WHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT THE A-CAMP COST THIS TIME?
Our new site in Ojai is 44% more expensive than Beber, which was 40% more expensive than Alpine Meadows. Our new site also has round-the-clock security. If we adjusted the cost proportionately, this camp would cost $1,404 per person. But we're not doing that, 'cause we want to make this accessible to as many campers as possible, even if it cuts into the profit we need so desperately to keep this website afloat. Still, the base cost is too little to cover even our basic expenses, so we had to come up with a new system.
We’re taking a different approach this time, and we’ll see how it goes — it’s a bit of a Spirit Airlines system, but way better and not mean and secretive! We’ve lowered tuition to the 2016 cost of $695 for the first two weeks of registration, enabling you to keep it budget if you need to. We have other strategies to make up the difference, and those questions, as well as any others you have about the cost of A-Camp, are answered in great detail on this page.
CAN I COME TO A-CAMP FOR A PARTIAL SESSION?
Unfortunately, no — there is no pro-rated camp option, there are no day passes, and the camp experience is really best felt from start to finish. While we can allow campers to come for shorter periods of time, you'll be missing a lot (especially if you miss your first night cabin initiation), and you will have to pay for the entire session. Also, we cannot provide you with transportation from the airport to the campsite, and you'll have to work around our schedule w/r/t getting you checked in and set up.
I CAN’T AFFORD CAMP, BUT GOING WOULD CHANGE MY LIFE. HOW CAN WE WORK THIS OUT?
Camperships! Every session we give out 5-15 camperships and also 10 partial camperships (discounts of 25%-75% off the regular price.) The camperships are funded by generous members of the Autostraddle community, and we'll updating our Campership page soon with information to apply! We also usually have a few sponsored camperships every session, so look out for those.
If you cannot come to camp without a campership, do not sign up for camp. We reserve spots for campership recipients. If you sign up for camp and then end up getting a campership, you will not get a refund of your $75 deposit, because it is non-refundable. So only sign up for camp if you intend to go regardless of whether or not you receive a campership.
PayPal also offers a credit program that is easy to get approval for, if you'd like to go that route!
WHAT IS YOUR REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICY?
The $75 deposit you put down at registration is non-refundable and non-transferrable with absolutely zero exceptions, and you must pay your tuition in full by April 1st or risk losing your spot. If you cancel before April 1st, you forfeit your $75 deposit but will receive a refund of the balance of any payments above your deposit. If you cancel between April 1st and April 15th, you forfeit your deposit and 50% of payments above your deposit. After that there are no refunds of any kind. There are absolutely no exceptions to any of these rules, asking for one just makes us all feel bad, so please don't.
Our cancellation penalties are non-negotiable. We suggest securing travel insurance should you need to cancel A-Camp due to unexpected illness, injury, or other emergency.
BUT CAN I TRANSFER MY DEPOSIT TO BE A CAMPERSHIP IF I CANCEL?
No. The $75 deposit you put down at registration is non-refundable and non-transferrable. There are no exceptions to this. No exceptions. Zero. No exceptions at all. None. Thank you.
CAN I PAY BY CHECK?
You can — but many campers were using the “pay by check” option to avoid having to put down a deposit while they figured out if they could make it to camp or not. If that happens at all this year — even one time! — we’re going to start capping the number of campers who can pay by check next year. So please don’t do that. Thank you.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER APRIL 15TH?
No refunds of any kind for your tuition are offered after April 15th. If you request an extension and cancel before paying your full tuition, you still owe the full tuition. Extensions are not a way to put off paying to get out of losing your tuition if you're not sure about attending or not, they are a kindness extended to y'all to help out campers with less reliable financial situations. Please don't take advantage of this kindness and risk us not being able to offer it anymore!
WHAT IF I'M REGISTERING FOR CAMP AFTER APRIL 1ST?
If you’re signing up after April 1st, we do request that you pay in full at that time. If you’re unable to, just pay the $75 deposit and email firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know the date at which we can anticipate receiving your full payment.