FAQs - Updated 4.30.20

Is Empower Camp happening this summer?

 At this time, we are still hopeful to have camp this August. While we can’t make any promises about this summer, we can promise you that we are exploring MANY options for a camp experience in 2020. 

We expect to make a decision about our August camp program on or before June 15. We are also exploring retreat options for the fall/winter as a Plan B in case camp this summer is not possible. Rest assured, we are exploring all options to bring our Camp Fam back TOGETHER as soon as possible with the safety and health of our Camp Fam being top of mind! 

What is Empower Camp’s refund policy?

As a reminder, all camp fees are fully refundable until June 15. In the event you need to cancel your registration after this point due to illness or circumstances related to Covid-19, you will receive a full refund. If Empower Camp makes the decision to cancel camp, you will receive a full refund or you may choose to have us hold your payment for the 2021 camping season or make a tax-deductible contribution to Empower Camp. Your choice. 

How will policies and procedures change this summer?

We are working to continuously update and align our policies and procedures to the decisions made by our federal, state and local health officials. You can expect that there will be changes to our health screening process before arriving and upon arriving at camp as well as changes to increased cleaning and sanitation at camp.  

When is camp paperwork due?

The paperwork deadline has been extended to July 1. We will continue to monitor developments and make changes as needed. For an specific paperwork questions, please email us at info@empcamp.com or call us at 716-906-2995.

How is Empower Camp staying informed on industry best practices?

We are actively engaged with the Upstate NY Chapter of the American Camp Association (ACA) to stay connected with camp professionals across the state. Most camps have not yet made a decision about camp this summer. The ACA is working directly with the CDC (Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention) and expects to publish guidance for overnight camps in the next 6-8 weeks. 

How is Empower Camp training staff in this environment?

We have made significant changes to our staff training strategy to allow us to deliver critical content in a safe, virtual environment  to ensure we continue to provide a superior camping experience for our campers.  We will also be arriving at camp a day early to ensure our volunteer staff have the on-site training they need to provide a safe camping experience for our campers.  

Are Camp Scholarships still available?

Empower Camp believes that if a young woman wants to attend Empower Camp, she should have the opportunity to do so.  Through philanthropy, even in this difficult time, we are focused on fundraising to provide financial assistance for need-based scholarships to all campers in need. 

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