Summer 2020 Cancelled
It's with deep disappointment and sadness that we're announcing today that all camp sessions and programs are cancelled for summer 2020. We are heartbroken that we're unable to provide camp for your children this summer.
As you know, we've been working to get approval to operate for over two months. We felt like we were making headway; we had various plans to operate under even the most restrictive conditions. You, our staff, and our summer camp colleagues at different camps rallied to support the effort to open. However, the delays resulting from the lengthy approval process for overnight summer camps has put us in a position where we simply can't implement a plan in time to go forward with our program this summer. We no longer have time for our staff to shelter in place for two weeks, go through training, and open the facility in time to operate. They need to find employment and can't wait indefinitely. The environment in which we could open, if it were allowed, is still complicated and uncertain. Operating summer camp is a complex endeavor even in a normal year. The complexity and uncertainty of operating camp during a pandemic is simply more than we can manage.
We really believed that we could make it happen, and we tried our best. We are sorry – for campers, for parents, for our staff, and for Camp.
We're deeply appreciative of all camper parents' support and the trust you've placed in us, particularly in these past 3 months. Numerous parents have offered tangible resources and advice, and many more have written notes of encouragement. We've always known that our camp families are pretty great and each expression of support has confirmed that fact. Thank you.
Supporting Your Son or Daughter
The feelings of disappointment over the loss of treasured summer activities can be truly challenging -- for your children and also for you. You may already have a sense of how impacted your son or daughter will be upon hearing the news of camp being cancelled. We recommend this 7-minute video by Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., in which she discusses ways in which you can support your camper around the loss of camp and other summer activities. We believe you'll find Dr. Bryson's advice to be worthwhile.
Deposits and Tuition Paid To-Date
Camp deposits are $650, though some have paid more. If you'd like to verify what's been paid-to-date, please log into your parent account and scroll to the Financial section. Unless you tell us differently, we will roll over 100% of the monies you paid to 2021. Families who roll over their camp tuition will be guaranteed 2020 season rates and will have priority registration. And, if restrictions ease later this summer and we're able to find staff and offer some kind of program later this season, you will be the first to know.
Lisa, Scott and All the Team at Shaffer's High Sierra Camp
SHAFFER'S HIGH SIERRA CAMP
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