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Only 17 Days until Summer Camp!
Photo of campers hanging out in hammocks in the Cabin Village during Summer Camp
Quick Updates
  • We're still hiring for Summer Staff! Last minute applicants can learn more and apply at
  • Our next Outdoor Worship is on June 6 at 4:30pm in the Spring Field by St. John's Chapel. Use our 8481 Moreland Gap Rd address to get there. Come to outdoor worship AND meet our Summer Staff!
  • Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us on Saturday! An estimated 120 people joined us for the BBQ Picnic Celebration.
  • Wow, May has been a busy month! Events included a BBQ Celebration, Wild Women Retreat, Work Day, 5th Grade Field Trip, AND weekends filled with family and group retreats. Check out photos here.
  • 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!
A Big Update from Julie

The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sounds of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit. John 3:8

I have big news to share! It is both exciting and bittersweet to announce that my time at Caroline Furnace is coming to an end. It's time for me to follow the Holy Spirit to wherever she leads me next.
I always knew this season of life wouldn't last forever but I never really knew when 'tomorrow' would come. Well friends, here we are.

Thank you for sharing this journey with me. The past seven years have been such a blessing! I am so grateful for the experiences and growth I have found at Caroline Furnace and I will always cherish the memories and connections I have made. I am excited to think of what the future may bring for this special place. I hope and feel that I have left Caroline Furnace better than I found it.

This isn't goodbye, but more of a "see ya 'round!" I'm sure I'll be back for celebrations, homecomings, and weddings. Until then, big love to my Caroline Furnace family!

Peace & Blessings,
Julie Kroll

Want to stay in touch? I love cards and letters! I'll continue to get mail at Caroline Furnace until the end of June: 2239 Camp Roosevelt Rd Fort Valley VA 22652
Hiring: Director of Sales, Marketing & Communications
This is a full-time, year-round position. The Director of Sales, Marketing & Communications is responsible for identifying, developing, and coordinating with retreat groups. Additional duties include creating and implementing the marketing plan, managing the website and communication channels, and performing as a host to retreat guests during their stay.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Interviews begin in mid-June. We will conduct a background check and contact references before employment.

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Upcoming Events - You Don't Want to Miss These!
Outdoor Worship Series
June 6 at 4:30pm; first Sundays of each month until June
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.
Shareable Facebook Event: Outdoor Worship Series
(Virtual) Summer Camp Town Halls
Tuesday, June 8 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).
Shareable Facebook Event: Town Halls
Zoom Link for Town Hall series
Faith Where You Are (for Young Adults)
September 24-26 at the Farmhouse

Answer the Call. Come Canoe. Let's Connect.
Let's spend time together out in God's beautiful creation, sharing the weekend with an inspiring community of diverse leaders. You'll learn and discern how your faith can thrive in your everyday - where is your faith leading you, and how can you lead through your faith? This retreat is designed for young adults and adults in life transition, but all beliefs and ages are welcome and encouraged. Faith Where You Are includes meals and a Saturday canoe trip on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. Lodging is in the Farmhouse OR Cabin Village - TBD based upon current guidelines and best practices.
Weekend: $125   |   Scholarships available - contact us for more info.
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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Summer Camp Quick Updates:

Full Camps:
Grades 4-6: Week Five Adventure (July 18-22)
Grades 4-6: Week Seven Adventure (August 1-5)
Grades 7-9: Week Six Night (July 25-29) - Girls' Sukkah

Almost Full:
Grades 4-6: Week One Adventure (June 20-24) - 3 spaces
Grades 4-6: Week Four Adventure (July 11-15) - 4 spaces
Grades 4-6: Week Six Adventure (July 25-29) - 2 spaces
Grades 7-9: Week Two Adventure (June 27-July 1) - 4 spaces
Grades 7-9: Week Seven Adventure (August 1-5) - 3 spaces

View Summer 2021 Schedule and Updates
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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