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Coronavirus Plan

Letter from the Executive Director

To everyone in our Takodah YMCA family, we are thinking of you in these uncertain times. I wanted to reach out and let you know we are here for you, and we are grateful to stay connected through technology.

Right now, children all over the world are staying home, and giving up what every child deserves: time to learn, grow, and be with friends. Staying home from school, sports, and more is a sacrifice that is truly Friendly to All, and we’re grateful for all those focused on the greater good.

This stressful time will end, and we remain optimistic.

We are still working hard on planning to provide children with what will surely be a much-needed, fun-filled summer camp experience. The health and safety of our campers and staff will always remain our highest priority. We have an excellent working relationship with our Department of Health and Human Services, the YMCA of the USA, and the American Camp Association (our accrediting agency).

This summer, children will need Takodah more than ever.

The Takodah YMCA remains one of the few places where kids can just be kids. They have fun, make their own choices, explore the world around them, and learn skills to strengthen their confidence and their character. I know many of you have concerns and hardships of your own, and we are so humbled by our donors who support us during times like this despite such challenges. Thank you. This is why supporting opportunities at Takodah is so much more than just sending a kid to camp, it’s investing in a better future for us all — and all of our board members and year-round team are so very grateful.

All my best,

Artie Lang
Executive Director
Takodah YMCA


General Information

As you know, the safety and health of our participants is always the highest priority at the Takodah YMCA, and we have a successful track record of planning for and managing communicable diseases. As such, we will be regularly updating this page to inform you of our practices and policies regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We have created a task force that collaborates on a daily basis and partners with local, state, national, and international agencies to remain informed and proactive as new information develops.

For now, the best path forward for all of us is to stay informed on the facts, which are being updated on a regular basis. Below is a list of reliable sources of information:


Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Takodah YMCA open?

Out of an abundance of caution, the Takodah YMCA has canceled all programs until May 4, 2020. We will be monitoring circumstances and adhering to guidance from the CDC, the NH Department of Health and Human Services, and other experts to determine whether programs need to be canceled beyond early May.

Is the Takodah YMCA accepting phone calls and emails?

Yes, please feel free to contact us at 603-352-0447 or by email. Again, out of an abundance of caution, we have closed our offices and asked our staff to work remotely. We appreciate your patience with our responses while we adjust to a new way of work.

Will I be refunded if my program is canceled?

Update: While camp deposits are normally non-refundable, you will now be able to refund all of your fees if you need to cancel due to COVID-19-related issues. We know that many families are struggling, and it is a little something extra we can do to help.

Like most nonprofits, the Takodah YMCA is preparing to experience significant hardships related to COVID-19. Beyond ensuring the health and safety of our participants and their families, we remain optimistic about providing scholarships for campers this summer, funding our overhead, and continuing to offer life-changing summer camp, outdoor education, and heritage travel experience for all. However, we recognize families across the nation are also bracing for their own challenges.

If your program is canceled, you will have the following options:

  • Please consider donating your registration fees to help sustain our mission and operations.
  • You might also consider saving your fees as a credit with us to be used for future registrations during the next year.
  • We will refund your full registration fees upon request.

Will I be refunded if I choose not to participate in a program that is not canceled?

In general, when a program participant chooses to cancel, they will not receive a refund. However, we are happy to make exceptions to our policy in the event that challenges related to COVID-19 prevent you from attending your program. If possible, please keep your registration in place for now. You can always cancel at a later date at no penalty, and keeping your registration active ensures that your child will have a spot if summer camp is possible. Please feel free to contact us about your unique situation at 603-352-0447 or by email.

What additional steps is the Takodah YMCA taking to prevent COVID-19?

The YMCA, American Camp Association, Association of Camp Nurses, and NH Camp Directors Association are all working with the CDC and local health departments on new healthcare protocols for summer camps. We are actively involved in that work, and we will pass along the protocols to you as they become available. We always meet or exceed all recommended healthcare protocols, and you can count on us to do the same in this situation.

Please see the current plan for your program, which we will update as addition recommendations become available:

Summer Camp
Heritage Travel
Outdoor Education

What are the Takodah YMCA’s plans for summer camp?

We are planning to provide campers with what will surely be a much-needed, fun-filled summer camp experience. Thankfully we have an excellent working relationship with the NH Department of Health and Human Services and the American Camp Association. Our professional leadership team is working with these agencies and many others to ensure that we are fully prepared to continue to offer the same values-based, mission-driven summer camp experience that we have been providing for more than 100 years.

When will the Takodah YMCA make a final decision about summer camp?

We are committed to updating the Takodah community about the status of camp on June 1. While we would all like to have solid answers now, we recognize that there are still too many variables and unknowns to make educated decisions until shortly before camp. We appreciate your patience and understanding, and we promise to share information and updates with you throughout the process.

Will Camp Takodah have international campers and staff this summer?

As you may know, campers and staff from around the world join us each summer, adding immeasurable value to life at camp. We are hopeful that this can continue, but as always, the safety of our campers comes first. As summer gets closer, we will be deferring to the CDC’s travel advisories to determine if we need to make changes to our international camper and staff populations. Our international campers and staff add so much value to the culture of camp that – as long as it is safe to do so – we will continue to welcome them to Camp Takodah.

As a donor to the Takodah YMCA, how can I help?

We are beyond grateful to the members of our community – our alumni, camper families, volunteers, and staff – who have recognized the challenges crises like this can pose to a human services organization regardless of their own hardships that they may be facing. For those who are able and interested, please make a gift here. THANK YOU for your support of children and families during these uncertain times.


Resources

News of COVID-19 is everywhere, from the front page of all the papers to the playground at school. Many parents are wondering how to bring up the epidemic in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already may be. Here is some advice from the experts:


Next Steps

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 and share relevant information and updates with you. Thank you for your continued support and commitment to keeping the Takodah YMCA safe and healthy. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at 603-352-0447 or by email.