Originally written in 2015 by camper parent and former camper, Jelise Ballon, for her blog, Neither Height nor Depth, here's a glimpse of the magic of summer camp from a camper and parent perspective. Summers may come and go, but these memories last well beyond.
Here's a huge THANK YOU to all of our counselors, past and present, for sharing the magic of camp with all of our campers! Dear Camp Counselor, September is here. Backpacks are packed, pencils sharpened, and yellow
But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
1968 was my first summer as a counselor at Caroline Furnace, and I returned in August to serve as chaplain for the last week of summer camp this year. Many people asked me about my reactions to the camp then and now. The Hogan Village is now only a dim memory at Caroline Furnace. People with names such as Pet
We have been blessed with an incredible Summer Camp season here at Caroline Furnace! With the help of God, as well as the communities and individuals that support this ministry, we had eight weeks filled with faith, fun, and friendships that will last a lifetime. A total of 297 campers came to Caroline Furnace this summer! Of those 297, over 100 campers had financial support from their congregation, an outside organization, or from our camper scholarship fund. God's love and
It's Week Eight of camp, which is always bittersweet. We've already had our final Opening Campfire for the summer, our last Color Tag, our last time in St. John's for Wednesday Evening Worship. There are no more doctor skits, no more staff introductions, and no more nervous campers arriving for the first time. We only have one more Fancy Dinner, two more option blocks, one more game of Capture the Flag, and just a few more meals together. It has truly been an incredible summe
This summer has been such an exciting one so far! We can't measure the amount of fun that we have had, the smiles we've seen, or the joy that has filled our hearts. Each camper has brought so much delight into our camp, sharing their stories, experiences and faith with us in their own unique way.
Recently, our campers have enjoyed cowboy camping during Outdoor Challenge Camp, practicing canoe skills on the Shenandoah River, learning how to use kitchen equipment in Culinary
These are some of the things campers are thankful for and have shared at evening campfire. "Yay God"s are shared with the whole group and followed by snaps.
safety. old friends and new. the earth. the universe.
teamwork. trees. dogs. s'mores. my counselors.
the lake. gaga ball. everybody. God. campfires.
Jesus. lightning bugs. horses. ice cream. camp. #peace #share #serve #growth #alleluia #love #grace #renewal #faith #praise
We are nearing the end of Week Four of summer camp and are overwhelmed with the joy, fun, and faith-forming experiences that the Lord has granted us. Through activities such as canoeing, singing, crafting, fishing, and archery, our campers and staff alike have explored the grace that God freely gives to each and every
one of us.
Together, we are learning that this is in fact not of our own doing but is an incredible gift from the Lord. As a community, we have committed our
Let your light so shine before all, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven - As nobody lights a lamp only to cover it up, but places it so conspicuously as to give light to all who need light, so Christians, being the light of the world, instead of hiding their light, are so to hold it forth before all. At Caroline Furnace, you learn of the light and how the light can bring you through the darkness, and into a place of hope and life and
Caroline Furnace is a place that’s filled with comfort and acceptance. Love flows all around us because of one simple reason - we are surrounded by God’s love in every moment and we get to experience it in a beautifully unique way while we’re at camp. Come feel it for yourself! Stay tuned to discover how this changes everything! We’ll see you soon! #friendship #adventure #memories #share #experience #growth #community #alleluia #welcome #love #grace #faith #family #fellowship
Psalm 46:10 Takes Me Home
"Be still and know that I am God." Wow!! Camp is so beautiful! There isn't a day that goes by at camp where I don't stop and think, "Wow, God made all of this; that is crazy". Sometimes at camp it is the little things in God's creation that make me stop and praise God. It may be the heart shaped leaves that make me think about God's love, or maybe just helping a camper growin their faith. Before I came to camp this verse was a reminder to me in the
All are welcome here at Caroline Furnace, especially YOU! We maintain an inclusive, positive Christian environment at camp, founded upon the fruits of the spirit. As the song goes, the fruit of the spirit is not a [insert favorite fruit here]; it’s love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-contro-o-o-l! Stay tuned to discover how this changes everything! Be on the lookout for a new post every Friday until summer camp! #community #welco
Our counselors come to Caroline Furnace with a wealth of experiences that they love to share! Come to camp to explore your faith and the outdoors, and you may find yourself with a new passion, skill, or hobby as well! Learn to play guitar, build a fire, make a whistle with grass, create slag jewelry, paddle a canoe, bait a hook, use sign language, and make the best mac and cheese around! Stay tuned to discover how this changes everything! Be on the lookout for a new post ever
Rumor has it that Caroline Furnace has the darkest night sky within two hours of Washington DC. Join us for a night (or five) under the stars! Every camper gets the opportunity to stargaze throughout the week, and Outdoor Challenge campers get a special treat with a Cowboy Campout one night. Of course, out-trips such as canoeing and backpacking get to live under the stars for the week! Stay tuned to discover how this changes everything! Be on the lookout for a new post every
Our counselors may be good at many things, but they’re the best at having fun! Join us for surprise dance parties, midnight gaga, camp legends, and other shenanigans! A fun counselor is a friend, mentor, mischief planner, caretaker, and leader. Stay tuned to discover how this changes everything! Be on the lookout for a new post every Friday until summer camp! #adventure #memories #serve #experience #community #love #grace #fun #faith #fellowship #leadership #learn #praise #ca
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
John 6:35 brings me home to my new surroundings, where I look forward to experiencing God's sustenance with others in many ways. Sometimes we forget that concrete, tangible food is not the only form of sustenance. Certainly, we rely on a varied balanced diet for nutrition and energy. What might surprise us is we receive so much more in t
For by grace we have been saved through faith, and it is not our own doing; it is the gift of God! What a blessing! Join us at Caroline Furnace this summer as we explore God's blessings through the lens of Ephesians 2:8. #alleluia #welcome #praise #spring #share #experience #season #love #grace #renewal #faith
At Caroline Furnace, faith is central to the fun and adventure that forms our community. Join us in discovering God through morning worship, Bible study, Faith5, and our friendships. We’ll explore a new theme and story each day, and together we’ll find out how God’s love changes everything! Stay tuned to discover how this changes everything! Be on the lookout for a new post every Friday until summer camp! #share #serve #experience #growth #community #alleluia #welcome #love #
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. -Colossians 3:17 Col 3:17 takes me home in reminding me of the wonderful values that Caroline Furnace stands for. It's a place where anyone and everyone is welcome to come learn about the love of Jesus, grow in their faith, and gain an amazing support system. By doing all you do in His name you are opening up your life to the love of Caroline and the peo
Our explorer camps get into all kinds of shenanigans! Explorers stay in our centrally located Cabin Village and get to explore everything camp has to offer! The schedule is a bit less structured, so the group can decide together which activities they want to plan for the week. Explorer campers go creekwalking, play games, explore the furnace ruins and hunt for slag, sing silly songs, play gaga ball, make crafts, and have their own small group Bible study. They also join the r
A week at Caroline Furnace is more than just a good time. Stay tuned to discover how this changes everything! Be on the lookout for a new post every Friday until summer camp! #memories #share #serve #experience #growth #community #welcome #love #fellowship #praise #creation #faith #grace #renewal #ministry #fun #leadership #camp #summer