Mar-Lu-Ridge Camp and Retreat Center

Mar-Lu-Ridge Camp and Retreat Center Mar Lu Ridge welcomes all people to a mountain-top experience that changes lives and encourages a deeper relationship with God.
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Mar-Lu-Ridge is a year-round outdoor ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America situated in the beautiful Catoctin Mountains of central Maryland. We minister through our summer camp, year-round retreat and conference center, and programs offered throughout the year. 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 the construction of four cabins. This was the first year that summer camp was held. In 1962 our Chapel, Salem-on-the-Mountain was constructed; which is well known for its view of the Potomac River and valley below. In 1970 the construction of the Ridge Inn was completed, this facility offered 16 hotels style rooms with its own kitchen and dining facilities. People of All Faiths Are Welcomed! Rules for acceptance and participation in Mar-Lu-Ridge programs and use of facilities are the same for everyone without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, handicap, age, or gender. We are open to anyone, so invite your friends, co-workers, partners and see what Mar-Lu-Ridge has to offer to you. We are located in scenic Frederick County, Maryland. An hour from Baltimore and Washington, DC.

Mission: We welcome all people to a mountain-top experience of Christian community that changes lives, makes disciples, builds friendships, and encourages care of God’s creation.

OPEN HOUSE: come see what summer camp is all about! Tomorrow, Sunday, 2-4:30 pm. Agape Hall. Staff, snacks, and tours - ...
05/18/2019

OPEN HOUSE: come see what summer camp is all about! Tomorrow, Sunday, 2-4:30 pm. Agape Hall. Staff, snacks, and tours - we’ll see you there! #mlrcommunity

We’re ready to taste the rainbow this summer with our new reusable sporks! In our continued effort to be environmental...
05/18/2019

We’re ready to taste the rainbow this summer with our new reusable sporks! In our continued effort to be environmentally-conscious, we’re replacing single-use flatware packets with these bright beauties for cookouts and Friday picnics. #mlrrocks #gogreen #creationcare

Had the pleasure of meeting one of our newest campers today. Welcome to the Mar-Lu-Ridge community, little one. Proud pa...
05/15/2019

Had the pleasure of meeting one of our newest campers today. Welcome to the Mar-Lu-Ridge community, little one. Proud parents are former Associate Director Karl Muhlbach and current Board member Caitlin Muhlbach. #mlrcommunity

Interested in summer camp, but wanting to know more? We hope you’ll join us next Sunday, May 19th for another OPEN HOU...
05/10/2019

Interested in summer camp, but wanting to know more? We hope you’ll join us next Sunday, May 19th for another OPEN HOUSE! Meet some of our staff, try some of Chef Tim’s delicious food, and enjoy a tour of camp! 2-4:30 p.m. in Agape Hall

We are so thankful for the Central Crossroads Adult Mission group from NY who spent this week serving at Mar-Lu-Ridge an...
05/10/2019

We are so thankful for the Central Crossroads Adult Mission group from NY who spent this week serving at Mar-Lu-Ridge and in the community. Projects included building a new maintenance storage shed, tearing down old arks, and serving at LWR, Martha’s Table, and Shepherd Staff! Your work is a blessing! #mlrcommunity

Spotted this little guy crawling his way into camp today. “Where are all the campers?!?!!” he asked. “Soon, buddy....
05/03/2019

Spotted this little guy crawling his way into camp today. “Where are all the campers?!?!!” he asked. “Soon, buddy. They’ll be here soon.” 🐢 Have you registered for camp yet?!

We are thankful for the men from Gray Manor, who renovated the fire circle at Cabin 3. Their group, the Lutheran Churchm...
04/29/2019

We are thankful for the men from Gray Manor, who renovated the fire circle at Cabin 3. Their group, the Lutheran Churchmen, have been coming to Mar-Lu-Ridge for a fall retreat for nearly 60 years! #mlrcommunity

A new roof for Potomac Lodge! Our thanks to Broad Run Construction and their roofing company. #mlrcommunity
04/27/2019

A new roof for Potomac Lodge! Our thanks to Broad Run Construction and their roofing company. #mlrcommunity

A close up of the beautiful quilt designed and sewn by Allison Garman. This quilt hangs in Agape Hall for all to enjoy! ...
04/23/2019

A close up of the beautiful quilt designed and sewn by Allison Garman. This quilt hangs in Agape Hall for all to enjoy! #mlrcommunity

🌎 Earth Day! Faith formation at Mar-Lu-Ridge includes caring for our natural world. Recycling, looking for salamander...
04/22/2019

🌎 Earth Day! Faith formation at Mar-Lu-Ridge includes caring for our natural world. Recycling, looking for salamanders in the ponds, filling our reusable water bottles, gardening, learning about our trees and rock formations, and appreciating God’s creation are ways we help our campers learn the importance of caring for our earth. #mlrrocks

A beautiful Easter celebration! Our thanks to the good folks of St Paul Jefferson, Bishop Bill Gohl, Chef Tim and everyo...
04/21/2019

A beautiful Easter celebration! Our thanks to the good folks of St Paul Jefferson, Bishop Bill Gohl, Chef Tim and everyone who joined us for worship. Christ is Risen!

Christ is Risen! Alleluia!
04/21/2019

Christ is Risen! Alleluia!

All is ready. Join us as we celebrate the Risen Lord. Salem on the Mountain Chapel 6 a.m.
04/20/2019

All is ready. Join us as we celebrate the Risen Lord. Salem on the Mountain Chapel 6 a.m.

Our thanks to George and his staff at Thurmont Paving! So thankful to have some high use areas paved. #mlrcommunity
04/17/2019

Our thanks to George and his staff at Thurmont Paving! So thankful to have some high use areas paved. #mlrcommunity

Easter Sonrise Service, Sunday April 21 at 6 a.m. All are welcome! Breakfast served in Agape Hall after worship. #mlrcom...
04/16/2019

Easter Sonrise Service, Sunday April 21 at 6 a.m. All are welcome! Breakfast served in Agape Hall after worship. #mlrcommunity

Community building today as we welcomed James Ryder to Mar-Lu-Ridge for a visit. James and his wife Lisa co-direct our n...
04/16/2019

Community building today as we welcomed James Ryder to Mar-Lu-Ridge for a visit. James and his wife Lisa co-direct our neighboring facility, the Claggett Center. Great discussions and common experiences!

One of our sister camps in Oregon suffered a devastating fire on Friday. We stand with Camp Lutherwood and encourage you...
04/14/2019

One of our sister camps in Oregon suffered a devastating fire on Friday. We stand with Camp Lutherwood and encourage you to support their recovery effort if able. Lutheran Outdoor Ministries change lives across the country.

Friends of Lutherwood,

I'm sad to share that last night a fire destroyed the main lodge at Camp Lutherwood Oregon. Thankfully, no one was in the building at the time of the fire and all guests and staff are safe and without injury. A big thank you to the Lane Fire Authority for their quick response and diligent efforts to contain the fire. Thanks to the neighbors who called in to report the fire.

The Lodge building has been declared a total loss, and the cause of the fire is unknown. We are working closely with the authorities to determine the cause and next steps.

Camp Lutherwood's board of directors has already notified our insurance company, and has begun making plans for how we will serve our guests in the immediate future; as well as how this will impact our long term plans.

This is still a developing situation. We will be in touch shortly with all groups who have bookings in the coming weeks, and we will communicate with everyone to let you know of our immediate needs, and how this will impact our long-term plans.

It's too early to know exactly what will be needed; but any general donation you can send to Lutherwood today or in the coming weeks, will help ensure we navigate this unexpected interruption to our ministry and are ready to serve our guests again. Gifts can be made at our website lutherwoodoregon.org and click the “Donate” or “Give” buttons. Please specify that your donation is for fire recovery in the comments. Thank you for all your prayers and support at this time.

Please address questions to Executive Director Andrea Scofield at 541-998-6444 or [email protected]

#love4lutherwoodor

The spirit of community is strong on Work Day! We accomplished so much today and we are so thankful for everyone’s har...
04/13/2019

The spirit of community is strong on Work Day! We accomplished so much today and we are so thankful for everyone’s hard work and joyful attitude! #mlrcommunity #mlrrocks

Tomorrow is our annual Work Day! The rain will be over and we have lots of chores to do. Join us! Breakfast served in Ag...
04/12/2019

Tomorrow is our annual Work Day! The rain will be over and we have lots of chores to do. Join us! Breakfast served in Agape Hall 8 a.m. Stay as long as you are able! #mlrcommunity

Our Ridge Inn Conference Center is undergoing a major renovation and update. The central fireplace in the top level meet...
04/10/2019

Our Ridge Inn Conference Center is undergoing a major renovation and update. The central fireplace in the top level meeting area has been removed. Two new support posts are in place. Ceilings, walls, and carpeting upgrades will follow this summer. The lower level fireplace is load bearing so it remains but it has been modified. And check out the “Maryland” bricks we discovered! #mlrcommunity

04/07/2019

Thanks to @elcademdsynod LYO for a great Transformers weekend! We always love opportunities to connect with young people in our synods!

The meeting room on the top level of Ridge Inn is undergoing BIG changes! #mlrrocks
04/05/2019

The meeting room on the top level of Ridge Inn is undergoing BIG changes! #mlrrocks

Always thankful for trustworthy partners like Gladhill Plumbing and Heating. They are working on some drainage issues at...
04/02/2019

Always thankful for trustworthy partners like Gladhill Plumbing and Heating. They are working on some drainage issues at Agape Hall this week! #mlrcommunity #mlrrocks

Lodge 3 kitchen has a beautiful new floor, thanks to our maintenance staff! #mlrcommunity #mlrrocks
03/29/2019

Lodge 3 kitchen has a beautiful new floor, thanks to our maintenance staff! #mlrcommunity #mlrrocks

Mar-Lu-Ridge Camp and Retreat Center's cover photo
03/28/2019

Mar-Lu-Ridge Camp and Retreat Center's cover photo

Cabin 3 is getting new paneling walls on the top level thanks to our volunteer Markus and our maintenance staff! The are...
03/27/2019

Cabin 3 is getting new paneling walls on the top level thanks to our volunteer Markus and our maintenance staff! The area will look much nicer very soon. #mlrcommunity

We are experiencing Soul Collage today with Pastor Julie Brigham; praying and thinking about life’s blessings and tran...
03/26/2019

We are experiencing Soul Collage today with Pastor Julie Brigham; praying and thinking about life’s blessings and transitions. #mountaintopics #mlrcommunity

Happy spring! We are enjoying the little blossoms that are popping up everywhere! 🌱🌷what’s your favorite thing a...
03/24/2019

Happy spring! We are enjoying the little blossoms that are popping up everywhere! 🌱🌷what’s your favorite thing about spring? #mlrrocks #marluridge

Whether you’re a little nervous about your first overnight camp experience, or you’re a Mar-Lu regular who just want...
03/22/2019

Whether you’re a little nervous about your first overnight camp experience, or you’re a Mar-Lu regular who just wants S’MORE camp, our Mini and Jr High Express programs are a great place to get a TASTE of MLR! 🏕 Each program runs Sunday-Wednesday. Check it out, and register today!

Sarah has just returned from the Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Executive Director’s gathering at Briarwood Retreat in TX...
03/22/2019

Sarah has just returned from the Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Executive Director’s gathering at Briarwood Retreat in TX. It was a great time of learning centered on ways to better lift up and encourage our young adult staff, as well as space to connect with colleagues and rest. #lutheranoutdoorministies

We love looking through memories, especially when they come in the form of slides! This view of the chapel looks pretty ...
03/20/2019

We love looking through memories, especially when they come in the form of slides! This view of the chapel looks pretty much the same today as it does here in the 70s, but MLR has continued to grow and change over the years! We are oh so thankful for each camper, staff member, volunteer, donor, and all others who have been part of the MLR community these last 60 years #waybackwednesday #mlr60

Summer camp builds self confidence in an accepting environment. OPEN HOUSE today, 2-4:30 pm. See you soon!
03/17/2019

Summer camp builds self confidence in an accepting environment. OPEN HOUSE today, 2-4:30 pm. See you soon!

Summer camp sunsets! Register for camp today!
03/17/2019

Summer camp sunsets! Register for camp today!

One of our faithful volunteers has been hard at work this winter, painting rooms at Ridge Inn! Join us for Work Day, Apr...
03/13/2019

One of our faithful volunteers has been hard at work this winter, painting rooms at Ridge Inn! Join us for Work Day, April 13! Jobs for all ages and abilities. #mlrcommunity #mlrrocks

Mar-Lu-Ridge hosts many different types of groups each week throughout the year - and we always love having Scout groups...
03/12/2019

Mar-Lu-Ridge hosts many different types of groups each week throughout the year - and we always love having Scout groups stay with us! These girls really enjoyed their first overnight on the Ridge! #mlrcommunity #mlrrocks

Hope to see you Sunday! #mlrcommunity #mlrrocks #mlr60
03/11/2019

Hope to see you Sunday! #mlrcommunity #mlrrocks #mlr60

Campers and covered bridges and beautiful worship; a good morning with the folks of St Paul’s Lutheran in Utica.
03/10/2019

Campers and covered bridges and beautiful worship; a good morning with the folks of St Paul’s Lutheran in Utica.

Who remembers the MLR caboose? Join us June 8-9 for our 60th Anniversary celebration and share your stories of this piec...
03/09/2019

Who remembers the MLR caboose? Join us June 8-9 for our 60th Anniversary celebration and share your stories of this piece of MLR history! #mlr60 #mlrrocks

Spring is coming! 🌷🌞 We are dreaming of warm summer days spent swimming and hiking! What are you looking forward t...
03/07/2019

Spring is coming! 🌷🌞 We are dreaming of warm summer days spent swimming and hiking! What are you looking forward to as the days get longer and warmer?

Address

3200 Mar Lu Ridge Rd
Jefferson, MD
21755

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:30
Thursday 09:00 - 16:30
Friday 09:00 - 16:30

Telephone

(301) 874-5544

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