Sarah’s popular science camp goes bankrupt, more summer camps move forward

Sarah's popular science camp goes bankrupt, more summer camps move forward

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CASTRO VALLEY, Calif .– Sarah’s science, a popular outdoor summer day camp based in Castro Valley since 1987, is closing, according to bankruptcy filings.

Sarah Shaffer, founder and director of the camp, emailed parents of former campers in January to inform them that the camp was strapped for cash and that she, the sole owner, had filed for personal bankruptcy, Berkeleyside reported for the first time.

“This is the most difficult letter I have ever written,” Shaffer wrote, according to Berkeleyside. “Sarah’s Science / This Land is Your Land Summer Day Camp did not survive the pandemic.”

Shaffer told parents she tried to cut expenses and create online programs to stay afloat. But even a $ 200,600 PPP loan she received in May did not prevent it from closing, according to the email.

The January 20 bankruptcy filings show all the money she owes to families who live in Piedmont, Oakland, Orinda, Pleasant Hill and other towns, who have all sent their children to science camp. Parents will not get their money back.

The bankruptcy filing shows that the camp’s assets are worth around $ 2.24 million and that she owes around …

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