhelming patience and support as we have been determining what Summer Camp 2020 will look like. Every day brings new recommendations from local, state, and national organizations to ensure the health and safety of our campers and counselors.
The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee has made the exceedingly difficult decision to cancel Camp Minikani overnight camp for summer 2020. All decisions were made with guidance from Camp Minikani’s Advisory Board, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and the American Camp Association, and the CDC. We are still committed to offering a day camp program.
Day camp programming will be modeled and in the same vein as our YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee Day Camps, which are held at participating centers around Milwaukee. We are committed to holding a day camp that is safe, nurturing, and fun. There will be activities and games, physical movement, and lots of time spent outside exploring nature. All activities will be run following strict CDC and ACA guidelines for social distancing, sanitizing, and health screening protocol. Please watch our website for more information.
The schedule for the day will be from 7:30 AM –5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Drop-off and pick-up will be in front of Halquist Lodge, as there will be no bussing. There will be no optional Wednesday night sleepover. Campers need to bring a nut-free lunch and a water bottle with them daily.
- GROUP SIZE: Group sizes will be limited and we will respect guidance regarding camp group ratios and maximum campers per site. Camp group, once determined, will remain together throughout camp and separated from other groups.
- STAFF TRAINING: Our YMCA day camp staff will go through an extensive 40 hour/week training class focused on proper cleaning and sanitation procedures, protective equipment, prevention strategies and physical distancing.
- DAILY SCREENING: All campers will be temperature-checked, and we will ask parents a set of questions about their recent health each time they drop off at camp.
- MASKS/FACE COVERINGS: Staff will wear masks. Campers will not be required to wear masks. Campers will be permitted to wear masks or face coverings if they would like to.
- SWIMMING: Children attending day camp at YMCA Camp Minikani will be allowed to swim in the lake, however based on the guidance we’ve received from governing agencies, the pools at our facilities will remain closed and swimming will not be offered at other day camp locations.
- FLOOR MARKINGS AND SIGNAGE: We will mark off safe distances throughout our buildings to help keep children appropriately spaced. Reminders for handwashing and social distancing, will be posted throughout the facility.
- ACTIVITIES: Activities will be modified to limit physical contact. Equipment will be cleaned between uses and/or sufficient supplies will be provided for all campers to enjoy.
- FIELD TRIPS: Following guidance from the CDC, we will NOT offer field trips this summer. We will be incorporating special programming on trip days.
- CLEANING: Our whole team will be regularly cleaning to disinfect our facilities throughout the day & our facilities team will perform a deep-clean every night after closing.
Depending on our staffing, there may be an opportunity for campers to participate in skills such as archery, climbing the rock wall, and the equestrian center. Although day camp will look somewhat different, the experience and magic of Camp Minikani will stay the same.
To let us know how you would like us to handle your 2020 payments:
For an overnight camper please click HERE.
For a day camper please click HERE
Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for your support, input, and dedication to our Summer Homeland. We wish you well and absolutely can’t wait to see you all soon.
In the Spirit,
Carrie Wall, President/CEO Jon McLaren, Executive Director