Letter to Families Who Registered for Summer Camp 2020
Why are you making the decision to cancel camp so early?
We have waited as long as possible to make this decision and sought the counsel of many. Even considering that our camps adhere to the most stringent safety protocols and that stay-at-home orders could lift in early summer, social distancing and crowd limits will likely remain in effect, and too much is still unknown with respect to the spread of the virus. Additionally, opening resident camp in June would mean convening girls, young adults, and our staff early in the post-outbreak recovery period. We are simply not willing to risk gathering large numbers of Girl Scouts together before we know it is truly safe to do so.
How quickly will I receive a refund for my child’s camp registration deposit and/or fees?
Refunds for money paid for 2020 summer camp will be automatically processed in the original form of payment. We’ll begin processing refunds on April 27th, although it may take up to 2 weeks for you to see the refund. If you haven’t received a refund by May 11th, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What can my girl/troop do with the Program Credits they earned last year that are expiring in August 2020?
We know girls work extremely hard during the Girl Scout Cookie Program to earn Program Credits for camp. To ensure girls can still use their Program Credits, the following changes have been put into effect:
- Program Credits expiration for 2018-2019 Cookie Program and Fall Product Program (originally expires August 2020) has been extended to April 2021.
- Program Credits may be applied to:
- Council-sponsored programs
- Retail purchases
- Girl and Adult Renewals
What if my girl earned the camp three-day experience during the cookie program?
The product program team will be reaching out to the parents of these girls individually. Girls who chose a camp three-day experience as a Cookie Program incentive will be given the option to carry it over to next year, or they may switch this incentive to the Program Credit Option.
If there is no summer camp, will troops and service units be able to reserve the properties?
As previously announced, all GSSA properties remain closed to the public at this time. When we know it is safe to re-open our properties, we will let our members know.
In the late summer and into the fall, we hope to open camps for troop camping, and we are committed to providing as many camp-like opportunities as we possibly can and as the situation allows.
Can I still hold my own volunteer-based summer/ day camp later in the summer?
At this time, we cannot allow plans for Service Unit and troop day camps to move forward. However, this may change later in the summer and into the fall. We will make our decision regarding the opening of camps later in the summer based on guidance from the American Camp Association and the government advises. For insurance and safety purposes, we ask that you partner with us as you are making plans for any late-summer day camps.