Planning for Summer 2021

To ensure the safety of our campers, staff, and volunteers, we've made adjustments to programs and procedures.

Please give us a call. We're happy to answer any questions you may have.

 

We continue to believe in the life-changing power of camp and feel that camp is more needed now than ever.

Programs will only proceed when we are confident that we can do so safely, but we are planning for a great summer!

Kuriakos and Covid-19

Kuriakos looks different this year... But great things are still happening!


For the past 90 years, Kuriakos has been built on our values of Belonging, Growth, and Togetherness. And our community is actively preparing for the next 90!


Throughout our history, we have experienced ups and downs (like the summer of 1943, when we only hosted 1 week of programs due to the War). However, it is during these times that we recognize how important this community is to each other. We know that God continues to have great things in store for us.


We still believe in the life-changing power of camp, and are working hard to provide connection opportunities to our Kuriakos Community.


We will provide updates and review program offerings as the situation progresses.


We hope that you are staying healthy during this challenging time, and staying connected through phone calls and virtual options to the communities you participate in.

Program Measures

Programs Suspended

Registered families

  • You will be contacted with options for fees paid. These include full refund, transferred to donation, or credit for future programs.
When programs resume...
  • Buffet service replaced with cafeteria style (separation from guests)
  • Limiting number at a table or in a room
  • Continued access to sanitizer and reminders of handwashing
  • Guest screening prior to arrival
  • With a 2-week cancellation policy, and full refunds if we cancel any programs on our end, you can safely register if you wish to join us

Rental Measures

Facility availability

  • Currently cancelling events through December 2020. We are terribly sorry and had been looking forward to hosting you. We're hoping to work with all groups to find a new plan!
  • Facilities closed until change in government restrictions and Board decision
  • Can put in a request + sign a contract, with full refund if still closed
  • Subject to regular review

Cancellations & Date changes

  • Option to postpone within 1 year at no charge
  • Full refund if facilities remain closed
  • Cancellation policy provides for a full deposit refund 4 months ahead (less a $100 admin fee)
  • Inside this window, we would like to work with groups to reschedule for a later date.
  • Other events to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. We're in this together!

Health procedures upon reopening

  • Buffet service replaced with cafeteria style (food separation from guests)
  • Limiting number at a table or in a room
  • Groups can move to a larger facility with separate rooms at no charge (if available)
  • Continued access to sanitizer and reminders of handwashing
  • Continued access to cleaning supplies and instructions of best practices
  • Guest screening prior to arrival

We're still here for you!

We are committed to maintaining connections with our community and supporting each other throughout this summer and year.

  • Per the Alberta government’s restrictions for gatherings and events, Kuriakos' facilities are temporarily closed to guests.  
  • Kuriakos committees and staff have been hard at work thinking and praying through this complex situation.

Kuriakos’ on-site programs will resume when:

  • It is decided by authorities that is safe to do so.
  • Kuriakos determines we can safely have guests and campers onsite.
  • Kuriakos can financially provide a safe and quality experience.

Kuriakos is grateful for the prayerful and financial support that you and your congregation are able to provide at this extraordinary time.


https://kuriakos.ab.ca/donate


Thank you to all our wonderful friends! We are encouraged that Kuriakos is not the facility; it's our community. Kuriakos happens whenever, wherever, and however we gather.

Q & A

as of May 7, 2020


1. Will my registration fee be refunded?

Yes. All registered campers will receive notification concerning their deposit and fees paid to date.

 

2. How can I stay connected with Kuriakos in the months ahead?

We will post updates on our website, on Facebook, and Instagram, and in our e-Courier newsletters.

 

3. Should I schedule an event at Kuriakos for the fall/winter/spring?

Yes! We remain hopeful that our schedule of retreats, school programs, and rentals will resume this winter.

 

Our staff will be working hard to implement new health and safety requirements prior to accepting guests.

 

Please contact us at info@kuriakos.ab.ca to inquire about availability and details.

 

4. How can I help?

Kuriakos asks for your continued prayers. We seek God’s guidance and provision as we navigate this challenging time.

 

Our 2020 budget has taken a substantial hit due to COVID-19 cancellations. Please continue to remember us in your financial contributions. E-transfer gifts can be sent to info@kuriakos.ab.ca, and cheques can be sent to our regular mailing address. The staff who are still on-site love to receive mail!

               

                5-39317 Range Road 24

                Lacombe County AB  T4E 2R7

 

5. My question isn’t answered here. Who can I call?

You are always welcome to call the camp office at 403.746.2702 or to email info@kuriakos.ab.ca.

Read our May 7 Letter

"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden."

Matthew 4:15


These are dark times. To comply with government requirements, Kuriakos’ Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to suspend our planned on-site camp programs, retreats, and rental group activities.


But the light of Kuriakos will not be extinguished. The Board is listening carefully to how God is calling us to be light to the world this summer. The ministry of Kuriakos will continue — though we aren’t yet sure exactly what it will look like. Our summer staff have been training online with the knowledge that their service this summer will be different than it would in a regular year.

Social distance is important. Spiritual connectedness is crucial to helping us all during these difficult days! Stay connected with your faith community and with Kuriakos during this time.


As we know from Psalm 46, God is our refuge and strength. In times of uncertainty and anxiety, we know we can talk with one another and with God about our situations. We pray for God's work through each person to care for one another, pray for one another, and live in grace and peace each day.

activities to try at home

Re-grow vegetables from your kitchen scraps:

https://www.whatdowedoallday.com/plant-science-regrowing-vegetables-from-scraps


Make Ice Cream in a bag:

https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a54721/ice-cream-in-a-bag-recipe/


Make Maple Syrup Snow Candy:

https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/maple-syrup-snow-candy/


Make an ice table centre-piece/candle-holder:

https://www.instructables.com/id/Ice-Luminaries/


Try some of these Winter Science Activities:

https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/winter-nature-ice-melt-science-activity/


Make a Bird-feeder and see what birds come around this season:

https://www.whatdowedoallday.com/4-bird-feeders-kids-can-make/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=4-bird-feeders-kids-can-make&utm_reader=feedly


You can get free Bird-ID e-books from Nature Canada here:

https://naturecanada.ca/discover-nature/about-our-birds/bird-e-books/?gclid=CjwKCAjwsMzzBRACEiwAx4lLG5buMg9YRGHrAyloNFlDSFIU7maTvqgeobkfZybgozB_UazfxFUnNBoCBlkQAvD_BwE


https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/ has a free Bird-ID tool –answer questions about your bird sighting, and it will bring up pictures of possible birds – you can listen to their calls, and learn more about each bird.