Teton Valley Ranch Camp continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic that is sweeping our Nation and the world. We feel the impact experienced by many families and communities. We hear personal stories from many of you regarding school closures, staff recalled from study abroad programs, transitioning to virtual learning, families practicing social distancing and self-isolating themselves. These are indeed unpredictable and unsettling times, but we are confident we will emerge stronger as a community, nation, and world. We can do this, as we accomplish difficult things and overcome trying times.
For detailed information on the situation in Wyoming regarding Covid-19 please follow this link to the Wyoming Department of Health’s Covid-19 page. It’s clear to us as a leadership team that the virus will continue to spread and circulate across the country and within Wyoming.
At this time, Teton Valley Ranch Camp is continuing to monitor the situation regarding COVID-19. Although this remains fluid, we anticipate holding both sessions of camp this summer at this time. However, it’s likely that we will see some impact to our program because of the COVID-19 outbreak. At this time we are still preparing for the season and are hopeful camp will proceed. If we do cancel the season, we will determine and communicate what the options are for refunds at that time.
We have learned that the Department of State has paused J-1 Visa application for internationals for 60 days. Although we don’t know if our handful of international staff will make it to camp, we do appreciate the diversity and character they add to our community. To clarify, TVRC does not rely on international staff to operate our program, we have a strong returning team of American staff committed for 2020, and would likely backfill the open positions with other applicants as needed. We are still hopeful that our hired internationals will be able to join us at camp this summer, even if they are delayed.
In the TVRC office, we all will be working from home for the near future. Feel free to reach out to us via our email, you can also contact me on my cell phone (number below). We have all cancelled our immediate travel plans and any that brought us into close contact with others and will be practicing social distancing to help “flatten the curve” in our local community. Further, our local schools have suspended classes through April 5th with possible extensions.
We know that this can be a challenging time that causes both parents and children unneeded stress and anxiety. If you are wondering how to talk to your child about the Coronavirus outbreak, the following article has some great tips:
We remain focused and excited about the summer of 2020. We continue to move forward with planning and scheduling the 2020 season. Further, we are looking into a tuition insurance program that may offer some additional protection for our families. The insurance program would be an opt-in process generating an additional fee to a third party insurance provider. Unfortunately, we do not have a lot of specific details on this program right now, but we will provide them as soon as possible. Again, this will be an optional program and may not be available to all families due to different state laws.
As a reminder this is our Cancelation Policy as it stands:
All cancellations or attendance changes must be submitted in writing and must be written by the Camper’s legal guardian. In the case that a refund is allowed TVRC-EF will see to it that the funds will be returned to the original payer. Upon cancellation, the $1,500 deposit is non-refundable.
All cancellations made before May 1: Tuition will be returned to the payer, minus $1,500 non-refundable deposit.
Any cancellations made on or after May 1: No refund offered
Force Majeure: In the event of evacuation from, or closure of the camp due to a natural disaster, an act of war or terrorism, or for any other reason, financial loss will be shared equally between TVRC-EF and the payer based on calculated per diem rate.
If you have any questions please reach out to Jim Ligori directly - firstname.lastname@example.org or 307-690-2185