The Marsh Day Camp

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


We are looking forward to a great Summer!

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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 8 weeks in 2015, June 15 to August 14. (Closed the week of June 29-July 3)
  • 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 three units: Puddle Ducks (KinderCamp for 4-5 year olds), Junior Camp (6-9 year olds), Senior Camp (10-14 year olds).
  • 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.

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.



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


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.

“This was Alyssa’s first camp experience ever. We are so glad that we sent her to The Marsh Day Camp. Alyssa loved the camp activities, the Chiefs, and making new friends. She will definitely attend next summer and will be bringing her twin brother with her. Thank you again for making her first camp experience the best.” Camper parent 2014

“I love the Marsh. They treat me like family!” Coulter – age 7


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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…

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

Summer 2015!


Week 1 – June 15 to June 19

Wipe Out Week

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

Super Hero Week

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

Pirate Week

Time to hoist the sails and get under way for a week of high seas adventure and swashbucklin’ fun!

Please note that there is a wait list for this week!
Week 4 – July 13 to July 17

Marsh Madness Week

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.

Please note that there is a wait list for this week!
Week 5 – July 20 to July 24

Wipe Out 2: the Sea-quel

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

Lost World Adventure

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

As Seen On TV Week

Cartoon madness, reality TV and game show fun make this week a blast! Tune in!

Please call Chief Evelyn to register for this week! 443.674.9478
Week 8 – August 10 to August 14

End of Summer Splash

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!


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“I love The Marsh because when I’m there I feel loved. It feels like home.” Olivia – age 12

“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


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

*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.



“Both of my children LOVE The MARSH. My daughter says, ‘I hate Saturdays because there is no Marsh Camp on Saturdays.’ Thank you for such a wonderful place for my children to spend their summers.” Camper parent 2014

“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


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!

Marsh-Boy-Leap-for-BallThese 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).

“What’s not to love? Outdoors, gaga, friends and good food!” Lauren – age 11

“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

Summer 2015 Rates

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!

Register online or call 443.674.9478!

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

Special Programs
Special programs are only available certain weeks for certain age groups. See weekly theme tab for options.

• Additional $30 per session

The Marsh Scholarship Fund

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.

Registration Instructions

1. Register online

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.

The Marsh Health History 2015

The Marsh Parent Handbook 2015

The Marsh Required Forms 2015

The Marsh Medication Authorization 2015

The Marsh Immunizations or Objection

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.


“Chief Hayley taught me that just because we are kids doesn’t mean we can’t do great things for God.” Abigail – age 11

“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

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.

VBS 2014Though this is my first year as Director of The Marsh, 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

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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!

Emily MMy 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!

KolleenMy 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.

DanielHey! 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!

LaurenI’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!

RossI’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!

Emily CHello! 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!

LauraMy 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.

ChristianHello 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!!!!!!!

“I get to learn about God and the Chiefs are so nice and so are the campers. I want to work here when I’m older.” Keely – age 11

“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