Summer 2020

Our Decision for Summer 2020

Like you, we were looking forward to another amazing summer at Camp. However, after much thoughtful consideration, we will not be running our traditional Overnight Summer Camp this summer.

This was one of the toughest decisions we’ve had to make. But it is the right one for us.

Due to the size of Camp and our unique program design, the reality of COVID-19 simply does not allow us to provide the safe and exceptional experience that is a traditional overnight Camp Kanata summer.

And while we aren’t able to deliver our traditional summer Camp programs, we are finalizing plans to offer a different type of Camp---a Kanata experience that will be for both campers and their families---this summer. Along with that, we are also developing opportunities for our current CITS and CILTS. We’ll be sharing more information on both unique opportunities in the days ahead.

Not running our traditional summer programs is one of the toughest decisions we’ve had to make. We know this decision causes a significant gap financially for Camp Kanata, but believe that together we can get through this tough time and ensure a successful summer in 2021. A year without summer revenue will be difficult. We are reviewing our budget to reduce this year’s losses while focusing on 2021 and beyond.

As you review your financial situation during COVID-19, please know that a philanthropic gift will help camp to bridge the financial gap for the upcoming year. If you are able, please consider supporting Camp with a donation. Your gift is needed now more than ever and will help continue our legacy of providing an extraordinary camping experience in the future.

For those of you who have paid some, or all, of your 2020 fees (application and program), we are offering three options for you to consider:

  1. Donate all of your 2020 fees to Camp. These donations will stay with Camp Kanata and will sustain ongoing operational needs. All donations are 100% tax deductible.
  2. Donate a portion of paid fees to Camp and receive a refund for the rest. This option helps in the same way as above. You can specify what amount you’d like to donate and what amount you’d like refunded back to your original payment method.
  3. Full refund. Your refund will be paid back to your original payment method.
NOTE: It may take up to  30-45 days to issue any refunds from the options above, including full refunds. Thank you for your patience.

To access the form to indicate your preference, please click here.

At this time, you do not need to make any decisions about Summer 2021. Every camper will be guaranteed their 2020 spot in the same session for Summer 2021. We will have a re-registration period for our Summer 2020 campers prior to Open Registration this Fall.

On behalf of our entire Camp Team, thank you for your support, trust and partnership while we worked to make this decision.

 

 

 

 

 

FAQs

Refund and Donation Options

For those of you who have paid some, or all, of your 2020 fees, we are offering five options for you to consider:

  1. Donate all of your 2020 fees to Camp. These donations will stay with Camp Kanata and will sustain ongoing operational needs. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.
  2. Full refund. Your refund will be paid back to your original payment method.
  3. Donate a portion of paid fees to Camp and receive a refund for the rest. This option helps in the same way as above. You can specify what amount you’d like to donate and what amount you’d like refunded back to your original payment method.

Please let us know your decision by filling out this form.

2020 Waitlisted Campers

Donate all paid fees. These donations will stay exclusively with Camp Kanata and will sustain ongoing operational needs like facility upkeep and staff salaries. You will receive a donation receipt and all donations are 100% tax-deductible.

Full refund. Your refund will be paid back to your original payment method.

Please let us know your decision by filling out this form.

2020 Financial Aid Campers

Every registered camper will automatically have their spot reserved in the same session next year as they were planning on attending this summer. We are working through the logistics of financial assistance for Summer 2021 and will communicate next steps with you prior to you confirming your camper’s registration spot early this fall.

 

Summer 2020 Opportunities

Are You Still Running Day Camp?

Yes, we are planning on running our Summer 2020 Day Camp. We are still making final decisions and necessary adjustments to our program plan and will be in touch in the coming weeks with details. Day campers who are registered for Horseback Riding will receive a refund, as that program is not running this summer.

Family Summer Programs at Camp

We are excited to share that we are exploring alternative programming for campers and their parents to begin later this summer. This model would allow us to adhere to the regulations of social distancing and group size limits as set forth by the CDC and the North Carolina Health and Safety Department. We will share more details in the coming weeks about this program.

Trainee Program Opportunities

CILTS - We are offering a virtual CILT experience this summer for the cost of your deposit ($100). Sessions will take place online and we will incorporate in-person service learning in the Fall 2020. All 2020 CILTs will be invited to apply for the 2021 CIT program later this summer.

CITs – We are offering Lifeguard Training this summer for the cost of your deposit ($100). Session dates and registration will be sent out in the coming weeks. All 2020 CITs will be invited to apply for a counselor position in Fall 2020 with a separate interview process conducted for Summer 2021.

 

Summer 2021

Will There be Camp Next Year?

Yes! We want nothing more than to be strong and ready to open the gates back up fully to everyone when it is safe to do so. Our hope is that together, with everyone’s generosity and involvement, that is exactly what our future will hold.

Will You Hold My Spot for Camp Next Summer?

Every camper will be guaranteed their 2020 spot in the same session for Summer 2021. We will have a re-registration period for our Summer 2020 campers prior to Open Registration this Fall. 

What If I Need to Switch My Camper to a Different Week Next Summer?

If your camper would like to and/or needs to enroll in a different session for Summer 2021 than what you were enrolled in for Summer 2020, you may contact our office to indicate your preference.

When Can I Register for Camp Next Summer?

You will receive communication from us about how to re-register your camper prior to Open Registration this Fall. 

Have You Set Summer 2021 Dates?

Yes. You can view all our 2021 dates here.

My Child Will Age Out of the Program They are Registered for this Upcoming Summer. Can They Return to the Same Program Next Summer?

We are planning to hold a “Last Year Camper” Weekend in September to provide a meaningful experience for these campers. More info to come!

All campers in tenth grade this fall will be invited to apply for the 2021 CILT program.

 

Other Program Changes

Will There Be Programs This Fall?

We are planning for a busy Fall and look forward to seeing many of you during an Elementary Weekend Camp or other programs!

I had Signed my Child Up for Horseback Riding. How Will I get a Refund?

Your refund will be paid back to your original payment method. If you would like to contribute these fees as a donation, we would deeply appreciate that!

My Camper is Having a Really Hard Time with This. Do You Have any Suggestions to Help?

We recognize that the cancellation of our traditional summer camp programs is a heartbreaking decision for both children and their families.  It is especially difficult this season where everyone has already weathered numerous disappointments.  As you contemplate how to talk with your child about this, we would encourage you to consider the following:

The cancellation of Camp impacts you as parent or caregiver as well.  Children recognize when we are stressed and upset, and are easily influenced by our emotions. If you are able to identify and validate your own feelings first, then you will be even more emotionally available and supportive to your child.

When talking with your child, approach with authenticity and honesty about why Camp has been cancelled.  Discuss the implications for Camp in a factual way that is appropriate for their age and development. If you can deliver this information in a truthful, yet sensitive way, it will allow for your child’s authentic response without minimizing nor dramatizing their reaction.

Encourage your child to share what they are feeling and give them space for this.  Some children are quick to show emotions, others may take time and it may come out through their behavior.  What they need most from their parent or caregiver at this time is your presence and empathy.  Listen and validate their feelings and avoid trying to “fix” the problem.  Phrases like, “I can tell you are sad/angry/disappointed”, help them name their feelings let them know they are valid.  Expect a wide range of emotions as children process this loss.  Be sure to check in with them again from time to time, as their feelings may change or grow heightened as the time for when they would have gone to camp draws near.

While being honest about your own feelings, be sure to communicate an adaptive mindset to your child. Though the first few days after this news should be about recognizing and validating their feelings, when they are ready, it’s helpful to provide hope for the future.  As adults, we can remind them that they have a lot of opportunities ahead of them to enjoy Camp.  Encourage them to talk about what they will miss about camp and connect with their friends by sharing stories and memories.

Last, brainstorm with your child ways they can stay connected to their Camp experience.  Ask your child why the Camp experience is so important. Most likely, many will say it is about connecting with old friends and building new friendships.  Some may recognize that Camp is where they are the best versions of themselves.  Some campers love that Camp provides a place to try new things and learn to master a new skill.  Whatever it is for your child, talk about how you can re-create some of these things at home. 

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