Summer 2020 - Generation to Generation

Good indeed is the Lord, whose steadfast love endures forever. God's faithfulness continues for all generations.
-Psalm 100:5
Summer Camps have been ordered by the state of Virginia to remain closed for now. However, Outdoor Ministry is so much more than Summer Camp. More details below!

Lutheran Outdoor Ministries has shared a resource to help parents talk to their kids about cancelled summer plans. Get some tips here:

For the first time in over 60 years, we will not have Summer Camp this year, However, outdoor ministry is so much more than Summer Camp. View our full announcement here, then scroll down for next steps for camper families.

We continue to find hope in our 2020 theme verse, Psalm 100:5, that says, “Good indeed is the Lord, whose steadfast love endures forever. God’s faithfulness continues for all generations.”

 

We know there have been many changes recently and that you may have additional questions. Please feel free to contact any of our staff with questions, concerns, comments, ideas, and feedback. We are so grateful for your continued support of your outdoor ministry, and look forward to seeing you in Fort Valley again soon!

We have a place for everyone around the campfire! All are welcome here. You are welcome here.

We celebrate, affirm, and value the diversity present in our communities: diversity of ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, faith, belief, ability, age, identity, and any other classification. Sincerely we say, “All are welcome.” YOU are welcome here.

 

Summer Camp is a place that supports new experiences, close friendships, limitless fun, and faith made tangible. Campers engage in daily worship and Bible study, plus a wide range of activities. They’ll get to swim, canoe, fish, creekwalk, play small and large group games, hike, cook over a campfire, create crafts, and so much more! Each week, chaplains from supporting congregations join us in leading the campers in morning worship, Bible study, and campfire & evening devotion.

 

Caroline Furnace has a mix of small- and large- group camping, which means that each day our campers spend some time as a cabin or activity group, but also do some activities as a whole camp! Our cabin/activity groups stay together for meals, cabin choice (morning activity), and shower time. Everyone on-site comes together for morning worship, afternoon options, evening rec, and campfire. Our out-trip weeks look a bit different but campers still participate in part of the usual camp fun.

So Now What?
  1. Transfer / Refund / Donate Balance

  2. Family Retreats

  3. Camp at Home (Round Two)

  4. Adventure Weekends

  5. Priority Registration for 2021

 

1. If you still have an active Summer Camp 2020 registration, please complete the quick form below to let us know what you’d like to do with your balance. You may check CampBrain below to see your registration status and balance.

       a. You may transfer your balance to Camp at Home, a Family Retreat, an Adventure Weekend, or to Summer Camp 2021.

       b. We encourage you to consider a full or partial donation to support your outdoor ministry. Caroline Furnace is a 501(c)3 nonprofit;  donations are tax deductible and a letter will be sent to you for your tax records.

       c. You may request a refund. We would be grateful for a $50 partial donation per registration to help cover processing fees and administrative costs, if you are able. 

2. We are open for Family Retreats in July and August, beginning on July 9. The Farmhouse, Cabin Village, and Sukkah Village will be open each weekend. 14 days of pre-screening are required for all participants. Both the Farmhouse and Sukkah Village are optional no-contact retreat spaces. We can host a maximum of 5 family groups (of 10 or less) on property at once, so spaces are limited and first come, first served.

 

2020 Summer Camp families get priority booking until June 30. Regular booking opens on July 1. 

3. Register by July 6 for Camp at Home ($0-50), an exciting online Summer Camp! We are already halfway through our first session and we’re having SO MUCH FUN. With Camp at Home, you can see your favorite camp counselors and chaplains, spend time with your "cabin group", and join in on fun activities - all from home! PJs are optional. We can't wait to meet your pets. Bring your own snacks. Choose your own adventure - participate in as few or many parts as you’d like. 

NEW! Sign up for Family Camp at Home! Join in the fun with a family-friendly Camp at Home on Wednesday evenings, designed for future campers (younger than 1st grade). Spend time with your "cabin group" for about an hour each week, and get access to the usual fun Camp at Home online content. Family Camp at Home is open to anyone!

 

All campers get a t-shirt (Family Camp at Home not included). Participate at no cost, and sign up for Camp in a Box if you'd like to get fun camp surprises and activity supplies delivered right to your door! Camp in a Box is $50.

4. Adventure Weekends are scheduled for this fall/winter, September 18-20, October 30-November 1, and February 5-7. Until further notice, lodging is limited to one group per cabin. Tent camping is also available. Contact Julie at (540) 449-0012 or julie@carolinefurnace.org to reserve your Adventure Weekend cabin.

 

Come on your own, bring your family, or organize a group and explore the Shenandoah Valley! We'll provide lodging and meals in the Cabin Village and help you plan your adventures. During warm weather, nearby activities may include river canoeing/kayaking/tubing, horseback riding, rock climbing, ziplining, hiking, biking, and fishing. In the winter, we're just under an hour from skiing, snowboarding, and tubing at Massanutten and Bryce Resorts - plus, winter hikes in Fort Valley are spectacular. Year round, we have some great breweries and wineries nearby, plus apple orchards, farm tours, antiquing, and more.

 

5. Camper families who registered for Summer Camp 2020 will get priority registration for Summer Camp 2021, from October 1 to 15. Payment options will include ‘pay now’ and payment plans that can be scheduled for later. Stay tuned for our Summer Camp 2021 schedule to be released by September 15!

Follow Along with Camp at Home!

Pre-recorded content is being posted daily using FlipGrid, an interactive video content platform used by many teachers and professors for online discussion. FlipGrid allows the campers to respond using their own video clips, and is a great way for campers and counselors to interact remotely. Camper groups have their own interactive FlipGrids, PLUS we have a public FlipGrid to share with you! 

Find that here:

1. Go to the FlipGrid website (linked below). 

2. Enter our Flip Code

  • June 14 to 19 - carolinefurnaceweek1

  • June 21 to 26 - carolinefurnaceweek2

  • June 28 to July 3 - carolinefurnaceweek3
     

3. Follow along with Camp at Home*!

  • Sunday - Opening Campfire, Bible story of the week (led by a volunteer chaplain)

  • Monday - Cooking with Ms Lee Ann

  • Tuesday - Crafty Creations

  • Wednesday - Critter Patrol

  • Thursday - Sustainability Superhero

  • Friday - Camp Shenanigans

*Music videos, daily devotions, and other fun videos will be scattered throughout

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2239 Camp Roosevelt Road

Fort Valley, VA 22652

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