Experience Unforgettable - Camps & Retreats
    COVID-19 Response
    Updated: November 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, 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 remains closed to overnight campers and guests.

    In October, the Board of Directors approved a response and recovery plan to help us chart our course forward. 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).

    Until we are able to re-open and resume operations we have taken steps to properly care for the facilities. This fall our staff team has prepared the facilities to weather the winter months without campers and guests around camp. At times it has been tremendously difficult to take these steps but we have done this with full confidence that God will see fit to open the door for us to welcome campers and guests back to camp in the near future.

    We have also begun carefully planning for the summer ministry season, praying for an opportunity to run either onsite or offsite camps in 2021. The planning for summer continues. We will make sure you know what we will be offering early in the new year. That being said, we will not launch registration in December as has been our practice in the past, instead we will hold off until we get into 2021.

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

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    September 15, 2020

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    CAMP CAROLINE'S RESPONSE

    How has Camp Caroline been affected by COVID-19?

    Due to the restrictions placed on group gatherings by Alberta Health Services, Camp Caroline had to close our doors to overnight guests back in March, and we 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 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?


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

    Please join us in praying for the following as we look toward year-end and the new year: 

    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 to decrease the expected year-end deficit. We have continued working hard to decrease ongoing costs. Thankfully, we have been able to improve the year-end forecast. Presently, we are forecasting a deficit of less than $175,000 by the end of December.

    4) Continue praying for our grant application with the province’s community initiatives program. In July we applied for a $50,000 grant. This is a one-time grant designed to support camps that have closed due to the pandemic. We expect to receive a response to our grant application this month.

    5) Continue praying that God will provide for the needs of the camp as we step into 2021. 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. As we look to 2021 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? 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 as 2020 draws to a close. Financial gifts received will help us steer the ministry through this season and toward the next. Gifts can be made online at campcaroline.ab.ca/donation. 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.

    "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?

    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 January, February, and March.

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

    Is Camp Caroline open for day events?

    We will not be open for day events this winter.  

    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.

    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 Summer Camps at Camp Caroline?

    Please contact our Director of Summer Camps, Tony Engeler, at tony@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)