We've reached 150 camper registrations for Summer Camp! We are right on track with 2018 registration trends. This also means that some of our camps are already filling! See below for details.
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!
Our next Spring Work Day is on May 8 and we need your help! Sign up in CampBrain and begin your health pre-screening by next Saturday, April 24.
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.
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 Paul Bunyan Day, Work Days, and the Wild Women Retreat. Register now, pay upon arrival options for retreats.
Pre-register for Summer Camp 2021!
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.)
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 email@example.com (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 firstname.lastname@example.org (or you may reply to this email update).
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.
Spring Work Day May 8, 9am to 5pm
Help us prepare for another unforgettable summer! No cost to register and attend; lunch provided. Projects are mostly outdoors and social distancing among separate households is expected. Detailed plans will reflect guidelines and best practices at the time. Contact us for overnight lodging options.
RSVP and begin health pre-screening by next Saturday, April 24.
Sign up in CampBrain OR reply to this email to RSVP to a work day.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Grades 4-6: Week 5 Adventure (July 18-22)
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 www.CarolineFurnace.org. Interviews are scheduled on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.