2020 Summer Camps
COVID-19 Summer Camp Update (6/22/2020)
After careful consideration and review of the Washington State Health Department Guidelines for summer camp and the community impact of COVID-19, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel our 2020 summer camp season. This decision was not made lightly and was done with the health and safety of our campers, staff and PFEC community at the forefront of this careful process.
We are sad that we will not have the opportunity to share PFEC with campers this summer. The current guidelines prevent our collaborative hands-on style of programming, as well as our ability to take campers on field trips to connect with our broader aviation community. As a small efficiently run organization, there are limitations to our ability to maintain our high camp standards and fulfill the Health Department’s guidelines, while prioritizing camper and community safety.
Every camp family currently registered for summer 2020 will be contacted by phone regarding options for carrying payments forward to next summer, receiving a full refund or making a donation if you are in a financial position to do so. Not having camp this summer will impact PFEC’s overall budget. All campers registered for 2020 camps are top priority registrants for summer 2021.
We know that there is no true replacement for in-person camp, but we hope to stay connected with our camp families through our social media and Open Saturdays when they can resume. We are working hard to find innovative and creative ways to adapt PFEC programming for the socially distanced world we find ourselves in and look forward to when we can open Pearson Field Education Center to our community once again.
We hope that our PFEC families stay safe and healthy. Remember that we are all in this together and we will get through this. Thanks for being a Pearson Field Education Center supporter.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
In this unprecedented situation, filled with an overwhelming amount of information, we realize there may be questions. We hope this section will be helpful.
What guideline information did you use?
To read the Washington State Health Department Guidelines and Center for Disease Control Guidelines, please use the links below.
Washington State Health Department Guidelines
Center for Disease Control Guidelines
Why not just delay camps?
We considered many possible scenarios for how camp could look this summer, and we were optimistic at the beginning that we could find a way to run PFEC summer camps at our high standards. However, since we are managing the complexities of state and federal health mandates, PFEC resources, and many factors that are outside our control, we concluded it is most prudent to cancel camps completely. Delaying camps would only delay the complicating factors, not eliminate them.
Will I get a refund?
We recognize these are stressful financial times (for camp families and PFEC).We want to be financially sensitive and offer a range of options to meet the various needs of our PFEC families.
Option #1: Rollover your payment to next summer. We want you to join us next year! All camp registration fees will remain as a credit for 2021 camps. Families that roll over payment will “lock in” 2021 registration fees at the 2020 rate.
Option #2 Pay it forward, if you are able to. As you may know, Pearson Field Education Center is a mission driven, non-profit organization. Donating your camp registration fee in full or in combination with a refund from option #1 will ensure PFEC’s long term stability. All donations to PFEC are tax deductible.
Option #3: Full refund. Upon request, we will refund the full amount that you have paid toward registration for summer 2020. Refunds will be processed as quickly as possible, but we ask for your patience during this process.
Option #4: Combination of the above options Staff will be available to discuss ways combine the above options to suite families’ needs. Any ability to roll over or donate registration fees is greatly appreciated.
My camper received a scholarship. Can we save it for next year?
If your camper received a PFEC scholarship to attend camp for summer 2020, their scholarship will be carried forward for camp during summer 2021. Your camper will also have priority registration status for summer 2021.
We hope this information has been helpful, if you have more questions please contact us. Pearson Field Education Center appreciates your understanding, patience, and support during this challenging time.
Foundations of Flight (entering grades 2-4) – $250
Come learn, create, and play through hands-on experiments exploring Newton’s Laws and Bernoulli’s Principal. Learn about air and atmosphere while engineering functional gadgets. Soar through this STEAM camp by applying your knowledge of aviation principals to create wind and art, along with stunning STEAM-inspired masterpieces.
- Runs from July 28-July 30, from 9:00 am-3:30 pm – REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
Flight is Fun (entering grades 5-7) – $350
Let’s have some fun with flight! Join the millions of people who love to make things fly. Campers experiment with air, methods of lift, engineering, and how weight affects flight. Build and design kites, gliders, and rockets. This camp includes a field trip to iFly where campers will experience indoor skydiving.
- Session 1: July 14-July 17, from 9:00 am-3:30 pm – REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
Your Future in Flight (entering grades 8-10) – $350
Explore your future in aviation. Start the week with Ground School 101 where you will learn about the principals and practice of flight. Enjoy exclusive tours of local businesses and educational institutions where you can pursue your own path to a career in science or aviation. The camp concludes with a Discovery Flight with a certified flight instructor.
- Runs from August 5-August 8, from 9:00 am-3:30 pm – REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
Pearson Field Education Center has a limited number of full and partial scholarships for Summer Camps. Scholarship funds are offered so that students, who otherwise could not afford to attend camps, can attend. Scholarships are awarded based on the applicants need and interest in STEM and aviation camp. First time applicants will be given consideration over those who previously received scholarships.