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COVID-19 Update

Maranatha is committed to providing a safe, healthy environment for our campers and retreaters of all ages. At a time when the news is dominated by Coronavirus (COVID-19), our staff and board want to clearly and proactively communicate how we are vigilantly implementing enhanced protocols to ensure camp, retreat, & event safety.

View our Letter From the Board Chair on COVID-19

Click here to download the letter from our Board Chair, Paul Emerson, on Maranatha’s response to COVID-19

  • March 21st: Military & First Responder Family Day – Postponed*
  • April 25th: Camp Day Open House & Alumni Reunion – Postponed*
  • June & July: Summer Camp – Cancelled

We are not certain what summer 2020 will look like this year at Maranatha. We know that camp is an opportunity for children to discover nature and deepen their relationship with God in new ways, thus we are developing measures to stay connected with our campers so that same opportunity can continue – including plans for a virtual camp experience with energizers and devotionals. Once we are able to safely gather together, we are planning to offer on-site family-oriented events that will allow you and your loved ones to come out and experience the peace that being outside together can bring. We eagerly await the end of the COVID-19 pandemic so that we can resume regular overnight and day camp programming in summer 2021 where our campers will learn about “The Full Armor of God.”

With the cancellation of our regular day camp and overnight camp options, our staff have reached out to all registered campers individually to discuss options for moving and refunding reservations, or converting registration dollars into a donation. We welcome any questions about this difficult decision. Please contact us via the link below.

If you have questions about a retreat reservation, please contct your retreat point of contact for your organization. If you are a retreat point of contact, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office with any questions or concerns.

The best way to stay up to date is to follow us on Social Media. Check out our profile on your favorite platform – we’ll post frequent updates there as we move forward with virtual camp experiences, including Energizers and devotionals!

@CampMaranathaAL

There have been no confirmed cases of any Maranatha staff member or any recent guests or visitors testing positive for COVID-19. Let’s all do our part, together, to reduce the risk and proactively prevent contact with contaminated people and surfaces. Maranatha is implementing policies that:

  • Require anyone (employees, guests, and other visitors) with any of the following conditions stay home and avoid potentially exposing others at Camp Maranatha:
      • Elevated temperature of 99.5 or higher
      • Any acute respiratory illness such as coughs, sneezing, runny nose or other
      • Any recent proximity of a known person with the COVID-19 virus
      • Any recent traveled to a location with what is considered high risk for infection
  • Emphasize the importance of hand hygiene/washing (Hint: DO IT OFTEN. We recommend that you wash your hands with soap vigorously for at least 20 seconds as often as you can.)
  • Remind our staff and visitors of proper sneezing/coughing etiquette (the inside of your elbow is best)
  • Increase the frequency of our cleanings in general but especially in “high traffic/touch areas”.
  • Utilize bleach-based cleaners and disposable food service materials to prevent any potential contamination.
  • Encourage EVERYONE to stay home if you think you might be sick! Sharing is good for many things, but sharing germs puts vulnerable people at risk!
  • Encourage everyone to practice good common sense and take the precautions you feel are necessary to keep you and your family safe.

See How Maranatha is Proactively Responding

Click here to download information on measures Maranatha is taking to ensure the safety of all camp visitors.

Some New Ways to Experience Maranatha

Maranatha is committed to honoring the recommendations and directives of officials during the COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience Maranatha! We’re excited about some of the opportunities that this summer will bring once it’s safe to gather together:

  • Family & Group Retreats – With our in-person summer day and overnight camps cancelled, our cabins and activities area will be available to reserve. How nice to get those close to you out of the house when this has passed and spend some time at Maranatha together!
  • Summer Events – We know people will be looking for quality summer activities, and we’re making plans to host engaging family-friendly events where mom and dad can come with their campers and experience the summer fun of camp!

Email us at newsletter@maranatha.camp or subscribe on social media for updates as the COVID-19 situation evolves.

Commitment to Safety

For over 50 years, Maranatha has served North Alabama and beyond as a special gathering place. It has been, and will continue to be, a place where differences are set aside and our humanity, spirituality, and commonality are re-ignited. As with other disruptive emergency situations that have arisen during our tenure as a trusted camp destination, we are closely monitoring the guidance of state, local, and national officials regarding the spread of the virus. Our focus is to ensure we meet the needs of our campers, camper parents, and retreaters while doing our part to keep our employees, stakeholders, and communities safe. As a part of this, we are implementing some key strategies to make sure that Maranatha continues to be a place that provides high-quality camp and retreat experiences in a safe, healthy environment.

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