We are all going to miss camp this summer. As we grieve and process what that means, it’s normal to have questions. We’ve compiled a list below of common questions and our best answers at this point.
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Our most important responsibility is the safety of our community. That includes our staff, our campers, and their families. Given the great risks that the COVID-19 pandemic poses to the safety of our community, we could not in good conscience run summer camp and expose our community to this unacceptable level of risk.
Beyond these risks, another truth became clear to us. Even if we were able to reduce our risks as much as possible, the program we would have to implement (following extensive government regulations) would involve so much social distancing, uncertainty, suspicion, and fear, that the GRP experience we all long for would be out of reach anyway.
These two factors together made the decision clear. The most ethical and responsible choice was to keep our community safe and close our gates for the summer.
While the decision was heartbreaking, we are also feeling vindicated. So many families have emailed us to express their support for this tough decision. In the past weeks, we have also seen many of our peer camps make the same call.
We are so sad that campers around the country won’t be getting to go to camp this year, but we’re excited to be able to look forward to next year and truly give the experience our children deserve.
Yes. All campers who were enrolled for 2020 will have a space for 2021.
Look out for future emails that will alert you when our 2021 application is open.
You get to choose where your tuition funds go. We have three options to choose from.
To indicate what you’d like to do with your funds, please log into your CampInTouch and complete the Financial Intent Form.
GRP is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. For those who choose to donate some or all of your tuition, we will mail you a tax receipt. We are incredibly grateful for your support!
Not this summer. Walking Sticks and medallions are sacred gifts representing the completion of four or more summers at GRP. We are working on what other mementos and gifts we can share with folks who are missing important milestones like achieving their Walking Stick.
What if it’s my child’s last year? Both expeditions and working on staff count towards Walking Stick years. Return to GRP in either of those capacities and we can award you a Walking Stick.
We know that this is a really special group of GRP campers. Many have spent up to seven summers at camp and consider GRP their second home. The much anticipated final year at base camp is a significant capstone to childhood. It hurts to not be able to provide that to our campers who are aging out this summer.
We are working on how we can best serve this age group. In the coming weeks, we are hoping to put together a town hall for them to help share ideas for future programming that can help connect them to GRP.
Rising 9th graders are also eligible for expeditions in 2021! We’ll also be sharing more about our expeditions and ways to learn more about them with this group.
We know that the current economic conditions are impacting our community in myriad ways. If you are in a position to donate, your help right now will be more impactful than ever.
As a non-profit organization, we have fixed expenses throughout the year. Please consider donating your camper’s tuition, a portion of it, or consider rolling it over to next year. Your support will provide us with the resources we need to survive and thrive into 2021.
To make a donation beyond tuition paid, you can visit this link.
If you aren’t able to donate (and that’s ok, too) the best way to support GRP is to stay engaged with us this summer. Attend our virtual events, tell your friends about us, sign up for next summer, and post about us on social media.
Sadly, our decision is final for this summer.
Summer camp takes many months to prepare and implement. We spend months hiring, training staff, stockpiling supplies, creating plans, working with local health and safety officials, and preparing our facilities and land resources.
Right now, we are necessarily back to “square one” with many of those projects. That means that even if things changed significantly in regards to COVID-19 and its impacts on our communities – an unlikely scenario – we would not be able to change course in time to open camp.
Yes, we have actively researched alternative models, like family camp. We are a creative bunch and our hope is to provide some type of physical connection to GRP for our families. Some of our models have been ruled out by either our board or by governemnt restrictions, but we are hopeful we can offer something. Stay tuned! We will let you know if we are able to offer anything!
While we aren’t going to try to move our whole program online, we will absolutely be providing some online activities and events this summer.
We are planning to host lots of virtual events, like campfires and trivia nights. We also plan to add some other virtual engagement for specific age groups and audiences. For example, we’d like to connect our Expeditioners together for Zoom calls at some point, and we’ve already offered virtual internships to our staff members.
Stay tuned for future updates as we develop these plans.