Summer 2021 FAQ’s
We are grateful for the trust and support you have offered us, especially during this turbulent time. While we could not have imagined a year ago what 2020 would look like, our community proved its steady strength and resilience. We can’t wait to leverage our communal power as we come together for a summer like no other.
As we meaningfully consider every aspect of our program and operation, we have provided the following information to help you understand how we are planning for the summer ahead. The health and safety of our families has always been and will remain our top priority as we work to open camp safely. Living with the new reality of COVID-19, elements of camp life will look different, and we are committed to delivering the same level of excellence in programming and camper care as we always have.
We will be as transparent as possible as our summer plans continue to take shape. Stay tuned for updates throughout the year and please be in touch any time with questions you may have.
One notable change for this summer impacts K’tanim 2 (our two-week session for second and third graders, which would start in the middle of camp’s first session). One thing that was consistent with camps that ran successfully this past summer was that everyone arrived on the same day — there were not any embedded sessions where campers arrived in the middle. Therefore, at this time we are not offering a two-week K’tanim program that arrives in the middle of first session. Rising second and third graders may come for the first two weeks of first session (K’tanim 1) and will have the option to extend their time at camp for the rest of our first session.
Every year the tuition at camp increases due to rising operating costs and ongoing improvements and upgrades to our program. This year, we also anticipate additional expenses related to COVID-19 around staffing, equipment, testing, and more.
Upon registering and paying the $350 non-refundable administrative deposit per camper per session, families will have three options for payment:
- Payment in full at the time of registration
- The three-payment plan described below (January 15, March 15, April 15)
- Monthly payments between December and April
Deposits and electronic payments may be made by E-check (ACH), Debit Card, or Credit Card (we accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover). A non-refundable 2.75% credit card processing fee will be added to all credit card transactions. To avoid credit card processing fees, families can choose to pay by E-check or debit card. E-Check will allow tuition to be deducted directly from either your checking or savings account.
The URJ Camps payment schedule:
- January 28, 2021 – (150 days prior to Camp’s first session start date) – 25% of tuition payment is due
- March 29, 2021 – (90 days prior to Camp’s first session start date) – an additional 50% of tuition payment is due (75% of tuition paid)
- April 28, 2021 – (60 days prior to Camp’s first session start date) – final payment is due
Should the session start date change, these specific dates would be modified to apply to the same schedule.
Families will have the option to purchase third party trip and travel insurance. More information can be found on our website.
If camp is required to make a change to a camper session prior to summer, families will be notified in writing. Camp will provide an opportunity at that time for families to cancel their registration without penalty (including the return of any deposit).
Should a family decide to cancel on their own, all normal cancellation policies will apply.
The URJ Camps refund policy states that:
- Cancellation before March 29, 2021 (by 90 days or more prior to the first session start date) – 100% of tuition is refundable except for the non-refundable administrative deposit ($350 per camper per session).
- Cancellation between March 29-May 13, 2021 (90 days and 45 days prior to the first session start date) – 75% of tuition is refundable.
- Cancellation after May 13, 2021 (by 45 days or less prior to the first session start date) – no refunds will be given unless stated below.
- Camp reserves the right to refund any eligible refund in multiple installments as determined by Camp.
Additional details on the refund policy can be found in our Terms and Conditions.
When submitting your camper application, all families are required to select one of the three payment options. New for this year: you will only need to submit one scholarship application per family, regardless of the number of campers you have enrolled. Scholarship applications are due by Tuesday, February 16th, 2021(tax return information and temple contribution form will not be due until February 2021). Once your scholarship application is received, we will manually update your payment plan based on the preferences indicated in your application. More information can be found on our website.
We know that the best practices surrounding COVID-19 are continually changing. We will remain responsive to ever-evolving local standards and protocols. The URJ camping system is working with a team of medical experts, including infectious disease doctors, to guide our decisions and revamp our protocols and procedures. We are also working in close coordination with the American Camping Association and the Foundation for Jewish Camp to gather insights from the field. We continue to closely monitor Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines as well.
We also encourage you to check out the URJ’s RJ on the Go platform, program which helps keep our community connected and offers amazing year round programming for families. One of the many benefits to you and your family when you join a camp community is that you are joining the broader URJ Reform Movement community, a global network of families like yours, synagogues, camps, scholars, artists, educators, leaders and organizations who are committed to creating a more just compassionate world through shared Jewish values.
Eisner Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association and must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local Board of Health.