Summer camps in the tri-county are well underway, rain or shine for the 2019 summer season.
Locally there are YMCA Camp Copneconic in Fenton Township and YMCA Camp Ohiyesa in Rose Township. Both host hundreds of young campers each year.
Following the worst measles outbreak in 27 years, some camps are requiring that children be vaccinated before attending.
New York State made national news because this year it is requiring campers to be vaccinated before attending camp.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the New York State Department of Health code requires multipurpose camps to maintain immunization records for all campers, which are then regularly reviewed by local health departments.
Katie Comack is summer camp director for Camp Copneconic. She said campers aren’t required to be vaccinated, and the subject hasn’t been brought up by the board of directors.
If a camper is not vaccinated, they just need the waiver signed. Comack said she’s not aware of the camp having any issues with measles.
In Rose Township, Camp Ohiyesa also doesn’t require vaccinations. While also a YMCA camp, they are associated with Detroit YMCA.
The American Camp Association (ACA) accredits educational camps like these YMCA locations.
The ACA updated its information for summer camps in light of the measles outbreak for the 2019 season.
While it doesn’t specifically urge vaccine mandates, it does suggest camps pay close attention to their campers’ immunization status, and get educated on diseases. The ACA does suggest the camps to decide if they will allow non-immunized children in their camps.
Online, readers responded positively to the idea of ensuring campers are vaccinated.