Unfortunately, as you have seen from my email and our blog, Term Camp has been canceled for Summer 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Meanwhile, we understand that families, campers, and counselors have questions. Below we offer answers to the main queries we’ve received. If you have other questions, please let us know and we will try to address them.
Family Camp Canceled
Family Camp 2020
We're sorry to announce that we must cancel Family Camp for Summer 2020. That is, Family Camp as you customarily know it.
We're excited to announce that to replace Family Camp this summer we're offering an alternative called "Family Retreats" that will allow individual family units to come enjoy 'Ghany's setting, facilities, and activities in a socially distant way. More details on Family Retreats are coming very soon.
Term Camp Canceled and Roll-over Options
I want to roll over my camper’s Term Camp Enrollment to 2021 — What are the incentives?
If you want to rollover your enrollment to 2021, we're offering two bonus incentive offers for Term Camp registrations:
1. Pay in Full: If you've already paid in full, or you'd like to pay in full by July 1, and you choose to roll over your payments to 2021, we'll lock in 2020’s rates for your camper. Since there will be raised tuition rates in 2021, this will provide you with significant savings.
1-B. Not YET Paid in Full but Want To: If you want to lock in 2020's rates now and you haven't yet paid in full, you can pay off your 2020 balance in full by July 1 and we'll lock in these lower rates for you for next summer.
2. Not Pay in Full: If you've paid your deposit or any other payments (but are not paid in full), and choose to roll that over to 2021, we'll credit your account with an additional $100 Rollover Bonus towards your camper’s tuition. In 2021, your final balance will include the raised tuition rates scheduled for 2021.
I want a refund now, but still want to register for Term Camp 2021 — Can I?
We definitely want your camper returning in 2021 for Term Camp!
Your easiest option is actually to roll over any deposits and payments to ensure her spot for our special 100th summer, a summer we expect to fill up fast.
And rolling over her deposit will also give you a $100 rollover bonus to apply to next summer's tuition.
However, if none of these options work for you we will refund you now, and send an email when registration opens up for the 2021 season.
If you wish for no rollover, only a refund, please fill out this Google Form to let us know your preferences.
I need a refund now — how long will it take to get my Term Camp refund?
We want to work with our families. If you're in need of refund urgently, please contact our office.
Why can’t you refund everyone right away?
This is a logistical as well as a financial one.
We have many families to process, each of whom may be making different choices based on their responses to our Cancellation Confirmation/Rollover Google Form. So in short, it takes time.
But in addition to that, it's a cash flow issue.
Camp is a seasonal business for our campers, but a year-round business to make each summer possible. Many of the expenses incurred for running camp are paid months in advance. We have a year-round staff dedicated to planning excellent summer experiences, as well as a phenomenal Facilities Team who works all during the off-season to improve camp’s infrastructure. We invest in our facilities and in staff training, as well as incur expenses like insurance, taxes, and other non-optional costs associated with running any business.
Many of our expenses will not be refunded to us at exactly the moment when we would be expecting final tuition payments from campers. This has thrown everything up in to the air and we need some time to sort out all of those details.
We appreciate your patience.
Why are you raising the rates for Term Camp in 2021?
While we know this is a hard time, Camp Alleghany has not raised its prices in three years. Our costs have increased, and we must raise our rates, as previously planned for 2021. Our 2021 rates are available here.
Counselor and Leadership Programming
What if I was hired as a counselor for 2020?
You will automatically be hired at camp in 2021 for the same position, without having to reapply, re-interview, or fill out a new application. You will also receive the returning counselor salary bonus if you take the job.
You will need to let us know by January 1, 2021 if you’ll be committing to the job, so we will have time to fill the position if you’re not able to commit.
What if I was supposed to be a Junior Counselor in 2020?
We don’t want you to miss your special Junior Counselor Summer, therefore you’ll be a JC in 2021, and we hope you’ll be able to come! Your salary will be bumped up to be equal to a first-year counselor salary.
What if I was supposed to be a Leader-In-Training in 2020, or 2021?
The Leaders-In-Training (LIT) Program is an important leadership program at Alleghany, and we don’t want you to skip or miss it. If you were signed up to be an LIT in 2020, you'll be able to register as an LIT in 2021.
For those in the group below, who were supposed to be LITs in 2021 anyway, we’re planning to have two groups of LITs next summer, with two different Head Counselors, so that both groups are able to have their LIT summers as planned.
What if I was supposed to be a 15 in 2020, and I want to be an LIT in 2021?
In this case you will register to be an LIT for 2021.
What if I missed out on my final summer as a camper in 2020? What are my options?
In other words, what if I was supposed to be a 15 in 2020, and I don’t want to be an LIT — don't want to come Full Term — and don't want to apply be a Junior Counselor?
**What follows in answer to this a special, one-time exception only**
Campers who were registered as 15s in 2020 and know they don’t want to come back as LITs/come full term/be eligible to apply to be a JC may come back as a camper in 2021. Though you will be 16 years old / a rising 11th grader, we will honor your last summer as a camper. You will be an Upstart with the other 14s and 15s, living on tent row in Unit 3 with the 15s.
15- and 16-year-olds who fall into these categories are encouraged to reach out to Leadership Program Director Teresa to talk through your options!