Dear Rock Point Family,
It is with great sadness that we write to share that Rock Point has decided to cancel our 2020 camp season. The board, staff, and leadership team at Rock Point have come to this decision after receiving input from the CDC, State, and medical and health communities. The health and safety of our campers, staff, alumni, and visitors each summer continues to be our top priority. Unfortunately, the limitations of COVID-19 and its’ potential consequences restrict us from offering the camp experience you have come to expect and trust.
This decision was not made lightly, as we recognize that Rock Point is more than just a camp for so many—it’s a home away from home, an outdoor sanctuary, a place to make new friends and greet old ones, connect with nature, and enjoy traditions that have spanned our 89 year legacy. We value our camp as a place where relationships are built and each child is known and seen. Restrictions such as social distancing, required use of Personal Protective Equipment, and the inability to welcome our parents and volunteers onto our property compromised our ability to deliver the services and practices we have come to value at Rock Point. In addition, sanitization requirements and limitations on sharing of equipment and supplies made it difficult to meet our income to expense ratios; and the fact that most of our staff come from out of state made it hard to determine if we could fully staff our program.
We hope that you will continue to keep Rock Point at the forefront of your summer experience(s) in years to come. As we grieve the loss of our 2020 season, our staff continues to think of ways to expand our current program offerings, reconnect with campers and alumni in unique and creative ways, and plan for a spectacular 2021 summer! We are grateful for the support you have shown in the past and hope you will continue to support us as we navigate these uncertain times. If you are not doing so already, please follow along on Facebook and our website where you can find the latest news, plans, and unique ways to stay involved! We are grateful for your continued commitment to Rock Point.
For current registrants, we would like to offer the following options regarding a camp refund:
1) Full Refund: In keeping with our existing policy, Rock Point is willing to refund all current registrants any fees they have paid toward their 2020 camp season. All refunds will be mailed to registrants in the form of a check within the next few weeks.
2) Donation to Rock Point Camp and Property- As you might imagine, our revenue, like that of so many other businesses and nonprofits, is being negatively impacted by this pandemic. We have re-purposed the Center to serve as an emergency housing location for residential programs of The Howard Center, a nonprofit that provides support to individuals and families around mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities. In addition, we have partnered with a local nonprofit, ANEW Place, who utilizes our kitchen to provide meals to those who are experiencing homelessness or seeking temporary shelter. We are honored to provide this support to our community but are still suffering significant loss in our income. We hope that you will consider a tax-deductible donation so that we can continue to keep our facilities and trails maintained and support our dedicated staff during this challenging time. If you choose to redirect all or a portion of your camp tuition toward Rock Point’s future sustainability, that amount will be considered a donation and you will receive an official acknowledgement of your contribution.
To donate, please email our Camp Registrar, Karen Robinson, at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we may properly acknowledge your request and/or redirect your refund.
Thank you all for your continued support. Wishing you all a happy, healthy and safe summer!