August 20, 2020
Hello Hosmer Point Families!
This has been a whirlwind of a summer, but we’re proud to say we were able to safely provide a high-quality camp experience to 165 campers- 115 in our Hosmer at Home program, and 50 of our oldest campers at our in-person leadership camps. We’ve learned so much: how to bring HP magic to campers’ homes online; how to instill new habits of mask wearing, physical distancing, and hand sanitizing in our campers and staff; how to efficiently and effectively sanitize camp three times per day. In adapting our traditions to new circumstances, we’ve discovered some new ways to do things that are even better than before. Most importantly, we’ve seen how the feeling of community, family and homecoming, the freedom to be who you want to be - what we value most about camp - can not only survive, but thrive amidst change.
We know many of you are wondering about summer camp 2021. The fact is, there’s still a great deal of uncertainty about what this Winter will bring, and what things will look like by summertime. As we did this Spring, we will hope for the best, while also planning for the worst. Our hope is we can run camp sessions at close to our usual enrollment numbers and with our planned camp schedule, though with pre-camp screening, increased emphasis on cleanliness, and changes to discourage virus spread. If we need to continue to accommodate 6’ physical distancing, we may need to reduce the number of campers in each session. If this is the case, we will break the season into shorter sessions so we can still accommodate all campers and everyone can get to camp. Should COVID conditions drastically worsen within Vermont, we are prepared to move to an online platform again - and make the experience even better than this year’s program.
Throughout this Fall and Winter we will be monitoring the latest research and guidelines being developed by the American Camp Association, the Association of Camp Nurses, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. We will also work with the other members of the Vermont Camp Association and the state Health Department to adjust state guidelines based on experience gained this Summer and this Winter as schools reopen. The availability of testing with a rapid turnaround time, containment of community spread in Vermont and New England (and the easing of travel restrictions), and the development of a vaccine, are all important milestones which will influence our decision making process.
Given these uncertainties, we are making adjustments to our registration process for 2021. Campers who were registered for 2020 sessions prior to March of this year will have a place at camp in 2021, and can confirm their spot with a deposit by October 15. We will wait to open registration to the general public until mid Winter when more information is available on how many campers we can enroll. All deposits will be fully refundable this year if the cancellation is due to a pandemic-related cause. If we need to adjust the camp schedule or move camp online, all tuition will again be fully refundable. Families who were registered or waitlisted for 2020 should look for a separate email next week with instructions for confirming their spot for 2021.
Regardless of what 2021 brings, our experience this year (and many months more lead time) make Hosmer Point well positioned to safely provide a camp experience for all HP campers in 2021. In the meantime, please keep in touch with your questions, concerns, and ideas - and stay tuned for more fun ways to connect with camp online this Winter.
Thanks for being part of our camp family,
Jon, Claire, Carrie, and Thayer
FAQs & Important Details
All camp tuition for this season has been refunded to your Parent Portal account. From there you can apply it to future programs.
All Day Camp tuition was automatically refunded.
I would like my tuition returned. How can I request that? If you would like some or all of your refund mailed to you by check, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will mail checks as soon as we are able, within the next three months. Checks will be made out to the primary contact and sent to the address listed in your account.
Registering for 2021:
When and How Can I sign Up? Campers who were registered for the 2020 season prior to cancellation and who meet the current age requirements may register for the same session in 2021. Campers who were registered for 2020 Day Camp and are now old enough for overnight camp may also register for residential sessions. Campers who are “aging out” of the one-week sessions may register for the two-week session of their choice. Beginning October 16, returning campers and siblings of returning campers may register for any session or switch sessions. There is no charge to switch sessions.
Why is Wild Branch in June instead of August? For staffing reasons, we needed to make this change to the 2021 schedule. Please let us know if you won’t be able to make these new dates. We will prioritize accommodating Wild Branch campers in other sessions.
My camper will be going into 10th grade, so this would have been their last year as a camper. What does this mean for them? Those who are currently in 9th grade (2019-2020 school year) will still be applying for the LIT program for the 2021 summer. Application information will be sent out September 14.
My camper was registered to be an LIT. What does this mean for them? They can apply to be a CIT in 2021. Application information will be sent out September 14.