Dear Rockmont Families and Staff:
We had intended for this communication to be a more definitive one regarding the camp schedule this summer. However as we approach May 15, several organizations are working tirelessly to produce important guidance for all North Carolina summer camps. This includes the American Academy of Pediatrics in consultation with the American Camp Association, the North Carolina Youth Camping Association, and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Several local legislators are also working with our governor toward providing this guidance by the end of the week.
In the interest of providing some additional clarity based on what we know at this point – and realizing that you need information to factor in to your family’s planning process – here are a few preliminary indications which may be helpful:
- We are almost positive that Base Camp 1, Starter Camp 1 & 2, and Classic Camp 1 will have to be cancelled. North Carolina and Buncombe County just entered Phase 1 of the gradual reopening process, and based on the announced time frames between phases it seems unlikely that regulations will permit us to open in time to accommodate these sessions. This would also effect the first half of Summit 1 and SLC 1.
- Classic 2 is possible, but also highly questionable at this point, for the same reasons.
- We are still working toward opening the remaining sessions for the summer on schedule, and are doing a great deal of contingency planning to ensure that we will provide the full Rockmont experience while adhering to the applicable public health directives.
- We are considering the possibility of remaining open for an additional week at the end of the camp season (August 9-14) which would provide the opportunity for a new Classic session.
- We have developed a refund procedure with a range of options for every family, should we cancel any session or should you choose to cancel for a session that we are still hoping to open.
We ask for your patience as we continue to evaluate this information as we receive it this week. Hopefully the bullet points above will help in your planning.
Please expect a much more definitive communication Monday, May 18, including full information about our new refund procedure. This additional time provides us the opportunity to make sound decisions informed by the most up-to-date regulatory information. Above all else, our evaluations, planning and decisions will be made with the health of our campers, families, and staff as our primary consideration.
The Rockmont Team