Experience Unforgettable - Camps & Retreats
    COVID-19 Response
    Updated: March 3, 2022

    In Response to COVID-19 

    Thanks for your interest in Camp Caroline’s programs and facilities. We are excited to be fully back in business!  As of the provincial announcements on March 1st Camp Caroline is resuming it’s regular operations as it pertains to guest groups and upcoming camp programs.

    Camp Caroline has always made the health and safety of our campers a top priority. As you anticipate your upcoming camp or hosted event here is what you should know/anticipate:

    Camp Caroline will:

    • follow any future Alberta Health guidelines laid out for overnight camps (if any)
    • follow our contagious illness protocols*
    • encourage and facilitate good hygiene amongst our campers and staff
      • handwashing – especially before meals
      • hand sanitizer stations available throughout the facilities and before food service
    • continue proper food handling practices
    • continue our cleaning and disinfecting protocols
    • communicate any critical updates/requirements to campers and guest group coordinators
    • continue to make the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and safety of our campers and staff a top priority

    *Contagious Illness Protocol:

    In an effort to keep our campers and staff happy and healthy, Camp Caroline has a contagious illness protocol. The communal living environment of summer camp brings an increased risk for spread of contagious illnesses (e.g. influenza, chicken pox, pink eye, COVID-19, etc.). Staff and campers who have experienced symptoms of contagious illness in the days prior to the start of camp are asked to remain at home until any mandatory isolation requirements are complete (if any required by Alberta Health), and/or they are no longer contagious.  Campers who reveal symptoms of contagious illness upon arrival at camp or who develop these symptoms while at camp will be isolated from other campers and staff, and parents will be asked to take them home. Camp fees or a pro-rated portion thereof will be refunded in the case of cancellation or early departure due to illness.

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

      Summer Camp 2022

      Is Camp Caroline planning on running summer camps in 2022?

      Yes, we are planning on running our Grade, Lead and Family camp programs. For more information, please visit the various Summer Camp pages on our website.

      What is your COVID response plan for this upcoming summer?

      Like many Albertan’s we are looking forward to the prospect of resuming regular operations.  Regular operations at Camp Caroline have always made the health and safety of our campers a top priority.  Health and Safety was a priority before the pandemic and will continue to be so as we move forward.

      With summer still months away we cannot be certain of what it will be like. However, we know a few things that will remain true as we anticipate summer and move forward. 

      Camp Caroline will:

      • follow any Alberta Health guidelines for overnight camps instituted for Summer 2022 (if any)
      • follow our contagious illness protocols*
      • encourage and facilitate good hygiene amongst our campers and staff
        • handwashing – especially before meals
        • hand sanitizer stations available throughout the facilities and before food service
      • continue proper food handling practices
      • continue our cleaning and disinfecting protocols
      • communicate via email any critical updates/requirements to camper families as we get closer to your camp session
      • continue to make the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and safety of our campers and staff a top priority

      *Contagious Illness Protocol:

      In an effort to keep our campers and staff happy and healthy, Camp Caroline has a contagious illness protocol. The communal living environment of summer camp brings an increased risk for spread of contagious illnesses (e.g. influenza, chicken pox, pink eye, COVID-19, etc.). Staff and campers who have experienced symptoms of contagious illness in the days prior to the start of camp are asked to remain at home until any mandatory isolation requirements are complete (if any required by Alberta Health), and/or they are no longer contagious.  Campers who reveal symptoms of contagious illness upon arrival at camp or who develop these symptoms while at camp will be isolated from other campers and staff, and parents will be asked to take them home. Camp fees or a pro-rated portion thereof will be refunded in the case of cancellation or early departure due to illness.


      Do campers have to be vaccinated in order to attend camp this summer?

      Under the current AHS guidelines for overnight camps, we are not required to collect proof of vaccination in order for campers to attend/participate in camp programs. Therefore, as things sit presently, we do not anticipate asking for proof of vaccination as a condition of enrollment. 

      In the months ahead we will continue to work with Alberta Health to make sure we have the most recent health care plans in place for this summer.

      Can we get a refund if we must cancel due to illness?

      Cancellations

      • Cancellations prior to June 15th will forfeit the $50 non-refundable deposit processed at time of registration.
      • Cancellations between June 15th and the Sunday two weeks prior to the first day of the camper's week will forfeit 50% of the base fee.
      • Cancellations later than two weeks prior to the first day of the camper's week will forfeit 100% of the base fee except in the case of illness* or family emergency. Full refunds will be given for program options and t-shirts.

      *Contagious Illness Protocol
      The communal living environment of summer camp brings an increased risk for spread of contagious illnesses (e.g. influenza, chicken pox, pink eye, COVID-19, etc.). Staff and campers who have experienced symptoms of contagious illness in the seven days prior to the start of camp are asked to remain at home until no longer contagious. Campers who reveal symptoms of contagious illness upon arrival at camp or who develop these symptoms while at camp will be isolated from other campers and staff, and asked to go home. Camp fees or a pro-rated portion thereof will be refunded in the case of cancellation or early departure due to illness.

      Will I get a refund if camp is unable to operate this summer?

      Forced Closure Plan

      If Camp Caroline is forced to close/cancel your stay due to changes in local or provincial COVID-19 restrictions, camper families will be given these options:

      • Enroll in a newly offered program that meets increased COVID-19 restrictions if one is possible/available.
      • If space is limited/reduced, campers will be accepted in the order they initially applied.
      • Any over payment due to fee changes will be eligible for a refund as appropriate. (if applicable)
      • Receive a full refund.
      • Donate your fees on account, in full or part, to support the future ministries of Camp Caroline.

      Who do I contact with questions about summer camp?

      Please contact our camp office. We can be reached at summercamp@campcaroline.ab.ca or (403) 722-3939.

      EVENTS and RETREATS

      Am I still able to book an overnight retreat for a date in 2022?

      We are currently taking booking inquiries for 2022. 

      If you would like to book an overnight retreat, please contact us at bookings@campcaroline.ab.ca.

      Is Camp Caroline open for day events?

      Yes, we are open for day events. Please contact bookings@campcaroline.ab.ca to inquire.   

      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 us at the camp office. We can be reached at bookings@campcaroline.ab.ca or (403) 722-3939.

      CAMP CAROLINE'S RESPONSE

      How has Camp Caroline been affected by COVID-19?

      After the province declared a public health emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak we temporarily closed camp from March 202o to June 2021. Thankfully, we were able to run Family Getaway Camps and Lead camps last summer (2021).

      However, we are excited to be fully back in business!  As of the provincial announcements on March 1st Camp Caroline is resuming it’s regular operations as it pertains to guest groups and upcoming camp programs.

      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 our staff and the 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.

      In October 2020, the Board of Directors approved a response and recovery plan to help us chart our course forward in faith. The plan identifies a series of guiding principles and ministry priorities. 

      The guiding principles and ministry priorities identified in our response and recovery plan are:

      Principle 1: Permitted and prudent. Both conditions need to be met.
      Principle 2: Slower is better. We want to be well prepared to manage risks and maintain operations.
      Principle 3: Protocols that communicate care, concern, and a commitment to safety.
      Principle 4: Grace and generosity. We are here to serve and will respond to opportunities as we can.

      Priority 1: Protecting the ministry of Camp Caroline during this season of disruption.
      Priority 2: Positioning the ministry to be prepared to re-open and resume operations for summer.

      Wondering how you can help Camp Caroline?

       Please join us in praying for the following:

      1) Wisdom, discernment, and direction as we prayerfully consider how God is continuing to direct us through this season and toward the next.

      2) Open doors to offer ministry programming in 2022.

      3) Camp finances as we continue to cut any costs that can be avoided and to identify other potential sources of income.

      4) As we were getting ready to reopen, we identified a series of maintenance projects that could not be delayed. Whereas each of these projects addressed either safety concerns for guests and staff or the immediate care of the facilities, we committed to having the required work completed before we reopen. These projects included replacing the heat exchanger in the make up air unit in Aspen Lodge, a cracked picture window in Creekside Lodge, and the hot water tanks in Creekside Lodge. Our site and facilities team have worked hard to have these projects completed at the lowest cost to camp without compromising the overall quality of work. The cost of these projects was just under $25,000.

      5) In addition to these project costs, our site and facilities team is having to replace a number of tools and equipment due to a break in at camp last spring. Just under $5,000 worth of equipment and tools were stolen from the shop. While we will replace some of the tools and equipment taken, we will not replace everything. It will cost us approximately $3,500 to replace the tools and equipment needed.

      6) Continue praying that God will provide for the needs of the camp. We are so THANKFUL for how God has been meeting the needs of the ministry this year. Thus far God has provided the necessary resources for us to manage our financial obligations and maintain cashflow without borrowing any funds. We want to manage our financial obligations, maintain cashflow, avoid borrowing funds for operations, and begin rebuilding reserve funds so we are well positioned to respond to future ministry opportunities.

      Interested in making a financial gift? As you consider making a gift please know we believe the church should be the primary place each of us give and want to encourage you to give to your church first. If after giving to your church you have the means and desire to help camp financially, we welcome your gift this spring. Gifts received this spring will be used to help us be ready to reopen. At this time we are asking that gifts be directed to the General Fund to allow us to maintain appropriate cash flow, manage ongoing costs, and direct funds to those areas most in need as we look to the future.

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