The Marsh Day Camp

The Toadally Awesome Marsh – A Christian Day Camp in North East, Maryland

We had a great summer!

Everything from playing in the pool to making s’mores to canoeing to building volcanoes to archery to creating forts in the woods to making new friends.

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Fun, challenge, excitement, and opportunities for learning and spiritual growth

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!

  • Our programs are designed for boys and girls ages 4 to 14.
  • The Marsh will operate 9 weeks in 2016, June 13 to August 12. (Week 4 is a short week, Tuesday-Friday, July 5-8)
  • Each five day session is a great value! We provide lunch and snacks each day.
  • Campers of all ages are welcome during all weeks! Campers are divided into small groups based on age and have their own counselor for the week.
  • Wacky Wednesdays! A giant inflatable waterslide, pool games, bumper balls, a picnic lunch and lots of fun.
  • Thursday is “Late Night” for senior campers, ages 10 to 14.
  • We offer FREE extended care for multi-week campers! (4-week minimum per camper required)
  • We hire young Christian men and women who truly desire to work at The Marsh and have strengths and abilities that allow them to be effective leaders for your children.

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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. 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 fun 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.

Evelyn Ransil
Director, The Marsh Day Camp
Phone: 443.674.9478
Fax: 410.287.3196

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Accredited to Demonstrate Camping Excellence

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.

“Thanks so much for a wonderful camp. We look forward to making this an annual retreat for all of our kids.” – Marsh camper parent

Help kids attend the Marsh – make a scholarship donation now!


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Every day at The Marsh is filled with excitement!

Wacky Wednesday fun and games, dress up days, unique games and creative activities make each week exciting for campers of all ages. But that’s not all…

The Marsh themes add extra fun to a schedule that includes activity blocks (please see list of activities as these are offered by age), Bible teaching, group games and swimming every day!

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All weeks are geared for boys and girls ages 4 to 14. Ages for special programs are noted.

Summer 2017 Theme Weeks!

Week 1 – June 19-23

Aloha Summer

Our friendly 50th state moves closer (all the way to Maryland) just for this week at The Marsh!

Week 2 – June 26-30

Brought to You by the Letter “M”

Max out on the mysteries of The Marsh, making many marvelous memories!

Week 3 – July 3-7

Icky Sticky

Put on your lab coats and get ready to experiment with all sorts of slimy, gooey stuff!

Week 4 – July 10-14


What will you do when your “3 hour tour” washes up on an island? Will you survive? Will you make it back to civilization? You might just want to stay forever!

Week 5 – July 17-21

CSI: Camp Scene Investigation

Become a special agent and keep your eyes open for clues. And whatever you do, be alert for strange and mysterious happenings!

Week 6 – July 24-28

Bugging Out

Explore nature and be amazed! And play some great games where maybe you are the bug?!

Week 7 – July 31-August 4

Wild, Wild West

The Wild West was a time of cowboys and treasure and hot days on the prairie. Just like this week at The Marsh!

Week 8 – August 7-11

Sunny with a chance of S’mores

You never know what the weather (and the crazy chiefs) might cook up! Fun is in the five day forecast!

Week 9 – August 14-18

Marsh Madness

There’s no telling what could happen during Marsh Madness – we’re inside out and upside down and full of fun and games!

“My grandson is having a blast and talks for hours everyday about all of his adventures. Makes my heart sing hearing the joy in his stories and hearing him talk about how God loves him.” – Marsh camper grandparent


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Daily Creative Learning & Fun-filled Adventure!

Our activity schedule is designed to give campers an opportunity to try new experiences and have a great time!

These activities may include:

  • Archery (ages 6-14)
  • Crafts
  • Canoeing* (ages 10-14)
  • Food Fun (ages 4-9)
  • Indoor Rock Climbing (ages 10-14)
  • Miniature Golf
  • Mini Archery (ages 4-6)
  • Nature Activities
  • Outdoor Cooking (ages 6-14)
  • Paddle Boats* (ages 4-9)
  • Palmer Connect-itorium (with Ping-Pong, Pool, Air Hockey & Foosball)
  • Pool Games*
  • Soccer
  • Sports
  • Swimming*
  • Volleyball
  • Zip Line and Big Swing (ages 12-14)
  • and more!

Note: Not all activities will be available during all weeks.
*Modest swimsuits are required (one-piece for girls, baggy shorts for boys).

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“My kids come home dirty, smelly and exhausted…the way they should come home from camp! And your Chiefs are amazing with the kids. Every story I hear is, “My Chief this,” and “My Chief that”. Thank you!” – Marsh camper Parent


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Fun and Games and So Much More!

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, dress up days, 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 ($)
9:00 Camper Arrival & Morning Welcome
9:15-11:25 Morning Activity Sessions
11:30 Lunch at the Cattail Cafe – served fresh daily, no extra cost! Take a peek at our menu.
12:15 pm Supervised Free Time
12:45 BLAST (Bible Learning and Scripture Teaching)
1:30 Fun Program
2:30 Free Swim*
3:30 Afternoon Snack
4:00 Camper Pick Up
4:30-6:00 Afternoon Extended Care ($)

*Modest swimsuits are required (one-piece for girls, baggy shorts for boys).

Thursday is “Late Night at The Marsh!”

Each Thursday, campers ages 10 and older will have an opportunity to stay late at The Marsh. Have a great time making Marsh Stew, eating s’mores and playing in the pool (don’t forget your modest swimsuit – one-piece for girls, baggy shorts for boys). Campers must be picked up at 9:00 pm. Please note: Late Night will be cancelled due to storms or excessive heat.

Extended Care

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.

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“Just to let you know, my son talked about camp all night. He even thanked me this morning for finding this camp for him. He says it’s very fun!!” – Marsh camper parent


Rates Toad

Summer 2016 Rates – NO increase from 2015!

Basic Camp Fee – $214 per child per week

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!

Optional Fees

Extended Care
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

The Marsh Scholarship Fund

Experiencing financial hardship? Partial scholarships may be available. Fill out this Scholarship Application Form. 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.

Registration Instructions

2. Pay a $50 deposit per week per child online

3. Upon registering you will receive an email 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.

Did you know? The Marsh qualifies for the Child and Dependent Care Credit – save on your taxes! Read more.

Cancellation Policy
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.

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“My daughter had a great time and she is already asking if she can attend all summer next year.” – Marsh camper parent


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Meet the Chiefs!

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.

Meet the Director

Evelyn RansilThis is my second year as Director of The Marsh. My first year was great!

I have been involved with camp and kids my whole life!

I grew up going to a girls camp in the Adirondacks of upstate New York, led backpacking trips in college (which is how I met my husband Nate) and facilitated outdoor ed for 5th and 6th graders in Michigan. Along the way, I led Pioneer Girls and directed children’s ministry at two different churches.

I have two boys who are lifelong Marshians, and a black lab named Edith who is my 4 legged alarm clock. For fun I enjoy reading, running and eating donuts, though rarely at the same time!

Can’t wait to see you this summer – Evelyn

Emily MooreHello! My name is Chief Em and I am 19 years old. This will be my second summer at The Marsh and I could not be more excited! I am originally from Elkton, Maryland, and I currently attend Messiah College as a junior Music Education major.

I love singing, hiking, kayaking, eating, and traveling. I am looking forward to all of the wonderful adventures that this summer will bring!

See you soon! – Emily

Daniel NathansonHEY FELLOW MARSHIANS! I can’t believe it’s that time of the year again and boy, AM I READY FOR CAMP! As some of you know, my name is Daniel (otherwise known as Chief Danny) and this is going to be my second summer at the Marsh.

Some might recall that I am a multicultural kid: Born in Brazil, raised in Caracas, Venezuela, for ten years, and recently have been living in Minnesota and then Baltimore for the last year. While finishing my senior year of school I have been working at a YMCA as a Lifeguard and Swim Instructor. If all goes well, by the end of this summer I should be heading off to college, Liberty University to be exact, to study Social work in hopes to someday become a Family Counselor.

I absolutely LOVE hanging with friends, listening to music, being creative, going to interesting places, being super silly, swimming, playing gaga and just having fun. I also love teaching. Want to know what a word means in Spanish? Want to know how to draw something random? Want to know what bugs not to touch? Then good, because I want to learn something new too!

Alrighty guys! I can’t wait to see what the next summer full of wildness holds for us! Full of fun, sports, water and JESUS! I can’t wait to see all your familiar faces and some not so familiar faces! Get ready for a WILD SUMMER!


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Lauren RansilHi! My name is Lauren Ransil, although I am known at the Marsh as Chief Wren. This will be my second summer of adventures at the Marsh, and I cannot wait for the fun to begin! I live in the woods of Pennsylvania with my awesome family and my huge St. Bernard, Samson. While I am waiting for summertime and camp to start, I go to Messiah College (with Chief Em!) where I am studying Biopsychology. One day, I’d like to be a genetic counselor.

My favorite things are adventures, turtles, cups of tea, really bad puns (I laugh every time), dancing around like a hooligan, making up songs as I go places, good talks with good friends (while drinking tea) and Jesus. I love to learn new things, including weird facts about animals! Why are flamingos pink? Ask me sometime!! Do you have a cool fact? Tell me!

The Marsh is my favorite place in the whole world, even though I love to travel, and I am looking forward to sharing the love of Jesus this summer. I cannot wait to see what God is going to do in my life this summer, as well as the lives of the campers.

Happy trails!
Chief Wren

Liz SteeleHi there! I’m chief Liz from the Baltimore, Maryland, area. I am an upcoming college sophomore and I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. I am passionate about music, performing arts, teaching, and most of all, my relationship with Jesus Christ.

While I have a history of attending Camp Sandy Cove in West Virginia, and Family Camp at Sandy Cove, Maryland, this is my first year on staff at the Marsh. I am pumped to go on an adventure with the staff and children of the Marsh this summer as we seek God and discover what He has in store for us at camp! Just a few fun facts about me are: I love the color yellow, I am a bit obsessed with elephants and I have a soft spot for all things musical theatre. I can’t wait to get to know you this summer at the Marsh!

KolleenHi! My name is Kolleen Watkins and I am so excited to be coming back to the Marsh this summer. I am 21 years old and am going into my senior year at Liberty University for an elementary/middle school teaching degree. I live in Maryland and have a beagle named Snoopy and four kittens. I love playing soccer and had a blast going skydiving and going to Jamaica during the school year.

I am super excited to bring new ideas and a lot of fun to the Marsh this summer. I can’t wait to be able to share Christ’s love with the campers and have some fun doing so throughout the summer.

See you soon!
Chief Kolleen

Sandi WilckeHi, my name is Sandi Wilcke and I am going to be a chief at The Marsh this summer! After an awesome and crazy summer last year I am coming back to impact the kids that come to our swamp!

I grew up across the sea in South America in a country called Bolivia. I am getting my degree from Lancaster Bible College with a minor in children and family ministry! I’m extremely passionate about kids and my faith. This summer I am excited to impact kids for Jesus, and show them God’s love. A couple of things about me are: my favorite color is yellow, I will be junior class president next year, and I love cats. I am praying that this summer will grow me and will help both me and the kids I interact with to better experience God and enjoy living life.

See you soon! – Sandi

Tommy YanoskyHello! I’m Tommy Yanosky. I’m 17 years old and I’m from Baltimore, Maryland. My home church is called Greater Grace World Outreach. This year I graduated from Greater Grace Christian Academy. I’m certified in First Aid and CPR. I was an assistant Sunday School teacher for two years in the four your old class. In the summer of 2014, I taught swimming lessons to children under the age of five at the Michael Phelps Swim School in Baltimore, Maryland. I’ve played varsity soccer and baseball for four years of my high school career. I also enjoy basketball, tennis, volleyball…really all sports! Some of my favorite things are art, music, and fellowship with friends. I also enjoy traveling. In February, 2016, by God’s grace, I traveled to Izmir, Turkey, with a group of 10 and then over to Budapest, Hungary. On the first day of the Marsh I will have just returned from 10 days in Thailand with my senior class! I cannot wait to see what God has planned for us at the Marsh this summer and I’m very excited to meet you all!

Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

More Chiefs coming soon!

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“Just wanted to let you know my daughter had the time of her life at your camp. The first day she asked about attending a second week. Thank you so much for your staff making your camp so great. We will for sure be signing up next year!”