Updates for our 2020 Summer Camp families

On May 20th, 2020, Oxbow announced important updates to our Summer Camp programs this year. Please see below for a recap of this information, along with important next steps. As always, if you have any questions, please reach out at education@oxbow.org. Thank you!

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Refund Policy
Oxbow Adventure Package Info
Next Steps & Refund Form

Dear Campers and Families, 

Oxbow Summer Camp is a special place of growth, magic, and discovery for children of all ages. Camper wellbeing is always at the forefront of our minds during our extensive camp preparations. While navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, our ability to provide a true-to-our roots farm camp experience and ensure the safety of our youngest campers and their families has been examined carefully. 

After weeks of well-informed COVID-19 policy development, risk analysis, and thoughtful program assessment, Oxbow has come to the incredibly difficult decision that we will not be hosting Sweet Discoveries or Guardians of the Plants camp for campers ages 4-10. Informed by the CDC and the American Camp Association (ACA), and in consultation with other camps across the country, we believe that COVID-safe policies (including screening, six-foot distancing, and wearing masks all day) would create an unrecognizable camp experience for younger campers.

Pending the continued roll-out of Washington State’s Safe Start Plan for Reopening, we are hopeful that our smaller Dig Deeper camps for preteens/teens ages 11-14 can safely run on-site during the scheduled dates of July 20-24 and Aug 10-14. (Note: If you have a preteen/teen registered for Dig Deeper but have not received our emails, please contact us at education@oxbow.org.)

Refund policy

All registrations are eligible for a full refund per our updated COVID-19 cancellation policies. In brief:

Campers are eligible for a full 100% refund for all summer camp programs if:

  • Oxbow cancels or reschedules any summer program due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Families are adversely impacted by COVID-19 (job loss, illness or suspected exposure to COVID-19, caring for sick family members, etc.) and have to cancel their registration.

Read the full policies here, and read about how to receive your refund below.

Oxbow Adventure Package

We cannot imagine a summer without connecting to our beloved campers in some capacity, so we’re pleased to offer an engaging new program that we hope will still bring Oxbow magic to your whole family this summer. 

The Oxbow Adventure Package provides a customizable, flexible experience so that campers and their families can safely engage with Oxbow this summer. A portion of camp refunds may be directly applied toward the sliding-scale registration fee – no campers will be turned away due to financial hardship!

We’d be thrilled to have your family join us for this safe and fun way to connect to Oxbow! Get the full Oxbow Adventure Package details here. To register, please see the “Next Steps” section below.

Next steps

Parents/guardians of all registrants ages 4-10 MUST fill out our REFUND FORM (at this time, older Dig Deeper campers do not need to fill out the form) to select from the following options and receive a full or partial refund:

  •  Participate in the Oxbow Adventure Package and receive a partial refund; the program is offered on a sliding scale and no campers will be turned away if cost is a barrier.
  •  Receive a partial refund for your camp registration, in support of Oxbow’s work and mission.
  •  Receive a full refund.

Refund Form & Oxbow Adventure Package Signup

If you cannot access the Refund Form for whatever reason, please email us at education@oxbow.org to let us know your preferences.

We remain committed to serving as a resource for your family this summer and beyond. Please return to our website frequently for updates on our programs, and join us on Facebook, and Instagram, where we will be sharing happenings and online learning opportunities! We are ever so grateful to be a part of your lives.


Your Oxbow Farmers