Experience Unforgettable - Camps & Retreats
    COVID-19 Response
    Updated: July 27, 2020

    In Response to COVID-19 

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the recommendations and guidelines that have been issued by Alberta Health Services, Camp Caroline is now closed to the public until further notice.

    As you know, 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.

    Praying that we would be able to reopen in time for summer we have also been working hard to be ready to welcome you and your family back to camp.

    Following the announcement of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy we took the month of May to review a number of approved guidelines
    for reopening similar businesses to determine whether we could safely run overnight camps. As we have reviewed these guidelines we have been concerned.
    The health and safety of our campers, counselors, and guests is always of highest priority to us.

    We have also been collaborating with other camps and corresponding with the provincial government to determine what guidelines might be required for reopening overnight camps and when camps will be permitted to reopen. At this time the operation of overnight camps continues to be prohibited and a date for reopening has not been set. Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that we have cancelled overnight camps for this summer.

    While we are walking together through these uncertain times, we remember that we serve a faithful God.  As such, we commit to doing our best to make wise decisions not out of fear, but out of our trust in the Lord.  Please know that as we make changes at Camp Caroline to align ourselves with the recommendations of our governing authorities, we regret the opportunity lost to serve, to gather with, and to care for you in the ways to which we are accustomed.  We very much look forward to the next opportunity to do so and want to thank you for your continued support and care as we navigate these changes!

    For more information, please refer to the following Frequently Asked Questions.  Like you, we are watching daily for new information and in many ways taking things one step at a time.  We will do our best to provide any new updates and information as it becomes available.

    NEWSLETTER

    July 27, 2020

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

    June 1, 2020

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

    April 20, 2020

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

    SUMMER CAMPS

    Have summer camps been cancelled?

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

    Will my registration be refunded?

    Yes, full refunds have already been provided for all Summer 2020 registrations.

    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.

     

    EVENTS and RETREATS

    How long will Camp Caroline stay closed?

    At this point, Camp Caroline has suspended all scheduled events and retreats through our spring retreat season and our summer camp season.

    What happens if I have an event or retreat scheduled at Camp Caroline this fall?

    If you have an event or retreat scheduled at Camp Caroline beyond August, you are welcome to contact us as usual in regards to the details for your retreat.

    If my event or retreat needs to be cancelled due to COVID-19, 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.

    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 are unable to continue hosting 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?

    Prior to the restrictions placed on group gatherings, we had enhanced our protocols around the cleaning and disinfecting of the camp facilities, and had introduced increased handwashing protocols for guests and staff. We are also enforcing a strict expectation that no staff that are feeling ill, or that have a family member that is feeling ill, are to be out at the camp. As new guidelines that relate to our ministry become available, we are continuing to implement them into our protocols as well.

    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 Summer 2020 has been 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. 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, toilet paper, 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)

     



    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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