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Sassafras Earth Education

5 Church Street

Aquinnah, MA 02535

508 645 2008

© 2018 by Sassafras Earth Education - design: www.jessbhall.com

FAQ

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

 

I love your camp but I worry about the ticks.

Yes, ticks are a real hazard on Martha’s Vineyard when you spend time outside. However, with the right precaution you can still enjoy the outdoors. We recommend that you download and read our tick policy letter for your child’s safety. 

What to wear? 

Weather appropriate clothing that includes the following:

  • In winter full body snowsuits, snow boots (no sneakers), wool socks (no cotton socks), gloves, and hats. Wear multiple layers that include wool (preferred) or fleece are a must, and please note that cotton is a poor choice as it attracts moisture.

  • Sturdy shoes are a must, even in summer flip flops and croqs are a poor choice. During water weeks and days, water shoes are needed.

  • In spring and fall, if there is any chance of rain, please bring a  rain suits (in summer raincoats is suffices)

  • In summer we recommend long sleeved t-shirts, light weight long pants, and light weight (light colored) socks to protect you from ticks. A hat to protect you from sun and ticks is also recommended. 

  • Label your child’s gear so we can help return lost items.

What to bring and leave at home?

  • For day programs (6 hrs), your child will need a nutritious lunch (NO candy), a snack and a full water bottle.

  • In case of potential rain, be sure to bring a rain coat and rain pants.

  • In winter, pack an extra pair of wool socks.

  • Sassafras is an unplugged environment, please leave all phones, electronics and watches at home. Same for toys, cards and other things that may distract your child from being in relationship with nature.

What about “bad” weather and weather cancellations?

  • Sassafras  programs continue in most weather conditions but there are some exceptions. We may cancel due to hazardous driving, extreme cold or icy, or other unsafe conditions. We will notify you via email if a program is cancelled, and if it’s due to the weather, we will do our best to reschedule.

  • For weekday programs (Forest Kindergarten), we follow suit with the school system during the year. That means if there is no school, there is no Sassafras,  if there is a delay in school, we do too.

What is your knife usage and knife safety protocol?

You can download our knife policy here

Can I join my child in the program?

  • Parents and caregivers are welcome to join us for closing circle at the end of the day and at the end of a program (summer camp week or program series) we have an extended closing circle to which all family is invited.

  • Sassafras also offers family programming and community events.

  • Some younger children are challenged by a leaving parent. We are okay with parents staying for a few extra minutes. In our experience however, most children adjust very quickly after a parent leaves.

REGISTRATION & FINANCES

How do I apply for financial aid?

  • No child is turned away from Sassafras for lack of funds, Our financial aid fund is limited and we ask you to: Please consider a spread payment plan, before applying for financial aid.

  • You can download our financial aid application here. It's a simple form operating on a trust basis and you will be asked how much you can afford. We generally offer up to 50% of program costs in financial aid.

  • If you need more than 50% aid, please email us and you will be asked to provide additional information.

  • Wampanoag and Native youth receive Reparation coverage of 100% of programs.

  • ALL participants receiving aid are subject to a 75% attendance requirement (this does not include unforeseen family or health circumstances). In the event a family does not comply after our repeated reminders, aid is discontinued. This is in order to safeguard our aid fund.

Do you accept payment plans?

Yes, most of our programs ask you to pay a deposit first, and then the balance before the program start date. If you would like additional payment installments, please let us know and we will bill you accordingly.

What is your cancellation policy?

  • Our cancellation policy is based on our planning, that includes securing staff and other resources. If you cancel, we incur the same expenses.

  • Canceling for any program at any time, means that you will lose your deposit.

  • Cancellations 30 days or more before the first program date, will receive a full refund (minus the non-refundable deposit).

  • Cancellations from 7 to 30 days before the first program date, will receive a 50% program credit that is valid for one year, the other 50% balance is forfeited (not including the non-refundable deposit).

  • Cancellations less than 7 days prior to a program will receive no credit and no refund.

  • Once a program begins you are responsible for paying your remaining balance regardless of changes to your enrollment.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

What about phones?

  • Sassafras is an unplugged environment, meaning we ask all parents, teens and youth to leave cell phones, electronics and watches at home or in your car.

  • Exceptions are for staff (in the event of an emergency) however all staff is asked to keep cellphone usage to a bare minimum and away from participants.

  • Exceptions can be made for certain medical conditions (for example diabetes) that require regular monitoring.

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