Resources for Churches

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.

Quick Update: Group Retreats

We are now booking group retreats up to a year in advance! 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. Group size limitations are based upon current state guidance and any gathering restrictions. Interested in a full site rental? Long range planning? Contact us for pre-planning to pencil your date into the calendar for 2022 and beyond. We will contact you a year in advance to officially book your retreat.

Quick Update: Summer Camp

As part of the Coalition of Virginia's Overnight Summer Camps, we are working closely with the state to develop reopening guidelines for overnight camps in summer 2021. We have written confirmation from the Office of the Governor that we will be allowed to operate in 2021, "should the health data support opening at that time." View the full announcement in a shareable PDF here.

We continue to host Family Retreats in the Farmhouse and Loft this winter/spring, and in the Cabin Village beginning in late March. We are blessed with the opportunity to help families plan safe, local getaways with private lodging.

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Upcoming Events

Sept 24-26:   Faith Where You Are: Young Adults

Oct 2:   Quiet Day, 10-2p

Oct 8-11:   Adventure Weekend

Oct 16:   Work Day

Oct 21-22:   Pre-Advent Retreat

Jan 14-16:   Wild Women Retreat

Jan 28-30:   BeerReformation Retreat

Oct 2022:   Homecoming

More 2021 events coming soon! Dates TBD

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is a year-round retreat center with eight weeks of Summer Camp. Caroline Furnace is located in Fort Valley VA and has an adult retreat center, Buttonwood Lodge, in nearby Strasburg VA. Caroline Furnace serves to provide unforgettable faith, education, and renewal experiences in God's creation for all God's people and is committed to remaining a special place "set apart." Learn more, book a retreat, register for Summer Camp, and more at

Caroline Furnace Videos

Fall 2020 Campaign: Because the World Needs Caroline Furnace Tomorrow

Summer Camp: Come Join Us!

Summer Camp: A Look Back at 2020

Summer Camp: We Love Camp!

Find more shareable videos on our YouTube channel, including Camp Songs, Bible Studies, At-Home Activities, Camp Shenanigans, and more!

Talk to us about a camp week for your congregation!

A camp week can take on many different forms but basically serves as an opportunity for your congregation to grow in community together. Choose a week, share it with your congregation, send a chaplain and/or bring volunteers, and encourage parents to send their campers as a group. They'll likely be in different cabins or sukkahs and doing different activities, but they'll have an experience and memories to share with one another long after camp is over. New camper parents, especially those with young campers, feel encouraged by the presence of an adult their child already knows. 

If you'd like to learn more, give us a call at 540-449-0012.

Host a Camp Sunday or Family Night!

Share the excitement of Outdoor Ministry with your congregation. Get in touch with us and we'll join you for a Sunday, or we can share the resources you need so that you can incorporate camp fun into your day! We can lead or help plan Adult and Youth Sunday Schools, Children's Sermons, Camp Songs, Temple Talks, Narthex Displays, Receptions, or other activities that would best suit the needs of your congregation.

If you'd like to learn more, give us a call at 540-449-0012.

Have a question, concern, suggestion, comment or request? We'd love to hear from you!

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