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101 Days until Summer Camp!
Quick Updates
  • In case you missed it: Governor Northam announced on Feb 24 that overnight summer camps may reopen as early as May 1st! More info and link to pre-register below.
  • Zoom events next week: Join us for a Summer Camp Town Hall on Tuesday at 7pm. Potential staff are invited to join a Summer Staff Q&A on Wednesday at 7pm - no commitment needed in order to participate. Find links and details for both below.
  • Plan a Family Retreat anytime! Let's plan a safe, fun family getaway to the Farmhouse or the Loft. 14 days of health pre-screening required for all overnight guests. Check availability 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.
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Because the World Needs Caroline Furnace Tomorrow
Six Month Goal: $200,000

With the help of 176 households and 26 organizations, we have raised


for your outdoor ministry in the past five months.

We need YOUR help to reach our goal of $200,000 in the next few weeks. Send your gift today!
We will get through this together.
Saving your outdoor ministry starts NOW.

1. Send an above-and-beyond, one-time gift. Consider a special gift for Lent, a portion of your stimulus check, or a required minimum distribution (RMD) from your retirement account.

2. Set up online 20 for 20 monthly giving (ACH / direct deposit preferred).

3. Ask your church leaders about congregational support for Caroline Furnace.

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Or mail a check to 2239 Camp Roosevelt Rd. Fort Valley, VA 22652
Thrivent Members: Direct your Thrivent Choice Dollars by March 31st. Check your eligibility here. Scroll down and click the second tab, 'Direct Choice Dollars,' and then choose Caroline Furnace as your charitable organization.
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
This Tuesday, March 9 at 7pm; Second Tuesday of each month until June
Join us for a series of Town Halls as we prepare for Summer 2021. This month, we'll discuss the newly released state guidelines and what we're doing for health and safety at Caroline Furnace. 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
(Virtual) Summer Staff Q&A
This Wednesday, March 10 at 7pm
(Please share with Potential Summer Staff! Ages 18-23+)
Consider it like a virtual job fair, but it's only for the best job ever - a summer at camp! Get staff-centered updates and ask questions about Summer 2021. No commitment is needed in order to participate. Competitive pay; internships available. Caroline Furnace is a Lutheran summer camp and retreat center in Fort Valley VA.
Shareable Facebook Event: Summer Staff Q&A
Zoom Link to *Sign up in Advance*
Paul Bunyan Day & Spring Work Days
March 20 Paul Bunyan; April 10 and May 8 Work Days
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 - 14 days of health pre-screening required for overnight guests.
March 20 is Paul Bunyan Day, dedicated to tree removal, stocking firewood, and clearing brush. All experience levels welcome. RSVP for lodging by this Saturday, March 6.

Sign up in CampBrain OR reply to this email to RSVP to a work day.
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Shareable Facebook Event: Paul Bunyan Day
Shareable Facebook Event: Spring Work Days
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 and scratch-made meals.
Shareable Facebook Event: Wild Women Retreat
Wild Women: Register Now, Pay Later
SAVE THE DATE! 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.

SAVE THE DATE! BBQ Picnic Celebration on May 22
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!
Summer Camp Updates
1. Check out our new summer schedule! Updates are based upon changes to school district calendars across the state. The following changes have been made:
  • Confirmation Camp is now Week One: June 20-24. Contact your pastor for more info.
  • Camp at Home sessions have been shifted to one week later, to allow more campers to participate. Camp at Home is now June 20 to July 8 and July 18 to August 5. Zoom 'cabin groups' will meet weekly. 
  • Family Camp is now offered during Week Zero (June 13-17) and Week Eight (August 8-12). Family Camp is designed for 'future campers' and will include more staff-led activities than our weekend family retreat option. 

2. Join us for a series of Town Halls on the second Tuesday of each monthThis month, we'll discuss the newly released state guidelines and what we're doing for health and safety at Caroline Furnace. Join each Town Hall via Zoom, watch the livestream on Facebook, or view later on our website. All sessions will be recorded. You may submit questions in advance to (or you may respond to this email). 
Town Hall meeting info:
Meeting ID: 860 6131 9969 | Passcode: 396017

3. Pre-register for summer camp today! Pre-registration is quick and easy, with only the most basic forms included and no payment required. This helps both our staff and your family with planning for the summer. Reserve a space in your favorite camp and preferred dates AND help us project our needs for this summer! Pre-registering is low commitment and can be updated later, no problem.

View Summer 2021 Updates and Schedule
Pre-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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