COVID-19 and changes to MA Programs
With restrictions imposed on gatherings due to the Coronavirus, we are busy planning for two summer camp scenarios – online camps and in-person camps! The team at MA is following advice from local health officials and will be basing programming decisions around guidelines and recommendations made by health and government authorities.
Status of In-Person Camps
We have recently heard from Bellingham Parks and Rec that all permitted events in the parks are canceled through the end of August. This means that our previously scheduled Bellingham summer camps will not be able to happen in Cornwall Park this year. We are working to find some other outdoor spaces that could host our camp once the governor’s Phase Plan allows for groups to begin to meet again, and we’ll keep this page updated with information if and when we are able to have a camp at a different location.
We are waiting to hear from Seattle Parks until after they revisit their plan on May 31st, and will update this page as we learn more.
Our Summer 2020 Programming Plan:
- In-Person Camps: Please do register for in-person camps, in the hopes that it will be deemed safe to hold these camps. However, until those camps are confirmed, you will only be able to register for the Waitlist of the camps. That will reserve your spot in the camp, if and when we are allowed to confirm the in-person camp is being held. No fees will be charged to waitlist, and no forms will need to be filled out. See the section regarding In-person camps below. Click here to register
- Online Camps: We are offering virtual camps over the summer months (whether or not in-person camps are happening). Our spring online afterschool programs have been an exciting and fun success for our clients, so please join us for our summer online camps! More about Online Camps
- Home Quests: Gather your neighborhood friends and family for a custom quest at your home, backyard, and nearby parks. We send an awesome Quest Leader to you! Alternatively, you could design a custom online camp for your child and their friends. More about Home Quests
We realize that you may have questions around programs and finances. Please read through the following information for details.
Virtual Camps- How do they work?
We are offering our popular Adventure Quest camps online this summer, along with online versions of Star Quest, Quest & Quill, Power Quest & Legends of Mazonia (See details). Our virtual programs meet on Zoom with small groups of up to 6 kids per Quest Leader. Kids are immersed in an exciting Quest where they interact in the theater of the mind! Kids who have never attended our programs and are interested in signing up for an online program are encouraged to sign up for one of our Friday Mini-Quests to try it out. More about online camps.
How are we handling in-person camp registrations?
As soon as it is deemed safe, we will resume our weekly in-person summer day camp sessions in small groups of six children, with added safety protocols.
- For those of you who have already signed up for in-person camps with us this summer, we will be holding your spot for you in the sessions that you have signed up for. If you know now that you wish to cancel that reservation, please see the section below on refunds and credits.
- If you have not yet signed up for in-person camps and would like to ensure that your child has a spot in certain weeks if they are able to run, please log into your account and sign up for the waitlist for your weeks of choice. You will not need to make a deposit for your programs until we know for sure that we will be running the in-person camp.
- Click here to register
In-Person Camps – What changes will be made to promote good health at camp?
- In-person camps will only become available if and when public health officials have lifted distancing restrictions and it is deemed safe to gather. We will be posting updates on our website and will also be sending emails to our clients with any new developments. The one exception to this decision is the offering of a Home Quest program. More about Home Quest.
- Groups will be kept to 6 campers or less. During the Phase 2 time period, they will be limited to 4-5 kids from separate households. Each group will isolate from other groups and will only interact with their own quest leader. Activities within the group will be set up to allow for distancing between participants whenever possible. Masks will be required for everyone when less than 8’ apart.
- We will have handwashing/hand sanitizer available at all locations and will make sure that campers and staff are stopping several times per day, especially at the start of the program and before snack and meals, to wash their hands.
- There will be a designated area to care for, isolate and quarantine sick campers. Sick campers and staff will be sent home.
- For a complete list of safety measures, click here. (updated 5-19-2020)
What if I want to switch sessions from an online camp to an in-person camp or vice-versa?
We are waiving our usual session change fee this summer. If you have registered your child for an in-person program, you can switch to an online camp with no transfer fee. Likewise, if you register for an online program and later if our in-person programs are able to run, you would like to switch to an in-person camp, you will be allowed to make that change with no fees. You can request that monies paid towards your in-person camp be transferred to cover the cost of your online program.
Previous sign-ups for camps at Cornwall Park have been canceled, and all affected families now have a credit in their accounts.
Credits don’t expire and will remain in your account until used. See using credits for how to use the credits when you register for future programs. If we are able to resume in-person camps in Bellingham, we will contact those who had previously signed up first, and see if they would like to attend in the new location.
For any other camps which have not been canceled by us, your registration will not be canceled unless you ask us to cancel it.
If in-person camps become available, parents who wish to cancel their online programs and switch to an in-person camp will be allowed to make that change with no penalty. We encourage you to reserve a spot in the in-person camps to ensure that the sessions that you desire are available to you. We request that you give our office team at least a week’s notice for switching programs.
Knight CIT (Counselor-in-Training)- what is happening with the CIT program?
Our July CIT training session has been cancelled. Due to restrictions on groups larger than 5 gathering until the opening of Phase 3, it is unlikely that we will be able to offer the Knight CIT program until we move into Phase 3.
Refunds and Credits
You may be wondering about your payments and refunds. Our cancellation policy allows for a full refund of all payments made for summer camp programs.
We are prepared to refund your full payment if necessary. Please know that summer tuition helps to support the core team of six office and management staff who work year-round to prepare for the summer camp. If all of our families who have already registered for in-person summer programs ask for a full refund, it will be financially devastating to us. As would a much lower enrollment this summer. In the spirit of supporting our small business, we hope that you might consider one of the following options:
- Use your credit towards an online summer program or a home quest for your family and friends in your neighborhood.
- Ask for a partial refund, leaving some of your payment in your account as a credit for future programs in 2020 or beyond.
Please contact us at email@example.com for all communication about refunds, credits, and payments.
For registration enquiries, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the form on our contact page.
For more resources relating to Covid-19, please visit:
For a complete list of safety measures we are taking in response to official requirements and recommendations, click here.
- Listen to our very own Quest Leader Natalie tell a story she has written, Allie Odds and the Allie Odds Squad, which is inspired by her experiences leading quests and her desire to make something like a quest that people could connect with wherever they are. The podcast has 9 episodes so far, and is enjoyed by adults as much as children. It can also be listened to on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or Google Play.
- Order Quest-at-Home kit from our online store, complete with Swashers, beanbag ‘spell packets’ and an Adventure Quest Game Book.
- Adventure Quest Coloring Books! We have created 3 coloring books that you may print at home to help keep your kids engaged.
- Virtual Museum Tours: The Smithsonian, and many others
- Our Majestic Adventures Pinterest page, complete with crafting projects and costume ideas