May 15, 2020
Dear Friends of Timberline Ranch,
As you may be aware, Timberline Ranch temporarily ceased operations as of March 20, 2020. We continue to employ a number of our staff in looking after the horses, facilities, and administrative duties, and we are still planning to and looking forward to opening again as soon as possible.
Undoubtedly, we all have many concerns over COVID-19. We are working closely with health authorities and the BC Camps Association to determine how we can provide a safe environment for campers and staff. We are committed to open only when it is safe to do so and in ways that are safe for all involved.
A few things to be aware of at this time:
- It is looking more and more like summer camp will not be able to run as per normal.
- We are closely monitoring all the information coming out from the government and preparing accordingly.
- We will make a final decision regarding summer camp no later than May 31, 2020.
- Information and regulations continue to evolve, so we are leaving it as late as possible to decide how or if we will run summer camps this year.
- Full refunds are available for any camp we cancel.
- We are also willing to transfer your registration to summer 2021. This will give you first choice for camps and activity groups and guarantee your spot at this year’s prices.
- If you decide to receive a refund, please consider a donation. We have spent tens of thousands of dollars preparing for summer camps, including recruiting all the staff, and we also have no way of recouping the credit card costs and registration costs already incurred. Even $25 will go a long way to help.
- Timberline Ranch is a charitable society, and all donations are tax-receiptable.
- Timberline’s revenue is almost 100% “user fees.” Unlike most camps, we do not receive money from BC lotteries, nor do we have a denomination of churches supporting us.
- COVID-19 hit right at the beginning of our guest group season, and we have already lost $500,000 in revenue this spring. Summer revenue losses will be close to $750,000 if camps do not run.
- In spite of laying off many of our staff and doing all we can to reduce costs, we are running a deficit of close to $30,000 per month, not including large expenses coming up, such as insurance and property taxes. The horses alone cost $15,000 – $20,000 per month to care for.
- We know that many people are affected by this crisis, so please, only donate if you can afford it.
- Decisions on our fall camps will be made no later than August 31, 2020.
- Already, several schools have cancelled their programs with us.
In the meantime, our goal and commitment is to use this “off” time to improve the Ranch. We are currently working on various projects so that when things start up, Timberline will be even better than before. We can hardly wait to show you the improvements!
We believe that better times are ahead, and we look forward to serving you and your families again soon. Thank you for your understanding and for your support of Timberline Ranch. We will get through this crisis together, and we will adapt as necessary to the new realities we find ourselves facing. Please stay safe, and Timberline will be here for you when the time is right.
Holding the Faith,