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COVID-19 Statement

From The President

Dear Grace Adventures Family,

It finally feels like autumn at Grace Adventures with changing leaves and changing programs around campus.  Dunes Harbor Family Camp has served its last guests of the season, and we are grateful for the thousands of families who made memories that will last for generations at the campground this year.  We are well into our retreat season with Women’s Ranch Retreats, Parent-Child Ranch Retreats, and Women’s Retreats complete or underway.  We now have the opportunity to continue serving children, adults, and families as we have Men's Retreats as well as working with a number of public and private schools both on our campus and at their locations.

While we do anticipate having an operational deficit for the first time in years, Grace Adventures continues to remain stable because of God’s provision through the faithfulness of His people.  We know that many organizations are not in the same position as Grace and we are humbled and grateful for these investments.  We know that God will continue to use the ministry of Grace Adventures for generations to come.

Please know that you and your family are in our prayers as well. If there is any way that we can be specifically lifting you up please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are so thankful for your support of the ministry and the way it allows us to Impact People with Jesus Christ!  If you would like more information on how you can support Grace Adventures, visit our donate page.


Our Decision Making Process

Grace Adventures continues to closely monitor local, state, and national statements regarding the novel coronavirus cases and following the directives from these agencies.

 

We have developed protocols that will allow us to minimize risk and create a safe environment to serve children, adults, and families during this season.  The health and safety of our staff and those we serve is our highest priority.

The following decisions and deadlines that we have/will be making are using the following criteria:

  • Federal and State mandates
  • CDC, State, and local health department recommendations
  • Proper mitigation processes that can realistically be implemented
  • What is wise for our guests and staff


Programs Updates and Cancellations

Due to the constantly changing environment and as new government directives are given, some of our programs have be rescheduled, postponed, or cancelled. Find an update on your event here.

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Men's Retreats

These events have been postponed to:

  • October 23-25, 2020
  • October 30 - November 1 , 2020

Registration is available on the Men's Retreat webpage. Please call our office with any questions.


Cancellation/Refund Policies

Churches, Schools, and Guest Groups: 

We are safely able to be open as we are following the clear guidance from both the Licensing And Regulatory Affairs (LARA) agency and the local health department. If you or your group is looking to cancel their retreat registration, the normal Cancellation Policy applies:

If your group cancels their agreement at any time up to 90 calendar days prior to the beginning date of your event. In doing so, you agree to forfeit your deposit.

If your group cancels their agreement at any time within the 89 calendar day period prior to the beginning date of the event, regardless of the date of the contract signing, you understand that cancellation fees will be assessed as follows:

1. Within 60 to 89 calendar days of your event, you will owe 50% of the guaranteed minimum.

2. Within 30 to 59 calendar days of your event, you will owe 70% of the guaranteed minimum.

3. Within 29 calendar days of your event, you will owe 100% of the guaranteed minimum

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If Grace Adventures is not permitted to host an event due to legal obligations or restrictions imposed through Executive Order, Local Health Department order or directive, or any similar legal restriction or circumstance of similar effect, Grace Adventures will reimburse any deposit and minimum. In all other circumstances, Grace’s cancellation policy outlined above will apply.

Men's Retreat, Women's Retreat, Winter Blast: 

Upon registration, there is a $25 non-refundable deposit. Any cancellation forfeits that deposit.

Payments will be charged in the following manner:

60% of the retreat fee will be due 45 days prior to event and will be scheduled for payment on that day with the credit card on file for your group or your church/group will be invoiced.

100% of the retreat fee will be due 14 days prior to event and will be scheduled for payment on that day with the credit card on file for your group or your church/group will be invoiced.

Cancellation fees will be assessed as follows:

If your group is cancelling spots within 45 days (45 to 15 days) of the retreat, you will be obligated to pay 60% of the retreat fee, which will be charged to the credit card we have on file or invoiced to your church/group.

If your group is cancelling spots within 14 days (14 or fewer days) of the retreat, you will be obligated to pay 100% of the retreat fee, which will be charged to the credit card we have on file or invoiced to your church/group.

All cancellation requests must be made via phone call to our Registrar (231-873-3662) or by email ().

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If Grace Adventures is not permitted to host an event due to legal obligations or restrictions imposed through Executive Order, Local Health Department order or directive, or any similar legal restriction or circumstance of similar effect, Grace Adventures will reimburse any deposit and minimum. In all other circumstances, Grace’s cancellation policy outlined above will apply.

Dunes Harbor Family Camp: 

Any cancellation made 10 or more days before the reservation will be assessed a $10 processing fee and the remainder of the deposit will be returned. Any cancellation within 10 days of the reservation will forfeit their deposit. If at any time a government directive or health concern impacts the dates of your stay be assured that we will help you find an alternative date for your reservation or we will provide a full refund.


Health and Safety

We continue to implement a number of practices to maintain and extend our safety protocols for guests and our staff:

  • We are monitoring federal, state, and local information related to COVID-19
  • We are providing ongoing training for staff in safe and effective cleaning practices
  • All participants and staff are required to wear masks during events on our Grace Adventures and Paradise Ranch campuses when indoors and during outdoor activities where social distancing is not possible. Masks are not required to be worn when sleeping, eating, swimming, or during high intensity activity.
  • Posting content regarding recommended handwashing procedures in restrooms, breakrooms, offices, and common areas to increase awareness of simple prevention methods
  • Increased cycles and procedures for frequent cleaning and disinfection of high-touch areas
  • Use of CDC recommended cleaning supplies and disinfectants throughout our facility
  • Adjustment of staff schedules and working arrangements, where necessary, to support social distancing practices


Our Current Reality

Grace Adventures’ leadership team and Board of Directors have been working hard to plan and adjust for the ministry and economic impacts that face the ministry now and in the future because of COVID-19. We know that, because of lower registrations and the cancellation of a variety of experiences, we will have a minimum of a $1,000,000 loss of income for 2020.

While we pray this is not the case, we are also planning for the impact of potentially not working with school and retreat groups this fall. Initial estimates are that this could cause a loss of income of $1,900,000 or more.

Would you please pray that we would have wisdom as we steward the ministry God has entrusted us with, and how you might help us bridge the gap until we are able to resume all of our ministry programs?

It is because of the faithful investment of people like you that Grace continues to move forward in these challenging times.

We are Praying for You

Most importantly, please know that we are praying for you.  We know that it can be difficult to be isolated from family and businesses and portfolios may be struggling.  If there's anything you need or any specific ways we can be praying for you and your family, please let us know.

Like Caleb and Joshua, the two spies who gave Israel a favorable report of the Promised Land, we are eagerly looking forward to what God will continue to do through His people and Grace Adventures in spite of the challenges ahead.  God has been so faithful for the last 74 years and we know that he will continue to be faithful for generations to come.  We covet your prayers during this time and will continue to lift you up as well.

Additional Resources

Further information on the virus and preventative steps that should be taken can be found on the following websites.

CDC general site: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/

MDHHS general site: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

District Health Department #10: https://www.dhd10.org/coronavirus/

Tips For Talking With Your Children About COVID-19: Parent Handout

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