Experience Unforgettable - Camps & Retreats
    COVID-19 Response
    Updated: June 14, 2021

    In Response to COVID-19 

    After the province declared a public health emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak we temporarily closed camp last year. 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, our staff worked to implement protocols based on existing guidelines for those sectors most similar to our operations. After working with Alberta Health in the fall, 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 currently remains closed to overnight campers and guests.

    Without knowing whether we will be permitted to host overnight camps or what public health measures will be in place for camps, we have decided not to offer grade camps again this year.

    Instead, we are preparing to invite families to experience getaways with greater purpose this summer at Camp Caroline.

    Something extraordinary happens when people slip away from the regular rhythm and routine of life to visit camp. While difficult to describe, it’s impossible to forget the difference even the shortest stay at camp can have as they discover the story of God’s amazing love and incredible hope. Getting away does not produce transformational ministry. It does however cultivate moments. Moments created to encourage faith. Moments full of redemptive potential. And in these moments people encounter God’s presence and purpose for their lives and relationships. At Camp Caroline, we are uniquely able to serve people by creating environments designed to encourage life-changing experiences. Through the ministry of hospitality, we strive to serve people with such excellence that their time at camp is free of any distractions or hassles, allowing them to focus on connecting with family and with God.

    As long as public health measures allow, the camp will be open to families of all stages and ages wanting to getaway together. These getaways will be different than our regular family camps or retreats. Families will set their own daily schedules. We expect many families will spend their days around camp, while others will go on day adventures (exploring, hiking, swimming, rafting, etc....).

    Families will be able to book either a 4-night getaway (Wednesday to Sunday) or a 2-night getaway (Friday to Sunday). During their getaway they will stay in Aspen or Hillside Lodge. Families will also have the option of purchasing meals, and we will offer limited activities. Should public health measures allow, we may plan family firesides for worship and/or additional activities for families. The health and safety of families and staff will be of the highest priority to us. We are committed to following public health guidelines and working with Alberta Health to protect families and staff.

    For more information and to book your Getaway please visit: https://www.campcaroline.ab.ca/getaways/ 

    We are so excited to welcome families back this summer!

    While we continue getting everything ready for the summer we recognize we may need to adjust our plans and will do so as needed.

     

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

    SUMMER CAMPS

    Will Camp Caroline be running summer camps in 2021?

    Without knowing whether we would be permitted to host overnight camps or what public health measures would be in place for camps, we have decided not to offer grade camps again this year.

    Instead, we are preparing to invite families to experience getaways with greater purpose this summer at Camp Caroline.

    As long as public health measures allow, the camp will be open to families of all stages and ages wanting to getaway together. These getaways will be different than our regular family camps or retreats. Families will set their own daily schedules. We expect many families will spend their days around camp, while others will go on day adventures (exploring, hiking, swimming, rafting, etc....).

    Families will be able to book either a 4-night getaway (Wednesday to Sunday) or a 2-night getaway (Friday to Sunday). During their getaway they will stay in Aspen or Hillside Lodge. Families will also have the option of purchasing meals, and we will offer limited activities. Should public health measures allow, we may plan family firesides for worship and/or additional activities for families. The health and safety of families and staff will be of the highest priority to us. We are committed to following public health guidelines and working with Alberta Health to protect families and staff.

    For more information and to book your getaway visit: https://www.campcaroline.ab.ca/getaways/ 

    Who do I contact with questions about summer?

    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 last year. 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.

    Currently, we are not permitted to host overnight camps or retreats. Therefore, based on the current public health measures, Camp Caroline currently remains closed to overnight campers and guests.

    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 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, 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. It also anticipates that we could be required to remain closed to campers and guests until spring (if not longer).

    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 to re-open and resume operations.
    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 2021.

    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 have been 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 month. 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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    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. 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?

    Anticipating that the current public health measures will continue to be in place for some time we are not able to book overnight retreats for the months of May and June.

    If you would like to book an overnight retreat for fall 2021, please contact us at office@campcaroline.ab.ca.

    Is Camp Caroline open for day events?

    We are not open for day events this spring.  

    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 office@campcaroline.ab.ca or (403) 722-3939.

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