Update: May 14, 2020
Friends in Christ,
It is with great sadness that I must announce that the Camp Caesar Board of Directors has
voted to cancel all residential camps for the Summer of 2020, which means that Camp Luther 2020 will not be held. It became apparent that camp will not be able to operate this year when the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources released their COVID-19 guidance for Residential/Overnight camps. It will not be possible to hold camp in the way that our campers have come to expect and fulfill all of the health and safety measures necessary to prevent the spread of this virus.
While this decision was made for us by the Camp Caesar Board, I want to go on record fully supporting the camp in this decision. The Governor of West Virginia’s Executive Order banning gatherings of over 25 remains in effect and there is no timetable for this order to be rescinded. In addition, all non-essential travel into the state is currently discouraged, and we have campers and staff members from over ten states that are a part of our Camp Luther Family.
If we are able to hold some type of gathering this fall to celebrate our 75th Anniversary, we will announce that date via Facebook and through the synod churches. Should this prove untenable, we will proceed with plans for camp as usual in 2021. We are slated to gather June 20-26, 2021 where we will then celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the founding of Camp Luther with our campers.
If you or your congregation registered for Camp Luther 2020, we will be in contact with you about your registration and payment. I am asking everyone in our Camp Luther Family to pray about making a donation to a fundraiser Camp Caesar will be holding this summer to sustain their operations and to start the next camp year on solid financial footing. We will publish information about this on our Facebook page and through our synod churches.
Please continue to pray for our camp leadership and the entire church as we continue to navigate ministry in the time of COVID-19. We look forward to being together again in-person on the Hillsides of Camp Luther in 2021!
Pastor Jason Felici
Camp Luther is a unique setting that fosters the development of young people for service to Christ and His church. It is literally a life-changing place, where spiritual, emotional, and physical growth have no limits. We encounter God through our worship, prayer, cabin devotions, music, crafts, recreation, and our special relationships with each other.
The members of the camp staff are all volunteers who give unselfishly of their time, energy, and talents because they care so much for our young people and this ministry. Most take valuable vacation time and many travel hundreds of miles. Because most of them return to camp year after year to serve, they have a combined experience of hundreds of years as counselors, teachers, deans, and office staff.
Our educational programs are an extension of your congregation’s ministry, plus some important added dimensions. Bible stories are brought to life. Confirmation instruction is provided. Current world issues, as well as the tough questions, challenges, and concerns faced by all young people, are discussed and addressed from a Christian viewpoint.
Care of God’s beautiful creation is emphasized. There is instruction inside and outside the classroom, with hikes and “creek stomps” led by the nature teacher being among the most popular educational activities. Besides Christian instruction, there are various other educational opportunities provided, such as music, drama, and crafts. Campers who wish to exercise their writing skills may elect to be a member of the staff of the camp newspaper, The Camp Luther Beacon.
A wide variety of sports and games is available at camp, including swimming, volleyball, soccer, basketball, badminton, softball, kickball, 4-square, archery, shuffleboard, scooter hockey, fishing, and boating. There are skits, scavenger hunts, talent shows, relays, and tie-dying. There is ample free time for these activities during the afternoon, while the evening hours are filled with organized events in each of the three programs. There are pizza parties and an all-camp picnic. And there is plenty of time to “hang out” with friends.
The friendships that are created at Camp Luther are lifelong, and among the strongest bonds that can be found among people anywhere on earth. Just ask any repeat camper or staff member, for whom spending a week at camp is among the absolute highlights of the year. And it’s not only the making of new friends, but also the reuniting with old friends that makes camp week so special.
Camp Luther is divided into three programs:
- Junior, for those who have completed grades 3 – 5
- Intermediate, for those who have completed grades 6 – 8
- and Senior, for those who have completed grades 9 – 12.
In each program there is a counselor for every 8 – 10 campers.
Camp Luther is set in beautiful natural surroundings at an altitude of over 2,400 feet in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia. Picturesque woodlands surround the main camp, and rhododendron, laurel, and wildflowers abound. There is a breathtaking lake within walking distance, and a beautiful creek cascades through the camp.
Camp facilities include heated cabins with hot and cold running water, showers, electric lights, and beds. The centrally located dining hall has a modern kitchen and an experienced staff. The camp has a large swimming pool, several athletic fields, volleyball and basketball courts, and a wide variety of athletic equipment for both team and individual use.