Camp Maranatha
Letter From the Chairman of the Board
Friends of Maranatha,

These are exceedingly difficult times for our community, country, and world. Many of you are experiencing hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Camp Maranatha is no exception. There are unprecedented needs in our community, and many of our alumni and friends are hurting in real and tangible ways.

In the midst of this, and with much prayer and deliberation by our board and executive team, Maranatha has made the difficult decision to cancel our traditional summer camp program for summer 2020. This was not an easy conclusion to come to, but is one we are absolutely certain is in the best interest of our camper families and staff. Our decision came down to two primary concerns:
  • The Wellness & Safety of our Campers, Guests, and Staff – Wellness and safety is the top priority at Maranatha as expressed in our core values. With every aspect of camp - our ropes course, food service, water activities, and beyond – the safety of our patrons is prioritized above everything else we do as an organization. As we listen and learn from local, state, and federal officials, we feel it would be a violation of our core value of safety-first to host a full-scale summer program during the current pandemic.
  • The Logistics of Doing Things With Excellence – For four generations of campers, Maranatha has been a special place, in no small part because it has been managed by passionate directors and staff that do their work with excellence. Because COVID-19 has caused disruptions to scheduled safety certification programs, food service trainings, summer staff availability, and other logistical and supply chain challenges, we feel it would be impossible to produce a regular summer overnight and day camp program that would meet our high standards.
Psalm 46:1 reminds us that “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear…” Throughout history, God has helped his people through tough times. Maranatha itself has experienced difficult times before, and yet, thanks to the persistent generosity and prayers of its supporters, it has thrived and grown. It is truly amazing to consider how many lives have been positively changed at Maranatha since 1957 through the help of our friends and donors.

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.”

In these dark, uncertain times, it is our intention to allow Maranatha to remain a beacon of light.


Paul Emerson
Chairman, Maranatha Board
Former Camper; Staff '87 - '88
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