Virginia - Western Maryland Synod
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
(1 June 2021)
New Camping Ministry Page
Well, this might seem somewhat obvious because you are
here, but let's say it for the record: We're launching a
page dedicated to camping (or, as it is more frequently
called today, outdoor) ministry, and you've found it! The
WV-WMD Synod is a constituent synod to two camps and
maintains a relationship with a third and the National
Lutheran Association of Scouting. To learn more about Camp Agapé,
Furnace Lutheran Camp & Retreat Center, and Camp Luther
scroll down through this page. Further down the page, you
will find information on Lutheran Scouting.
|ANNOUNCING CAMP LUTHER DAYS 2021
Come join us for a one-day experience on the hillsides of Camp Luther!
Thursday, June 24 - Senior Day, for those who completed 9th-12th grades AND Seniors who graduated in 2020!
Friday, June 25 - Junior & Intermediate Day, for those who completed 3rd-8th grades this year
Location: Camp Caesar, Cowen, WV 26206
Time each day: 10AM - 4PM
Registration begins at 9:30AM
Cost*: $15 per person (includes a boxed lunch and a snack)
*-Financial Assistance is available
Payment can be made online: paypal.me/camplutherwv or by check made payable to Camp Luther, P.O. Box 893, Franklin, WV 26807
The day will include Bible Study, activities, worship, and visiting with your friends from camp! All activities will be outdoors weather permitting. Masks are required when indoors at camp.
Registration will be closed when each day reaches our capacity of 100 guests (including guardians). Priority will be given on Thursday to graduating Seniors.
Please note: We are asking that no more than ONE guardian attend this single-day event with each camper/group in order to accommodate as many campers as possible!
For more information, please contact us at (304) 358-2438 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or CampLutherRegistrar@gmail.com
The Rev. Jason N. Felici
Pastor, Mountain Lutheran Parish
Director, Camp Luther (WV)
PO Box 893
Franklin, WV 26807
Camp Agapé, a Lutheran camp located in Pennsylvania just
over the line from West Virginia's Northern Panhandle, is
announcing its upcoming camping opportunities as well as
recruitment for staff positions. Executive Director,
Deacon Rick Frederick, writes,
Our largest need is for summer staff. We still need 3 male cabin leaders and 2 female cabin leaders. They must be at least 18 years old and preferably one year out of high school. Recent High School graduates will be considered after an interview with our Program Director Karen Reardon. The position includes a salary, room and board. Staff training begins May 31st and the summer season ends July 29th with an optional week of August 1st – 5th.
Canp Agapé has historic ties to the some of the
congregtions of the Northern Pandhandle. WV-WMD was not
included as a constituent synod when dedistricting took
place at the formation of the ELCA. Nevertheless, the
WV-WMD is happy to share information about Agapé's
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. At its largest, nearly twenty collegians attended
the largest year. It's 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.
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.
The Rev. Rick Egtvedt, pastor of Shepherd of the Hills
Lutheran Church, McHenry, MD, serves as the Standing Chair
of Chaplaincy. He is also the NLAS Lead Chaplain.
The National Lutheran Association on Scouting is holding
a conference at Philmont for those who want to learn about
using Scouting as an outreach ministry to boys and girls
in your community. See how Scouting becomes part of a
congregation’s youth ministry and contributes to reaching
young families and building and sustaining membership. Our
course will include:
There are fun programs for attendee family members from
infants through teens as well as spouses. Bring your
family and make this a vacation to remember! This will be
of special interest to
For more information visit https://www.philmontscoutranch.org/ptc/ptc-conferences/.
The conference will be held 11-17 July 2021.
The Rev. Rick Egtvedt was recruiting chaplains for the Boy Scout Jamboree to be held the summer of 2021 at the Bechtel Summit Reserve. COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of that Jamboree, but there is already talk of future Jamborees. So, drop Egtvedt a line regardless if you want to learn more. The ad (at right) is for the now cancelled Jamboree, but we'll leave it up for now as it provides some useful information.