Bay Area People’s Summer Camp files for bankruptcy due to coronavirus cancellation

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Camp Galileo, an Oakland-based summer camp program for children with 70 locations in the Bay Area, plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy following financial setbacks due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The company sent an email to registered families announcing its decision to voluntarily file for bankruptcy on Wednesday.

“While we had high hopes of avoiding going to court, the severity of the pandemic economic crisis and the complete cancellation of our in-person camp season in 2020 made the status quo impossible,” said Jessica Berg, spokesperson for Galileo Learning LLC. , in a statement to The Chronicle.

Galileo founder and CEO Glen Tripp left many parents angry and contemplating prosecution when he announced his decision to end the program’s summer season on April 16 without offering registrants the opportunity to obtain a refund.

The company, which said it had been forced to lay off or lay off 80% of its staff all year round, instead offered credit to a future session and to a free virtual camp, Camp Galileo Anywhere, with activities weekly and parenting resources.

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