Family Camp FAQ - Sandy Cove Ministries
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    Summer 2021

    Family Camp FAQ

    You've got questions. We've got answers.

    We're excited to return with Family Camp! We’ve missed you, and we’re thrilled to welcome you and your family back for an amazing summer experience. This year, our theme is Stronger Together. From speakers and activities to great food and perfect sunsets, your week will be packed with memory-making opportunities.

    We’ve made adjustments to keep everyone safe and meet COVID guidelines, but you should still plan to have a blast with your family, be spiritually encouraged, and rest and relax — together!

    Due to capacity restrictions, we will honor existing reservations first. If you have not registered for Family Camp, you can be added to our waitlist by filling out this submission form. 

    We've got five fun-filled weeks planned, the first one starting in late June:

    • Week 1 – June 27 - July 2
    • Week 2 – July 4-9
    • Week 3 – July 11-16
    • Week 4 – July 18-23
    • Week 5 – July 25-30

    If you have a reservation, or your 2020 reservation was moved to 2021, please confirm here. You must include the following information:

    • Number of guests on your reservation
    • Name of each guest 
    • Date of birth for anyone 24 or younger

    Add me to the waitlist

    Confirm my reservation



    Can I trade weeks?

    Possibly. Because we are limiting the number of guests attending family camp, each week will have a different level of availability. If there is space within the 250-person cap on your preferred week, then it may be possible to transfer your reservation to that week. Transfers will be handled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    If you used your summer 2019 credits last summer for Power Boost and want to apply the remainder of your funds to Family Camp 2021, please contact reservations. Requests will be honored on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    What if I'm unable to come this year?
    If you aren’t ready to return or you’re simply unable to get here, we will gladly hold your deposit or payment as a credit to be used in the future.
    • You can use your full amount as a gift certificate to be used for a future reservation of any kind.
    • You can donate your reservation proceeds as a tax-deductible donation.
    • If you’d prefer a refund, just let us know.
    Do we have to book all five nights?
    A la carte options will not be considered until we get closer to Family Camp.


    What COVID procedures are in place?
    We want you to be aware of the extra efforts we are making to keep Sandy Cove as safe and healthy an environment as possible, as we take all reasonable measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are following the guidance provided by the CDC and local health departments and ask you and/or your family to follow all current state and local regulations as well.
    Will we be required to wear masks?
    We do require and enforce the wearing of properly fitted masks while inside the buildings (including Palmer Auditorium), except when seated at a dining table or in your room.
    Will children be required to wear masks?
    The current Maryland guidelines require guests over five years old to adhere to the mask guidelines while on property.
    Do we have to wear masks outside?
    The only time we will want you to wear a mask outside is in a setting where you can’t socially distance from other guests or staff. Masks may be necessary for some activities.
    How will we socially distance?
    We have created space within our meeting rooms (auditoriums, kids' classrooms and dining areas) with social distancing in mind. We have also set a 250-person cap on Family Camp guests each week. Program adjustments will be made to limit the number of persons in the Chesapeake Auditorium. Space is dependent on the number of registered guests for that week and appropriate setup for all dining and meeting spaces will be arranged in advance of guest check-in.
    What if there is an "outbreak"?
    We will be following the local public health authorities’ advice on contact tracing and monitoring anything that would be considered an outbreak of the virus. For a comprehensive look at our COVID procedures, go HERE.


    How will meals be served?

    The Water's Edge Dining Room is open at a limited seating capacity, and food preparation continues to follow or exceed all Maryland health department regulations. Our food service team is cleaning high-traffic areas, workstations, and equipment more than required using CDC and EPA approved food-grade cleaner and sanitizer. All food service staff are required to wash their hands and change their gloves between each task or every fifteen minutes when doing the same task.

    • Current regulations require all food to be served in takeout-style containers. In addition to the Water's Edge Dining Room, meals may be enjoyed in guest rooms, common areas, and outdoors. Throughout our facility, tables have been arranged to maintain distance between non-family groups and to minimize risk.
    • We will have trash receptacles available throughout the property. We ask that you help us keep things clean by disposing of food and packaging in the trash receptacles.
    • Due to the way meals are being served, we will be offering a simplified menu. Breakfast will be continental, grab-and-go style with fresh fruit, yogurt, assorted pastries and boiled eggs. Hot food items will be served lunch and dinner along with boxed salads and packaged dessert items. Kid-friendly items will be available at all meals.
    • 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.
    • As always, our Front Desk has a variety of candy and snacks available and our drink vending machines will be stocked.
    • Complimentary coffee will continue to be available 24 hours each day. The coffee machine will be cleaned and disinfected regularly throughout the day.
    • The Snack Shop will be temporarily relocated to the Kalbach Welcome Center and will offer a limited menu.


    What activities will be available?
    Summer activities will include a variety of options that have been available in years past, including the rock wall, zip line, and swimming pool. In an effort to limit crowds, we will hold self-led tournaments and adjust times for activities to accommodate limited staffing and wait lines.
    Will there be Club Crib, Club Cove, Crosswalk, and Collide?
    Programming for children, youth, and young adults will be available. Your children’s safety is our top priority, so we will offer these programs in a way that meets social distance parameters. You MUST provide the exact ages of your children and young adults when we contact you to confirm you reservation in order for us to appropriately prepare space before your arrival.
    Will there be adult teaching?

    Yes. As in years past, featured speakers will deliver messages in the Chesapeake Auditorium. Chairs will be spaced in a configuration that meets social distancing guidelines.

    How will children be dismissed from the auditorium?

    Children will not be part of the gathering in the Chesapeake Auditorium due to space limitations. You will take your children to their respective classrooms prior to the start of adult/Collide teaching time.

    Will we have "spaghetti time?"

    We will offer a modified schedule for this signature processing time:

    • Single Parents – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday with Andrea Hampton
    • NEW! Stronger Together Thursday – Immediately following the Adult/Collide teaching session, you may retrieve your Club Cove and Crosswalk kids for this special family spaghetti time.
    What about "Night to Forget" and "Family Show?"
    For several reasons, we will not include Night to Forget and Family Show in this summer’s schedule. Instead, we will offer additional opportunities for family bonfires, movies on the bluff or at the pool, and family lawn games.
    Will there be a "Brown Bag Devotional?"
    This year, we will offer a virtual brown bag that you and your family can do together. It will include a devotion, a recorded silly song and a recorded hymn. We understand “online fatigue,” so there will be ample outdoor space to do this activity in community with others.
    What happens if the pool hits capacity?
    Currently, the state of Maryland has asked us to follow CDC guidelines which will limit our capacity. We will continue to monitor these guidelines, and the most up-to-date information will be posted at the pool entrance and detailed in the campersAPP.
    Can families play together?
    We absolutely want you to play together, explore together and make memories.
    Will the playground be open?
    The playground will be open. Children must be supervised by a parent.
    Who are the speakers? Will there be life coaches?
    Yes, life coaches will be available for appointments. They will also teach from the platform Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
    Will there be a youth speaker?
    Yes, we will have featured speakers for our Jr. High and Sr. High groups each morning.
    Are there going to be fitness coaches?
    Yes, we will have a fitness coach available for individual coaching and group classes.
    How will I know the schedule of events each day?
    The campersAPP is the ideal way to stay connected during your vacation. You’ll access the daily schedule for Family Camp and get up-to-date information regarding activities. From pool hours to meal times, the campersAPP is your go-to resource for Family Camp fun!