Below are some Frequently-Asked-Questions for you and your Kippewa camper.
Please reach out with additional questions at email@example.com or 207-933-2993.
WILL KIPPEWA BE OPEN IN SUMMER 2021?
Yes! And we can’t wait to see everyone, new and returning, in person at camp in Maine! We will spend the entire year preparing for what next summer brings and will be ready to welcome the girls with open arms.
CAN YOU SHARE ADDITIONAL INSIGHT INTO WHY YOU DECIDED TO POSTPONE KIPPEWA?
This was one of the most heartbreaking decisions we have ever had to make. We know how much our campers and staff all count on camp each year. We also are acutely aware of the responsibility we embrace every summer in keeping your children safe when you send them to Kippewa. With all of this in mind, there are a few things that became clear to us as we continued to learn more about this virus and navigated what it would look like to run camp in these circumstances. There is still enough uncertainty around the virus itself to give us pause. In addition, the necessary protocols for keeping our community as safe as possible would have a significant impact on our camp program. Significant enough that we felt we would lose far too much of the Kippewa experience that the girls know and love, and deserve. Ultimately, we decided the right choice was postponing camp until next summer.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE ON HOW TO HELP MY DAUGHTER HANDLE THIS DISAPPOINTMENT?
We know this is difficult news and may be hard for some of your girls to process. The following two resources are by organizations/professionals we highly respect and found helpful. Please feel free to reach out to us directly as well. We are more than happy to talk with you and your daughter as she processes her feelings and emotions.
2020 WAS SUPPOSED TO BE MY DAUGHTER’S O.C. SUMMER. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR HER?
We know this is especially hard on our O.C.s (Oldest Campers). As we said in our video, we are committed to offering camp to our 2020 O.C.s in 2021. We will work together to figure out exactly what next summer looks like for this group of girls.
WILL THIS SUMMER COUNT AS A CAMPER YEAR?
Yes, we will count this summer as a camper year for anyone who was enrolled for this summer. If 2020 is your daughter’s 5th or 7th year we will present her plaque to her in a special ceremony in 2021. If 2020 is your daughter’s 4th or 6th year, she will still receive her 5 or 7 year plaque next summer. We understand how important these milestones are to our campers.
WHAT ARE THE CREDIT AND REFUND OPTIONS?
Option 1: Rollover your payment to summer 2021 & lock in 2020 pricing. If you are able to select this option, it will really help Kippewa, both with important cash flow during the year and with the expenses that we incur as part of preparing for each summer. This option will guarantee your space for next summer.
This credit may be used for any family member at Kippewa or Cobbossee and for any of our programs (including 2020 Kippewa Equestrian Academy and Family Camp). If your plans change for summer 2021, the regular refund terms and conditions for any normal year apply.
Option 2: Refunds. Our relationship with our families is important to us. If you find yourself unable to rollover please see our Financial Options form for more information.
Please sign in to your myKippewa account to select the financial option that works best for your family. Full details are included on the Financial Options Form, available in the Forms & Documents section.
I SIGNED UP WITH R&B SHIPPING TO HAVE MY CHILD’S BAGS SHIPPED TO CAMP. WHAT IS THEIR REFUND/CREDIT POLICY?
R and B Baggage will be issuing refunds in the form of a credit for the 2021 season or refund of payment. Please contact them directly to discuss your bags. https://www.rbcampbaggage.com/contact
WILL ANY PROGRAMS STILL BE RUNNING ON SITE AT KIPPEWA THIS SUMMER?
Yes! We are still planning on running Kippewa Equestrian Academy and plan on extending our Family Camp into multiple 2- week sessions throughout the summer. We will be in touch with further details. Please let us know if you have interest in either of these programs.
WHY ARE YOU STILL RUNNING KEA AND NOT KIPPEWA?
Kippewa Equestrian Academy (KEA) is a much different type of camp program than what we offer at Kippewa. It is a small group (15-20 girls) who spend their day together. It is much more feasible to implement the social cohorting and health and safety protocols that are necessary in our current environment with this program. We anticipate having space for some of our Kippewa riders. Let us know if your daughter has an interest in joining us.