Family Fusion Weekend - August 29-September 1, 2014

Labor Day Weekend at Sandy Cove!

Families strengthened for God’s glory

Registered as a guest for Family Fusion? Click here to get the up to date schedule!

Sandy Cove’s Family Fusion Weekend is targeted specifically at families with kids elementary aged on up (though a few younger ones won’t hurt either…)

We like to bring up FUSION because it sounds smart and scientific – but listen to what it means! Fusion – the scientific process where things are bonded together so strongly that they become different and also release a lot of energy!

That’s good science right there – families bonding, changing to be more like Jesus, and putting their energy toward His plans and purpose!

We’ve got some “Mad Scientists” coming to guide us in the laboratory, but this experiment is about your family taking time together…playing, eating, talking, worshipping and enjoying outstanding family shows that amaze all ages!

All you need to know about
Sandy Cove Family Fusion Weekend…

You’ll get a complete schedule, with all the details at check in. But look at the schedule to your right – it will give you a really good idea of what to expect each day!

Here’s a glimpse of some of the fun stuff…

How Much Fun Will We Really Have?

Tons of great activities all packed into a weekend of family fun!
Archery, swimming, mini golf, ping pong, pony rides, wavecutter, Frisbee golf, BIG swing, rock wall, kayaking, shuffleboard, tennis, zip line… and a whole lot s’more!

Free time is fun time at Sandy Cove…not ONLY for the exercise, or to cool off, or to experience an adrenaline rush or to get sore muscles and feel like you’ve accomplished something. When we play together, we build bonds, strengthen relationships and make memories, and that’s what it’s all about!

Please note some of our activities are “age graded” for maximum safety and enjoyment of the participants.

Fun stuff available almost any time you want to play:

• Basketball/volleyball/softball
• Soccer/tennis
• Fishing (license required)
• Miniature golf/shuffleboard/Frisbee Golf
• Playgrounds
• Ping-pong/billiards/foosball/air hockey
• Carpetball
• Gaga
• Fitness center

Fun stuff available at scheduled times:


• Enclosed sports pool and hot tub
• Outdoor swimming pools/ kiddie pool.
Modest swimsuits are required for adults and children (one-piece for girls of all ages, baggy shorts for men and boys)

High Adventure & Marina

These activities require a signed waiver form be filled out and signed for all participants. These are activities that can be dangerous, particularly if participants ignore rules and instructions or do not use common sense. The waiver makes people aware of risk, and allows them to limit our liability in exchange for permission to participate in these activities.

• Zip line (must be at least 12 years old)
• Big swing (must be at least 12 years old)
• Rock climbing wall (must be at least 8 years old)
• Wave cutter/tube rides
• Pontoon boat cruises
• Canoes, Kayaks & Paddleboats

QuikTiks is a system we use for just a few popular activities, to help people not spend too much time waiting in line. The ticket is for a specific activity on a specific day and time, and holds your spot for you. Most of our activities have little or no wait, but we’ll use QuikTiks for any activity involving being dragged behind a boat: wavecutter, tubing, waterskiing, kneeboarding, & wakeboarding. Our goal is to give at least one ride on one of these to everyone who is interested – you’ll just have to decide on the method of dragging each family member would prefer. A couple weeks before your arrival, we’ll email you instructions to select your QuikTik so it’s ready when you get here. Tickets for the pontoon boat will be available at the KWC when you come.

The Magic of David Garrard!

Sunday Night Family Show

When I got interested in magic at the age of 12, I never dreamed it would be this big a part of my life, but it sure has been fun. I have gotten to go places I never dreamed I would go. I have gotten to do things I never thought I would do. All along the way, I’ve made lots of friends.

During the 45 years that I have been watching magic, studying magic and performing magic, I have seen some amazing things. I have seen spectacular stage illusions; I have seen intimate close-up magic. However, in all my life, I have never seen anything as amazing as God’s love.

The most amazing thing to me about God’s love is how God showed His love by sending His son, Jesus into the world. Jesus, in turn, showed His love by giving His life for me and you so that we could have forgiveness for our sins, a meaningful and purposeful life here and now, and a place in heaven when life on earth ends. It is amazing to think that God loves us that much . . . but He does. All He asks in return is that we love Him and follow Him.

I hope my tricks amaze you. That is always one of my goals as a magical entertainer. However, more than anything else, I hope you know the amazing love God has for you!

When not traveling with his magic, David casts a spell on the boys and girls at St. Matthews Baptist Church, where he is in his 37th year as Minister to Children.

David and his wife, Stephanie, have two grown children, Claire and Tyler.

Visit David’s Website

Summer Together Family Camp FUSION weekend is built for family togetherness – not just around the dinner table, or at the swimming pool, but in the main sessions too! We work to “put cookies on all the shelves” – meaning that everyone, regardless of their age can participate in and benefit from the sessions. We find that families learn well by doing – so instead of just talking the whole time, we have lots of hands on activities and projects built in to help us learn together!

Nursery: During a few of the sessions, we offer nursery care for children 0-4 years old. They are welcome in the session, and we expect a little more noise and wiggling, but sometimes they can distract mom, or dad or the older kids from fully participating. So, nursery care is just an option, if that will work better for your family.

What’s the Food Like?

If you are a guest staying in the lodge, meals are a part of your package. These are served buffet style, typically with a “kiddie bar” featuring items kids are more willing to eat, as well as the regular “adult food” buffet. If you or a family member has food allergies, or other medically related food restrictions we can help with that – just fill out the “Food for Thought” form. Then let your server know when you come, so they can connect you with alternative food items when required.

If you are a guest in the Campgrounds, food is not included in that package, so you will want to plan accordingly. The log cabins have kitchenettes, but you’ll need to bring your own pots and pans.

“I appreciate Sandy Cove because where else can you go and have food and activities inclusive in a Christian environment?! My four children had a great time!” Tina, Lorton, VA

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Payment Options

  1. Pay in full at time of reservation.
  2. Pay 50% at time of reservation, remaining 50% due by August 1, 2014 (authorization for automatic payment must be given at time of initial payment).
  3. Pay equal monthly payments from the time of reservation until August 1, 2014 (authorization for automatic payment must be given at time of initial payment).

Reservations made after August 1, 2014 must paid in full at time of reservation.

If you need to CANCEL, here’s how:

Cancellation before August 1, 2014: your monies paid to date will be refunded LESS $100.

Cancellation after August 1, 2014: forfeit your full payment…unless we or you can fill your space with another family.

Non-payment of your balance when due may cause the cancellation of your reservation.


We try to make the most the weekend, by having a balance of sessions and shows, activities and downtime, meals and yes, even sleeping…

You’ll get a complete schedule, with all the details at check in. But a typical day could look something like this:

4:00-7:00 pm  Check in some time in here if you can. Many folks eat dinner on the road (well, not on the actual blacktop usually…) We typically have a meal at Sandy Cove too, that people have the option to buy tickets for.

7:30 Opening Session – it is a game show combo, that is fun for the whole family. Our main goal for this evening: to relax and laugh together!

After the show: optional activities – swimming, mini golf, snacking, bed

8:00 am Breakfast

10:00 Session 2  - starts with worship for the whole family, then breaks out to interactive learning on a variety of family focused topics.

12:00 pm Lunch

1:00-5:00 Family free time, with all sorts of activities for all ages and interests

5:00 Dinner

7:00 Session 3 – followed by more activities

8:00 am Breakfast

10:00 Session 4 – Sunday worship, family style

12:00 pm Lunch

1:00-5:00 Family free time, with all sorts of activities for all ages and interests

5:00 Dinner

7:00 Family Show! Followed by more activities

8:00 am Breakfast & Check out of guest rooms

10:00 Session 5

12:00 pm Optional Lunch, activities, or head for home – closer to God and each other, and committed to living intentionally for Him!

What they're saying...

“The program was wonderful and activities fun! The peacefulness of our surroundings was nice.” Anneliese, Martinsburg, PA

“Through the worship, speakers and family time, I was able to enjoy God’s presence!” Laurie, Merrifield, VA

“This weekend helped evoke discussion about some important issues in our family.” Brian, Matawan, NJ

“Recreation together – lots of activities that all ages enjoy, and recreation with others in the Ga Ga pit! Connecting with God in music and praise. Good lessons for the whole family during the sessions.” Mike & Kay, Damascus, MD

“Gave us food for thought. Made us stop and think about what changes we need to make as a family. Provided quality family time!” Rachel & Jason, Fort Dix, NJ

“Drawing closer to God and family through the sessions.” Roberta, Bayside, NY

“Spent great family time together! Breakouts were fulfilling for each family member. A true getaway from the “gravel” part of life (especially for mom and dad)!” James, Gaithersburg, MD

“Family sessions were helpful. And recreation we could all do together.” Phyllis, Willow Grove, PA

“Sandy Cove brought our family closer and gave us some biblical tools and tips to strengthen our family.” Charisse, Laurel, MD

“Our family enjoyed growing in Christ together! Such a blessing to get away and seek God together.” Jennifer, McGuire AFB, NJ

“We connected as a family! Both kids want to come back.” Kim, Virginia Beach, VA

“We were able to rest from our regular busyness and grow as a family.” Alison, Union, NJ

Special Guests

Cam Garven, Mike Lukens, Paul Shumski

Cam Garven, Mike Lukens, Paul Shumski

These guys are passionate about seeing families valued, strengthened and supported. They’ll be leading our sessions during the weekend, engaging your whole family, and encouraging you to live out a biblical model for being a family. They bring numerous years of experience as youth pastors and “regular” pastors, and plenty of education, as well as lots of energy!


Labor Day Family Fusion 3 Night Weekend

Friday – Monday
Full 3-night Package: per person rate includes 3-nights lodging, all programs, on-site recreation and fun…including waterfront activities, teaching, worship and family shows. Lodge packages include 7 all-you-can-eat meals.

What is Family Max?
It means that after you pay for 4 people, the rest of the family members in your room are FREE! The purpose of family max pricing is to provide affordability for parents with children through a simplified rate structure. We define family as related members living in the same household. If you can claim them on your taxes, they count toward family maxes! Please bring friends and pay for them at the same rate you paid.

Choices to fit your budget
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Rates are per person (pp), ages 4-104
Kids 0-3 are FREE!
Family Fusion 2014

Treat yourself to an upgraded room!
Ask about 2 room suites – a few with Jacuzzis! Or an extra room to accommodate your family.
Upgraded charge is per room, not per person

There is a minimum occupancy of 4 in each cabin.

Don’t let finances keep you away – scholarships are available – up to 50% provided through generous donations!

Modest swimsuits are required…baggy trunks for guys, one-piece for girls of all ages!

10% military discount for all program events for ALL military personnel.
This discount is available to any member of the armed forces, any branch and their immediate family members living in their household.

Prices subject to change.