A Message From Chief Tim Nielsen
As an alumni camper or staff member of Camp Sandy Cove, Camp Sandy Hill, or Hilltop Ranch, you know the value and importance of your experience at camp.
Perhaps you began your relationship with Christ at one of our camps, or maybe you dedicated your life to full-time Christian service while enjoying the warmth of summer.
If you are anything like me, your time at camp was an integral part of your development as a believer. You not only heard the Word of God, but you saw it lived out in the staff around you. In addition, you were challenged to live a life focused on the Lord. You were forever changed by your time at camp!
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As you probably know, our camping ministry began in 1950 on the Sandy Cove property in North East, MD. During our years of ministry we have served over 100,000 campers between Camp Sandy Cove, Camp Sandy Hill, Hilltop Ranch in Maryland, Camp Sandy Cove in the Poconos, and The Marsh, a day camp at Sandy Cove. Many of these children have committed their lives to Christ through this powerful and effective ministry.
We were experiencing tremendous growth. During our last 7 summers in the Poconos, we turned away hundreds of children. In 2003 alone, 300 children applied after we had filled our camp for the summer! We needed more space.
The solution was not as easy as one might expect. The camp in the Poconos is owned by the State of Pennsylvania and they had no interest in selling the camp or expanding its capacity. So we purchased a new camp!
On October 7, 2003 the President and Chairman of the Board of Sandy Cove Ministries signed an agreement to purchase a camp for Sandy Cove in High View, WV. This camp allows us to serve more than three times the number of campers that we served in the Poconos.
There are always challenges. We have space for over 200 campers per week! Please pray that the Lord will bring the children to camp who need to hear the message of salvation and grow in their faith. Pray that we will reach 200 kids each week this summer!
Our second major challenge is raising the money to provide scholarship assistance for needy families and to make improvements to the camp facility. Each summer brings in even more requests for financial aid. Our goal is to raise at least $50,000 in scholarship assistance every year. The average scholarship need is $330. Will you help impact a child and make a donation to the Camp Sandy Cove Scholarship Fund?
We are so thankful for the generous giving that enabled us to purchase our facility in West Virginia. As we move ahead we are aware of physical improvements and new buildings that will be necessary to allow for growth. We hope that you will join us in the effort to fund the growth that will allow us to reach more children with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
If you are interested in making a donation now, please click here. If you would like to receive more information about Camp Sandy Cove and a donor information packet, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chief Tim Nielsen