We originally hoped the country would be re-open by August; however, there are a number of locations that will not be available and if we did go at this time, we would all be required to quarantine for 14 days after returning, which is untenable for many of us. Therefore, we are removing the August trip as an option.
The AYCC is committed to accommodate everyone who planned to attend in 2020. Our children have missed so much during this trying time: eighth grade graduations, sports season participation, farewells to middle school friends; things that can never be made up. At least we have the opportunity to give this trip of a lifetime back to them!
Each of the 642 registered 8th graders have the opportunity to attend in the future. Even if you cancelled and received a refund, you have the option to register for 2021 as a 9th grader.
Options: Please visit link to make your selection.
Trip E 2020 October 8-14, 2020 Columbus (or Indigenous Peoples) Day for all schools, plus a Friday in-service day for some schools. Students would miss 3 or 4 days of school. You must arrange chaperones if parents do not plan on attending with your child.
Trip #1 2021 March 21-27, 2021 (Chelsea, China, Palermo, Vassalboro and Waterville)
Trip #2 2021 March 28-April 3, 2021 (Bingham, Lawrence, Madison, Skowhegan and Winslow)
Trip #3 2021 April 4 -10, 2021 (Nokomis, Warsaw and Ridge View)
Trip #4 2021 April 16-22, 2021 (Messalonskee, Mt. Merici, Temple and Trip #4, 2020)
Trip #5 2021 April 16-22, 2021 (Cony, Maranacook, Richmond, St. Michael’s, and Trip #5, 2020)
Trip #6 2021 April 16-22, 2021 (Auburn, Damariscotta, Winthrop and Trips #1, #2 and #3, 2020) We added a trip for students presently registered for 2020 trips #1, #2 and # 3 during this April Vacation week to accommodate 9th grade students unable to miss school for an earlier trip date.
2022 or 2023 You can opt to attend a future trip with a sibling going in 2022 or 2023 (all schools)
Fundraising Money: The AYCC must apply all funds raised to benefit student attendance to the American Heritage Tour; therefore, all funds will be applied towards attendees’ balances. The remaining raffle funds will be used to create a scholarship allowing future students in need the opportunity to participate.
July 1st, 2020 Deadline: If you requested and received a refund but plan on re-registering and attending in the future you need to let me know your choice by July 1st, 2020, which this point the funds you raised will be applied to your child’s balance; otherwise, the funds you raised will be split amongst those youth who participated in the fundraising activity and are attending.
If you need to call with questions please speak with me (Kurt Mathies) or Danielle Bragg.
Returning Apparel: If you received your apparel and requested to return it for a refund, please drop it off either Friday June 5, or and Saturday June 6, between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM at the Alfond Youth & Community Center parking lot (tent), or at the Auburn Middle School parking lot between 1:00 and 2:00 PM on 06/06/20; you will receive your refund check at this time. If you are planning on attending a future trip and wish to exchange your apparel, you will have the chance to do so during a future meeting prior to trip departure.
If you know anyone interested in attending in 2021, please direct them to Kurt Mathies email@example.com. We will host several Zoom meetings to share information and answer questions. We appreciate your help in getting the word out during this time of school closures.
I hope you and your families are safe and healthy and can’t wait to see you again in the “new normal.”