I'm writing about my current thoughts and hopes for summer 2020. With the unprecedented changes happening to prevent the spread of Covid-19, so many things are up in the air and if/when things change, I will keep updating this post. Please bear with me and know that my #1 goal is to provide meaningful play opportunities for children and that I'm doing my best to make that happen despite circumstances completely beyond my control.
3/23/2020: Right now summer camp plans are still "on" in the hope that this entire endeavor is behind us. We truly don't know what the recommendations will be come June so right now, we're going to carry on as best we can. We're a small non-profit and our programs are crucial for staff and for the community. We're going to hold onto hope as long as possible as this unprecedented situation unfolds. Currently, the governor's directive that schools remain closed through April 8 still applies to our programs which are run out of a school. Here are the changes I'm making in light of all this uncertainty:
Sign-ups for camps remain open. You can still enroll at the times you will need. I do ask that you only sign up if you actually intend to attend camps, assuming camps can be offered. Enrollments are capped at a certain number and your sign up serves as an agreement to pay that amount.
Payment will not be collected until May, when final decisions are more clear. Right now I'm asking for enrollment to continue (thoughtfully) and I will hold your spot until we know more.
If you've submitted payment already, we are holding it for now and holding your spot as planned. Email Kelsey@KoopAdventurePlay.org for questions.
Pop-Ups: We had ~20 community pop-up play events planned. At this time we are uncertain of our ability to provide those. Our hope is to still meet you in your neighborhoods this summer, but we simply don't know.
Again, KOOP is a small non-profit and we could use your help. One way to help is to only sign up for camps if you truly intend to pay for the spot. I'm holding the spots for circumstances, but if we turn away folks and then have some who don't show up it negatively effects us every time.
Another way to help us continue providing play opportunities is to donate money, our Paypal link is on the website.
In the meantime, we're here. We're posting content, hosting events and having conversations with folks daily and we're holding out hope that we'll have the summer we planned. But even if we don't-- we'll still be here to support and provide meaningful play opportunities.
Thank you for your support and for taking the time to read this. We'll update it as things progress. Hang in there, friends, and #PlayNoMatterWhat