As you may already have heard, on May 26th BC’s Provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry announce that there will not be any overnight summer camps for school age children this summer. While we were not completely surprised by the decision it still makes us all very sad. We fully support the provincial government’s decision as we too believe that the campers health and safety are always a top priority. We are all indebted to front-line health care and other essential workers and we do not want to do anything to hinder efforts to bring the COVID-19 Pandemic to an end.
Still, we are really sad. Like our campers, we live for summer camp. We plan and pray all year so we can offer two amazing months of adventure, fun and community to hundreds of children, teens and young adults. We love seeing them discover so many things about themselves, others and, most importantly, God. We know camp is one of the best ways for young people to discover and grow their gifts and skills in the company of good friends and caring leaders.
This will be the first time in 65 years that we have not had campers on site at Thetis Island and we are going to miss everyone in more ways than we can express. But we aren’t without hope. Camp staff are resilient, love challenges, and are used to figuring out Plan B when Plan A seems suddenly impossible.
We’re thinking of some ways we can bring a little camp fun to you and stay connected while you’re home. We’d love your input into what you’d find worthwhile, and hope to talk about some options with you when we call. We’ve already been hosting virtual games, and other activities for campers and we have more planned for the coming weeks and months. We hope you’ve been using the resources on our [email protected] page on our website. We know many of you are also facing significant struggles – we are praying for you regularly.
For more information about our response to these closures, please click here.
Brian Burtchett and the Pioneer Team
For your information, fee-reversal options available:
Defer Payments to 2021 – You may leave your payments with us and we will put them towards a credit for the 2021 season. You will be able to request a full refund at any time until December 2020 if your plans change. To thank you for deferring your payments to 2021, you will pay 2020 fees in 2021. Anyone who defers their payments to 2021 will have the opportunity to pick their 2021 week two weeks before registration officially opens.
Donation – If you are able to turn your registration fees into a full or partial donation, that would be a significant help to us in this very difficult season. Circle Square Ranch is a registered charity, and all donations are receiptable. You’ll receive a charitable tax donation receipt in February 2021. God willing, we are committed to opening camp next year, but we will need support from our community to be able to do so.
Full Refund – In order to manage our finances in this period, we will issue refunds in batches between now and the end July. Our credit card company limits the amount we are able to refund at once, but we’ll get your money back to you as soon as possible. We are asking that you consider donating a small amount (suggested 2%) of your fees to help with credit card processing fees.