Updates on the coronavirus COVID-19 | SOCAPA.org

Updates on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)


March 24th,  2020

We are still hopeful about the summer!

We remain hopeful that our summer camps and intensives will still run but we are planning for best and worst case scenarios.

March 11th,  2020

We are optimistic that our Summer 2020 Camps will still run!

While we understand there is a lot of uncertainty with regards to the new Coronavirus/COVID-19, there is currently no disruption to our summer camp schedule! We have been in close contact with our host universities and, at this point, they all plan to stay the course and remain open for the summer while implementing stricter cleaning and disinfecting regimens for public spaces. As we say in this business, if possible, “The show must go on!”

Of course, the number one priority at SOCAPA is the safety and well-being of our students, staff, their families, and the community at large. We will be closely monitoring the outbreak and will take cues from the World Health Organization, the CDC, our host universities, and the state and local health officials where we operate. At this time, we do not expect to make any major decisions with regards to the summer until the end of April. As the world has witnessed, even just one week can bring dramatic changes in how much the virus spreads or how much it is contained. We expect to have a more comprehensive understanding of the virus and and how it will affect our summer schedule in four to six weeks; we feel it would be premature to make any decisions until then.


Deadline for Final Payments extended to May 1st.
We have pushed the deadline for final payments from April 1 to May 1, 2020.

Registration Deposit Policy Updated
Although we would still like families to register for our Summer 2020 Camps & Instensives, we have relaxed our registration deposit refund policy. For any cancelations between now and May 1, we will issue either a full refund less an $85 processing fee or we can hold the entire payment amount as camp credit which can be used toward any future SOCAPA programs. Also, there will be no change fees until after May 15th for families who wish to change to other sessions or campuses of the same duration or longer.

And as always, our policy has been to refund 100% of fees for any camps we are forced to cancel for any reason, Coronavirus or otherwise. In six weeks, if the situation has not improved and is not forecast to improve, we may make a decision to cancel certain sessions or all summer sessions. In this case, families will be issued full refunds*.

* Full refunds will be issued less a 3% processing fee for credit card payments/refunds and less bank fees for wire transfers. Payments made via check, cash, money order and/or bank check will be refunded in full.

Cancelations Due to COVID-19

University Prevention and Action Plans

Cancelations Due to COVID-19

Feel secure that when you sign up for SOCAPA and must cancel for reasons related to the coronavirus that your deposit will be refunded in full*.

Cancelation Due to Quarantine

We understand, if your family or camper has been advised to be self or mandatorily quarantined, please contact our admissions office for a full refund*. We will need to speak with a family member or be referred to official documentation requiring the quarantine.

Cancelation Due to Illness

Students who are sick or show signs of the virus should send us a note from their doctor advising us of their illness. A refund will be granted in full*.

Cancelation Due to Campus Closure

There is a small risk that because SOCAPA is hosted at Colleges and Universities in some of the largest cities of America, administrations or governments may make make decisions about closing campuses that are outside SOCAPA's control. In the event of campus closure we would refund all payments in full. As we monitor the situation we will keep parents informed of any changing circumstances and if there is concern of campus closure.

Additionally, each of our host Universities is monitoring the situation and taking the neccessary precautions to keep their students and their summer guests safe. Please refer to University Prevention and Action Plans for detailed information.

* Full refunds will be issued less a 3% processing fee for credit card payments/refunds and less bank fees for wire transfers. Payments made via check, cash, money order and/or bank check will be refunded in full.

University Prevention and Action Plans
Manhattan, NY - Pace University

Brooklyn, NY - Feirstien/Pratt

Los Angeles, CA - Occidental College

Burlington, VT - Champlain College