In uncertain times, we seek out our camp community for comfort and want to reach out to offer support. As we continue to encounter the ever-changing impact of COVID-19, I am thinking about our community of campers, families, and staff alumni across generations and the globe. It has been on display with all of the notes and stories I am receiving from members of our AstroCamp community this past week.
Like all camps in California and around most of the world, AstroCamp remains optimistic and continues to plan for summer this year as both you and I understand how important Summer 2020 will be for all children. This return to normalcy into a safe, supportive, and healthy environment is what every young person in the world needs.
Our organization continues to monitor the COVID-19 updates and recommendations from the CDC. Currently, those recommendations do not impact our summer schedule. We understand that there are some moving pieces and will continue to update and be flexible with familial circumstances.
We have shared our current medical procedures and camper health plans with you last week and will be continue to working on additional precautions to help prevent the spread of illness this summer. I am sure that you also have lots of questions about the financial investment you have made in our program and current deadlines. Below you will find information regarding the steps we are taking to support you during this time. We hope these new policies will alleviate the pressure on our families to make immediate decisions:
TUITION PAYMENT: We will not be charging anyone’s credit card until May 15th. At this point, there will be no financial repercussions if you delay in making a decision until then.
PAPERWORK: Paperwork deadlines have been lifted for the time being. We will update you as to new due dates soon.
PROGRAM PROTECTION INSURANCE (optional): Another optional financial assistance for camp families is the Program Protector insurance offered by our registration system, CampMinder, through a third-party vendor, TravMark. Originally this program protector insurance was only available to purchase at the time of registration however in light of the current situation, TravMark has offered to extend the enrollment deadline until tuition is paid in full. If you have yet to pay the tuition in full, you are still able to purchase the Enhanced plan, which includes the Cancel for Any Reason benefit. TravMark states “Trip cancellation due to fear or World Health Organization and Travel Advisories are generally not covered under any travel protection plan unless Cancel For Any Reason coverage is purchased.“ Please see the attached document for more Program Protector details. To purchase coverage online, please click this link: PROGRAM PROTECTOR
More communication will be coming in the next few weeks when more details are available. We encourage you to reach out with any questions.
We know that your campers have been affected by school and event cancellations and are likely feeling discouraged about the future. AstroCamp wants to be that light for our families and campers to forward look to at the end of this difficult time.
If you are having any difficulties talking to your children about this pandemic here are some great articles that I have appreciated:
A comic for kids on the Coronavirus (NPR)
Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus (Child Mind Institute)
Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to Talk to Your Child for Parents (KidsHealth)