The Marsh, A Day Camp at Sandy Cove offers an environment designed specifically for kids with a ratio of one staff member for every six campers. We will get to know your child personally!
Your child’s exciting journey of exploration will take place in North East, Maryland at Sandy Cove Ministries. At The Marsh, boys and girls are grouped by age for a dynamic, fun-filled week in our non-profit, non-denominational Christian day camp. In a child’s eyes, The Marsh is a place where every day is filled with making new friends, learning about God’s amazing love, discovering new interests and playing until they are worn out!
From thrilling activities to creative adventures, Bible teaching to unique games, campers are sure to have a blast and grow in their relationship with Christ! Our staff will provide instruction, supervision and encouragement in a Christ-centered fashion.
Director, The Marsh Day Camp
For over 65 years, Sandy Cove Ministries has been providing “Christian camping at its best!” Since 2001, The Marsh has continued this same tradition of excellence. Our accreditation by the American Camp Association (ACA) and membership with the Christian Camp and Conference Association (CCCA) demonstrates our commitment to providing quality programs for your child. All children are welcome to attend our programs regardless of race, religion or national origin.
“I love the Marsh. They treat me like family!” Coulter – age 7
All weeks are geared for boys and girls ages 4 to 14. Ages for special programs are noted.
Week 1 – June 15 to June 19
Splash into the fun this summer with Wipe Out Week! Water balloons, squirt guns, pool games and more wet and wild craziness than you can imagine!
Week 2 – June 22 to June 26
Grab your cape and let’s go! It’s time to save the world from boredom with some super-fun!
June 29 to July 3
The Marsh is CLOSED this week.
Please note that there is a wait list for this week!
Week 3 – July 6 to July 10
Time to hoist the sails and get under way for a week of high seas adventure and swashbucklin’ fun!
Week 4 – July 13 to July 17
There’s no telling what could happen during Marsh Madness – we’re inside out and upside down and full of fun and games! Always a favorite, you’re sure to love this classic week.
Week 5 – July 20 to July 24
Wipe Out Week is so much fun we’re doing it twice! More water fun and games, this time with an under-the-sea twist!
Week 6 – July 27 to July 31
Journey with us as we explore the Lost World and find what mysteries it’s hiding!
Special Program: Outdoor Adventure Camp
Looking for a little more adventure this summer? Campers will be involved in canoeing, kayaking, tubing, rock climbing, outdoor cooking, and other “adventure” activities instead of participating in the regular camp program. For campers 12 to 14 only. Additional $30 fee.
Week 7 – August 3 to August 7
Cartoon madness, reality TV and game show fun make this week a blast! Tune in!
Week 8 – August 10 to August 14
It’s a week long beach party at The Marsh! Make sure you join us for one last week of wet and wild fun before heading back to school!
“My sons have never been so enthusiastic about away from home activities until they attended The Marsh this summer! Thank you for the care, lesson and fun they received. You and your camp were truly a blessing to us. My heart is full of joy at the smiles on their faces as they relive telling me tales of camp.” Camper parent 2014
Our staff work hard to ensure that every day is filled with fun at The Marsh. Daily Bible Learning and Scripture Teaching (BLAST), weekly themes, special guests, dress up days, talent shows, unique games and creative activities make each week exciting for campers of all ages.
Sample Daily Schedule
|7:00-8:30 am||Morning Extended Care ($)|
|9:00||Camper Arrival & Morning Welcome|
|9:15-11:25||Morning Activity Sessions|
|11:30||Lunch at the Cattail Cafe – served fresh daily, no extra cost!|
|12:15 pm||Supervised Free Time|
|12:45||BLAST (Bible Learning and Scripture Teaching)|
|4:00||Camper Pick Up|
|4:30-6:00||Afternoon Extended Care ($)|
*Modest swimsuits are required (one-piece for girls, baggy shorts for boys).
Each Thursday, campers ages 10 and older will have an opportunity to stay late at The Marsh. Have a great time making Marsh Stew, playing fun games and hitting the pool (don’t forget your modest swimsuit – one-piece for girls, baggy shorts for boys) for an evening swim. Campers must be picked up at 9:00 pm. Please note: Late Night will be cancelled due to storms or excessive heat.
Child care is available 7:00-8:30 am and 4:30-6:00 pm if your schedule does not allow for arrival and pick up during regular camp hours. Choose each week based on your needs. Pre-registration is required – sign up when you register for the week. FREE for campers registered for at least 4 weeks.
“The Marsh is the best camp ever. We learn about God and it’s always fun.” Riley – age 11
“We get to do lots of fun things like going exploring in the woods” Anthony – age 6
Our activity schedule is designed to give campers an opportunity to try new experiences and have a great time!
These activities may include:
Note: Not all activities will be available during all weeks.
*Modest swimsuits are required (one-piece for girls, baggy shorts for boys).
“My 6 and 4 year olds loved it. They really enjoyed having pool time each day and toad catching! I was pleased that the chiefs were very warm and welcoming to my super shy 4 year old.” Camper parent 2014
“You get to swim every day!” Jacob – age 6
“I loved going kayaking!” Robert – age 12
“I selected this camp because even though it was about 30 minutes away, it was a full day, of fun for my child, with activities I knew he would love to experience.” Camper parent
“I love The Marsh because you get to go hiking and paddle boating and stuff.” Micaela – age 8
Your basic camp fee includes 5 days of day camp, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, packed with fun and adventure, a daily kid-friendly lunch and snack, constant supervision and mentoring by caring trained staff and great learning opportunities!
Child care is available 7:00-8:30 am and 4:30-6:00 pm if your schedule does not allow for arrival and pick up during regular camp hours. Choose each week based on your needs. Pre-registration is required – sign up when you register for the week.
• $25 per week – AM and PM Sessions
• $15 – AM Only or PM Only
• FREE for campers registered for at least 4 weeks
Special programs are only available certain weeks for certain age groups. See weekly theme tab for options.
• Additional $30 per session
Experiencing financial hardship? Partial scholarships may be available. Fill out this Scholarship Application Form or click here to download it. Scholarship assistance will only be granted as available.
Gifts to The Marsh Scholarship Fund are received from individuals who recognize the valuable impact a camping experience at the Marsh can have on the life of a child. If you would like to provide monies for the scholarship fund, please send your tax-deductible gift to: The Marsh Scholarship Fund, 60 Sandy Cove Road, North East, MD 21901.
2. Pay a $50 deposit per week per child online
3. Upon registering you will receive an e-mail confirmation and the necessary forms:
• Health History Form to be completed and returned to The Marsh by June 1
• Parent Handbook with important information about camp
4. Payment in full is required by June 1st and will be scheduled for automatic payment when registering online.
5. When registering after June 1st, full payment is due at the time of registration.
If you cannot attend the week for which you are registered, please notify The Marsh immediately. All camp fees are fully refundable and transferable up to four weeks before your child is scheduled to arrive at The Marsh. Cancellations after that time will not receive a refund of camp fees, nor a transfer to another week.
“My girls love The Marsh! The Chiefs are well prepared to deal with the children and they have not stopped talking about it. ” Camper parent 2014
“My daughter loves going to The Marsh. She gets to interact with kids her age that she does not see in her school and do fun things with them.” Camper parent
“I learned that we need to put God first for our life to be complete.” Ashley – age 10
“My daughter has attended other camp in past years and she ranked The Marsh as the BEST! Thank you!” Camper parent 2014
The Marsh strives to hire young men and women who have the skills and desire to work with children. These are individuals who want to see kids have fun, acquire new skills, and learn and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. All of our staff take part in an intensive week long training program that includes certification in CPR and First Aid.
Hey, my name is Sandi Wilcke, I am a 19 year old missionary kid who was born in Alaska, and grew up in the Bahamas, and Bolivia. I am a sophomore college student at Lancaster Bible College, and this year I get to be a chief at The Marsh. I am a creative and spunky independent girl who loves music, sports, theatre performance and people. I cannot wait to get started on having a terrific summer this year working at Sandy Cove. I love wearing color, and making jokes at all times of the day. This summer I will get the honor and privilege of working with youth at The Marsh, and I am so excited to teach kids about how much Jesus loves them, and the joys of playing in the summer sun. I cannot wait to meet the kids I will be serving and all the craziness that goes with working at a summer camp. Hope to see you soon!
My name is Emily Moore. I am a Music Education major at Messiah College. I love to sing, play piano, play sports and to craft. I am so excited to be a member of The Marsh staff this year. I cannot wait to work with the kids and have an amazing summer!
My name is Kolleen Watkins and I am a junior at Liberty University. My favorite pastimes are reading fiction/ fantasy books, I also like mysteries such as Agatha Christie novels and the Nancy Drew series, and I enjoy outdoor sports, soccer being my favorite. I love horses and used to ride during the summers. I have been working with children for a long time and am majoring in elementary education at Liberty. I am extremely excited to be mentoring your children this summer at the Marsh and hope that they will have as much fun with me as I will have with them each week.
Hey! My name is Daniel Nathanson, but I to my friends I’m Dan, Dan the man, Gringo (to my latin friends), and even Olaf (that last one I’m very proud of). I’m getting ready to start my senior year of high school! For the last 10 years I was a missionary in Caracas Venezuela getting hands on experience by working with other children of God in Sunday School, camps, and Bible club every two weeks! I love reading, swimming, singing and getting to know people! I can’t wait to HOP into spending this summer with you!
I’m Lauren Ransil, and I could not be more excited to serve as a chief at The Marsh! I’m looking forward to studying at Messiah College this fall as a freshman. I enjoy reading and collecting poetry, hiking, traveling, dancing, and listening to music. My idea of a perfect day is one spent by the ocean with a really good book. When I am around kids, I love to have fun talking in funny voices and singing silly songs! I cannot wait to build relationships, make memories, and share the love of Jesus with the campers this summer!
I’m Ross. I worked at The Marsh two years in a row, then I didn’t work there last year. Worst. Summer. Ever. So I’m back, and this summer is going to be LEGENDARY. A little about me: God is number 1 in my life and sharing His love is my top priority. Other than that, I am a programmer and a brother and I drink a lot of Monster. Can’t wait to meet everybody!
Hello! My name is Emily. This picture is of me in my home state, Pennsylvania. I have since then lived in Florida, am currently living in Salt Lake City, and will hopefully be attending a school in Texas after I graduate. I play multiple sports, but my favorite is long distance trail running. I have two loving parents, three older sister, two 100 lb. dogs, and three cats. I love serving God and I am so excited to be working at the Marsh this summer. Hope to see you there!
My name is Laura Heck and I live in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania with my mom. We share our house with our three lovely dogs Neffy, Tucker and Buddy. I am 22 years old and I have just graduated from Harrisburg area Community College with an Associate’s Fine Art degree. I am currently looking to continue my education further in hopes of acquiring a bachelor’s degree in Art Entertainment. Things to know about me are, I love chocolate pudding, volleyball, thunderstorms, and every kind of art (especially the ones that cause a mess.) I have gone to camp since I was 9 years old and because of these experiences they have nurtured and redefined my relationship with my Jesus and my Faith. This will be my very first summer working at Sandy Cove Ministries and I am so excited to have the chance to contribute to the camp. I can’t wait to meet everyone and have an enormous amount of fun with the Kids.
Hello everyone! I am Christian Lipscomb. I’m am 20 years old and this is my second year of the marsh! The past year I have been doing the internship, Converge, that Sandy Cove offers. I am super excited to spend a summer with you! Can’t wait to see you!!!!!!!
“The Marsh Day Camp truly IS the best place on earth. In Dakota’s words, “It’s my happy place”!” Camper parent 2014
“The Chiefs make the time for the children memorable and fun. It is amazing how much they talk about them and what they’ve taught them. Thank you!” Camper parent
“I love that I get to hang out with the Chiefs.” Addison – age 8