The COVID-19 pandemic presents unprecedented challenges across all sectors of society,
including in the realms of education, travel, and nonprofit organizations – all of which apply to
Grand Canyon Youth. We continue to adapt to this dynamic situation and to respond with the
health and safety of our participants and staff as our highest priority.
GCY has not been able to launch any 2020 expeditions due to this outbreak, and we do not
anticipate that this will change in the near future. If you are a parent or participant, you will be
contacted directly by your school/group or GCY if/when your planned expedition is cancelled or
rescheduled. (See more information for parents and participants below).
We are monitoring and following the directives of school districts and participating schools, as
well as local and state agencies, to determine whether and when expeditions can go on as
planned. These include:
- Flagstaff Unified School District
- Coconino County Health Department
- Arizona Department of Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
For Parents & Participants
If your expedition is cancelled because of a directive from one of the sources listed above, you
will be issued a refund of your trip deposit, minus the $50 application fee. The application fee
helps GCY to recoup costs already incurred in preparation for our busy 2020 season.
Our goal is to make decisions that are both fair and fiscally conservative so our small nonprofit
organization can weather this storm. However, if this application fee is a hardship for your
family, please reach out to our program team. Likewise, if you wish to donate your trip deposit
to GCY during this challenging time, please contact us.
The GCY office staff is currently working remotely. If you have any further questions, please
don’t hesitate to call our office 928-773-792, and a staff member will return your call as soon as
possible. If you would like to speak to someone directly, please call the Director on Call at 928-
The river teaches us to be flexible and nimble in response to dynamic environments—a rapid, a
thunderstorm, or in this case, COVID-19. We appreciate your flexibility and patience as we
respond to this ever-changing outbreak.
Emma Wharton, MSW
Grand Canyon Youth