outdoor ministries

We are incredibly fortunate to have two wonderful camps and retreat centers near the Metro D.C. Synod for our congregations and families to experience incredible God’s creation!

Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp & Retreat Center

Caroline Furnace has been open since 1957 and offers a year-round retreat center with eight weeks of summer camp. Caroline Furnace is in beautiful Fort Valley Virginia, located in the Shenandoah Valley. We invite you to be part of our Christ-centered community!

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Mar-Lu-Ridge Camp & Retreat Center

Mar-Lu-Ridge was founded in 1959 as the Outdoor Ministry of the Maryland Synod of the Lutheran Church. The initial construction efforts included a Lodge for dining and four cabins, and they now have three separate areas to accommodate large groups to meet year around. Mar-Lu-Ridge is located in Frederick County, Maryland.