Good Morning Olympia Families,
We hope that you continue to remain safe and healthy.
It is hard to believe that summer once again is just around the corner. It has been a very long and very unpredictable journey this past year. 2020’s closure was unprecedented and the experience for our Executive team, staff, and Olympia community was a challenge, to say the least.
We went into the 2021 summer focused, planning and preparing to welcome back our community safely. It has been an incredibly challenging road to navigate with many ups and downs. With safety as the main priority, we knew Olympia would look quite different this summer but would still have the spirit and energy you know and love.
We have done all we can to prepare as best as we can, however, it is just not enough given the continued severity of the pandemic situation in Ontario. With COVID cases remaining high and schools currently remaining closed we feel that in the best interest of our staff, campers, and families, it is still not safe for Olympia to operate as a sports camp this summer. The lack of direction from the government, along with the delay in receiving protocols and guidance from governing bodies makes this an absolute devasting decision for everyone, albeit a necessary one.
We know this comes as a huge disappointment for everyone and we did not come to this decision lightly. Never in our 49-year history have we ever planned to be closed for one summer, let alone two summers in a row.
As we come to terms with what this means for us this summer, please be reassured that Olympia will be refunding all monies paid in full. This includes credits that have been carried forward. The refund process will begin in the coming weeks and will be completed no later than July 1st, 2021. If you would like to leave your deposit in your account, have it carried forward for next summer, and lock in this year’s pricing of $1250+ HST regardless of any increases, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as our small office team once again takes on this monumental task. We kindly ask that you refrain from sending account status inquiries at this time. Confirmations will be sent as refunds are issued.
3-Week Leadership and Peer Support Campers: A separate email will be sent to you directly outlining the next steps and new options for your program.
As we move forward from this difficult decision, we are motivated by planning our 50th summer in 2022! We look forward to a celebration like no other to not only welcome back our Olympia family to camp but to commemorate the rich history that has been a fixture on Oxbow Lake for so long.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a loyal and valued member of the Olympia community. We look forward to seeing you in 2022!
Olympia Sports Camp
PS. We have pivoted to running a Family camp this summer. Keep an eye out for more information about our Family Camp Summer Plans coming soon!