Let’s start with the hard news first. After prayerfully considering the information available to us, we know that we cannot provide the Summer Together Family Camp experience that we all love.
This means no ClubCove or CrossWalk. No spaghetti time after great Bible teaching. No Night to Forget, family shows, hymn sings, or family worship. This is not what any of us wanted, and we can feel sad about it, alongside the various other losses we are grieving.
Having said that, we want to shift to what we can do, but we need to start off with a disclaimer: We don’t want you to view what we are about to present to you as “family camp lite” because it can’t live up to those expectations. Instead, think about us as a hotel – you can even name it, if that helps. Maybe the “Bay Harbor Hotel”… or “The Happy Place Hotel”?
So we have a hotel we’d like to invite you to. It’s a pretty nice hotel, and it has a few amenities that might make it appealing to you. Besides a friendly staff, this hotel has great views of the North East River, and above average views of the sunset. It has 220 acres of property for your social distancing use. This hotel also conveniently provides take-out meals three times a day. We are happy to accommodate special diets including gluten-free, low-sodium, low-sugar and basic vegetarian. You are welcome to bring your own food if you have more restrictive needs.
Some other amenities this hotel has is a pool that they can open each afternoon, and a marina where you can borrow kayaks and canoes to paddle on the river. There’s a Frisbee golf course there too, and tennis courts, soccer and softball fields, and a basketball court for outdoor family fun. And if you like to fish, we have a free license for fishing off the pier.
There are even some staff who can run a few activities like a cargo net climb, slingshots and archery, pedal karts for the kids, and they can help you build and launch rockets made of paper. Also, there will be a few options for some spiritual encouragement for you and your family along the way.
Plus, if you are willing to spend a bit more, there’s a craft shop where you can purchase various projects, and a boat to take your family tubing.
That’s what this hotel has to offer. But remember, even if it sounds like a place you have been before, if something is not on the list above, it is probably not an option, though the list has the potential to change a little as regulations shift.
So if your family is ready to get out of the house, let someone else take care of feeding you, and have lazy days of relaxing together, near (but not too near) other families doing the same thing, this might be a good option for you!
We call this experience a “Power Boost” and you can learn more about them here.
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Family camp is for parents and kids. Big families, single parent families, blended families, extended families. Struggling, imperfect families. God's family. Small families. All families. Your family.
If you have ever thought that staying in a hotel, with three meals a day on buffet, and someone else washing dishes and vacuuming was how God intended for us to "camp" this is for you! Have a blast with your kids, be spiritually encouraged and challenged by fantastic Bible teachers, turn down the noise, rest and relax together!
There were going to be 5 weeks (Sun - Fri) during the Summer of 2020 to choose from:
Sandy Cove is in Maryland, at the very top of the Chesapeake Bay (and looking straight at the sunset!). We are just 10 minutes off I-95, but you will feel "away from it all" as soon as you turn down our road!
It sounds presumptuous to say a vacation will change your life, so for now, let's just say it is an investment in your family, as you reconnect with God and each other. Bonding. A break. Plus, it is super fun!!
This was our first time and it was perfect for our family - a great balance of family, vacation & worship. Stello Family, Virgnia Beach, VA
Sandy Cove restores our faith in God and His great love for His people, Heaven on earth! Kim, Glen Burnie, MD
Family Camp was the perfect family getaway! Kari, Wheatfield, NY
As a stay home mom, it was nice to enjoy quiet time with the Lord on the grounds and to listen to the speaker while the kids were taken care of. Danielle
I found serenity with Jesus for the first time in my life. Bruce, San Clemente, CA
I never cease to be amazed at how the messages apply to my life in personal and practical ways. God always shows up at Sandy Cove for me and my family. Pastor Jeff
It was an amazing time overall! We plan to come again and again and again. Jay, Greenwood, DE
It was wonderful and so accommodating to our large family group! Grace, Forest Hills, NY
AND SO MUCH MORE!