It seems like summer just ended, and if you live in the South it really feels like summer did just end. Even though we are headed into this holiday season, camp is already preparing for the warm summer days of 2017.
We have added new camps like Aquatics and Board Game camp, and we have increased opportunities to come to favorites like Hammocking Camp. Check out the new schedule here: http://bit.ly/Lakeshore2017Schedule.
The schedule isn’t the only thing that has changed. Lakeshore is introducing tiered pricing this year. Summer camp is a positive life changing experience for many children and youth. We believe that every child should be able to come to camp, which is why we are introducing tiered pricing. Lakeshore summer camps are a great value! We are proud to say that all of our basic camp programs are priced under the regional average price.
You may be surprised to learn that the rates Lakeshore has historically charged are subsidized and well below the true cost of a week at camp. Camps across the country are receiving fewer and fewer subsidies, and Lakeshore is no exception. In order to continue to offer the same great programming with new and improved activities, rates would need to increase drastically. Rather than raise prices on all families, tiered pricing essentially asks families with greater financial means to consider picking a tier more closely resembling the direct cost of camp. This honor system approach makes it financially possible for any child to come to camp.
Tiered pricing is intended to recognize the costs related to the camp experience and allow families to select the level of payment most appropriate for their circumstances. Each family may freely choose to participate in Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 3 level of payment. Every camper has the same experience regardless of the chosen tier and only the office will know who chose which payment level. Lakeshore believes that every child should be able to come to camp and will continue to offer camperships for campers who need greater financial assistance.
An explanation of the three tiers:
Tier 1: True- For families who are blessed to be able to pay first tier pricing, this tier more accurately reflects the true cost of camp including all aspects of maintaining facilities in good condition, insurance, utilities, etc. By choosing this tier, you can help Lakeshore make needed upgrades and continue to grow in the future.
Tier 2: Intermediate- This tier is a mid-level between our historically subsidized rate and the true cost of camp. This tier more closely reflects the direct costs of a week of camp, including program costs, food, summer staff and camp administration.
Tier 3: Historically Subsidized- This tier most closely matches our traditional fee structure, which has been subsidized. This rate does not reflect what it “really costs” to offer camp programs. Because we want to make every effort to keep the cost of camp as affordable as possible, Tier 3 will keep the historically subsidized rate.
Our Goals for Tiered Pricing:
• To offer the highest quality programs possible, providing opportunities for fun, fellowship, inspiration and adventure.
• To make camp affordable for all income levels.
• To preserve camp for generations to come.
• To provide an opportunity for partnership with those in a position to further impact of Lakeshore’s summer ministry.
Again, please note that this program is voluntary and in no way influences the experience children receive, yet it offers the opportunity for families to take an active role in supporting the true cost of their child’s camp experience.
Registration opens December 15 at https://registration.campbrain.com/Portal/Login.aspx?H=LakeshoreUMC&G=403. Give the gift of camp this Christmas by registering early!