With summer quickly approaching, we have been receiving inquiries regarding the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the status of camps. We understand there are a lot of questions and wanted to share the following information and updates with you.
While the Recreation and Parks Department remains hopeful that we will be able to offer camps this summer, the health and safety of our participants, staff, and camp partners continues to be our priority. We understand the potential impact that changes to the camp program may have on families and the desire for timely updates.
Will the 2020 Summer Camps take place?
Under Governor Northam’s “Forward Virginia” blueprint, the reopening of organized youth activities (including daycare and camp programs) is permitted in Phase Two of the plan. Advancement into phase two requires a continued decrease in the percentage of positive tests and COVID-19 hospitalizations following entry into phase one of the plan on May 15. Entry into phase two, along with the City’s guidance/regulations on health and safety, will guide our decisions regarding summer camps moving forward.
When will a decision be made?
By Monday, June 1, we will have a decision on summer camps scheduled for June 15-July 2. By Friday, June 12, we will have a decision on summer camps scheduled for July 6-August 14. These announcements will be shared via email to all registered campers and posted to this webpage.
Will camps be offered as advertised or will there be changes to program formats?
Staff are currently exploring various options as well as coordinating and consulting with colleagues in local jurisdictions and national associations to determine how our camp programs can proceed in a safe, efficient, and successful manner this summer.
If camps are canceled will I receive a refund?
If a camp program is canceled by the department and/or contracted provider for any reason a full refund will be provided to campers.
Can I cancel my camp registration(s) at this time?
Yes, before June 1 you can cancel your camp registration(s) here.
With the uncertainty surrounding the status of camp programs at this time, as a courtesy we are waiving the department’s standard cancellation processing fees and providing full refunds of all registration fees for requests made prior to June 1.
You may have the refund returned to your original form of payment or applied as a credit to your Recreation Department household. Due to the potentially high volume of cancellations, please allow up to four weeks for processing and refunds to post to your account.
Requests received June 2 and after, will follow our standard Refund Policy.
May I still register for summer camp programming?
You may still register for camps online here. At this time we are only accepting waitlist registrations for all camps. Payment is not required for waitlist registrations. Waitlisted campers will be enrolled as openings become available for each camp. You will be contacted by Recreation and Parks staff for payment processing if enrolled from the waitlist. When possible, priority will be given to children of essential personnel. These families should contact Ryan Amato (see below) for additional information.
I have more questions. Who may I contact?
For additional questions or further assistance please contact Ryan Amato at email@example.com or (703) 248-5307 (TTY 711).