Camp Fire River Bend | Camp Tannadoonah

2020 Delayed Opening Questions and Answers


 

My child's session was canceled. Can I switch to another session?

Yes! We are happy to transfer your child to a July or August session as long as we have space available. Please complete the 2020 Session Change form and one of our staff will contact you to confirm the change. We will complete all session change requests in the order they are received.

If you are unable to switch to another session, or would prefer to cancel your child's registration, please scroll down to the cancellation options section directly below.


 

What is the refund policy if I choose to withdraw my child?

We know that every family has a different comfort level with the idea of sending your child to camp this year. We completely understand that, and we are adjusting our normal refund policy so that you can do whatever you feel is best for your child and your family. We are offering families who have already paid any amount toward their child’s camp fees several options for what to do with these funds.

The decision to cancel all of our June sessions, as well as the cancellation of all of our spring programs does unfortunately have a financial impact. Summer camp programming accounts for more than 80% of our yearly revenue. A large portion of summer camp payments support our year-round staff who plan for camp each summer, as well as the care and upkeep of camp beyond the summer months. If you are able, please consider converting all or a portion of the fees you have paid for summer 2020 into a 100% tax-deductible donation to support Camp Tannadoonah. 

Keep all fees paid for summer 2020 on your account as a credit towards future programs at Camp Tannadoonah (fall camp, spring camp, family camp, summer 2021, etc.). We will guarantee no price increase for Summer Camp 2021 for anyone who chooses this option.

Donate 4% of the fees paid to cover the credit card processing fees, and receive a refund for the remainder. When we issue refunds, we are unable to recover any of these fees. For instance, if you've paid a deposit of $100, you would receive a refund of $96 and the remaining $4 covers the fees we have already paid on your payments.

Receive a full refund of all fees paid thus far. We understand many families are facing financial uncertainties at this time and need to request a full refund.

If you wish to cancel your camper's registration, please let us know your decision by no later than June 15, 2020 by completing the 2020 Cancellation Request Form.


 

What about Day Camp?

We are working with the State of Michigan Licensing agency (LARA) to offer licensed child care programs beginning as early as May 26 for parents who need to return to work. We need to know how many campers we can expect to have and other information about potential participants to plan and launch this program. If you are interested in having us contact you to talk about the day camp program, please respond to the brief day camp survey below.


 

When will payments be due?

The typical due date for final payments is June 1. Because we will be announcing a final decision on July and August sessions on or before June 5, we have extended that deadline to June 30. If you have an automatic payment plan set up in CampDoc, you may turn that off by logging in to your CampDoc account. If you need assistance with editing your payment schedule in CampDoc, please call us at 574-387-6095 and we can assist you.


 

What changes are you making to keep our kids safe?

We know the camp experience will look different this summer. Many things will be different as we adjust to new safety measures, but we don’t know exactly what they will be. We are working to update policies and procedures, based on new information we are receiving. A few examples of things we expect to be different:

Check-In Process: We expect that campers will need to go through increased screening upon arrival at camp. This will likely include an interview regarding symptoms and a temperature check. We will likely be conducting check in at the parking area, and limiting access to other parts of camp.

Food Service: We expect that our dining hall processes will have to be changed to limit the number of individual people touching serving utensils and passing germs. We may switch our family style dining to a serving line, have smaller groups in the dining hall for meals, perhaps even eat meals in different places around camp.

Activity Schedules and Large Group Gatherings: Campers may be required to stay in stable cohorts, attending activities with their cabin group or units. This would change how we run daily activities, free periods, and evening programs. We await guidance from the State of Michigan on recommended sizes for groups or cohorts.

Consent Forms: We will be updating our participant consent form in Camp Doc to address the risks associated with Covid-19, and to detail the precautions and safety measures we will be taking to minimize the risks to our campers and staff.


 

Could camp still be canceled?

Yes. Although we are hopeful that we will be able to offer July and August sessions, we are still awaiting guidance from the State of Michigan and American Camp Association. The CDC recently released a Decision Tree for youth programs and camps to use to guide their decisions. The major missing piece from this is the "state and local orders" referenced in the first section. Once we know more about the regulations and guidelines for safe operation, we will be able to better gauge whether we can meet those and offer a safe and positive camp experience while doing so. We will announce a final decision on July and August programs no later than Friday, June 5.


 

How do I explain this to my camper?

We know that the past weeks and months have presented a string of disappointments for youth and adults alike, and we were all hoping to be able to get back to "normal" this summer. We have gathered a number of resources to help you and your campers cope with the disappointment if they are unable to attend camp this summer. Please feel free to reach out to us at camp, as well.

  • How can I help my camper?: Our tips for handling the emotions that will likely accompany learning that Camp 2020 is not going to take place.
  • How to Talk to Your Kids about Canceled Summer Plans: This excellent article contains specific language, phrases, and recommendations for talking to kids of different ages about the disappointment of canceled summer plans. It was shared by ReformJudaism.org, and specifically mentions Jewish Summer Camps, but contains great information that has nothing to do with faith-based camping.
  • Emotional Regulation: A Coping Skill Activity: This calming technique can help you focus on the present rather than overthinking about the past or future.
  • 51 Mindfulness Activities for Kids: These tips and activities can teach elementary-aged students how to practice mindfulness.
  • COVID-19 Resource Guide: The JED Foundation shares resources for dealing with sudden changes to their regular schedules and feelings of uncertainty and anxiety, and even loss and grief, as a result of COVID-19.
  • Parenting in a Pandemic: Tips to Keep the Calm at Home: These tips from the American Academy are designed to help families through the current crisis. ​

 

 

 
 

Still have questions?

Please reach out to our camp staff if you have any questions or concerns. You can reach us by email at info@tannadoonah.org or by phone at 574-387-6095.

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