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COVID-19 Updates

We will continue to rely on your generosity until this pandemic ends. We need your support today because the world needs Caroline Furnace tomorrow!

Our staff are working with the Coalition of Virginia’s Overnight Summer Camps to (1) urge state representatives to provide financial support to our industry and (2) work closely with the Governor's Office and Virginia Department of Health in developing operating guidelines for overnight camps in summer 2021, so that we may continue to serve children and families across the Commonwealth in 2021 and beyond.

Update from the Office of the Governor (Dec 7): I am pleased to inform you that work is underway to put guidelines in place for overnight summer camps to operate in Virginia in 2021. We will inform you once we have amended the Governor's Executive Order and the Phase 3 guidance to allow for summer camps to operate safely, should the health data support opening at that time. However in the meantime, our office wanted to give you an early indication so that you and your staff as well as your campers and their families can being planning for a safe opening. 

Retreat Leaders - let us help you reinvent your retreat! We can help design a retreat plan that works for you. More details and resources at the link below!

Camper Families - pre-registration is open for Summer 2021! While we don't know all of the details for Summer 2021 yet, we do know that we look forward to welcoming you back to Caroline Furnace this summer. Choose from overnight camp, family retreats, and online camp at home. Pre-register today and stay tuned for more details!

COVID-19 FAQs:

(updated December 28)

What will Summer 2021 look like?

To be honest, we do not fully know yet. We are planning to offer every opportunity to experience Summer Camp in 2021: come as a family, as an overnight camper, or from home! We are working closely with the state to develop operating guidelines for overnight summer camps and have gotten confirmation that we will be able to open for summer camp in some form this year. Pre-registration is open for Summer 2021 and we are accepting Family Retreat bookings for summer weekends. Among the continued uncertainty, we do know this - we look forward to welcoming you back to Caroline Furnace soon!

 

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 group rentals for 2020 is at nearly zero, 2021 deposits are helping but cannot sustain us on their own, and we are not yet accepting payments for summer camp pre-registrations. We are operating on a reduced budget and have adjusted all variable expenses.

How can I best support Caroline Furnace during this time?

We need your support today because the world needs Caroline Furnace tomorrow! We will continue to rely on your generosity until this pandemic ends, and are halfway through a six month campaign to raise $200,000 in order to maintain continuity over the next 12 to 18 months. How can you help? (1) Send an above-and-beyond, one-time gift, (2) set up online monthly giving, and (3) ask your church leaders about congregational support for Caroline Furnace. 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. Donate here.

Are you still booking group retreats?

YES, we are still hosting retreats! The Farmhouse and Loft are available year-round to families and small groups. The Cabin Village is available for groups who would like to retreat in sub-groups, cohorts, or pods. Let us help you reinvent your retreat! We can help design a retreat plan that works for you. Ask us about transportation logistics, health screening and check-in procedures, small group cohorts and programs, hybrid options and Wi-Fi zones, and more! Contact Julie at julie@carolinefurnace.org or (540) 449-0012 to learn more and book your retreat.

2020 News Releases:

June 22 Update Highlights:

  • Outdoor Ministry is more than Summer Camp.

  • No Summer Camp this year, but we continue to prepare for WHEN we are able to resume Summer Camp.

  • We have hired our full summer staff and are committed to continuing our mission of faith, education, and renewal, through staff leadership and faith development.

  • We ask for your continued support of your outdoor ministry during this uncertain time. Donations may be made by mailed check or online on the Donate page, above.

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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