“Camper safety is paramount in everything we do at Mikell, and safety was central in our decision to not have summer camp for the summer of 2020,” Executive Director Ken Struble stated. “We waited as long as we thought we could to obtain as much information as possible, to see scientific trends, and to gather governmental advisories and orders before finally deciding.”
In mid-March, camp officials made the decision to lay off the seasonal and part-time staff, and the facility is being operating under the Governor’s Covid-19 original Minimum Basic Operations guidelines by a full-time staff of six, along with Struble.
“Financially, we are being significantly impacted. Our source of income is our guests, school groups and campers, which is currently zero. As we have stated to several of you, we will refund your summer camp tuition minus $10 for credit card fees and our online registration fees,” Struble stated. “If you would like a refund, please email email@example.com. I will be bold and ask for you to consider, if you are financially able, to use all or part of your camper’s tuition as a donation to Mikell. If not, we understand.”
Camp Mikell, due to financial procedures and policies, will not be able to forward any camper's tuition from this year to next summer, Struble stated.