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Summer 2020

Our Decision for Summer 2020

Camp Community,

Like you, we were looking forward to another amazing summer at Camp. However, after much thoughtful consideration, we will not be running Starter Camp, Mariners, Four-Week Sessions, Day Camp, or Family Camp Week this summer.

This was one of the toughest decisions we’ve had to make. But it is the right one for us.

Due to the size of Sea Gull and Seafarer, our location, and our unique program design, the reality of COVID-19 simply does not allow us to provide the safe and exceptional experience that is a traditional one-week, two-week and four-week Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer summer.

And while we aren’t able to deliver our traditional summer Camp programs, we are finalizing plans to offer a different type of Camp---a Sea Gull and Seafarer experience that will be for both campers and their families---this summer. Along with that, we are also developing opportunities for our CILTs and older campers who were hoping to achieve their higher ranks this summer to come to Camp. To understand if your camper qualifies for one of these programs, click here. We’ll be sharing more information on both unique opportunities in the days ahead.

We’ve often shared this thought for the day at Camp: “I cannot change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails.” We are adjusting our sails and we’re counting on your support to be the wind in those sails.

Not running our traditional summer programs is one of the toughest decisions we’ve had to make. We know this decision causes a significant gap financially for the camps, but believe that together we can get through this tough time and ensure a successful summer in 2021. A year without summer revenue will be difficult. We are reviewing our budget to reduce this year’s losses while focusing on 2021 and beyond.

As you review your financial situation during COVID-19, please know that a philanthropic gift will help camp to bridge the financial gap for the upcoming year. If you are able, please consider supporting camp with a donation. Your gift is needed now more than ever and will help continue our legacy of providing an extraordinary camping experience in the future.

For those of you who have paid some, or all, of your 2020 fees (application and program), we are offering three options for you to consider:

  • Donate all of your 2020 fees to Camp. These donations will stay with Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer and will sustain ongoing operational needs. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.
  • Donate a portion of paid fees to Camp and receive a refund for the rest. This option helps in the same way as above. You can specify what amount you’d like to donate and what amount you’d like refunded back to your original payment method.
  • Full refund. Your refund will be paid back to your original payment method.

You may make your selection here.

At this time, you do not need to make any decisions about Summer 2021. Every camper will be guaranteed their 2020 spot in the same session for Summer 2021. We will have a re-registration period for our Summer 2020 campers prior to Open Registration this Fall.

On behalf of our entire Camp Team, thank you for your support, trust and partnership while we worked to make this decision.

While we share your disappointment about not being able to deliver our traditional summer programs, we are very excited about our other Camp options. In the days ahead, we’ll share updates with you about family camp and other leadership development programs we’re planning for summer 2020.

The full list of FAQs are below.

Our Decision

 

FAQs

Account and Keeping Camp Strong

Not running our traditional summer programs is one of the toughest decisions we’ve had to make. We know this decision causes a significant gap financially for the camps, but believe that together we can get through this tough time and ensure a successful summer in 2021. A year without summer revenue will be difficult. We are reviewing our budget to reduce this year’s losses while focusing on 2021 and beyond.

As you review your financial situation during COVID-19, please know that a philanthropic gift will help camp to bridge the financial gap for the upcoming year. If you are able, please consider supporting camp with a donation. Your gift is needed now more than ever and will help continue our legacy of providing an extraordinary camping experience in the future.

How You Can Help - Enrolled Campers

For those of you who have paid some, or all, of your 2020 fees (application and program), we are offering three options:

  1. Donate all of your 2020 fees to Camp. These donations will stay with Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer and will sustain ongoing operational needs. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.
  2. Donate a portion of paid fees to Camp and receive a refund for the rest. This option helps in the same way as above. You can specify what amount you’d like to donate and what amount you’d like refunded back to your original payment method.
  3. Full refund. Your refund will be paid back to your original payment method.

NOTE: It may take up to  30-45 days to issue any refunds from the options above, including full refunds. Thank you for your patience.

You may make your selection here.

How You Can Help - Waitlisted Campers

For those of you who have paid  your 2020 application fees, we are offering two options:

  1. Donate all of your 2020 fees to Camp. These donations will stay with Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer and will sustain ongoing operational needs. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.
  2. Full refund. Your refund will be paid back to your original payment method.

You may make your selection here.

2020 Financial Aid Campers

Every registered camper will automatically have their spot reserved in the same session next year as they were planning on attending this summer. We are working through the logistics of financial assistance for Summer 2021 and will communicate next steps with you prior to you confirming your camper's registration spot early this fall.

I Signed my Daughter up for Horseback Riding. How will I get a Refund?

Your camper's Horseback Riding refunds will be processed as part of your total refund.

 

Summer 2020 Opportunities

Family Camp

We are excited to share that we are exploring alternative programming for campers and their parents to begin later this summer. This model would allow us to adhere to the regulations of social distancing and group size limits as set forth by the CDC and the North Carolina Health and Safety Department. We will share more details in the coming week about this program.

Summer 2020 Leadership and CILT Program

We are able to offer specialty Camps in small groups focusing on leadership and skill development. Due to social distancing, capacity, and group size limits we are prioritizing the opportunity to be at Camp for the below mentioned groups. If you were selected as a CILT for Summer 2020, or qualify for the Leadership programs based on age and rank below, please know that we will be in touch next week about all the necessary next steps including new programming and all other details.

All CILTs

During their time at Camp, CILTs will live with one another and assigned counselors. They will participate in the typical group leadership and counselor training sessions. CILTs will also participate in rank achievement and learn how to instruct on their assigned activity.

All 15 and 16-year-old campers:

Seamanship: based on ranks from previous summer campers can participate in Flying Scot Skipper, Lightning Skipper, Racing Fleet Skipper, Center Console Skipper, or Helmsman.   

Landmanship: 15 and 16-year-old campers who don’t qualify for the Seamanship Ranks above can participate in our Landmanship programming, which will include, but not be limited to, land activities, and aquatics.

All 13 and 14-year-old campers:

If you are eligible, based on ranks, you can participate in Flying Scot Skipper, Lightning Skipper, Racing Fleet Skipper, Center Console Skipper, or Helmsman.   

 

Summer 2021

Will There Be Camp Next Year?

Yes! We want nothing more than to be strong and ready to open the gates back up fully to everyone when it is safe to do so. Our hope is that together, with everyone’s generosity and involvement, that is exactly what our future will hold.

Will You Hold My Spot for Camp Next Summer?

Every camper will be guaranteed their 2020 spot in the same session for Summer 2021. We will have a re-registration period for our Summer 2020 campers prior to Open Registration this Fall.

What If I Need to Switch my Camper to a Different Session for Next Summer?

If your camper would like to and/or needs to enroll in a different session for Summer 2021 than what you were enrolled in for Summer 2020, you may contact our office to indicate your preference.

When Can I Register for Camp for Next Summer?

You will receive communication from us about how to re-register your camper prior to Open Registration this Fall.

Have You Set Summer Dates for 2021?

Yes. You can view all of our 2021 dates here.

My Child will Age Out of Their 2020 Summer Program. Can They Return to the Same Program in 2021?

Yes, they can.

Starter Camp: 9-year-old campers registered in 2020 will be permitted to attend Starter Camp as a 10-year-old in the Summer of 2021.

Mariners: 10-years-old campers registered in 2020 will be permitted to attend Mariners as an 11-year-old in the Summer of 2021.

 

Fall 2020 Programs

Will There Be Family Camp Week this Summer?

Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide this program Aug. 16 - 22. We encourage you to take part in this summer’s family programming so that you are able to experience the magic of Camp with your family.

Will There be Family Camp weekend, Labor Day, Sept. 4 - 7?

Yes! We are still planning on hosting these weekends. You can find registration information for the programs here.

Will There be Father-Son and Mother-Daughter Weekend this Fall?

Yes! We are still planning on hosting these weekends. You can find registration information for the programs here.

 

Telling Your Camper

How Should I explain this to my Child?

We recognize that the cancellation of our traditional summer Camp programs is a heartbreaking decision for both children and their families.  It is especially difficult this season where everyone has already weathered numerous disappointments.  As you contemplate how to talk with your child about this, we would encourage you to consider the following:

We recognize that the cancellation of our traditional summer camp programs is a heartbreaking decision for both children and their families.  It is especially difficult this season where everyone has already weathered numerous disappointments.  As you contemplate how to talk with your child about this, we would encourage you to consider the following:

The cancellation of Camp impacts you as parent or caregiver as well.  Children recognize when we are stressed and upset, and are easily influenced by our emotions. If you are able to identify and validate your own feelings first, then you will be even more emotionally available and supportive to your child.

When talking with your child, approach with authenticity and honesty about why Camp has been cancelled.  Discuss the implications for Camp in a factual way that is appropriate for their age and development. If you can deliver this information in a truthful, yet sensitive way, it will allow for your child’s authentic response without minimizing nor dramatizing their reaction.

Encourage your child to share what they are feeling and give them space for this.  Some children are quick to show emotions, others may take time and it may come out through their behavior.  What they need most from their parent or caregiver at this time is your presence and empathy.  Listen and validate their feelings and avoid trying to “fix” the problem.  Phrases like, “I can tell you are sad/angry/disappointed”, help them name their feelings let them know they are valid.  Expect a wide range of emotions as children process this loss.  Be sure to check in with them again from time to time, as their feelings may change or grow heightened as the time for when they would have gone to camp draws near.

While being honest about your own feelings, be sure to communicate an adaptive mindset to your child. Though the first few days after this news should be about recognizing and validating their feelings, when they are ready, it’s helpful to provide hope for the future.  As adults, we can remind them that they have a lot of opportunities ahead of them to enjoy Camp.  Encourage them to talk about what they will miss about camp and connect with their friends by sharing stories and memories.

Last, brainstorm with your child ways they can stay connected to their Camp experience.  Ask your child why the Camp experience is so important. Most likely, many will say it is about connecting with old friends and building new friendships.  Some may recognize that Camp is where they are the best versions of themselves.  Some campers love that Camp provides a place to try new things and learn to master a new skill.  Whatever it is for your child, talk about how you can re-create some of these things at home. 

Other Useful Resources

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.

How to Talk to Your Children When Bad Things Happen: This article offers help with one of the biggest challenges of parenthood, explaining bad things in the world.

Supporting Families During COVID-19: The Child Mind Institute shares supportive and comprehensive resources for parents on a number of coronavirus-related topics

 

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