May 12th, 2020
Hello SF Soccer Camp Families,

Before going into the purpose of this letter, we do want to say we hope you, family, friends, and all those around you are safe and healthy as we navigate the unprecedented times. We are all in this together. My wife and kids are hunkered down in our SF apartment and although it is not always easy, we have found many silver linings during this unexpected time together. I hope you have found a few silver linings as well.

I wanted to take the time to give you an update on summer camps.

At this time, we are currently planning on running camps and we are patiently waiting on more specific guidelines from the CDC, State of California, SF County Health, and USF. We are already planning on ways to be flexible with our programming and have been researching an extensive plan that will meet health and safety guidelines.  Camp will maintain a soccer theme but will be designed with activities that allow for separation when possible. Not an easy task, but we have drafted up a modified curriculum that will be fun and feasible! Keep in mind, we are still waiting on specific guidelines but are using the information we have to make some immediate changes.

This process is fluid and we do not know all the specifics, but assuming we can open, here are some of the precautions that we will be putting in place for Summer 2020:

  1. We are limiting the size of camp this year. We are waiting to find out the overall number of campers that will be allowed per regulations. We have already closed additional registrations for Camp Session III and will do the same for other sessions in order to ensure smaller camp sizes.
  2. We are modifying how we group kids so that campers are with the same campers and coach the entire week. Groups will be determined by the age of the camper.
  3. Each camper receives a ball with their name on it. Campers will be required to bring back their soccer ball (the one we provide to each camper or a different one if they choose) in order to limit ball interaction. Ball interaction will be determined based on current regulations.
  4. Each camper will receive their own set of art supplies to be used for our daily soccer-related art activity. Colored pencils, pencils markers etc. will be provided to each camper so they will not share any art supplies.
  5. Additional soccer-themed enrichment is being added in order to provide more activities that allow for distance. Daily activities that have already been added include several art activities, storytelling/reading soccer-specific stories, skits, individual video highlights, etc. Tons of fun soccer-themed activities will help offset previous high interaction activities.
  6. We will have increased hand sanitizer stations and designated hand-washing times. All campers will be expected to practice proper hand-washing techniques.
  7. During meals and snacks, all campers will be socially distant from one another.

Thank you for hanging in here with us while we patiently wait to receive more direction on how to proceed. I apologize that we do not yet have all the information to make a final call. My wife (a teacher) and I are committed to being flexible and will provide adjustments that will make camp feasible and as safe as possible. If we are unable to meet the guidelines that are presented by the CDC, State of California, SF County Health, and USF (hopefully soon) then camps will be canceled at that time. Below you will find our original refund policy that you can review and also additional refund information if the camp is canceled. Please let me know if you have any questions, I am happy to assist.

Leonard and Paige Griffin


Refund Information:

We are all working with limited information and each family has to make their decision based on what they feel is best.  If this year is not the year for your camper please do not hesitate to let us know, as we support that decision and hope to see them in future

The original refund policy will continue to be in place and is listed below. Please take a moment to reread. For those who would like to switch sessions, we will do our best to accommodate for the 2020 season. It is possible that a session will be full, especially considering our reduced capacity, and in that case, a credit will be held for a future summer season.  Session III is already full and waitlist only.

Refund Policy - (still in place and has remained the same) This camp offers the option to transfer the credit to another session or receive a partial refund.

You can transfer to a different session at any time prior to the first day of the session. Cancellations fee of $50 per session canceled, if canceled 30 days before the first day of the session.

No refunds less than 30 days before the first day of the enrolled camp session.

Our policy applies to all cancellations regardless of the original sign-up date. Fees from unused sessions cannot be applied to future purchases or transferred to another family.

Refund Policy If Camp is Cancelled - (not currently in place as camps have not been canceled)
As a small business in our first year, we are hoping that some families will consider opting for a credit for future summer seasons. As a small business, we are absorbing all upfront camp expenses and had to place initial orders for balls and supplies in anticipation of running camp. Opting for a future credit will help offset some expenses while still providing you with a stellar camp experience in the future!

Alternatively, we are committed to providing families a full refund by request. The pandemic is no fault of yours, no fault of ours, and we are all in this together. We want to make sure we meet the needs of our families and understand a full refund might be necessary for a family.

We appreciate all of you and hope you consider San Francisco Soccer Camp as your camp choice in future years!