Dear Adventure Theatre MTC Family and Friends,
As we approach the summer and the traditional camp season, we want to you to know that ATMTC is committed to the safety of your children during this public health crisis and to providing them with engaging and high-quality programming. In keeping with these goals, we are now offering an on-line summer camp alternative all summer for all ages (Grades K-12). We know that some people will be more comfortable with virtual programs for the foreseeable future and want to provide the best experiences we can for all campers.
Our online summer programs will be led by the same talented teaching artists and instructors who teach all of our classes and summer camps. Further, the online experience will build on our successful Spring Semester digital classes —to the high praise of parents and students.
Each online camp is tailored to the age and needs of the children, with shorter online experiences for younger children and longer sessions with additional assignments for older children and teens. Each camp will meet every day, Monday through Friday, for the length of the session. All camps will culminate in a final sharing. The style and nature of the sharing will vary by camp. Please see our online camp webpage for full details, including pricing.
We are also closely monitoring the guidelines of the State, County, and CDC with regard to in person camp. At this point, due to the ongoing situation with Covid 19, we must transition campers enrolled in the June Summer Musical Theatre Camp (SMTC) and Summer Musical Theatre Training Program (SMTTP) sessions to the online camps. Plans for July and August sessions will be announced at least 30 days in advance of each session.
We have already reached out to families enrolled in June in-person camps about transitioning their enrollment into the online camps. Because the online camps are a lower price, we hope families will consider turning any remaining balance into a charitable contribution to ATMTC, or apply it as a credit to future programming. Families may also elect to change sessions of camp with the hope that July or August in person sessions may be possible.
We want to honor those who do not desire an online experience for the summer and are not able to participate in an in-person experience. Therefore, in keeping with our existing policy, we will accommodate any withdrawal request from this summer’s programs that is made at least 30 days before the beginning of any camp, less the $250 deposit.
Adventure Theatre MTC is a dynamic but small non-profit organization, and in this time especially we depend on the generosity of friends like you–as well as on income generated through tuition and ticket sales–to cover our expenses. So, if you are in a position to do so, we ask you to consider contributing your unused summer camp tuition as a gift to ATMTC. If you prefer not to make a gift, we encourage you to place your pre-paid tuition on account for future programs, whether during the next academic year or next summer.
ATMTC is committed to caring for our students, and for the community of artists that provide the rich experience you expect. That community has been hit hard financially by this situation and will likely to be one of the last to recover. We intend to pay all affected counselors something for committing to your kids this summer, in addition to the expenses related to summer camp that we have already incurred. As a small non-profit, we simply don’t have the capacity to absorb these sunk costs. Therefore, our Board and leadership are maintaining our organizational policy of not refunding deposits on camp (or other programs.)
This is a tough situation on everyone and we’re doing our best to take care of all parties involved as best we can. We realize that everyone—students, parents, faculty, staff—is dealing with unexpected challenges, and we appreciate your understanding our attempt to balance the needs of all our communities.
Please contact our Academy staff with any questions and to complete the next registration steps.
In closing, let me say that these days of social distancing are particularly difficult for us at ATMTC because we do not get to delight in the joy and energy that the children bring to our spaces. Decisions about summer camps and programs have been terribly hard because your children are at the heart of all we do. Thank you for your continued support of Adventure Theatre MTC.
Chair of the Board of Directors