Virginia - Western Maryland Synod
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
(24 July 2023)
Caroline Furnace Camper Registration
Caroline Furnace is already underway, but there may be
some openings. For details, click here.
Camp Luther Concludes
Camp Luther wrapped up its Summer 2023 season 24 June
2023. We're awaiting photos. You can track things on Camp
Luther's website and facebook page. For links, click here.
Caroline Furnace's summer camp registration is open. Click here for information on summer camp and for on-line registration.
Established in 1957, Caroline Furnace provides year-round retreat center services and eight weeks of summer camp. 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 the
WV-WMD Synod has seats on the Caroline Furnace Board of
Directors. This relationship has its roots in pre-ELCA
days. The Eastern Pandhandle 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 continue in the new synod. Part of that support is
maintaining financial support for Caroline Furnace in the
Caroline Furnace is offering eight weeks of camping this
summer, several of them with special themes. There is even
one session of a two-week camp and also family camp and
and adult camp. There are camps for those as young as
children entering first grade. For descriptions of each of
the camps, visit Caroline
Furnace's Summer Camp 2023 page.
Camp Luther has met for seventy-five years at Camp
Caesar, the Webster County 4H camp. For many decades, the
Camp Luther has operated for one week in June with an all
volunteer counselor, teaching, and program staff, at its
high point serving over 400 campers grades 3-12, divided
into junior, intermediate, and senior camps. Learn more by
Camp Luther is a constituent camp of the WV-WMD Synod.
The relationship has its roots in the West Virginia Synod
of the ULCA.
Camp Agapé, a Lutheran camp located in Pennsylvania just over the line from West Virginia's Northern Panhandle and has historic ties to the some of the congregations of the Northern Panhandle. WV-WMD was not included as a constituent synod when ALC de-districting took place at the formation of the ELCA. Nevertheless, WV-WMD is happy to share information about Camp Agapé's offerings. You can also check our Camp Agapé's website: https://www.campagape.org.
Camp Agapé will be offering its first full summer
programming since the pandemic began.
Camp Agapé provides a downloadable bulletin insert in PDF that explains its programming. Download and use in your congregation
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 Jamboree 2023 is underway at Becthel
Summit Reserve, having begun 16 July 2023. It will run
through 29 July 2023.
Bishop Riegel participated in the 23 July 2023 Lutheran
service at the Jambo. 475 scouts and scouters attended. We
have a pic here, but, if you would like to see more, visit
the NLAS Facebook
West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod, ℅ St. Paul Lutheran Church, 309 Baldwin Street, Morgantown, WV 26505
304-363-4030 + Porter@WV-WMD.org