Experience Unforgettable - Camps & Retreats
    COVID-19 Response
    Updated: May 26, 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.

    We recognize you must have so many questions as summer approaches.

    At this point, we have not cancelled summer camps.  

    Cancelling summer camps is a huge decision. We know we may end up having to cancel but want to make sure we have done everything we can to avoid cancelling. 

    Over the last few weeks we have reviewed our plan to be ready for the summer and determined we have until the end of May to make a decision regarding summer camps. We know other camps have already decided to cancel camps and respect their decision but right now we are waiting for more information on Alberta’s “Relaunch Strategy” to determine what specific steps we might be able to take to safely run camps.

    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

    April 20, 2020

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

    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.

    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. We continue to plan for Summer 2020 and to take registrations for all Family, Grade, and Lead Camps.
    2. Be Patient. We don’t know what the future is going to hold or how long large gatherings will be banned. If it can wait, please wait. Please wait until more information is available before cancelling future bookings or camp registrations. 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 alert 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)

    SUMMER CAMPS

    Are summer camps cancelled?

    No, summer camps at Camp Caroline have not been cancelled. We continue to plan for Summer 2020 and to take registrations for all Family, Grade, and Lead Camps.

    When will we know if summer camp is happening or not?

    We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and staying up to date with any new information that may impact our ability to hold summer camp.  We cannot predict when we will be able to reopen camp, and recognize that we may end up cancelling camps; but we’ll continue planning and preparing until such decisions are made. At this point we are planning one month at a time. We are praying we will have enough information to make a decision about summer camps before the end of May.  

    Are you still accepting payments for summer camp registrations?

    While we are still accepting new registrations for summer camps, we would prefer not to process any further registration payments until we have finalized our plan for the summer. Once we have finalized our plan for the summer we will contact you to make arrangements for outstanding payments.

    If I cancel my registration, will I get a refund?

    Yes, full refunds will be provided for any cancelled registrations. We would encourage you to wait until more information is available before making the decision to cancel.

    What if I'm on a payment plan for summer camp?

    We would prefer not to process any further payments until we have finalized our plan for the summer and have temporarily paused all payment plans. Once we have finalized our plan for the summer we will contact you to make arrangements for outstanding payments.

    If summer camp does happen, what healthcare precautions does Camp Caroline plan to take?

    Camp Caroline will continue to implement our enhanced cleaning and handwashing protocols, even beyond any restrictions on group gatherings. We are also prepared to implement any new protocols or precautions as recommended by Alberta Health Services.

    Who do I contact with questions about Family Camps this summer?

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

    Who do I contact with questions about Grade Camps this summer?

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

    Who do I contact with questions about Lead Camps this summer?

    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.

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

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

    If my event or retreat has been cancelled, 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 my event or retreat?

    Please contact our Director of Hospitality, Joel Runnalls, at joel@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)