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.
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
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“My first “Chief,” Joan Barcus, led me to Christ as a 12 year old. It was in 1968… I thank her for changing my life. Thank her for interpreting the questions and heart of a lonely 12 year old as open, receptive, and in need of the Savior’s love. The foundation for all my life activities and choices were made at Camp Sandy Cove. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to have attended those 4 years of my life. “Jesus Never Fails” – Karen Camp
"I like that we can do fun things while still learning about Jesus." Claire - Sterling, VA
"I had a great first time. The chiefs were so great. Also, the cabins were nice and clean." Addison - Bristow, VA
"I highly recommend Camp Sandy Cove to anyone who is looking for a great christian camp." Eden - Danville, PA
"This is a great camp that teaches you a lot about being faithful to God and a camp to have lots of fun." Addison - Reston, VA
"It was amazing. The food was good, everything was good." Cora - Reston, VA
"I loved learning about God and I loved meeting new people. I love Camp Sandy Cove." Ana - Herndon, VA
"I love you guys and will never forget the amazing people here and helped me closer to God." Gabriel - Gaithersburg, MD
"I loved it and have already decided to come back next year." Ainsley - Bristow, VA
"I loved it. It helped me grow closer to God by doing stuff I love. I can't wait to recommend this camp to my friends." Jessica - Winchester, VA
"Camp Sandy Cove is like home to me, it has changed my life." Marta - Ashburn, VA
"I love camp cause I feel safe here and I can grow closer with God." Susanna - Germany
"This is a great camp and I will definitely be coming back" Nate - Wesley Chapel, FL
"This camp is my favorite part of summer. The best part is how fun, nice, and cool the chiefs are." Henry - Winchester, VA
"Camp was awesome! I'm sad it's over and excited to hopefully do circus again next year." Sarah - Houston, TX
"Camp Sandy Cove was so much fun this week. I got to meet so many new people." Brielle - Purcellville, VA
"Camp Sandy Cove has taught me more about God in 3 weeks than anything else in my life." Annie - Warrenton, VA
"It's a great camp where I can strengthen my Christian path and have lots of fun." Jeremy - Fairfax, VA
"Camp Sandy Cove was the best place for me to come to my first camp." Clara - Annandale, VA
"No words can describe how awesome camp is." Caleb - Gore, VA
"My experience at camp sandy cove was the best year ever." Maddie - Arlington, VA
"I had a ton of fun at Camp Sandy Cove and I'm happy I was here for two weeks. I just want to live here!" Maria - VA
"I love it and I would absolutely recommend this camp to my friends!" Lauren - Haymarket, VA
"All the campers and chiefs were nice, I had lots of friends by the end of the week." Molly - Harford County, MD
"It was so awesome I would never want to go to another church camp but this one!" Trinity - Burlington, WV
"It is the best camp ever and I want to become a chief and come every year." Sophia - Sterling, VA
"Camp Sandy Cove was the best week of my life!" Emily - Fairfax, VA
"Camp Sandy Cove is such a fun experience. I definitely recommend it!" Audrey - Winchester, VA
"I LOVED IT SOO MUCH! They made everything I did fun! It was a fun experience learning about God and doing fun activities." Jonathan - Fairfax, VA
"I loved it a lot! This is my second year coming and I can't wait to come back next year." Isabella - Sterling, VA
"I love coming to this camp every year I feel more connected to God and it's so much fun!" Ellie - Alexandria, VA
"Camp Sandy Cove is a safe place where you can be yourself." Kathryn - Fairfax, VA
"I love Camp Sandy Cove. There are times when you are down but Camp Sandy Cove reminds you of the wonder of the Son, the Lord, our God." Micaela
"It's my last year, and all 5 years I've been here have been amazing - I DON'T WANT TO LEAVE!" Hollis - Oakton, VA
"My time here was AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME!" Albert - Fairfax, VA
"Camp Sandy Cove was the best because I got to meet new people and new friends." Kolbe - Cascades, VA
"If you want a camp that's fun and still focuses on Jesus, Camp Sandy Cove is the camp to be at!" Marta - Ashburn, VA
"Camp Sandy Cove is amazing, you meet the most amazing people, do fun activities and games, eat great food, but most importantly get closer to God" Shannon - Yardley, PA
"I had the awesomest cabin ever. We were all strong in Christ and got along well!" Caroline - Clifton, VA
"I think Camp Sandy Cove was the best place in the world the whole time!" Terry - Shenzhen, China
"I'm always looking forward to camp because every time I feel like I grow closer to God. And it is fun, AWESOME & great!" Mollie - Springfield, VA
"Camp is something for me to look forward to every year. I love it!" Madalyn - Fairfax Station, VA
"I love coming to camp every year! It is such a great experience coming and meeting new friends." Ashley - Ashburn, VA
"The best camp of the world - not even kidding!!!" Sarina, Germany
"Best time ever! This is my first year, but since I was here for a month it is like my second home!" Susanna - Germany
"This camp is amazing, the activities are fun and we learn about the Lord." Ayla - Bowie, MD
"Everyone should go to Camp Sandy Cove! I love my chiefs!" Jackie - West Carthage, NY
Camp Sandy Cove is a non-profit, non-denominational, Christian camp for boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 15 - dedicated to sharing the message of salvation through Jesus Christ and to helping young people develop a relationship with their Creator. We'd love to keep you informed throughout the year!