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Only 45 Days until Summer Camp!
Join us for the Wild Women Retreat, May 14-16! Sign up today!
Quick Updates
  • We already have nearly 200 camper registrations for Summer Camp! See below for a list of camps that are filling fast. 
  • Use discount code SUMMERFUN2021 for $21 off of your Summer Camp registration if you register by May 15!
  • Our next Outdoor Worship is on May 2 at 4:30pm in the Spring Field by St. John's Chapel. Use our 8481 Moreland Gap Rd address to get there. The weather forecast is showing partly cloudy skies with a high of 84F - perfect weather for outdoor worship!
  • We're hosting a BBQ Picnic Celebration and Open House on May 22! Come spend time outdoors and join us in celebrating the Caroline Furnace community. All are invited; RSVP by May 15. 
  • Book your Family Retreat for this summer! We are open for Family Retreats each weekend from Thursday evening to Sunday morning. Cabins by household; meals provided. Farmhouse also available. Easy planning and lots of fun!
  • The Wild Women Retreat is coming up soon, May 14-16! The Wild Women Retreat is hosted in the Cabin Village with plenty of space to spread out. Meals and outdoor activities included. Sign up by April 30 (tomorrow!).
  • Now booking group retreats for Fall 2021! NEW! Book now, pay later option for 2021 group retreats. Make plans with your groups who are meeting virtually now and would like to gather in person later.
Questions? Reply to this email for more info!
Sign up on CampBrain for Summer Camp, Work Days, the Wild Women Retreat, and the BBQ Picnic Celebration. Register now, pay upon arrival options for retreats. To book a retreat, call (540) 449-0012 or reply to this email.
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NEW! Board & Committee Interest Form
Use your skills and experience to give back to your outdoor ministry! Please share with us about your gifts, skills, experience, and interests. Anyone affiliated with Caroline Furnace is eligible to volunteer on a committee. Some committees require appointment by the Board of Directors due to access to confidential information. If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, your information will be shared with the nominating task force.

Current Committees: Finance, Marketing, Program, Property, Resource (Find details for each in the form linked below.)

Board & Committee Interest Form
Upcoming Events - You Don't Want to Miss These!
Health and Safety:  We continue to host our retreats and events with adaptations, and with your health and safety in mind. Current practices include small group sizes, maximizing time outdoors, social distancing among separate households, enhanced cleaning and sanitation, and health pre-screening for all overnight guests.

Contact us for more info at (540) 449-0012 or (or you may reply to this email update).

(Virtual) Summer Camp Town Halls
Tuesday, May 11 at 7pm; Second Tuesday of each month until June
Join us for a series of Town Halls as we prepare for Summer 2021. We'll share quick updates, highlight any new FAQs, and answer your questions! Join each Town Hall via Zoom or Facebook livestream, or view later on our website. All sessions are recorded. Submit questions in advance to (or you may reply to this email update).
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Zoom Link for Town Hall series
Outdoor Worship Series
May 2 and June 6 at 4:30pm; first Sundays of each month
All are welcome to join us for an ecumenical outdoor worship series at St. John's Chapel! Worship is on the first Sunday of May and June, rain or shine. The Spring Field will be open by 4pm. Bring your own lawn chairs, picnic blankets, snacks, and musical instruments. Bulletins and/or a projector screen will be available. Social distancing is expected among separate households. No cost; no RSVP needed.
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Wild Women Retreat
May 14-16 at the Cabin Village
Join us for a weekend of fellowship and renewal! Feel free to bring a book, your latest crafting project, your sense of adventure, and your favorite snacks/drinks to share. The retreat includes modern-rustic lodging with plenty of space to spread out, scratch-made meals, and outdoor activities.
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Wild Women: Register Now, Pay Later
BBQ Picnic Celebration
May 22 at Main Field
Join us in celebrating the Caroline Furnace community! This celebration will include BBQ, worship, time outdoors, and (hopefully!) live music. Overnight lodging and camping will be available. Stay tuned for more details!
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Summer Camp Updates
COVID-19 Note: Caroline Furnace follows the guidelines and requirements of CDC, VDH, and American Camp Association (ACA), in consultation with our healthcare advisory team. Risk mitigation for Summer 2021 includes use of small group cohorts, staff and guest health screening, hygiene and personal protective equipment (PPE), a designated quarantine space, limited off-site activities, a no visitor policy, and more.
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In 2021, campers will experience Summer Camp as small group cohorts, which means that each camp group will travel, eat, and play together for the week. All small groups will follow a basic schedule that emphasizes outdoor activities and faith development. Adventure Camps have some additional activities scheduled (such as rock climbing or horseback riding). Depending upon current restrictions and best practices this summer, we hope to gather all campers for a few safely distanced activities throughout the week.

Thank you for your patience and grace as we move forward through uncertainty. We are doing our best to prepare for this summer, remaining flexible and knowing that anything is subject to change as new information and further developments become available. Most importantly, we are so excited to see you again and look forward to welcoming you back to Caroline Furnace soon!

Full Camps:
Grades 4-6: Week 5 Adventure (July 18-22) - *one space has reopened!
Grades 4-6: Week Seven Adventure (August 1-5)

Almost Full:
Grades 4-6: Week Six Adventure (July 25-29)
Grades 7-9: Week Seven Adventure (August 1-5)

Halfway Filled:
Grades 1-3: Week Six Explorer (July 25-29)
Grades 4-6: Week Four Adventure (July 11-15)
Grades 7-9: Week Two Adventure (June 27-July 1)
Grades 7-9: Week Four Adventure (July 11-15)
Grades 7-9: Week Six Adventure (July 25-29)
Grades 7-9: Week Six Night (July 25-29 - Girls' Sukkah
Grades 9-12: Week One Adventure (June 20-24)
Grades 9-12: Week Six Night (July 25-29)
View Summer 2021 Schedule and Updates
Register today! Payment plans are available until April 30.
Register for Summer Camp 2021
NEW! Youth Group Service + Adventure Week, July 4-8
$375 per person; some activities may cost extra

Customizable lodging, meals, and activities for small groups (contact your pastor / youth leader). Bring your small group to camp for a week of service projects and adventure! This is a great opportunity for your ELCA Youth Gathering group to build community in 2021 before the 2022 Gathering. This is a safe alternative to international mission trips in 2021. The daily schedule is custom-built to fit your group; both on-site and off-site service projects and adventures are available. No youth group? No problem! Family / friend groups are welcome as well. Make your plans now; space is limited!

Questions? Want to learn more? Reply to this email!
Apply for Summer Staff (or pass it along)!
College students, high school graduates, and young adults -
come work at camp this summer!

Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp & Retreat Center is in Fort Valley VA, located in the Shenandoah Valley near Washington DC. We offer eight weeks of co-ed Summer Camp to grades 1-12, with activities such as canoeing (both day and multi-night), rock climbing, hiking, archery, horseback riding, fishing, and more. Flexible, paid academic internships and college credit are available. Base pay is $2,000 for the summer, plus lodging and meals - with higher pay for experience at any camp, years in college, and certifications (WFA/WFR, EMT, Lifeguard, ACA Canoe, Archery, etc.). Gain real-world experience in marketable skills sought by Fortune 500 companies: leadership, communication, problem solving, and more. 
Learn more and apply online at Interviews are scheduled on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

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