Hello and welcome to 2020! We are excited to update you with our latest news from the Registration Team here at Thousand Pines. With the rapidly rising minimum wage in California, and the significant additional constraints from ongoing legislation reform in our state, we are making some policy and procedural changes to our booking and invoicing process. Effective immediately, we will be implementing these changes. Here are the details:
Although the mandated minimum wage increases have dramatically impacted our operating costs, we do see light at the end of the tunnel! You can look for camp fees to begin to level off again in 2022. Additionally, we will continue to find creative ways to add value to our programs, accommodations and amenities here at Thousand Pines. For example, read below on item #6 to learn how we want to assist you in getting all of your kids to camp. Further, we will be offering 4 and 5-day program options in summer 2021 to combat the cost increases and ensure that as many kids as possible have the opportunity to see, know, and experience God at camp!
Additionally, we will no longer base contractual deposits on the total amount of the contract. Moving away from the 15% deposit to confirm your event dates. We will be standardizing our deposit amounts to be based on the type of event and length of stay booked. This will simplify the deposit amount calculations and make it more feasible for many groups to confirm their event in a timely manner.
We’ve listened to your requests and we’re responding! Thousand Pines will remove the “contract make-up” component of the invoicing process. Provided your group’s final numbers do not deviate from the contractual minimum by more than 10%, there will be no additional balance due. Simply put, if you’re close enough, you pay for the total you bring. No strings attached!
Our current Program Camp Counselor Credits policy will be changing as well. To simplify the counselor discount, from now on, counselors and cabin leaders will simply be charged at a rate of 50% the camper rate. Each group will still be allowed 1 free spot for the group leader while all other counselors and cabin leaders will be charged the new, simpler rate. The discount applies immediately to your event in the year you attend.
New for 2020 and beyond, Thousand Pines will now be offering automated monthly payment plans as an option for those that desire them. For groups that prefer to make a level monthly payment toward their total balance, arrangements can now be made with ease. This will benefit many groups by reducing the last-minute stress that typically comes with final rounds of fund raising just before “go-time”. There is no additional charge for this new service. If you want to take advantage of this option, just notify our reservation specialist at the time of booking.
And finally, need help raising funds to get your kids to camp? Check this out! We are excited to announce that Thousand Pines has created a strategic partnershipwith FundEasy, an online fundraising platform, built with your group in mind! The first 50 groups that sign up with FundEasy for their fundraising needs will receive a DEEP DISCOUNT of over 75% off the FundEasy fee to try their system. Check out www.fundeasy.com to take a closer look, and if you’re interested, let us know to receive our special discount code from FundEasy.
We hope these updates and changes will be helpful to you as you continue to partner with Thousand Pines for your camping needs. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your ongoing partnership, and we look forward to serving you here in 2020 and beyond.