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.
- Full refund.
- Donate your deposit to help support the continued work of camp.
- 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. Please check out our video message below.
Thank you for loving Gretna Glen.
Apryl Miller, Director
God's Place Apart. Transforming lives.
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!