2020 Summer Camp FAQ’s
Upper Merion Township Parks and Recreation understand the needs for safe and structured activities for children during the summer season. We strive and pride ourselves in offering these various camps and programs and the safety of everyone is our highest priority. While Montgomery County is still in the red phase UMPR cannot hold any in person activities. Once we progress to the yellow phase UMPR will make announcements on in person camps.
What is the status of my camp and when will those decisions be made?
Decisions about camp cancellations will be made by Recreation Division staff no later than 1 week prior to the start of a camp. We will continue to closely monitor guidelines provided by the state and federal government and make camp decisions and modifications as needed. As the COVID-19 situation is rapidly changing, consider following UMPR on Facebook or the Township Website under the Park and Recreation menu in order to stay up-to-date on all program and event decisions.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, what changes can we expect for summer camp?
The following summer camps will be cancelled and full refunds given: ADC, ADC II, Camp Beechtree, Teen Leadership Camp and Consortium of the Arts. Instead we will be offering the following camp concepts for Summer 2020:
- Virtual Camps: will be our attempt to bring camp to life via the computer. Campers will be part of a daily virtual group and will experience live streaming content with camp staff from UMPR. Camp will be offered 5 days a week in a limited timeframe.
- In-Person Outdoor Camps: this is a throwback to our summer playground program. These camps will take place at various township parks in a small group setting. The camps will be staffed by UMPR camp staff. Camp will be offered 5 days a week in a limited time frame.
More information and details on these exciting new opportunities will be available soon!
What about all of the other various weekly specialty camps (such as Basketball, Computer Explorers, Science, Cooking, etc.)?
The Parks and Recreation staff will be having discussions with the camp instructors on the ability for these camps to take place or be modified in order to meet the guidelines provided by the state and federal government. Safety for the participants and our staff is our first concern.
Further communication will be sent to each participant once more information is available. If these camps are cancelled, full refunds will be given.
How are refunds being handled and when will I receive it?
- If UMPR cancels a summer camp for which you are registered, you will receive a full refund.
- If you withdraw your child from an in-person camp prior to the start of the camp you will receive a full refund.
- If you withdraw your child from a Virtual Camp before the start of the second day of camp, you will receive a full refund.
- Refunds are processed on a daily basis and approved at the monthly Board of Supervisors meetings.
If virtual or modified camps are offered, how much will it cost?
Camp fees are currently being developed and will be announced as soon as details are finalized.
Where will the camp(s) be held?
No decision on exact locations of in-person camps have been made at this time, but they will be held at various parks throughout the township. We will continue to closely monitor state and federal guidelines provided to make camp decisions and modifications as needed. As the COVID-19 situation is rapidly changing, please follow UMPR on Facebook or the township website under the Park and Recreation menu in order to stay up-to-date on all program and event decisions.
How do I register for the new virtual or modified camp(s)?
Registration for new camps will begin as soon as we are permitted and will be online only. Please note that both virtual and in person camps may be added throughout the summer. Online registration is available at https://register.communitypass.net/reg/login.cfm?cuBOAvvc0p4trnasCJNBkrfRqBZfCsM1ugTdgJwcwqnC3YUEwtm0ub%2F%2FJA%3D%3D (you may need to copy and paste in your browser)
Registration for virtual camps will be open to everyone, but in person camps will be restricted to Upper Merion residents only at this time. Residency will be determined by Upper Merion Area School District boundaries. Residency restrictions will be reevaluated throughout the summer.
My grandchildren are staying with me for the summer, can I register them?
Residency is based on the permanent home address of the child
What if I have more questions or concerns?
Please reach out to any of the following: