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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 Director on COVID-19

Click here to download the letter from our Executive Director, Chase Epps, on Maranatha’s response to COVID-19

See How Maranatha is Proactively Responding

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

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

At this point in time, most events are planned to continue as scheduled at Maranatha. We will continue to seek guidance from medical professionals and health officials as we look ahead to what is scheduled to be an awesome summer full of outdoor fun and good memories! For retreats, please check with your retreat coordinator for any updates to your planned schedule.

* – Our Military & First Responder event is being merged with our Camp Day Open House.

We are actively making plans and preparations for an awesome summer of camp! At the same time, a safe, healthy experience at camp for all our campers and staff continues to be our #1 priority. If you have questions or concerns about your summer camp registration, please contact our office and we’ll be happy to assist. Our staff can be reached by email at officeatmaranatha@gmail.com.

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 approach the summer camp season!

@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.

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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