Dragonfly Forest is an overnight camp for kids with autism and medical needs. In the past, our camp has been free of charge for families. This year, we will charge a small tuition. We trust our families to choose a tuition option that they can afford, while paying what they can for our unique program. Please read the Frequently Asked Questions below for more details about camp tuition.
WHY DOESN'T MY USER NAME AND PASSWORD WORK?
we are using a brand new camper database, and everyone will make a new account this year. Your old user name and password will not work. Everyone will make a new account, and fill in all the forms.
DOES CAMP COST MONEY NOW?
Yes. We have made the decision to charge a voluntary, sliding scale fee for camp. This change is intended to help us become a more stable and sustainable organization. We hope that adding service income to our budget will prevent the financial crises which threatened to cancel camp in the past.
HOW DOES TIERED PRICING WORK?
There is a $50 deposit for registering, and you can send a check or money-order if you cannot pay the deposit online. For the remaining tuition, you will select the pricing tier that your family can afford. This selection is voluntary, requires no documentation, and will not affect the experience of your camper. Your $50 deposit counts toward your total tuition (i.e if you choose tier one, you pay the $50 deposit and then you only owe $50 more). The tiers for our one-week sessions are:
Tier 1: $100
Tier 2: $250
Tier 3: $500
Tier 4: $1800 (this is the actual cost per camper for 1 session of camp)
WHY ARE YOU COMBINING GROUPS INTO SHARED SESSIONS?
We want to be certain that Dragonfly Forest can exist for generations. To that end, we developed a 5-year plan to save enough funds so we can fundraise for one summer ahead, instead for the current summer. In order to do this, we have temporarily shortened our summer. We didn’t want to stop serving any of our current populations, so we combined sessions.
WHAT WILL THE TEEN LEADERSHIP PROGRAM (TLP) LOOK LIKE THIS YEAR?
The TLP program will last 3 weeks this summer. We will enroll one group of TLP’s for all three weeks. We are accepting TLP’s from all of our populations for this 3-week program. The cost for TLP is tiered as well. For 3 weeks of overnight camp, the tiers are:
Tier 1: $200
Tier 2: $500
Tier 3: $1000
Tier 4: $3600 (this is 2 thirds of the actual cost of a TLP for 3 weeks)
IS THE EXPLORER SESSION USING TIERED PRICING TOO?
No. The cost for explorers is fixed. It costs $1800 before May 1st and $2000 after May 1st. The Explorers session is for campers 13-20 years old who want to improve their employment and life skills at camp. You can read more about it on the Dragonfly website.
WHEN DO I HAVE TO PAY THE FULL TUITION?
You pay the $50 deposit when you fill out the application. You will choose a tier for the remaining tuition. Your deposit is applied to your remaining balance. That balance is due 1 month after you’re enrolled (usually 4 weeks after applying). For example, if you apply on Nov 21st, you will hear from us by January 1st, and tuition will be due on February 1st (unless you do a payment plan). We will accept all payment plans, as long as tuition is paid in full by May 1st. Please call Scott 734-657-0057 or email him firstname.lastname@example.org. You can pay on your account anytime, just log in and make a payment.
WHAT KIND OF PAYMENT PLANS DO YOU HAVE?
We are happy to accept all kinds of payment plans, for any tier of pricing. You can pay weekly, monthly, bi-monthly or on dates that you choose. We trust you to pay as much as you can for camp, and to let us know the best schedule for payments for your family. To set up a payment plan, please call Scott 734-657-0057 or email him email@example.com. You can make payments on your account at any time -- just log in and make a payment.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Our rolling enrollment process begins on Nov 21st. We will send out our first round of enrollment emails no later than Jan 1st. If your camper is enrolled at Dragonfly Forest, your deposit will automatically apply to their tuition. If your camper is on the waitlist, you will also get an email, and your deposit will be refunded in full. If you have applied after Jan 1st, you will hear back from us within 4 weeks of applying (via email).
WHAT INFORMATION COMES WITH THE ENROLLMENT LETTER?
When we send out enrollment letters, we include a social story with photos about camp. We will also send you a link to some videos about camp, a list of what to pack, directions, arrival times, and a bunch of other detailed info about the session. We also send you a health form (to be filled out by a doctor).
CAN I WITHDRAW?
Yes. If you wish to withdraw before May 1st, we will refund any tuition payments you’ve made (but not your deposit). If you withdraw after May 1st, we will refund your money (minus deposit) only if we can fill your camper’s spot with another camper.
WHAT SHOULD JUNIOR COUNSELORS AND OTHER STAFF DO?
Junior Counselors and other staff can apply using the staff application on the website. It opens on Friday Nov 21st, 2014.
Nov 21: Application opens
Jan 1: Our 1st round of enrollment letters go out via email
Jan 1st until we are full: Rolling enrollment (You find out if your camper got in within 4 weeks of applying)
May 1st: Full Tuition Due
May 1st: Withdrawal Deadline (If you decide not to come to camp, you can withdraw by emailing us, and we will refund any payments you’ve made, but not your deposit)
We understand that all changes are confusing, and we are happy to answer questions about our enrollment process or our program at any time. Please feel free to give us a call or send us an email!