SUMMER CAMP 2020

May 30th, 2020

Dear Friends of Gretna Glen Camp & Retreat Center,

Gretna Glen Camp & Retreat ministry has transformed the lives of campers, volunteers and staff for over 60 years. After much prayer and careful consideration, the staff, along with our site committee and board has made the very difficult decision to suspend our summer programs at Gretna Glen for the 2020 season as scheduled. This includes overnight and day camp programs.

This decision is beyond difficult and something we never imagined having to do. We have been working diligently to prepare for summer camp and looked at many options in trying to find a way to do so. We pored over the guidelines from the American Camp Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. During these many weeks of seeking a safe way forward, it became clear that offering camp would not be in the best interest of our campers whom we love dearly. Social distancing, PPE and quarantine protocols along with screening availability would need to be in place for summer programs to operate at the level we expect. Camp would be nothing like we know it to be under these guidelines. As a result, we decided to suspend summer programs to protect our campers, volunteers, staff, and every parent, sibling, and grandparent connected to our wider community.

Those who have already registered and made a payment toward a program will be contacted by Gretna Glen staff by June 12th to discuss their options going forward.

Options are:

  1. Full refund.
  2. Donate your deposit to help support the continued work of camp.
  3. Refund and donate: Consider taking a partial refund and making a donation. 

This news is very sad. Many tears have been shed and will continue as we mourn the loss of serving our campers this summer. We grieve the loss of our summer program. The hearts of our staff are aching and we are so sorry to disappoint all of you. It is truly out of our love and commitment to serve you well that this decision was made.

The good news: we serve a mighty God. We know the One who holds the future. We draw on that love and strength to guide us through the coming days and months. We are seeking alternative ways to serve our camp community, so please stay in touch.

Challenging days lie before us. Your continued support is vital to us during this unprecedented time. If you would like to make a donation please click here. Please check out our video message above.

Thank you for loving Gretna Glen.

In Christ,

Apryl Miller, Director

God's Place Apart. Transforming lives.

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 The tradition of summer camp at Gretna Glen has deep roots as we celebrate 61 years of programming this summer. 200 acres of scenic hills and woodlands are ideal for day and overnight camp. The opportunities for children & youth to explore nature, develop friendships, broaden their experiences and embrace their faith journey at Gretna Glen are never-ending.

 

 

You will be moving through our 4 STEP registration process. This process will help navigate you through our website and help you ensure that your camper has everything they need for their days at camp this summer.

Jump to STEP 1 - Pick a Program

Jump to STEP 2 - Register

Jump to STEP 3 - Fill Out The Forms

Jump to STEP 4 - Get Ready!

Summer Camp at Gretna Glen

 

Be assured that the safety of Gretna Glen summer campers and guests is something we take seriously. In order to provide a “Safe Sanctuary,” we carefully select staff members and volunteers through an application process that requires references, background checks, and child abuse clearances. Staff and Volunteers are trained before working with campers. Our campsite is accredited by the American Camp Association. To earn accreditation, Gretna Glen complies with more than 300 health, safety and program quality standards. We are also members of the Christian Camp and Conference Association.

Our goals for your camper while they are here:
Seek God’s guidance in their lives
Experience a healthy Christian community
Reach for new adventures
Value themselves and the world around them
Experience age appropriate responsibilities

Camping Program Opportunities

Day Camps

For ages 4-completed 5th grade
Day Camp at Gretna Glen is a wonderful way for kids to explore nature, make new friends, and learn about Christ’s love! Each week of day camp has a different theme & new lessons; so pick one, two, or more weeks and make Gretna Glen the foundation of your child’s summer. The Village serves as the day camp hub and includes group shelters, a large pavilion, campfire sites, restrooms, and plenty of room to run around. Day campers are dropped off at the Funk Center in the morning and taken back and forth from the Village by a wagon ride. Day campers will be divided into family groups by age/grade so that activities for each group can be adjusted to be age appropriate. A hot lunch, two snacks and plenty of fluids are prepared by our kitchen staff and served on our new dining hall deck. Our highly trained day camp staff spends the entire week leading a small group so that they can better understand the needs of each camper. Although each week of camp has a different theme and Bible lessons, there is a standard schedule that ensures all campers will experience the great things about camp each week like boating, swimming and fishing. Day Camp hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00-4:00. Extended Day hours are available for morning drop off between 7:30 am and 8:45 am and at the end of the day from 4:00 pm until pick up at 5:30 pm. Please register with the ID that includes an 'E' at the end of the day camp event ID. Extended Day Cost: $50.00 per week

Children's Overnight Camp

For children completed grades K-8
All Gretna Glen children’s campers will have the opportunity to share in the camp experience filled with singing, Bible Study, worship, crafts, nature, swimming, boating, fishing, campfires, hiking, archery, sports, games and much more. Each program is designed specifically to be age appropriate. Housing assignments vary according to event.

Youth Overnight Camps

For youth completed grades 6-12
All Gretna Glen Youth campers will have opportunities to share experiences filled with singing, Bible Study, worship, crafts, nature, challenge course, swimming, boating, campfires, hiking, archery, special programs and more, all in a Christian environment. Housing assignments vary according to event.