Under executive order signed Friday, June 12, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said overnight residential, travel and troop camps may reopen as the spread of the COVID-19 slows in Michigan.
Despite this easing of restrictions, the YMCA Camp Copneconic in Fenton Township will remain closed, said Brandon Dreffs, executive director.
Dreffs said they understand Whitmer loosened restrictions that she had previously put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus. “It gives us hope that a return to normalcy is closer,” Dreffs said. “Although restaurants and retail establishments are now open, Camp Copneconic will remain closed.
“When we made the difficult decision to cancel programming for this summer, we outlined several metrics that we used to make our decision. We assessed the level of risk we can manage, the effect of social distancing on our programs, and whether we would be able to offer an equitable experience to our community.
“Simply put, Camp Copneconic would not look like the camp our youth have come to love for over 100 years. No high fives, no s’mores around the fire with your cabinmates, no making friendship bracelets with your best friend.
“So many of the activities that make camp fun would be severely altered or removed completely.”
Dreffs added that they still believe that the best, safest and most fair decision was to suspend their operations for this summer. “It was an incredibly hard decision but one that is in the best interests of our staff and campers we serve,” he said. “We look forward to when we can open our doors again, and until then, stay safe.”