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Beloved Camp Lutherwood Oregon Board member passes away

Posted July 11, 2016stephenVorhes_remembrance

CHESHIRE, OR-We remember Board member and friend of Lutherwood, Stephen Vorhes, with his friends and family. Stephen died at home on July 4th after a 3-year struggle with a rare cancer.

A native Midwesterner and talented vocalist, Stephen moved to Eugene in 1986 and worked as a land use lawyer for Lane County until this summer. His expertise and thoughtful advice guided camp’s 2012 acquisition of additional land. 

Stephen shared his passion for music and the outdoors, as well as his Lutheran faith through his service to Camp Lutherwood Oregon in years on the Board of Directors and Advisory Committee. 

He will be missed by fellow Board members, volunteers, staff, and friends of this place set apart. Stephen’s generosity and enthusiasm made a lasting impact on Camp Lutherwood Oregon and our entire community. 

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday (July 14) at Emmaus Lutheran Church in Eugene.

A full obituary is available here



Camp Lutherwood Oregon receives grant from the Gray Family Foundation

Posted May 21, 2015                                                                          

CHESHIRE, OR—Camp Lutherwood Oregon is honored to announce it is the recipient of a $35,000 first time grant from the Gray Family Foundation.

The Board of Directors and staff of Camp Lutherwood Oregon are thrilled to share the exciting news that the Gray Family Foundation has awarded funds to support deferred maintenance projects at camp. “We are so blessed to receive a Camp Maintenance grant.  This funding will help us to bring our facilities and site up to date in several key areas. Our guests will be able to discover the outdoors with well-marked paths and well-lit gathering places,” states Board President, Lenora Torgerson.

The Gray Family Foundation supports the ongoing maintenance of Outdoor School camp facilities. From the Gray Family Foundation website: “The Gray Family Foundation works directly with Outdoor School organizations and their network of camps to identify those facilities that serve outdoor school, have maintenance and improvement needs, are geographically dispersed, and reflect the Gray Family Foundation’s values regarding inclusion and multi-cultural diversity.”

The grant will support deferred maintenance projects at Camp Lutherwood Oregon, including refurbishing and resealing the water tank, new signage throughout camp, updating lighting in the dining hall, painting exterior of buildings, and more.

This grant award is a tremendous gift to Camp Lutherwood Oregon. The improvements will have a direct impact on all of the guests who visit camp throughout the year, including the numerous schools that use Lutherwood for an outdoor school site.

Camp Lutherwood Oregon, located west of Cheshire, OR on Highway 36, is a vibrant center of spirituality, service, and hospitality open to people of all ages and faiths. Lutherwood provides experiences that bring people into a deeper awareness and connection with God, self, neighbor, the community and the earth. Camp Lutherwood Oregon offers a full summer camp program for all ages and is also available for day and overnight use during the non-summer months. For more information call the camp office (541) 998-6444 or visit the website,



2014 Oktoberfest: a Successful Inaugural Event!

Posted October 15, 2014                                                                      By: Caitlin Elwood, Development Associate

Cheshire, OR – October 4th was an amazing day at Camp Lutherwood Oregon! To everyone who came to the event, and to those who supported it from a distance, thank you for making the Oktoberfest Celebration and Fundraiser a success. From the music, to the games, to the auction, to the conversations, every moment was so much fun, and it is a testament to your generosity why the event was so successful.

We are thrilled to announce that the event proceeds totaled nearly $50,000! What a blessing to all of our campers and the ministry of Camp Lutherwood Oregon! Thanks to you, Camp Lutherwood Oregon continues to be a place where all people can grow in relationship with others, themselves, nature and in relationship with God. This place is truly a special place, and we thank you for being a part of it!

AND…… mark your calendars for next year: October 3, 2015 at Camp Lutherwood! Keep an eye out for more details as planning gets underway.

Special thank you to our event sponsors:

Thrivent Financial (Columbia River Associates)

Pelican Brewing Company

Bennett Vineyards and Wine Company

Stanton Vineyards

Scott Cellars



Camp Lutherwood Oregon Earns ACA-Accredited Camp Status

Cheshire, OR – The American Camp Association® (ACA) announced today that Camp Lutherwood Oregon has received ACA-Accredited® Camp status starting now (until the next visit in 2016).

“ACA Accreditation means that Camp Lutherwood Oregon submitted to a thorough (up to 300 standards) review of its operation by the American Camp Association (ACA) – from staff qualifications and training to emergency management – and complied with the highest standards in the industry,” said Cindy Moore, National Standards Commission.

“Parents expect their children to attend accredited schools. They also deserve a camp experience that is reviewed and accredited by an expert, independent organization,” Moore said.

“Camp Lutherwood Oregon and ACA form a partnership that promotes summers of growth and fun in an environment committed to safety,” said Andrea Scofield, Executive Director, “ACA accreditation demonstrates our commitment to quality camp programming.”

ACA helps all accredited camps provide:

  • Healthy, developmentally-appropriate activities and learning experiences
  • Discovery through experiential education
  • Caring, competent role models
  • Service to the community and the environment
  • Opportunities for leadership and personal growth

Camp Lutherwood Oregon was founded in 1959 and is located just West of Eugene, OR. The camp is in operation year-round and offers program sessions lasting from June through August every summer. For more information, parents can contact the camp at 541-998-6444, or visit the camp’s Web site at

ACA is the only independent accrediting organization reviewing camp operations in the country. Its nationally-recognized standards program focuses primarily on the program quality, health and safety aspects of a camp’s operation. ACA collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to assure that current practices at the camp reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation. For more parent-focused information about accreditation, visit ACA’s



Camp Lutherwood Oregon receives funding from the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation

Andrea Scofield,, 541-998-6444
Dave Rustad,, 612-7037, 612-240-2264 (cell)
Organization receives $20,000 immediate grant and $12,500 challenge grant

MINNEAPOLIS – (August, 2013) – Camp Lutherwood Oregon, Cheshire, Ore., has received funding from the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation. The funding will support the organization’s long-term financial sustainability efforts, designed to expand the camp’s marketing efforts, strengthen its relationship with donors and increase community use of the camp’s facilities. The funding includes an immediate grant of $20,000, and a two-year, two-to-one challenge grant of $12,500.

“We are grateful for this generous support from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation,” said Andrea Scofield, executive director of Camp Lutherwood Oregon. “This grant gives us the opportunity to significantly expand our outreach efforts and increase participation in our programs throughout the year.”

“We are delighted to assist Camp Lutherwood Oregon through this grant,” said Laurie Wilkinson, director of church and community engagement for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. “We trust that this support will strengthen the camp’s financial capacity to carry out its exciting work.”

Pacific Northwest Region Financial Consultant, Rick Brathovde, presents a check for $20,000 to Camp Lutherwood Oregon Staff on August 9, 2013.

Thrivent Financial Consultant for the Pacific Northwest Region, Rick Brathovde, presents a check for $20,000 to Camp Lutherwood Oregon staff on August 9, 2013.

The grant is part of the foundation’s Lutheran Grant Program. This program is designed to assist Lutheran organizations and those they serve in achieving economic security and sustainability. Last year, the program distributed more than $2 million in grants.

Eligible grant applicants include: Lutheran congregations, regional divisions of the three largest church bodies, small church bodies, high schools, colleges, universities, seminaries, camps, campus ministries, social ministry organizations and other independent Lutheran organizations or institutions.

Established in 1959 in the foothills of the coast range 25 miles northwest of Eugene, Ore., Camp Lutherwood offers an outdoor experience designed to empower guests of all ages to discover caring and affirming relationships with God, others, self and the natural world. It is a nonprofit year-round camping and retreat ministry affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and their congregations in Oregon, Southwest Washington and Northern California, as well as differently affiliated Lutheran congregations. Camp Lutherwood Oregon offers a full summer camp program for all ages and is also available for day and overnight use during the non-summer months. For more information call the camp office (541) 998-6444 or visit the website,

The Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation is a private foundation funded by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. As a 501(c)(3) organization with its own board of trustees, the foundation is organized and operated exclusively for charitable, religious, scientific, literary and educational purposes and makes grants and gifts to 501(c)(3) exempt organizations. The foundation does not provide grants to individuals. To learn more about the foundation and its grant programs, visit:

About Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is a faith-based membership organization that strengthens Christian communities by helping its members be wise with money and by inspiring them to live generously. For more information, visit You can also find the organization on Facebook and Twitter.

Insurance products issued or offered by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Appleton, WI.  Not all products are available in all states.  Securities and investment advisory services are offered through Thrivent Investment Management Inc., 625 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55415, 800-847-4836, a FINRA and SIPC member  and a wholly owned subsidiary of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Thrivent Financial representatives are registered representatives of Thrivent Investment Management Inc.  They are also licensed insurance agents of Thrivent Financial.

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New Opportunities for Camp Lutherwood Oregon with a Major Grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

Posted: July 17, 2013

Cheshire, ORCamp Lutherwood Oregon is honored to announce it is the recipient of an $118,000, three-year grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.

The Board of Directors of Camp Lutherwood Oregon celebrates the exciting news that the Murdock Charitable Trust has awarded funds to establish a new development staff position. “The award is the result of two years of dedicated effort by Andrea Scofield, Executive Director, and many others in the Lutherwood community,” states Board President, Gerald Stolp.

The Trust, located in Vancouver, WA, is a major private foundation with a mission to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest through supporting organizations like Camp Lutherwood Oregon, that seek to strengthen the region’s educational, spiritual, and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways. “It is an honor to be recognized by an organization that is leading in these efforts,” asserts Stolp.

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Reaching for new heights on the recently reconstructed Climbing Tower at Camp Lutherwood Oregon.

The grant will support the capacity building efforts of Camp Lutherwood Oregon. A Development Associate will be hired in August and will assist the Executive Director in fund raising and organizational development.  The funding will enable Lutherwood to sustain and strengthen its financial base through major gifts, planned giving, and the marketing and promotion of camp programs.

This highly competitive grant awarded to Camp Lutherwood Oregon is “significant and timely, as Lutherwood grows in the breadth and scope of its ministry,” says Stolp.

Camp Lutherwood Oregon, located west of Cheshire, OR on Highway 36, 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. Camp Lutherwood Oregon offers a full summer camp program for all ages and is also available for day and overnight use during the non-summer months. For more information call the camp office (541) 998-6444 or visit the website,



2012 was a big year for Lutherwood, check out the video to see for  yourself!


28 acres becomes 71 acres: A momentous step for a small camp with big plans!

Posted: October 17, 2012                                                                                By: Elizabeth Herzfeldt-Kamprath

Cheshire, OR–For 53 years Camp Lutherwood Oregon has provided a place for growing, playing and discovering adventure, doing so on a small, 28 acre plot of land just west of Cheshire, Oregon. But not any longer, as of October 12th, the camp expands its property to 71 acres.

Expansion in property means that Lutherwood can grow in what it offers to the local community and members of Association Churches.

Plans for how the new land will be used are under consideration, but staff and volunteers at the camp have talked about ideas such as a zip line, expanded ropes course, and trails to explore.

At the Sept. 29 Celebration volunteers were able to envision how to use this new space. One staff member imagined a structure that could house resources for teaching nature education, a volunteer could see a space for a hammock city, and another former staff member threw out the idea of bringing back horses!

Former forest servicer, Dave Gibson, shows staff members the boundaries of the new property. July 5, 2012 Photo By: Elizabeth Herzfeldt-Kamprath

According to advisory committee member Dave Gibson, the land offers a diverse spread of timber for ropes courses, more creek accessibility, flat ground that can sustain experiential outdoor education and access to Vik Rd, a BLM road that is open to the public and can be used as another access to camp.

Camp Lutherwood Oregon Board of Directors President Dick Bemrose explains, “This purchase is a major step forward in meeting a long term Association dream. This property will complement our strong summer camp program.” The purchase will also open the camp to offering year-round outdoor programming.

The process of purchasing the new property began in 2010 through an inquiry of the property line and what claim we had to ingress and egress behind Lutherwood. Investigation led to contacting Plum Creek Timber Company, the owners of over 200 acres of property to the NW of Lutherwood, who, through a consultation of property lines, mentioned that the property would be up for sale shortly after that meeting.

In March of 2012 the proposal purchase of this land was brought before the Association of Churches. It was approved that a bid could be placed only if the funds were fully raised, so as not to encumber the organization.

Executive Director, Andrea Scofield, set a goal to raise the money by June 1, 2012. The late Mr. Fred Hample generously donated the seed money to encourage others to help Lutherwood reach the goal of $100,000. “We are grateful to the Hample family and countless others who made this purchase possible.” This purchase is a momentous step for the ministry of Lutherwood.

Camp Lutherwood Oregon, located just west of Cheshire, OR on highway 36, is a vibrant and sustainable outdoor ministry, accessible to all. Lutherwood is an association of Lutheran churches in Oregon and Southwest Washington. The camp is a not-for-profit organization committed to serving all people though thoughtful programs and hospitable facilities. Camp Lutherwood Oregon operates a structured and intentional program during the summer months and is also available for day and overnight use for groups during the non-summer months. For more information and to register for programs, call the camp office (541) 998-6444 or visit camp’s website at



A Week of Love at Camp Lutherwood Oregon                                            

Posted: Sept. 10, 2012                                                                                                          By: Elizabeth Herzfeldt-Kamprath

Cheshire, OR—Pastor Joe Medley describes Fir Lawn Lutheran Church as a modest congregation lacking in youth participants. But that fact has not stopped this congregation from sending 12 youth to Camp Lutherwood this summer to experience a week of love!

This rowdy cabin of Explorer campers are enjoying their week at camp during an all camp game!

The small congregation took an ownership of ministry within their community, recognizing the need to “do something good for someone who could use a blessing,” according to pastor Joe Medley.

Although the outcome was a blessing for 12 youth in the Sweet Home community, the project came out of an effort to help the members of Fir Lawn experience the joy of working together.

“The purpose of the project was for our people to be engaged in the process and create ownership of those involved,” describes Pastor Joe.

The congregation raised funds in several ways, from simply announcing the project and c–ollecting donations within the community, to planning and hosting a campfire/auction. “We experienced the joy of giving, numerous opportunities to problem solve, and the excitement of success.”

Even though it rained the day of the campfire/auction the congregation was still able to raise a fair bit of funds at the auction. The overall process and success affirmed the strength of their church community and provided a great opportunity for 12 youth in the community beyond their church.

The process of raising the $4,600 to send 12 Sweet Home youth to camp this summer drew the church community together as one. They were united in brainstorming ways to fundraise, planning and orchestrating the campfire/auction, and blessing the children with a fully paid week at camp.

The youth, who were not affiliated with Fir Lawn or any church, were nominated from members of the local community. The local Boy’s and Girl’s club even helped the church connect with several kids.

During the summer season camp welcomes youth from all over Oregon and SW Washington across our bridge to play outdoors, meet new friends, learn about the Holy Spirit and experience a week of love! Camp Lutherwood strives to be a place to build community and learn how to live vibrantly within community. But something we often forget while we are immersed in the summer splendor is that this community stretches far beyond these 28 acres.