Summer 2020 Update
May 21, 2020
Dear Ranch Fam,
As you may already have heard, camp must be cancelled this summer. Even to write those words causes us much grief and yet we believe the government has made the right decision. We fully support our government and health care leaders in their decision to keep people from gathering in groups. We are all indebted to front-line health care and other essential workers and we do not want to do anything to hinder efforts to bring the COVID-19 Pandemic to an end.
Still, we are really sad. Like our campers, we live for summer camp. We plan and pray all year so we can offer two amazing months of adventure, fun and community to hundreds of children, teens and young adults. We love seeing them discover so many things about themselves, others and, most importantly, God. We know camp is one of the best ways for young people to figure out their gifts and skills in the company of good friends and caring leaders.
This will be the first time in 42 years that we have not run camp and we are going to miss everyone in more ways than we can express. But we aren’t without hope. Camp staff are resilient, love challenges and are used to figuring out Plan B when Plan A seems suddenly impossible.
We’ve already been hosting virtual campfires and other activities for campers and we have more planned for the coming weeks and months. We hope you’ve been using the resources on our [email protected] page on our website. We’ll find more ways to stay connected and we hope you’ll reach out to us as often as you are able. We know many of you are also facing significant struggles – we are praying for you regularly.
In view of cancelling camp, we have several fee-reversal options available:
Full Refund – If you would like a full refund, please contact us at [email protected] or 613.335.5403. In order to manage our finances in this period, we will be issuing refunds in a staggered fashion. When you respond with your refund request, we will schedule your refund date, which will be spread out over the coming weeks.
Defer Fees to 2021 – You may leave your fees with us for the 2021 season.
Donation – If you are able to turn your registration fees into a full or partial donation, that would be a significant help to us in this very difficult season. We are committed to opening camp next year, God willing.
A combination of the above options is also available, just indicate what you would prefer by email or phone.
Please email [email protected] or call us at 613.335.5403 with your preferred option. Camp is all about gathering in community and supporting one another like family. We will be together again. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out to let us know how you are doing. We are holding you in our prayers.
For more information about our response to these closures, please click here.
Anne and Andrew Douglas
2 Jun 2020
29 Apr 2020
6 Mar 2020
6 Mar 2020