Virginia - Western Maryland Synod
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Camping & Outdoor Ministries
(16 February 2024)
Summer Staff Application Time
Information related to summer staff applications is posted under each camp. We have word from Camp Lutheran and Caroline Furnace but are waiting for an update from Camp Agapé.
Summer Program Announcements
Information related to summer camp programs is posted under each camp.
Even When It Is Not Summer
Don't forget that Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp
& Retreat Center and Camp Agapé have
winterized facilities and are available for retreats and
Established in 1957, Caroline Furnace provides year-round retreat center services and eight weeks of summer camp, including traditional church camping and specialty camps. Caroline Furnace's primary facility is located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley in Fort Valley, VA. Enumerating everything Caroline Furnace offers on this page would be difficult. Explore the surprising options at CarolineFurnace.org.
Caroline Furnace is a constituent camp of the WV-WMD
Synod, i.e., there is a formal relationship, and
people from WV-WMD Synod have seats on the Caroline
Furnace Board of Directors. This relationship has its
roots in pre-ELCA days. The Eastern Panhandle of the
WV-WMD Synod was part of the Virginia Synod of the LCA.
When the CNLC proposed that those congregations be part of
the newly forming WV-WMD Synod (called "West Virginia
Synod" at the time), the Eastern Panhandle congregations
asked that their historic support of Caroline Furnace
(their church camp) be continued in the new synod. Part of
that support is maintaining financial support for Caroline
Furnace in the synod budget.
Summer Staff Application
Detailed information on the camping season,
prerequisites, compensation, etc. are posted on Caroline
Furnace's summer staff page (https://www.carolinefurnace.org/summer-staff).
Summer Camp 2024
Camp Luther has met for over seventy-five years at Camp
Caesar, the Webster County 4H camp. Camp Luther may be
unique in the ELCA church camping world in that it is in
session only one week out of the year (invariably
beginning on Fathers' Day), hosting campers from 3rd
grade through 12th in three camping departments
(junior, intermediate, and senior). Its counseling and
program staff is entirely volunteer lay persons and
pastors. Learn more by visiting CampLutherWV.com.
Camp Luther is a constituent camp of the WV-WMD Synod.
The relationship has its roots in the West Virginia Synod
of the ULCA.
Summer Staff Application
The staff application for CL 2024 is up and ready! Click
to get started. You need to download the document onto
your computer, fill it in, save it, and send it to the
Camp Luther email address. The deadline is 20 February
2024. Please note that all the policies are now in the
handbook (linked on the application page) and when you
sign your applications that you are agreeing to abide by
the policies. It is important to refresh your memory
by reading through the handbook. If you know of anyone who
would be a good fit and a helpful addition to our staff,
please share the link with them and encourage them to
Summer Camp 2024
Camp Luther will be held 16-22 June 2024. The Camper
Registration page will be completed shortly. Please check
back soon to begin your registration process.
Camp Agapé, a Lutheran camp located in Pennsylvania just
over the line from the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia
in Hickory, PA, offers year-round retreat center services
and several weeks of summer camp. It has become known for
offering children living in the urban environment an
opportunity to get out in the country. It has also become
known for its educational programming designed to enhance
Camp Agapé has historic ties to the some of the
congregations of the Northern Panhandle. WV-WMD was not
included as a constituent synod when redistricting took
place at the formation of the ELCA. Nevertheless, WV-WMD
is happy to share information about Camp Agapé's
offerings. Learn more by visiting https://www.campagape.org.
Summer Camp 2024
Camp Agapé has the advance information on its summer camp program posted on its summer camp page.
Camp Melanchthon operated from the late '90s into the
late '00s. It provided a camping ministry to
collegiate-age young adults during the Christmas recess.
Throughout its history, it met in Garrett County, MD,
moving between Herrington Manor and New Germany State
Parks. Nearly twenty collegians attended at its zenith.
Its educational ministry, the hallmark of the camp,
centered on a different book each year, including
Bonhoeffer's Life Together, Ralph C. Wood's The
Gospel According to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in
Middle-Earth, and Karen Armstrong's A History of
God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and
Islam. Worship, common meals, recreation (including
rather cut-throat games of Scrabble) and continually
burning fire were all part of the camp. Camp Melanchthon
ceased operations when shifts in the economy, society in
general, and WVU's football fortunes changed the
collegiate culture surrounding Christmas recess. Camp
Melanchthon was a constituent camp of the WV-WMD Synod.
For more information, contact +Riegel.
Lutheran Summer Music (LSM) is the nation’s premier faith-based music academy for high school students. In addition to advanced musical instruction and numerous performance opportunities, LSM students form an intentional community, living together for four weeks on a Lutheran college campus. Since 1981, this unique and immersive program has guided the lives of thousands of young musicians, many of whom credit LSM as the starting place for their future careers and vocations.
The "full session" for this coming summer will be held
June 30-July 28. There is a "half-session" option, running
June 30-July 14.
To learn more about LSM, visit its website: https://www.lsmacademy.org/
The National Lutheran
Association on Scouting. describes itself as "a
resource for youth and adults who wish to know more about
the religious emblems program, endorsed by the Lutheran
Churches for members of Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts
USA, American Heritage Girls, 4H and Camp Fire USA." It
also coordinates Lutheran chaplaincy services during
The NLAS Facebook
page featuring news of particular interest to Lutheran
scouts and leaders.
Jamboree 2024 was held at the Becthel Summit
Reserve, 16-29 July 2023.
Bishop Riegel participated in the 23 July 2023 Lutheran
service at the Jambo. 475 scouts and scouters attended. We
have a picture here, but, if you would like to see more,
visit the NLAS Facebook
If you are interested in Lutheran Scouting, contact the synod office.
West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod, ℅ St. Paul Lutheran Church, 309 Baldwin Street, Morgantown, WV 26505
304-363-4030 + Porter@WV-WMD.org