Experience Unforgettable - Camps & Retreats
    COVID-19 Response
    Updated: Sept. 16, 2020

    In Response to COVID-19 

    After the province declared a public health emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak we temporarily closed camp in March. Since closing we have monitored the status of this emergency and have complied with the province’s restrictions on businesses and gatherings. The health and safety of our campers, counselors, and guests is always of highest priority to us. 

    Anticipating we would need to have measures in place to re-open this fall, our staff worked to implement protocols based on existing guidelines for those sectors most similar to our operations. After working with Alberta Health Services during the month of September, we received notice that we are still not permitted to host overnight camps or retreats. Therefore, based on the current public health measures, Camp Caroline will remain closed to overnight campers and guests for the rest of the year. Should these measures change before the end of the year we will evaluate the changes to determine our ability to resume overnight camps and retreats.

    In the meantime, Camp Caroline is now open for day use. If your church or group is looking to get away for a day retreat or event, we can presently accommodate groups of up to 50 people.


    For more information
    , please refer to the following Frequently Asked Questions. 

    NEWSLETTER

    September 15, 2020

    Click Here to view our most recent update letter.  Our FAQs below are also amended each time new information becomes available. 

    July 27, 2020

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    June 1, 2020

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    April 20, 2020

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    CAMP CAROLINE'S RESPONSE

    How has Camp Caroline been affected by COVID-19?

    Camp Caroline has not had any guest or staff member become ill or test positive for COVID-19. However, due to the restrictions placed on group gatherings by Alberta Health Services, we had to close our doors to guests in March and continue to be prohibited from hosting overnight groups at the present time.

    Can someone at camp still be reached? Is your staff still working?

    Our staff team continues to work (many of them remotely from home). Our office remains open to receive calls and emails. If we cannot answer your call when you call, please leave us a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

    What has Camp Caroline already done to help reduce and prevent the spread of COVID-19 to its guests?

    In line with the guidelines provided by Alberta Health Services, we have implemented new operational and ministry protocols based on existing guidelines for those sectors most similar to our operations.  This work resulted in the development of a thorough set of Camp Caroline specific guidelines to ensure that all parts of our operations are safe for guests and staff. 

    Who determines Camp Caroline’s response to COVID-19 and how long camp will stay closed, etc.?

    Like you, we cannot forecast how this situation will play out, but the Camp Caroline staff and Board of Directors are dedicated to monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and staying up to date with any new information that may impact our response or decisions. We are taking all recommendations and restrictions provided by Alberta Health Services and are acting upon them immediately.

    Wondering how you can help Camp Caroline?

    Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”  Romans 12:12

    1. Have Hope. We at Camp Caroline are still hopeful that we will be able to open our doors to campers and guests again soon. While most of our 2020 ministry had to be cancelled, we look forward to the next opportunity to open our gates to guests, campers, and friends alike.
    2. Be Patient. We don’t know what the future is going to hold or how long large gatherings will be banned. Continue to give yourself and us the gift of time.
    3. Pray. “Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s People.” (Eph. 6:18) There are many things we can “be alert” to in our world right now; in fact, you are probably being bombarded with news alerts.  Turn alerts into prayers. “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you.” (Ps. 55:22) Take a moment now to turn this COVID-19 update into a prayer for Camp Caroline.
    4. Be Generous. Be generous with whatever God has entrusted to you. Whether finances, food, time to talk, whatever! Please have a community mindset; bless your neighbour, encourage and support one another.  If your family happens to have financial stability in these economically trying times; support your local church, local businesses, ministries like Camp Caroline, and others who have had significant costs and revenue losses due to cancellations. Every little bit helps.

    “May the Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)

    EVENTS and RETREATS

    How long will Camp Caroline stay closed?

    At this point, Camp Caroline has unfortunately had to suspend all scheduled overnight events and retreats through 2020. We hope to be able to reopen and welcome overnight guests again as early as possible in 2021.

    Am I still able to book an overnight retreat for a date in 2021?

    Yes, we are still taking bookings for 2021, but we recognize that we do not yet know when we will be able to reopen for overnight bookings.  

    Is Camp Caroline open for day events?

    Yes, we are allowed to host day events and are currently taking day-use bookings. Please contact our Director of Hospitality, Joel Runnalls, at joel@campcaroline.ab.ca for more information. 

    If I book an event or retreat which later needs to be cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, will I get my deposit back?

    Yes, booking deposits will either be refunded or kept on account and carried forward to a future booking date to be determined.

    Who do I contact with questions about an event or retreat?

    Please contact our Director of Hospitality, Joel Runnalls, at joel@campcaroline.ab.ca or (403) 722-3939.

    SUMMER CAMPS

    Were 2020 summer camps cancelled?

    Yes, we unfortunately had to cancel all overnight summer camps at Camp Caroline for this past summer. This included Family, Grade, and Lead Camps.  Our decision to officially cancel came on June 1st.

    Will Camp Caroline be running summer camps in 2021?

    While it remains uncertain as to when Camp Caroline will be able to re-open and resume running overnight events, we are working to be prepared for the hopeful possibility of being able to run summer camps in 2021. As we receive more information regarding 2021 summer camps, we will provide further updates.

    Who do I contact with questions about Family Camps at Camp Caroline?

    Please contact our Director of Summer Camps, Tony Engeler, at tony@campcaroline.ab.ca

    Who do I contact with questions about Grade Camps at Camp Caroline?

    Please contact our Director of Summer Camps, Tony Engeler, at tony@campcaroline.ab.ca.

    Who do I contact with questions about Lead Camps at Camp Caroline?

    Please contact our Director of Lead, Colton Kruschel, at colton@campcaroline.ab.ca.

     

     



    For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control]. - 2 Timothy 1:7 (AMP)

    Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust"...  You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, not the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday..."He will call on Me (the Lord Most High), and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation." - Psalm 91:1-2, 5-6, 15-16 (NIV)


     
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