As it has for so many around the globe, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has posed numerous challenges for Apogee. Cancelling our 2020 summer season was one of the most agonizing decisions we’ve ever had to make. But in the end, we were certain that prioritizing the health and safety of our students and staff was, without question, the right thing to do.
Now, with summer 2020 behind us, we eagerly look forward to next year. If the situation in June 2021 is similar to what it is now in early October, we’re confident we will have the tools and protocols we would need in order to run many of our programs. And if, as we all hope, the situation by next summer is significantly better in the U.S. and abroad – due to accessible vaccines, better rapid testing, and better treatments and mitigation techniques – we are optimistic we will be able to run our full slate of programs, domestically and internationally. As always, we will continue to put the well-being of our students and staff at the forefront of every programming decision we make. We are therefore moving ahead and accepting student applications for 2021, putting our staff roster together, and making plans with outfitters and accommodations. We don’t know exactly what the world is going to look like next spring, but we are certain that we’re going to work very hard to run in-person programs for young people in 2021. We hope you’ll join us!
Below is a list of questions and answers related to our thoughts and actions around COVID-19. We will update and add to this list throughout the coming year.
Have you changed your 2021 deposit terms and conditions due to the uncertainties caused by COVID-19?
Yes. Apogee has extended the $795 deposit refund date for any new* applicants from December 31, 2020 to March 1, 2021, with the exception of a $100 nonrefundable application processing fee. Please see our updated Terms & Conditions for full details regarding refunds and withdrawals.
*Families who were enrolled in our cancelled 2020 season should refer to these cancellation-specific FAQs for more information.
Do you expect trip availability to be similar to years past?
No. Because the majority of 2020 enrolled families have rolled their children’s applications to 2021, and because we have reduced the number of trips we plan to run in order to build back up safely, we anticipate trip availability to be limited in 2021. As of October 2020, a number of our 2021 trips are close to capacity.
Will you be updating your COVID-specific protocols as the 2021 season draws near?
Almost certainly. As the 2021 summer landscape and challenges posed by COVID-19 become more clear, we will work with our risk management team, our medical adviser, the American Camp Association, and other state and federal health agencies to develop protocols to minimize risk to our students, staff and the communities we travel through.
How do I stay informed about your thoughts and decisions with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic?
We will be assessing and making programming decisions as circumstances warrant. We will do our best to keep our enrolled and prospective families informed in a timely manner through email and with regular updates to this webpage. If you are a prospective family and would like to be included on our email list, please reach out to us at email@example.com or at 207.725.7025.