November 1, 2018
Dear Friends Camp Family,
Registration for the summer 2019 sessions is officially open. In some moments, this feels like a remarkably fast turn-around from the 2018 summer, which is still glimmering and fresh in my mind. At other moments, I know that June will be here before we know it.
Over the last few years, we’ve seen an increase in early registrations for camp and sessions that have become wait-listed due to high demand. We are honored and delighted that so many campers want to be a part of the Friends Camp community.
Early registrations for camp also pose a few challenges for some camp families. A challenge of sessions filling up earlier is that it may come as a surprise to some families. “It’s April, and camp is already full? Wow!” To help manage this challenge, we’ve added an availability indicator on the Sessions and Availability page to let you know about how full sessions are. And, of course, if you are a returning family we send you plenty of emails if you aren’t signed up for camp yet. I even try to call and let you know when sessions are filling up if I haven’t seen your camper’s registration come through.
We know that families make summer plans at different time and that many factors influence when you sign up for camp. One factor we do NOT want to limit early registrations is financial restrictions. As a result, we’ve decided to change our policy on deposit refunds this year. Our previous policy required a $300/ session non-refundable deposit at registration. For winter cash flow, it’s important for us to receive these deposits. However, not wanting this amount to be a barrier, we’ve decided to make $200 of this $300 deposit refundable before March 1.
So, if you signed up in mid-December but plans changed and you needed to cancel your registration, $200 of your deposit will be refundable before March 1. As always, the deposit for a family applying for a campership is $100 ($60 of which will be refundable before March 1). One week sessions have a deposit amount of $150, of which $100 will be refundable. As always, I am happy to talk to you about any questions, concerns, or hopes you or your camper may have about the upcoming summer. Give me a call at (207) 445- 2361.