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COVID-19 Updates

We will share additional updates here as we continue to monitor the outbreak and more information comes available.

Yay! Summer Camp is starting and our staff have arrived! Beginning on June 7, day use is suspended until the end of summer. Caroline Furnace is closed to visitors until August 10. We continue to book retreat groups for the fall season - and Buttonwood Lodge is available to groups this summer!

We appreciate your continued support and grace during this uncertain time:

COVID-19 FAQs:

(updated June 2)

How is Caroline Furnace being affected by COVID-19?

We'll get through this together! Thank you for any support you are able to provide during this time. Donate here.

To put it simply, donor support is what will get us through this outbreak and the related shutdowns. Typical revenue from rentals for the second quarter is at zero, fall and winter deposits will help but cannot sustain us on their own, and all Summer Camp revenue is being held in an account separate from our operating budget in case of refunds. We are operating on a reduced budget and have adjusted all variable expenses.

How can I best support Caroline Furnace during this time?

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. Set up your 20 For 20 giving here.

Are you still booking group retreats?

YES, we are still booking rental groups for all spaces in the Fall! Buttonwood Lodge is available for groups this summer as well. We recognize that our communities will be especially in need of time together on retreat as soon as it is safe to do so. Contact Julie at julie@carolinefurnace.org or (540) 449-0012 to book your retreat.

Are you allowing day use?

YES, we are (until June 7)! An important part of outdoor ministry is getting to spend time outdoors in God's creation. Individuals and families are welcome to come spend time outdoors at our main property between 9 and 5 each day. 

Before you come:

  • Please check in and out at the office - a check-in sheet is provided outside the office door. 

  • Just like you do in the National Forest, plan to "pack it in, pack it out." Bring your own food/snacks and a reusable water bottle. Everything you bring to Caroline Furnace needs to return home, including trash. 

  • No swimming or boating. You may fish from the bank if you'd like.

  • Leave pets at home. Service animals are welcome.

  • A composting toilet is available by the swimming area at the lake. 

  • Free will donations are encouraged. Thank you for any support you are able to provide during this time.

May 15 Update Highlights:

  • Message to our Summer Campers

  • Summer Camp will continue as scheduled but with modifications, beginning with Camp at Home on June 14. Look for more details to come soon. This is a new program; registration opens May 22. 

  • On-site, overnight Summer Camp is suspended until July 5. This is based upon the anticipation of Virginia being in Phase Two by July 5. 

  • We will work with area churches to consider Camp on the Go, a small group, mobile day camp or VBS led by our trained camp counselors and hosted at churches regionally.

March 18 Update Highlights:

  • We are closed to overnight rentals until April 1st (and will reassess at that time).

  • Spring Work Weekend has been rescheduled to May 15-17.

  • All remaining Family Nights have been cancelled. Stay tuned for Family Nights this fall and next spring.

  • Caroline Furnace is open to day use for families and individuals during this time - please read details before you come.

March 17 Update Highlights:

  • We remain hopeful that Summer Camp will be unaffected by COVID-19.

  • No scheduled payments will be processed until May 1st.

  • In the event that Summer Camp must be cancelled, all deposits made after March 15 will be automatically refunded. Deposits made before March 15 are refundable on a case-by-case basis.

  • We want to make sure every kid can come to Summer Camp - Scholarships available.

  • Review of financial and cancellation policies for Summer Camp.

March 12 Update Highlights:

  • We are here, we are open, and we are prepared to serve you. 

  • Coronavirus poses no immediate concern for Summer Camp 2020. 

  • Spring Retreat Groups: You may transfer your deposit to new, available dates anytime before February 1st.

  • Details on our procedures for mitigating communicable diseases, to include new practices for 2020

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