During the past three years, Camp Takodah provided an exception to our normal Refund Policy for COVID-related cancellations. Even when most camps removed that exception last summer, we kept it in place to support you during a hard time.
And now that COVID has become a normal part of our daily lives, we are joining most other camps in returning to our former refund policy, which states that refunds are not available starting on June 1 for any reason, even for campers who arrive late, depart early, cancel, or are dismissed from our program. As such, refunds will no longer be available to campers who miss their session because of testing positive for COVID.
However, to be clear, Camp Takodah will provide refunds in case of a camp-wide closure related to COVID.
We’ve received feedback that our refund policy doesn’t feel “friendly to all.” And so, we want to provide context so you understand why Camp Takodah and most summer camps have the same refund policy. Camp Takodah is a nonprofit organization that receives no state or federal funding. We rely solely on tuition and donations to bring our mission to life. And with our mission in mind, we strive to keep our tuition as affordable as possible while providing financial assistance to families in need.
Even when summer camp is at full capacity, we generate just enough income to operate our facilities and program.
In addition, you might not realize that when a camper misses their session, our expenses do not decrease in any way. We still pay the same number of staff, cook the same amount of food, provide the same program supplies, pay the same utility bills, and so on.
All that’s to say that it’s impossible to expand our refund policy and keep our doors open for future generations of campers. And as people who love Takodah, we all get to share the responsibility of keeping our camp alive — and making sure it marks ever the place we can take for our home.
We’re so grateful for your continued partnership with us, and we cannot wait to see you back at camp this summer!