Camp Lutherwood is an association of Lutheran congregations in Oregon and Southwest Washington. We are a not-for-profit organization committed to serving people of all ages through our staff, our programs, and our facilities. All are welcome to participate in our ministry. Camp Lutherwood is located on 71 forested acres in the foothills of the Coast Range in Oregon. We have a variety of facilities available year-round for day and overnight use.

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Our Mission:

“Camp Lutherwood Oregon offers an outdoor experience that empowers staff and guests of all ages to discover caring and affirming relationships with God, others, self, and the natural world.”

 

Our Vision:

Camp Lutherwood Oregon aims to be a vibrant center of spirituality, service, and hospitality open to people of all ages and all faiths. Lutherwood provides experiences that bring people into a deeper awareness and connection with God, self, neighbor, the community and the earth. Laughter and shared experiences result in a richer understanding of the connectedness of life to one another and to the life giving grace from Creator God. We are a sustainable organization cultivating lives of faith and service.

 

Core Values:

Community: Intentional, life-giving relationships with Christ at the core.

Faith: Nurturing faith through sacred texts, sharing and experiential learning

Leadership: Trained and dedicated professional staff and volunteers.

Stewardship: Responsible use of our resources and facilities

Worship: Inspired worship through creativity and music.

Creation: Caring for and interacting with God’s Creation.

Play: Non-competitive play and outdoor recreation

Our Lutheran Heritage: Lutheran theology, congregations, laity, and clergy.

Discovery: Providing a safe place for personal discovery and the cultivation of servant leaders

Partnerships: Collaborative relationships with congregations, Lutheran judicatories, local, regional and national organizations along with schools and universities.

 

What we do:

Provide an exposure to and experience in the great outdoors

Teach about our connections to the natural world and how to be good stewards of the earth

Ground participants in the community with others

Cultivate lives of faith and service

Play, laugh, be still, listen and try new things

Share delicious meals

Offer hospitality to everyone

Recognize all things as a gift from God

Encourage a life of gratitude in response to all God has done for us

 

Our History:

In 1959 a group of pastors in Eugene had a vision for a Bible camp for their kids. Lutheran Layman’s League of Lane County purchased 28 acres west of Junction City (off Hwy 36) to create the camp for Eugene area children and teens. Campers, along with their Pastor and other adult leaders, came to camp for a week and stayed in the only facility at the time–the barn. They wanted their youth to have an experience that deepened their faith in Jesus Christ, strengthened relationships with the other friends in the church, connected them to nature, and helped them discover their gifts to offer to the world–all while having fun and adventure.

Every summer since, campers have been discovering faith, friendship and fun at camp.

Andrea Scofield

Andrea Scofield, Executive Director of Camp Lutherwood Oregon, builds and creates opportunities for staff, guests, volunteers, and donors to interact with the ministry of Camp Lutherwood. Her leadership has created a sustainable program and organization that continues to provide an outdoor experience to all guests. Andrea’s vision for Lutherwood is to expand the capacity and potential of Lutherwood and deepen the relationship with churches and the community.

Caitlin Elwood

Caitlin Elwood, Director of Resource Development, joined the team in August of 2013 after Lutherwood received a generous grant from The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. Her goals continue to be strengthening Camp Lutherwood Oregon’s annual fund by increasing donor participation while working closely with those who already have relationships with Lutherwood. She believes Lutherwood is a place of discovery, transformation and fun!

Charlotte Trent

Program Director Charlotte Trent has been working with Camp Lutherwood since 2012 and is excited to join Lutherwood’s year round team. She is a recent grad of California Lutheran University, where she studied Theology and Christian Leadership with a focus on Youth and Family Ministry. She is a firm believer in the transformative power of camp and hopes to continue to build up the best of Lutherwood’s programs while also incorporating new opportunities for fun and discovery for campers and their families!

Rev. Sara Gross-Samuelson

Our Congregational Outreach and Renewal Coordinator Rev. Sara Gross Samuelson is called 2/3 time as Associate Pastor for Faith Formation at West Linn Lutheran Church and spends the rest of her time working with Lutherwood. Sara served Lutherwood as Director of Day Camp Ministries, leaving in 2012 to finish seminary.  Sara looks forward to connecting with congregations and listening to the ministry challenges and joys we all face and visioning new ways to be about the work of faith formation, outdoor ministry, and relationship together!

Brandie Mehlhorn

Lutherwood’s Guest Host, Brandie Mehlhorn begin working at Camp Lutherwood as a counselor in the summer of 2015, and has been working at camp in some capacity since! Brandie is working on managing rental groups, hosting and supporting the other year round staff. Her favorite part of camp is seeing all the campers and rental groups that come and go from this wonderful place! She hopes to help camp grow this rental season and bring the best experience possible for all who walk across the bridge.

Maddie Bernard

Maddie Bernard, Communication and Marketing Coordinator, joined the team in August 2016, after graduating from Pacific Lutheran University and serving as the media intern/photographer at camp for the past two summers. Maddie loves telling the story of camp through photos, videos, and writing. Her goals are to raise more awareness of camp, and show how Camp Lutherwood Oregon has a lasting impact on people’s lives.