Messiah College has been closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 during the past several months in order to make decisions that are in the best interest of our campus and surrounding community. Regarding our summer camp programming, the safety of our campers is always the highest priority for our camps, and it is uncertain if Pennsylvania’s public health directives will allow gatherings of large groups anytime this summer. Therefore, Messiah College has made the difficult decision to cancel all in-person 2020 summer camps. Any deposits or payments for camp will be refunded. Please refer to additional FAQs below.
As a campus community, we know that this is disappointing, if not totally unexpected news. We look forward to hosting our academic and sports camps each summer and we share in your disappointment. We plan to resume our camps next summer and we hope that you will join us!
Camper and Parent FAQs
Why was the camp canceled?
The current reopening plan for Pennsylvania would not allow for groups of more than 25 to interact until we have reached the final phase of reopening, which we do not expect to happen this summer. The safety of our guests, students, and employees are our highest priority. We could not move forward with bringing guests to campus with such uncertainty surrounding the well-being of our campus community and our visitors.
Will the camps be rescheduled?
Sports camps: None of our 2020 summer sports camps will be rescheduled, however, we do plan to have all of our camps in the summer of 2021. Please visit our sports camp page next spring for registration.
Academic camps: We are adjusting two of our academic camps to take place online. You may register for the Young Writers Workshop or Psychology Camp by visiting our academic camp page. The remainder of our academic and arts camps will not be rescheduled, however we plan to resume these camps in the summer of 2021. Please visit our camps page next spring for registration.
Will I get a refund of my camp registration?
Yes, you will receive a refund of your camp registration or deposit.
When can I expect to receive my refund?
By July 1, 2020.
How will I receive my refund?
Refunds will go back to the credit card that was used at time of payment. Credit card charges will be refunded by July 1. If you paid by check, the check will be voided and returned to you.