Summer 2021

For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.  Matthew 18:20

Overnight Camps reopening May 1st: Governor Northam announced the reopening of overnight summer camps during his press conference on February 24. Overnight camps are included in the updated Phase Three guidelines. 

NEW! Summer Camp Town Halls: Join us for a series of online Town Halls, on the second Tuesday of each month, as we share updates and answer your questions about Summer 2021. Join each Town Hall via Zoom, watch the livestream on Facebook, or view later on our website (link below). All sessions are recorded.

You may submit questions in advance to

Town Hall meeting info     

Meeting ID: 860 6131 9969    Passcode: 396017

Packing List: Get the NEW! updated Summer Camp Packing List here.

We are offering every opportunity to experience Summer Camp in 2021:
Come as a family, as an overnight camper, or from home!
A deposit is not required until May 1st to submit registration and reserve your spot for Summer 2021.

COVID-19 Note: Caroline Furnace follows the guidelines and requirements of CDC, VDH, and American Camp Association (ACA), in consultation with our healthcare advisory team. Risk mitigation for Summer 2021 includes use of small group cohorts, staff and guest health screening, hygiene and personal protective equipment (PPE), a designated quarantine space, limited off-site activities, a no visitor policy, and more. View our Top 10 policies and procedures here.

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 group games, hike, cook over a campfire, create crafts, and so much more! Each week, volunteer chaplains from nearby Lutheran congregations join us in supporting faith development.


In 2021, campers will experience Summer Camp as small group cohorts, which means that each camp group will travel, eat, and play together for the week. All small groups will follow a basic schedule that emphasizes outdoor activities and faith development. Adventure Camps have some additional activities scheduled (such as rock climbing or horseback riding). Depending upon current restrictions and best practices this summer, we hope to gather all campers for a few safely distanced activities throughout the week.

Thank you for your patience and grace as we move forward through uncertainty. We are doing our best to prepare for this summer, remaining flexible and knowing that anything is subject to change as new information and further developments become available. Most importantly, we are so excited to see you again and look forward to welcoming you back to Caroline Furnace soon!

Here are a Few Highlights for 2021:

Three Main Options

1. Overnight Summer Camp

2. Camp at Home (online)

3. Family Retreats


Overnight Summer Camp

  • Each camp week is Sunday to Thursday. Any off-site activities will continue as local day trips.

  • NEW! Youth Group Service + Adventure Week: Bring your small group to camp for a week of service projects and adventure! This is a great opportunity for your ELCA Youth Gathering group to build community in 2021 before the 2022 Gathering. The weekly schedule is custom-built to fit your group; both on-site and off-site service projects and adventures are available.

  • Grades 1-3: Since the camp week is shortened, all Explorer camps are full-week.

  • Grades 4-6: Campers entering grades 4-6 may choose between Classic or Adventure Camps. Adventure Campers will go horseback riding one day, and other days may include canoeing, hiking, fishing, and/or archery.

  • Grades 7-12: Middle and high school campers also have an Adventure Camp option. This is very similar to our “combo camps” - BikeHikeZip, HikePaddleClimb, HorseFishHike, ArcheryClimbFish - Adventure Campers will go rock climbing or horseback riding one day, and other days may include canoeing, hiking, fishing, and/or archery. This year will include local day trips only, plus camping and cowboy campout opportunities on-site. Rock climbing or horseback riding is assigned to each Adventure Camp.
    Horse: Week Two / June 27-July 1, Week Five / July 18-22, Week Seven / August 1-5
    Rock Climbing: Week One / June 20-24, Week Four / July 11-15, and Week Six / July 25-29

  • Family Camp: This year, Family Camp is offered during the weeks immediately before and after overnight camp: June 13-17 and August 8-12. Family Camp is designed for 'future campers' and will include more staff-led activities than our weekend family retreat option. Families can choose a day trip on the Shenandoah River as an add-on for Family Camp (June 13-17, August 8-12) or family retreats (any weekend).


Camp at Home (online)

  • Two age groups - Elementary School and Middle/High School. Campers will be in sub-groups (Zoom breakout rooms) for small group discussions and activities. Spend time with your favorite camp counselors each week, building community, participating in group discussions, and having fun with games and activities together


Family Retreats

  • This is a great opportunity for families to stay over the weekend before or after your camp week! Extend your stay, share camp with family, or stay on-site between two camp weeks. Have a nervous camper? Spend a weekend at camp together before their week of overnight camp.

  • Family Retreats are available every summer weekend from Thursday to Sunday.

  • Family Retreat spaces may include the Farmhouse, Cabin Village, and Sukkah Village.

  • Reservations are open! Contact or (540) 449-0012 to plan your family retreat.

Questions? Contact Julie at (540) 449-0012 or

Frequently Asked Questions


What happens to my balance from Summer Camp 2020?

Balances from Summer Camp 2020 will show in your CampBrain account when you sign in to pre-register for Summer 2021. Balances may also be designated toward Family Retreats or other Caroline Furnace events anytime before December 31, 2021. Any unused balances will be converted to a donation on January 1, 2022.

Are there any discounts available?

Yes! We offer three discounts: Early Bird Discount ($15) auto-applies to any registration before March 31st. Sibling Discount ($25) auto-applies to your household after paying full price for your first child. This discount is available until May 1st. Multi-Week Discount ($25) - When registering for multiple weeks, use code MULTI2021 to receive a discount. Please note: Discounts do NOT apply to the following - Camp at Home, Confirmation Camp, Family Camp, Volunteers/Chaplains, or LIT! (Leaders in Training) - as they are being offered at discounted rates.

What are your financial and cancellation policies?

$150 Non-Refundable Deposit: Fees for each week include a $150 non-refundable deposit that is applied to the total cost. Switching Weeks: We can transfer your camper registration to another week within the same season at no additional charge, depending upon availability. Cancellation: Cancellation requests must be made 10 days prior to the start of your camp week. You will be refunded the full amount paid minus your $150 non-refundable deposit. Cancellations made less than 10 days prior to the start of your camp week may receive a refund only by exception, at the discretion of the Executive Director. Payment Plans: Until April 30, you may choose to set up a payment plan that includes two equal installments on May 1st and June 1st. We do not accept American Express.

Do you offer any scholarships?

Yes! Financial need should never be the reason that prevents someone from coming to Summer Camp. Find our Scholarship Request Form here:

Camp at Home

Does my camper need to be on every Zoom call? What if I miss a week?

No worries! While we hope to see you every week, we also know that may not be possible. Come when you can! Each week will be different, which allows campers to jump right back in even if they can't make it to every Zoom call.

When does registration close?

It doesn't! At least, not yet. You may register later, even after Camp at Home has already started. AND you can invite your friends later, once you see how much fun your campers are having!

This sounds fun! How do I sign up?

Easy! Sign into CampBrain (links above) and select the season, 2021 Summer Camp. Find the Camp at Home options at the top of each age group category. Follow the steps to sign up, and then we'll send details your way before Camp at Home begins. We hope to see you soon!