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. 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-o

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-o

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Help us get ready for our Giving Thanks Auction on November 18-21st by celebrating our fantastic community! Here is a qu...
11/01/2021

Help us get ready for our Giving Thanks Auction on November 18-21st by celebrating our fantastic community! Here is a quote from one of our Summer Staff members. Thank you Katie!
#mlrcommunity

Help us get ready for our Giving Thanks Auction on November 18-21st by celebrating our fantastic community! Here is a quote from one of our Summer Staff members. Thank you Katie!
#mlrcommunity

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should cha...
10/31/2021

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult." - Pslam 46. Have a blessed Sunday everyone!
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"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult." - Pslam 46. Have a blessed Sunday everyone!
#mlrcommunity

We're gearing up for our Giving Thanks Auction on November 18-21st by celebrating our wonderful MLR community! We will h...
10/29/2021

We're gearing up for our Giving Thanks Auction on November 18-21st by celebrating our wonderful MLR community! We will have quotes from members of the community about our ministry leading up to the 18th. Thank you Bunny for the quote today!
#mlrcommunity

We're gearing up for our Giving Thanks Auction on November 18-21st by celebrating our wonderful MLR community! We will have quotes from members of the community about our ministry leading up to the 18th. Thank you Bunny for the quote today!
#mlrcommunity

"That there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. If one member ...
10/28/2021

"That there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it." - 1 Corinthians 12:25-27

On this beautiful fall Thursday we're thankful for each member of our community, and the unique role they share in the mission of Mar-Lu-Ridge! We’re giving thanks every Thursday gearing up for our Giving Thanks Auction taking place on November 18-21.
#mlrcommunity #mlrrocks

"That there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it." - 1 Corinthians 12:25-27

On this beautiful fall Thursday we're thankful for each member of our community, and the unique role they share in the mission of Mar-Lu-Ridge! We’re giving thanks every Thursday gearing up for our Giving Thanks Auction taking place on November 18-21.
#mlrcommunity #mlrrocks

Beautiful day for discussion and planning with our year-round staff. #mlrcommunity
10/27/2021

Beautiful day for discussion and planning with our year-round staff. #mlrcommunity

Autumn beauty on a windy day! #mlrrocks
10/26/2021

Autumn beauty on a windy day! #mlrrocks

The patches are here! A tradition at MLR that dates back to the beginning of our camp, over 62 years! Campers can expect...
10/25/2021

The patches are here! A tradition at MLR that dates back to the beginning of our camp, over 62 years! Campers can expect these to arrive in their mailboxes before Thanksgiving! We are thankful for each of you! #mlrcommunity #mlrrocks

The patches are here! A tradition at MLR that dates back to the beginning of our camp, over 62 years! Campers can expect these to arrive in their mailboxes before Thanksgiving! We are thankful for each of you! #mlrcommunity #mlrrocks

Eternal light, shine in our hearts. Eternal wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance. Eternal compassion, have merc...
10/24/2021

Eternal light, shine in our hearts. Eternal wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance. Eternal compassion, have mercy on us. Turn us to seek your face, and enable us to reflect your goodness, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
#mlrcommunity

Eternal light, shine in our hearts. Eternal wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance. Eternal compassion, have mercy on us. Turn us to seek your face, and enable us to reflect your goodness, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
#mlrcommunity

Our local Scouts returned to finish the job today, and had a great time working together! We are thankful for your help!...
10/23/2021

Our local Scouts returned to finish the job today, and had a great time working together! We are thankful for your help! #mlrcommunity

We're getting ready for our Giving Thanks Online Auction, taking place November 18-21, by celebrating things we're thank...
10/21/2021

We're getting ready for our Giving Thanks Online Auction, taking place November 18-21, by celebrating things we're thankful for! Today we're especially thankful for all of the wonderful campers that visit us every summer and the ones that come all year round for reatreats! We're so blessed to have such a wonderful community of campers and we thank God for you every day!
#mlrcommunity #mlrgivingthanks

We're getting ready for our Giving Thanks Online Auction, taking place November 18-21, by celebrating things we're thankful for! Today we're especially thankful for all of the wonderful campers that visit us every summer and the ones that come all year round for reatreats! We're so blessed to have such a wonderful community of campers and we thank God for you every day!
#mlrcommunity #mlrgivingthanks

Labyrinth Day was a beautiful and peaceful time of learning and fellowship. #mlrcommunity
10/19/2021

Labyrinth Day was a beautiful and peaceful time of learning and fellowship. #mlrcommunity

Sovereign God, you turn your greatness into goodness for all the peoples on earth. Shape us into willing servants of you...
10/17/2021

Sovereign God, you turn your greatness into goodness for all the peoples on earth. Shape us into willing servants of your kingdom, and make us desire always and only your will, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen!
#mlrcommunity

Sovereign God, you turn your greatness into goodness for all the peoples on earth. Shape us into willing servants of your kingdom, and make us desire always and only your will, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen!
#mlrcommunity

We are excited to share our 2022 Summer Camp schedule!  Visit our website to see all we have to offer and begin making p...
10/14/2021

We are excited to share our 2022 Summer Camp schedule! Visit our website to see all we have to offer and begin making plans today! Registration will open January 1. We are grateful to our community, and can't wait to see you again! #mlrrocks
https://www.mar-lu-ridge.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/2022-Schedule-Release.pdf

We are excited to share our 2022 Summer Camp schedule! Visit our website to see all we have to offer and begin making plans today! Registration will open January 1. We are grateful to our community, and can't wait to see you again! #mlrrocks
https://www.mar-lu-ridge.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/2022-Schedule-Release.pdf

Our Labryith Day will be hosted by Pastor Julie Brigham, who is a certified labyrinth instructor! Register through link ...
10/12/2021

Our Labryith Day will be hosted by Pastor Julie Brigham, who is a certified labyrinth instructor! Register through link for a fun day of learning and fellowship!

https://form.jotform.com/202255719670053

#mlrcommunity #mlrrocks

Our Labryith Day will be hosted by Pastor Julie Brigham, who is a certified labyrinth instructor! Register through link for a fun day of learning and fellowship!

https://form.jotform.com/202255719670053

#mlrcommunity #mlrrocks

Today we recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day. One year ago today, we first released our Land Acknowledgement, recognizing ...
10/11/2021

Today we recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day. One year ago today, we first released our Land Acknowledgement, recognizing that Mar-Lu-Ridge resides on the ancestral territory of the Paskestikweya people. Today we humbly offer our respect and gratitude to the ancestors and living citizens of the Piscataway Indian Nation and the Piscataway-Conoy Tribe, as well as to future generations. Please read our statement:https://www.mar-lu-ridge.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/MLR-Land-Acknowledgement.pdf #mlrcommunity

Today we recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day. One year ago today, we first released our Land Acknowledgement, recognizing that Mar-Lu-Ridge resides on the ancestral territory of the Paskestikweya people. Today we humbly offer our respect and gratitude to the ancestors and living citizens of the Piscataway Indian Nation and the Piscataway-Conoy Tribe, as well as to future generations. Please read our statement:https://www.mar-lu-ridge.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/MLR-Land-Acknowledgement.pdf #mlrcommunity

Scout troop 37097 camped in Area 3 recently and noticed the picnic tables by Jr. Pond needed some attention. They return...
10/10/2021

Scout troop 37097 camped in Area 3 recently and noticed the picnic tables by Jr. Pond needed some attention. They returned today to repair and scrape them, and will paint them when the weather clears. We are grateful for this act of service! Overheard by their leader, “This is so fun!” #mlrcommunity

Scout troop 37097 camped in Area 3 recently and noticed the picnic tables by Jr. Pond needed some attention. They returned today to repair and scrape them, and will paint them when the weather clears. We are grateful for this act of service! Overheard by their leader, “This is so fun!” #mlrcommunity

Alleluia! Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Alleluia! (Matt. 5:3)#mlrcommunity #mlrro...
10/10/2021

Alleluia! Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Alleluia! (Matt. 5:3)
#mlrcommunity #mlrrocks

Alleluia! Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Alleluia! (Matt. 5:3)
#mlrcommunity #mlrrocks

Autumn has arrived. We love welcoming guests this time of year. #mlrcommunity
10/08/2021

Autumn has arrived. We love welcoming guests this time of year. #mlrcommunity

Autumn has arrived. We love welcoming guests this time of year. #mlrcommunity

Get ready for our Summer Camp Schedule release next week! We can't wait for summer!#mlrcommunity #mlrrocks
10/07/2021

Get ready for our Summer Camp Schedule release next week! We can't wait for summer!
#mlrcommunity #mlrrocks

Get ready for our Summer Camp Schedule release next week! We can't wait for summer!
#mlrcommunity #mlrrocks

A little Before & After of the camp office. Our maintenance staff installed a new door and light, then painted the fasca...
10/06/2021

A little Before & After of the camp office. Our maintenance staff installed a new door and light, then painted the fascade and roof. Thanks so much, Jim and Kevin! #mlrrocks

We are grateful for Gifts of Hope, Metro D.C. Synod, ELCA. This alternative gift program supports many amazing organizat...
10/06/2021

We are grateful for Gifts of Hope, Metro D.C. Synod, ELCA. This alternative gift program supports many amazing organizations locally and globaly. Check out their catalog as you consider gifts this season.

Beneficiary Organization Spotlight: Mar-Lu-Ridge Camp and Retreat Center has been affirming people and providing space for faith development and personal growth for over 62 years. Mar-Lu-Ridge remains committed to sharing God’s unconditional love through hospitality, service, and community bonding. Learn more about supporting outdoor ministries through Gifts of Hope: metrodcelca.org/giftsofhope/gohorgs

Save the dates! Our Giving Thanks auction has many beautiful items and exciting MLR packages for you to choose from. All...
10/05/2021

Save the dates! Our Giving Thanks auction has many beautiful items and exciting MLR packages for you to choose from. All proceeds benefit the year-round ministry of Mar-Lu-Ridge. #mlrgivingthanks #mlrcommunity

Save the dates! Our Giving Thanks auction has many beautiful items and exciting MLR packages for you to choose from. All proceeds benefit the year-round ministry of Mar-Lu-Ridge. #mlrgivingthanks #mlrcommunity

The changing light and autumn colors remind us of a Creator who loves and surprises us daily. #thankful #mlrrocks
10/03/2021

The changing light and autumn colors remind us of a Creator who loves and surprises us daily. #thankful #mlrrocks

The changing light and autumn colors remind us of a Creator who loves and surprises us daily. #thankful #mlrrocks

Wishing you peace, today and always. #mlrcommunity
10/01/2021

Wishing you peace, today and always. #mlrcommunity

Wishing you peace, today and always. #mlrcommunity

Jym’s #mlrcookierun began in the dark at 5 a.m.! We love the headlamp and the enthusiasm. Thanks for your support. #mlrc...
09/30/2021

Jym’s #mlrcookierun began in the dark at 5 a.m.! We love the headlamp and the enthusiasm. Thanks for your support. #mlrcommunity

It's our final #mlrthemethursday! Our Thursday theme this summer was caring for Humans! God calls us all to care for hum...
09/30/2021

It's our final #mlrthemethursday! Our Thursday theme this summer was caring for Humans! God calls us all to care for humanity. As each of us is created in the image of God, we strive to bring justice and peace to those who are marginalized and persecuted in our communities.

“God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us. Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters” 1 John 4:16-21

#mlrcommunity #mlrrocks

It's our final #mlrthemethursday! Our Thursday theme this summer was caring for Humans! God calls us all to care for humanity. As each of us is created in the image of God, we strive to bring justice and peace to those who are marginalized and persecuted in our communities.

“God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us. Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters” 1 John 4:16-21

#mlrcommunity #mlrrocks

The Ieriens took advantage of the sunshine to complete their #mlrcookierun today! Thanks for your support.  #mlrcommunit...
09/29/2021

The Ieriens took advantage of the sunshine to complete their #mlrcookierun today! Thanks for your support. #mlrcommunity

The Ieriens took advantage of the sunshine to complete their #mlrcookierun today! Thanks for your support. #mlrcommunity

Very quick 5K for Pastor Mark! Thanks for supporting MLR in the #mlrcookierun! #mlrcommunity
09/29/2021

Very quick 5K for Pastor Mark! Thanks for supporting MLR in the #mlrcookierun! #mlrcommunity

Very quick 5K for Pastor Mark! Thanks for supporting MLR in the #mlrcookierun! #mlrcommunity

Thanks for showing true camp spirit while completing your #mlrcookierun! We are thankful for your support. #mlrcommunity
09/27/2021

Thanks for showing true camp spirit while completing your #mlrcookierun! We are thankful for your support. #mlrcommunity

Perfect weather, great friends, lots of hills and cookies: a successful Walkathon! Thanks to everyone who joined us in p...
09/26/2021

Perfect weather, great friends, lots of hills and cookies: a successful Walkathon! Thanks to everyone who joined us in person or sent gifts ahead of time. We have surpassed our goal and are so grateful! #mlrwalkathon2021

09/26/2021

Such a glorious day! Join us beginning at 1 p.m.!

Congratulations to these #mlrcookierun finishers! We love the smiles and appreciate your support! #mlrcommunity
09/25/2021

Congratulations to these #mlrcookierun finishers! We love the smiles and appreciate your support! #mlrcommunity

"For your steadfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds" Psalm 57:10
09/25/2021

"For your steadfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds" Psalm 57:10

"For your steadfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds" Psalm 57:10

As we start to gear up for colder fall weather, we remember campfires and other warm summer memories!#mlrrocks #mlrcommu...
09/24/2021

As we start to gear up for colder fall weather, we remember campfires and other warm summer memories!
#mlrrocks #mlrcommunity

As we start to gear up for colder fall weather, we remember campfires and other warm summer memories!
#mlrrocks #mlrcommunity

The rain is over and the weather looks perfect for Walkathon! See you Sunday at 1 p.m. at the pavilion. You are welcome ...
09/23/2021

The rain is over and the weather looks perfect for Walkathon! See you Sunday at 1 p.m. at the pavilion. You are welcome to join at any time. Community meal and worship 3 p.m. All donations benefit the year-round work of MLR. Not able to join in? Support another walker by donating online!
https://www.mar-lu-ridge.org/support-mlr/
#mlrwalkathon2021 #mlrcommunity

Address

3200 Mar Lu Ridge Rd
Jefferson, MD
21755

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 9am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 9am - 4:30pm
Thursday 9am - 4:30pm
Friday 9am - 4:30pm

Telephone

(301) 874-5544

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You used the ampitheater!. Great
I'm really looking forward to the service Sunday and the Walk a Thon. 🙂
Made me think of you all:
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!