Outdoor Ministries in 2021
Greetings, Penn Central Conference! 

As you know, since the decision was made to put Hartman Center on the market, PCC has decided to partner with Lutheran Camping Corporation (LCC) and the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the Lutheran church (ELCA).  The hope is that this partnership will continue the strong legacy of outdoor ministry in Penn Central Conference & the spirit of Hartman Center.

In case you are not familiar with LCC, what it offers, or the facilities, I want to share with you a little bit of information. LCC has 3 sites: Camp Nawakwa (near Gettysburg), Camp Kirchenwald (near Mount Gretna), and The Wittel Farm (in Elizabethtown). In addition to summer camp, there are events and opportunities for all ages throughout the year at all 3 sites. 

Below is information about what is coming up, along with links to the websites that provide more details and registration forms for each event. Also, attached are flyers for each of the events highlighted below, a schedule of all of the events scheduled through 2021, and the summer camp brochure and schedule.

Dive in to what sounds like fun, what might be familiar, and how you, a group from your church, or your entire church can engage in outdoor ministries through this partnership with our Lutheran friends. 

And, of course, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me (annerankin524@gmail.com or 717-945-4585). If I don't know the answer, I can either find out or direct you to someone at LCC who can help you.

-Anne Rankin
[Member of Trinity UCC (East Petersburg, Lancaster Association) and Outdoor Ministry Liaison between Penn Central Conference & Lutheran Camping Corp.]


The 2021 summer camp schedule is set! There are camps for all ages and interests at both Kirchenwald and Nawakwa. Check out what is offered online. There is an early-bird registration discount if you register before April 3. Also, if you attend the Open House, you can get an additional discount. Full brochure here.

Calling all high school kids, college-age young adults, and adults interested in working at camp this summer! Lutheran Camping Corporation is recruiting now for this summer's camp season. Learn more here.
Bring your family or youth group and enjoy an afternoon on Kirchenwald’s award-winning toboggan run, ice-skating on the lake, or simply exploring the camp, visiting the goats, challenge yourself on the ropes course, sit by the fire, or drinking hot chocolate in the lodge. Register here.
Lenten Day Apart sessions will include restorative spiritual practices and restorative soil work. We will learn about the soil on the farm and how we can improve its health. We will plant seeds in our greenhouse in the afternoon. Register here.
Women's Quilting Weekend at Kirchenwald: March 19-21
You are invited to visit Kirchenwald or Nawakwa on March 21 or April 11. Take a tour of camp with members of our summer staff and see what camp is all about. As a bonus, we will give a $10 gift certificate for the camp store to every brand new camper! Register here
Work Day at Kirchenwald, Nawakwa, & Wittel Farm; April 24; 9-5 p.m.
Help us get our sites ready for the summer season by joining us for Work Day! Jobs available for all skill levels. Complimentary lunch for all volunteers. Please RSVP so that enough projects & food can be prepared for the day. RSVP for Kirchenwald here. RSVP for Nawaka here

Enjoy an afternoon of environmental activities, games, and crafts at one of your favorites places within God’s creation: CAMP! An evening meal is included in the $10 fee. All ages welcome. Register here.
Need a weekend with the guys? Come on out to Kirchenwald for a retreat that’s sure to put hair on your chest. Register here.

Penn Central Conference
Outdoor Ministries