Mar-Lu-Ridge Camp and Retreat Center

Mar-Lu-Ridge Camp and Retreat Center Mar Lu Ridge welcomes all people to an experience of Christian community 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.

04/20/2020

Make a simple nature craft in your own yard or home today! #mlrcommunity

04/19/2020
Joyful, Joyful

Happy Sunday from the Ridge - we hope you're joyful, joyful today that Jesus Christ is risen!

04/18/2020

We have a very special guest joining us for this week's Silly Songtime! Hmmm...I wonder who it will be......

04/17/2020

Greetings, friends! #mlrcommunity

Some exciting news coming to you today from the Ridge! We've been taking inventory of everyone's favorite camp store mer...
04/16/2020

Some exciting news coming to you today from the Ridge! We've been taking inventory of everyone's favorite camp store merch, and we are thrilled to be launching an online store next week, featuring a brand-new camp shirt! Stay tuned for more info early next week! #mlrcommunity #mlrcampstore #mlrswag

04/15/2020
LAF History

Happy Wednesday, friends! Here's a little history lesson about our LAF - the large athletic field :)

04/14/2020

Happy Easter, friends! Join us on this first Tuesday of Easter for some joyful songs & devotions

Looking for a fun Easter Monday activity? We have a great challenge for our #mlrcommunity courtesy of a few summer staff...
04/13/2020

Looking for a fun Easter Monday activity? We have a great challenge for our #mlrcommunity courtesy of a few summer staff alumni! Check out the MLR Bingo board and rules, and good luck, everyone!

04/12/2020
Happy Easter, friends!

We're still celebrating the Easter Sunrise here on the Ridge. Join us for a song on this beautiful Easter morning! Alleluia, Christ is risen!

In this time of waiting and prayer, we wish you peace, friends. #holysaturday 1 Peter 2:24Christ himself bore our sins i...
04/11/2020

In this time of waiting and prayer, we wish you peace, friends. #holysaturday
1 Peter 2:24
Christ himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness.

Luke 23:44-46It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, while the sun's ...
04/10/2020

Luke 23:44-46
It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, while the sun's light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, 'Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.' Having said this, he breathed his last.

Mark 14:22-25While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and sa...
04/09/2020

Mark 14:22-25
While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, 'Take; this is my body.' Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. He said to them, 'This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly I tell you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.'

04/08/2020
Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Campers: listen to what Bishop Ortiz has to say about being true to who you are, walking in faith, and roller coasters. We are blessed by two Bishops who care deeply for the ministry of Mar-Lu-Ridge! #mlrcommunity

“Pastor Time” w/ a special guest today!

Bethlehem Lutheran in Fairfax:
“Still fed by God. Still feeding others.”

04/08/2020
Area 3 History Lesson

Learn a little bit about Area 3, and check out some old photos of the site, alongside images from today!

04/07/2020

Join us for a special Holy Week edition of Tuesday Night Songs & Devos

This evening at 7:00 p.m. - join us for a Holy Week edition of Tuesday Night Songs & Devos. See you there!
04/07/2020

This evening at 7:00 p.m. - join us for a Holy Week edition of Tuesday Night Songs & Devos. See you there!

Great opportunity to share in an online vigil. #elcayoungadults
04/06/2020

Great opportunity to share in an online vigil. #elcayoungadults

3 days. 60 hours. 1 stream.

We're partnering with The Vinyl Preacher and a BUNCH of other friends to host a 60-hour online vigil as we accompany each other through Holy Week in this unprecedented time.

Join us at thetriduumproject.com starting Thursday 6 PM EST for SIXTY HOURS of conversation, songs, games, worship, storytelling, learning, and more.

Monday Craft Day: this amazing collage was found by alumni staffer Rebecca while doing some cleaning the other day. Brea...
04/06/2020

Monday Craft Day: this amazing collage was found by alumni staffer Rebecca while doing some cleaning the other day. Break out your markers, scissors, glue, magazines, and paper to create your own MLR collage. Post using #mlrcommunity. We can’t wait to see your creations!

04/05/2020
Labyrinth Devotion

Happy Palm Sunday, everyone! Enjoy a reflective walk through the labyrinth today

04/03/2020

Time for another Saturday Silly Songtime!

Everybody loves camp mail! Brighten a friend’s day with a hand-written note. Be sure to tape the envelope closed  and se...
04/03/2020

Everybody loves camp mail! Brighten a friend’s day with a hand-written note. Be sure to tape the envelope closed and send it on its way! Don’t know their address? Send it to camp and we’ll share as we’re able! See you tomorrow for Silly Songs! #mlrcommunity

04/02/2020
Riddle Answers!

Earlier this week, we posted some riddles from Ms. Madison; here are the answers! Let us know if you figured any of them out!

Here are some spring beauties for your Wednesday. :) Despite being a little lonely up on the Ridge, we've really been en...
04/01/2020

Here are some spring beauties for your Wednesday. :) Despite being a little lonely up on the Ridge, we've really been enjoying the beautiful blooms all around. Hope you are able to get some fresh air and enjoy some flowers today, friends!

03/31/2020

Join Amy for a few songs and bedtime devotions!

03/31/2020
On a Day Like This...

Good morning, and happy Tuesday! Here's a joyful song to get you started on your day, courtesy of summer staff member Kara & family! Be sure to join us this evening at 7:00pm for more songs and devotions

Dear community, Gov. Hogan has issued a Stay at Home order beginning tonight at 8 p.m. Until further notice, we will no ...
03/30/2020

Dear community, Gov. Hogan has issued a Stay at Home order beginning tonight at 8 p.m. Until further notice, we will no longer be open for hiking or gatherings of any sort. Work Day is canceled and will be rescheduled when the time is right. Easter Sonrise is also canceled but we know Christ will rise! We encourage you to remain engaged on Instagram and Facebook. Our daily posts will continue. Our statement to the public is on our website. Above all else, we lift prayers of healing and thoughts of companionship for all of you. As a community, we will pray and work toward that day when we are side by side again. God’s peace, Sarah and Amy
https://www.mar-lu-ridge.org/ #mlrcommunity

03/30/2020
Riddle Time!

This week, we have some riddles from summer staff member Madison! Stay tuned for the answers later this week! If you know the answers, please don't post them in the comments (that way everyone can have a chance to try to solve them)!

03/29/2020
MLR Cross History

Happy Sunday, friends! Here's a short video about the MLR Cross. Enjoy hearing some history!

03/27/2020

The first in a series of Saturday Silly Songtimes, coming to you from MLR! Enjoy!

03/27/2020

It’s Friday, friends, you did it! Hang in there. We are praying for you! #mlrcommunity

There is an opportunity to make a difference in the life of this ministry we all hold dear.  Thrivent is offering $1 for...
03/26/2020

There is an opportunity to make a difference in the life of this ministry we all hold dear. Thrivent is offering $1 for every $2 given up to one million dollars between now and June 30. You do not need to be a Thrivent member to take advantage of this amazing offer. Please visit our page and consider an InFaith gift today. We continue to hold you all in our prayers. #mlrcommunity
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03/25/2020

Going live in 24 minutes! (Hopefully it works and our WiFi isn't overloaded!) 🔥🎶🌜

Join us online tonight! #mlrcommunity
03/25/2020

Join us online tonight! #mlrcommunity

03/25/2020

It's a rainy day here at MLR! 🌧☂️ Join summer staff member Gwyn for a fun indoor nature activity - make it rain inside! #mlrcommunity

03/24/2020

Were you mesmerized by the God's Eyes in our Bird's Nest video on Sunday? Check out this tutorial and make your own to enjoy! All you need is two sticks and some yarn. Shout out to summer staff member Ren for this great tutorial! #mlrcommunity

03/23/2020

This Wednesday at 7pm EST, join us for a campfire sing-along and bedtime devos! We'll be livestreaming right here on Facebook...Hope to see you there! 🌌🌠🌜🔥

Edited to add: if you have song requests, put them in the comments! Can't guarantee we'll do all of them, but we'll do our best (woahhhh, we'll do our best for you, oh oh oh!)

03/23/2020

History lesson: the Mar-Lu-Ridge Caboose! #mlrcommunity

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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Would like to thank Mar-Lu -Ridge for all the good years all the staff campers all people that support it thank you all for a retirement party and all the support Mr Basil
Just wanted to add some old pictures of my dad from way back when. Loved going to Mar-Lu-Ridge.
Haven't seen any pics from the Confirmation group
Can't wait to see more pictures of the campers this week!
Wishing I could be there today! Unfortunately had an emergency at work!😢 Peace and love to all from Nurse Eric!!
I thought you might enjoy seeing this photo from 1981! The camp theme that week was water and the three counselors on the bottom right are spelling "water" in ASL!
Thank you so much for thinking of us!
30+ years ago we became fellow campers and all these years later we remain friends. Thanks to Mar-lu-Ridge!
Tonight on NBC Washington, I saw a clip of a girl taking a break from sports practice in this heat wave to drink water from a Mar-Lu-Ridge Camp and Retreat Center bottle! Way to represent!
Many thanks for hosting our confirmand at last week's camp. He had a terrific time! 😎
Thank you Sarah Lefler and staff for sharing your mountain with us today. Our Hope Student Leaders learned so much from Becca and Jason, but even more - they had fun. This was an experience of firsts for many and one that all will remember for a lifetime. #thischangeseverything #hasp #hopestudentleaders #afterschool