2020 Summer Camp Update

Organization wide update and status

Dear Summer Camp Families,

I hope you and your families are keeping safe and well during the covid-19 Shelter-in-Place situation.

I am very sad to have to share with you that we will not be able to run KIDS for the BAY Summer Camp this year. We especially wanted to provide our camp experience for our campers this summer, after all the disappointments of school closures and other camp cancellations. We were so hoping that we would be able to provide a special place for our campers to be happy, have fun, enjoy nature, learn hands-on science and be engaged Environmentalists, as we do every summer. However, the physical and emotional safety of our campers, staff and families is always our top priority. Due to many factors in the covid-19 pandemic situation, we feel that we would not be able to provide our usual safe, fun, highly interactive learning experience that our campers know and love this year. 

We do plan to be back with our campers in nature next summer! Summer 2020 was going to be the celebration of our 20-Year Anniversary of our Summer Camp! We look forward to celebrating this special milestone with you next summer instead. Please continue reading to learn how we will process 2020 enrollments, and how to access the engaging resources we will provide for our campers this summer.

As you know, KIDS for the BAY is a local, grassroots nonprofit organization. We provide award-winning school-based programs, mostly for low-income, under-resourced, urban schools here in the East Bay. We also provide our beloved Summer Camp, including scholarships that enable families in need to participate. If you are able to make a DONATION of any amount, to support the continuation of our important work in environmental science education, we truly appreciate this! Although the loss of income from our Summer Camp will be significant, KIDS for the BAY has diverse programming and income streams, and with your support we will come back strong to provide our Programs for Schools this fall and our Summer Camp in 2021! All donations will be tax deductible and a gift receipt will be provided. 

We would like to offer our Summer Camp families four options for processing your 2020 enrollment fees:

1)    Refunds: We can process your enrollment as a full refund, up to 100%. Please note that we have already lost more than 25% of each enrollment due to Active registration and credit card fees that we were charged during the registration process, as well as staff time working to prepare for Summer Camp. However, we would still like to offer the 100% refund option, especially for our families in need due to covid-19.

2)    Part refund and part donation: thank you so much for any amount of your enrollment that you can donate to support the continuation of our work! 

3)    Donations: If you would like to donate your entire enrollment to support the continuation of KIDS for the BAY programming, we truly appreciate your support! 

4)    Camp credit: We can provide full credit for your camper, or a sibling or friend, to join KIDS for the BAY for a future camp session in summer 2021 or 2022. 

Please send an email to camp@kidsforthebay.org specifying the percentage of your enrollment that you would like us to process as a refund and/or the percentage that you would like us to process as a donation. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ANY AMOUNT THAT YOU CAN DONATE TO SUPPORT THE CONTINUATION OF OUR WORK!

Or please send an email to camp@kidsforthebay.org specifying that you would like camp credit for the sessions your camper is currently enrolled in.

Because it will take us several weeks to process all of the requests from our camp families, we ask that you please contact us as soon as possible to let us know your choice. 

THE DEADLINE TO CONTACT camp@kidsforthebay.org WITH YOUR REQUEST IS WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2020. If we do not hear back from you by this date, we will automatically convert your enrollment to camp credit.

Over the next few weeks, KIDS for the BAY staff will be reaching out to you with a personal phone call to check in and answer any questions you may have.

You may also email camp@kidsforthebay.org with any questions.

KIDS for the BAY has provided Programs for Schools every year for 28 years! Due to school closures this year, our staff team moved quickly to offer AT HOME ACTIVITIES and Distance Learning to our teachers, students and families. These activities can be found on our website. They are fun, interactive, easy to access and currently available FOLLOWING THIS LINK. We do hope you will enjoy some of these activities with your children this summer. We will also be providing videos of our KIDS for the BAY staff reading their favorite Summer Camp environmental education story books for our campers. Please look out for an announcement with links to these special videos and we hope your children will enjoy them.

Thank you so much for being an important part of the KIDS for the BAY community! We really look forward to seeing you out in nature again next summer!

Best wishes,

Mandi Billinge

Executive Director/Founder

P.S. Please support the important work of KIDS for the BAY with a DONATION of any amount to help us continue to offer our Programs for Schools and our Summer Camp Scholarship Fund. THANK YOU!