Seattle Bus Camp
Policies & Terms of Service
Seattle Bus Camp reserves the right to make changes to our policies and terms of service at any time with out further written notice.
REFUND & CREDIT POLICIES
COVID 19 Refund Policy
ALL Seattle Bus Camp SESSIONS ARE CANCELLED as of 06.16.20 due to COVID-19.
Currently registered families will receive a 75% refund.
Refunds will be issued through PayPal June 16- July 16 2020.
Refunds will be issued through PayPal to the original payment method used to register.
You will receive an email when your refund is initiated. Funds should post to your account with in 10 days of refund email.
At this time we are not offering credit towards summer 2021.
COVID 19 CANCELATION LETTER TO FAMILIES:
Dear Seattle Bus Camp Community,
With a great sadness in my heart, I have made the excruciating decision to cancel all summer 2020 sessions of Seattle Bus Camp. The health and safety of our campers, their families, our teachers and the community at large remains my top priority. With current information and recommendations I do not feel we can confidently run a safe and high quality experience for your children.
I have been so hopeful King County would move into Phase 3 (the Phase Governor Inslee has outlined in which summer camps could operate) in time to run camp this summer. With that hope in our hearts the teachers and I have spent many challenging hours talking, planning, examining, re-imagining, visualizing, and looking for opportunities to invite the kids to safely join the adventures this summer. We changed the core idea of taking the bus, forgoing public transportation to cut down on exposure and transmission and asked parents to drive to a different city park each day for drop off and pick up. Further, we looked at ways to have the kids use public restrooms safely, the logistics of young kids wearing masks for 7 hours a day while playing outdoors with friends, we looked at mobile hand washing stations, arts and crafts & group games which could be done safely while maintaining social distancing. We examined our protocols for group management and tracking kids near water sources if there would be no lifeguards on duty. We examined what it will look like if Public swim areas are open with Lifeguards, and talked about how to help kids in the water keep social distancing in place. We considered how heavily populated our local parks may become and how last minute closures of the city parks could impact our plans. We looked at our staffing requirements, our licensing regulations, our insurance requirements, and tried to imagine what it would take to run camp with safety as our top priority. We really put an enormous amount of time, care and consideration into imagining what a safe and responsible Bus Camp could look like.
However, after weighing the risks and considering guidance from Governor Inslee, the King County Health department, medical experts, epidemiologists & physicians, the CDC and the American Camp Association, I made the decision to cancel ALL sessions of Seattle Bus Camp 2020.
The teachers and I are deeply saddened, and at the same time believe in our hearts this is absolutely the right decision. I am so grateful for the creativity and dedication of each of the teachers and feel blessed to work with people filled with great talent and tremendous heart.
I know we are all struggling with many things right now and I am further saddened to know the cancelling of camp will likely add stress and sadness to many families. I am holding hope for our future.
As stated in our email from May 17th, our COVID -19 Refund Policy is to refund each family 75% of the registration fees. You can see the full Policy page at our website https://www.seattlebuscamp.com/policies
As the future of Seattle Bus Camp is uncertain, I did not feel it was responsible to offer a credit for future years. I will be paying the teachers a 20% of their summer salary as compensation for the hours each of them has already spent working to make camp a possibility this year. The rest of the funds retained cover year round expenses already incurred by Seattle Bus Camp.
I will personally be processing all refunds in the next couple of weeks. I appreciate your patience as I work through the process of individual refunds to our 100+ campers.
Stay safe and healthy and take care of yourselves and each other.
We offer a 5% sibling discount for 2 siblings and a 10% discount for 3 siblings registered at the same time for the same session.
COMPLETING APPROPRIATE CAMPER HEALTH FORMS, IDENTITY FORMS & PAPERWORK
All campers must complete the necessary camp forms in order to participate in Seattle Bus Camp. These forms are required by both the County and the State. Please complete all sections of the registration form. Health forms will be emailed to you after complete registration and payment is received. These forms must be emailed to Seattle Bus Camp prior to July 1.
SUNSCREEN POLICY & PROCEDURE
Our policy is to do everything possible to protect our campers from excessive exposure to the sun, while still allowing them to get the most out of our outdoor adventures.
Parents/guardians are encouraged to provide sunscreen for use during the camp day. Sunscreen sent to camp should be placed in a sealed plastic bag and labeled with the child’s first and last name. Campers are required to bring a spray sunscreen ONLY. We will not apply lotion types of sunscreen. Please consider sending a protective sun shirt for your child to wear.
Families are responsible for applying the first layer of sunscreen prior to morning drop-off and provide it for use during the camp day. During the camp day, Seattle Bus Camp staff will take all reasonable and appropriate steps to help each child reapply sunscreen to exposed skin– including the face, the tops of ears, and bare shoulders, arms, legs, & feet– prior to campers’ participation in outdoor activities. Counselors will not apply sunscreen when skin is broken or an adverse reaction has been observed. If, for any reason, camp staff cannot apply sunscreen on a camper, s/he may be asked to keep clothing on or avoid swimming activities for his/her own protection.
Seattle Bus Camp staff uses positive techniques of connection, collection and guidance to redirect children to make choices which create positive, healthy relationships and actions based on kindness, generosity and compassion. Consistent and clear rules are established. Staff members encourage children to solve problems rather than imposing solutions and help children to recognize and respect one another’s feelings. We encourage pro-social behavior such as cooperation, helping, taking turns and constructive verbal communication to solve problems. Our goal is to help children internalize community agreements and become self-directed in their behavior.
Seattle Bus Camp Director reserves the right to dismiss a child for consistent behavior that makes it difficult or impossible for the staff to meet his/her needs and/or the needs of other children in the group. This will occur without a refund (or portion thereof) or credit towards a future program. This will occur only after parent/staff discussion has occurred.
ABSENCES DUE TO ILLNESS
Please notify Seattle Bus Camp Director Alina Singletary by text or call at 206 794 5110 if a child is ill and will not be able to join us for camp that day.
Campers who have communicable diseases will be sent home and may not return to camp until the illness has been treated successfully and the camper is symptom-free.
We will ask the family to pick their camper up from camp if a child has signs of head lice (itching, head irritation, etc.). In order to return to camp, a camper must have had all active lice removed from his or her hair and no longer show any signs of infestation, itching or irritation.
POLICY ON ELECTRONICS & TOYS
Seattle Bus Camp values an experience-based program free from video games, cell phones, audio players, toys and other distractions. Please do not permit your child to bring any of these items to camp as they will be busy throughout the camp day interacting with nature and friends. Also as we are traveling on public transportation and visiting many public places, you can imagine that these items could get lost, misplaced, or damaged when brought to camp.
COUNSELOR IN TRAINING & CAMP COUNSELORS
Students who are currently enrolled in 5th grade through middle school can be invited, at the discretion of the SBC Director, to be Counselors in Training or Camp Counselors. Registration and payment are still required for CIT and First Year Counselors. Second Year Counselors attend camp for free but are still required to complete a registration form. Families with Counselors In Training and Camp Counselors are still welcome to contact Alina Singletary to request financial assistance.
By SBC Director invitation only, students who have completed a minimum of 7th grade can join Seattle Bus Camp as a Camp Assistant. Registration required. No fees to attend.