Summer 2020 and COVID 19
5/29/20 Update 2
Dear Adventure Camp Families,
I wanted to get another update out to folks as we continue to work on our options. For folks registered, you should be recieving a email from me with some specifics on how camp may look and the challenges we face. Today Governor Sununu announced that residential camps "should" be allowed to open June 28th but still with no official guidance available yet with how we can operate. Hopefully that will come soon. We have been working on figuring out a way to run camp with the drafted guidelines we have available to us. We are also working off of the ACA and CDC guidebook for camps for summer 2020. If you are curious, you can access that at this link: https://www.acacamps.org/resource-library/coronavirus/camp-business/camp-operations-guide-summer-2020. While our governor has announced that it is okay for camps to open by June 28th, that is still not the full story. The guidelines we would have to follow, which are still in draft form through the state make things look extremely challenging for operating for 2020 if even possible. 3 big factors are most prevelant in my eyes. 1) Will we be able to keep everyone safe, no matter how well we follow the guidelines... if that was the only issue we face, i would say yes. 2) Will we be able to operate and keep our heads above water with the current guidelines... doesnt look good... 3) Is the program worth it for the campers as the guidelines will seriously limit our programming. So, for now, we are still planning on running camp and figuring out how. I hope to have another update very soon as i know folks need to know what is going on as they make plans for summer. Hope everyone is happy and healthy as possible and I will be posting an update again soon.
Sincerely, Matt Caliendo - Natures Classroom Adventure Camp Director
5/14/2020 Update 1
Dear Adventure Camp Families Old and New,
We have been thinking of you during these difficult months and it is encouraging to see that registrations for the summer season continue to come in. We are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to run camp this year and have been working hard to design a program that will provide an engaging, exciting, and safe environment for campers and a welcome change of pace for kids, families, and our staff.
With the scheduled camp opening date quickly approaching, we are updating our plans regularly as guidelines are released from the CDC, ACA, and the State of New Hampshire. We are currently working on a number of options for modified versions of camp that could be run while maintaining social distancing and sanitation procedures advised in best practice at the end of June.
Any changes to the camp schedule will be posted on our website as soon as they are available. Families of currently registered campers will be updated immediately if any changes to their child’s session or cancelation of a session becomes necessary. We are doing our best to ensure Adventure Camp continues to be a safe and welcoming an environment for campers and all camp employees.
We wish to make Adventure Camp financially viable for all prospective campers. Any paid tuition will be refundable, minus the deposit, if you decide you cannot send your camper this summer. If a reduction of camp costs would be helpful, please contact us for a discount code. In the event that camp is cancelled completely, the following options will be available:
• Tuition and deposit rolled over to 2021, summer registration.
• Deposit rolled over to 2021 registration; tuition refunded.
• Tuition and/or deposit converted into a tax-deductible donation to Adventure Camp.
The financial impact of Covid-19 on Nature’s Classroom has been significant. The money from your $250 deposit allows us to maintain the property and equipment throughout the year and is used in preparation for camp and school program. This money is an important part of ensuring that we can continue to provide camp into the future. However, if camp is cancelled and your deposit is a significant financial burden on your family, please contact us. Deposit refunds cannot be guaranteed but we will work with you.
Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm for Adventure Camp. Be safe, be well and we hope to see you all soon!
-Your Friends at Natures Classroom Adventure Camp