For 100 years, YMCA Camp Winona has been a place where youth have come to learn, grow and have fun in a wholesome and safe environment. Our goal is to provide each person with an experience that will help them grow and reach their potential.
Operated by the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA, YMCA Camp Winona is nestled among 68 secluded acres of oaks and pines on the shores of our 88 acre spring fed Lake Winona. Our heritage and programs have continued to provide fun and excitement in a safe atmosphere. That is why YMCA Camp Winona is “a place in the woods that finds a place in the heart!”
Dear YMCA Camp Winona families,
I hope you are all staying safe and managing to find moments of joy in this uncertain and confusing time. We have been busy out at Camp Winona with some exciting renovations, lots of cleaning, and most importantly; planning for the summer! The American Camping Association and the Y-USA have been working closely with the CDC to create resident camp guidelines; they should be released in a couple weeks. However, I still wanted to answer some questions, as we are still extremely optimistic for the 101st year of Camp Winona.
Is camp still happening?
Yes! We’re moving ahead with Summer 2020 – with a later start date. As of now, we will begin on Sunday, June 7th. Those that are currently registered for Week 1, please contact me and we’ll get you transferred to another week. We are also adding a few later sessions and will go through July 31st!
Is camp safe?
Being my first summer at Camp Winona, you don’t know me yet. But the most important thing you should know about me is how much I truly care. The safety of my campers, staff, and their families is always the top priority for me, and for the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA. If we can’t do it safely, we won’t do it.
What changes are you making?
To be honest, Camp will probably feel a little bit different than the normal experience. We’re updating and intensifying our cleaning procedures, adding hand sanitizer stations, rearranging beds, and more. While the official recommendations from the CDC have not yet come out, I’m anticipating we will stay in much smaller groups, and maintain socially distant from the other cabin groups. That means programs, the daily schedule, and meals will change. But the most important parts of Camp will remain intact; building friendships, experiencing new things, spending time in nature, and personal growth.
What about refunds?
We know there are a lot of unknowns, so we’re adjusting our “non-refundable/non-transferrable” deposit policy. If you choose to cancel, we have a few different options for you!
How am I going to afford camp this summer?
This is one thing that hasn’t changed in all this chaos. We still offer financial assistance to make sure all children have the ability to attend Camp. If you are finding yourself in a different financial scenario than you were before, please find the request form here and submit back to me.
What else do I need to know?
We all know that campers now need camp more than ever and we are committed to providing that in the safest way possible. If/when there are any more changes or updates made, you will be the first to know. I am also working on an updated Parent Packet to help us all prepare for a unique summer at Camp and will share that in the coming weeks.
If you or your camper have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, please reach out! I look forward to seeing you and your camper this summer!
Dear Camp Winona Family,
I have rewritten this daily for almost a week now. The news and information has been evolving so rapidly, it has been impossible to keep up. The changes in our routines and lives are an absolute headache, to put it lightly.
However, one absolutely beautiful thing has emerged from all this that gives me so much hope and joy; communities are lifting up and uniting in a remarkable way. I’ve seen more selfless acts from businesses and individuals who are trying their hardest in making sure there are no families who go hungry, no children who lose weeks of learning, and no small local businesses go under.
Because of this, no changes are currently planned here – I choose to remain hopeful for summer and am working hard to ensure that we’ll have another amazing program for all children to experience this summer. You understand how important Camp is for children; the opportunity to grow, learn and play outdoors is essential. Right now, Camp is too quiet. Normally, Camp is alive with school groups, scouts, and other youth groups enjoying nature. Right now, they are staying home, making an incredible sacrifice for the greater good. Kids will deserve and need Summer Camp more than ever this year.
There is nothing more important than the health and safety of our family, friends, and community members. While we are physically distant, just know that you are not alone and we are in this together.
If you need anything, please do not hesitate to reach out.