Caroline Furnace is still open to outdoor day use for individuals and families. Guests can come hike and fish (catch and release), and are asked to check in and out at a station outside the office door. Since mid-March, we have been able to provide renewal in the outdoors for over 70 people.
From April to mid-June, single household groups may rent the Farmhouse or Sukkah Village from Thursday to Monday each week. Contact us for more information on single household rentals.
Our staff and Board of Directors remain hopeful that Summer Camp will continue in some way. We are continuing to interview and hire summer staff, and to accept camper registrations with refundable/transferable deposits. Any decisions on Summer Camp operations will be announced on May 15 through email, social media, and our COVID-19 Updates page. We are committed to hiring counselors and providing a Summer Camp program in some way, whether in person, virtual, or a combination of the two.
We continue to book rental groups and recognize that our communities will be especially in need of time together on retreat as soon as it is safe to do so. An availability calendar can be found below.
Please consider a gift to support your outdoor ministries during this time.
Linked below is a calendar showing group retreat availability for the rest of the year. We recognize that our communities will be especially in need of time together on retreat as soon as it is safe to do so. Book soon - we want to be sure that we have space for you! We look forward to seeing you soon!
Email email@example.com, call (540) 449-0012, or respond to this email update to learn more, pencil in a date, or book your retreat.
Zoom Family Nights Come to Family Night without even leaving home! Caroline Furnace staff are hosting another Family Nights on Zoom TOMORROW April 24 at 5pm. We'll share a meal (recipe below), sing camp songs, have a Q&A time, and more!
APRIL 24 login info: ID 954-9753-2853, password 857339
Family Night is open to anyone: returning campers, new campers, former campers, potential counselors, former staff, non-Lutherans, potential retreat groups, current and former retreat guests, and more! We want to share exciting updates with you, answer your questions, and spend time in community together. We hope to see you soon!
From the Pines Weekly Video Devotions Each Thursday, we are leading a brief devotion with a short reading, prayer, and quick updates. Each video is recorded from a different pine-covered spot on property. We encourage families to use this video in FAITH5.
Nature Trail Weekly Video Guide Each Tuesday, we are sharing a video from the Nature Trail. We are working to restore the Nature Trail and have updated the interpretive guide. We'll share one station each week until you can come experience it for yourself!
20 Ways to Get Outdoors for 20 Minutes or More Every day at 10am, we are sharing a fun, family friendly outdoor activity. Activities have included puddle jumping, bug hunts, trust walks, storytelling, picnics, cloudbusting, scavenger hunts, and more! We'll continue to share a new activity daily until we can be together again.
Camp Connections Did you know? We have an entire page dedicated to fun, shareable camp things! This page includes some of the things listed above, plus camp recipes, Bible studies, camp songs and chords, Summer Camp photos, and links to our Facebook and Instagram. This is a great 'starter' page to share with your communities!
We are still accepting registrations and (refundable) deposits for Summer Camp. We remain hopeful that Summer Camp will be unaffected by COVID-19 and are continuing as planned with staff interviews and camper registrations. There are many potential options for flexibility, to include extending additional weeks at the end of the current schedule. We recommend that you go ahead and register online now to reserve your space. Any decisions on Summer Camp operations will be announced on May 15th.
As we all adjust to our disrupted routines and new "normal", folks have begun asking "How can I help during this time?" Caroline Furnace is surrounded by a wonderful, caring community and we appreciate your continued support.
Please share the following in newsletters and other announcements:
How can you continue to support Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp & Retreat Center during this time?
1. Power the Future - Join our 20 for 20 campaign by giving $20 monthly in 2020 and beyond. A solid foundation of regular giving allows us to shift our focus from basic operations to a focus of growth and better reflecting Christ's presence in and through Caroline Furnace.
2. Get ready for Summer Camp - We remain hopeful that Summer Camp will be unaffected by COVID-19 and are continuing as planned. Any decisions on Summer Camp operations will be made in May once we have more information. Until then, Summer Camp payments and deposits are being held in a separate account and will be refunded or transferred if needed.
a. Register for your week of camp! This is a no-risk registration. You deposit may be transferred or refunded if needed.
b. Check in with your college students and young adults! Their plans or priorities for summer may have changed recently. We are doing everything we can to hire a full staff this summer and make sure that Summer Camp happens in some way.
3. Plan your next Retreat - Make plans for a group retreat this summer/fall, or sign up for one of our upcoming programs - Adventure Weekend, Pre-Advent Retreat, Wild Women Retreat, or BeerReformation. We recognize that our communities will be especially in need of retreat once it is safe to do so. *New for Summer 2020: The Farmhouse is available for weekend rental this summer, even during Summer Camp. Buttonwood Lodge is available for weekend and weekday rental during summer.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (540) 449-0012. We appreciate your continued support of outdoor ministry, even and especially during times of uncertainty. We look forward to seeing you again soon!