Camp Sandy Cove began its ministry in Maryland in 1950 as Camp Sandy Hill for boys. The next year, a girls’ camp was formed and was named Camp Sandy Cove. In 1979, the boys’ and girls’ camps were combined to form Camp Sandy Hill.
In 1993, we moved to a rented location in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. We also returned to the name Camp Sandy Cove for Boys and Girls.
In October 2003, Sandy Cove Ministries purchased an existing camp along with nearly 200 acres of property in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, near the town of High View, West Virginia. This has quickly become the home of Camp Sandy Cove.
Even though we have gone through many changes in our 60+ year history, our focus has not changed. Camp Sandy Cove is dedicated to sharing the message of salvation through Jesus Christ, and to helping young people develop a relationship with their Creator.
Camp Sandy Cove is the youth camp of its parent organization, Sandy Cove Ministries.
The goals of Camp Sandy Cove are achieved by the careful administration of 6 simple philosophies.
1. Personal interaction between counselors and campers
Camp Sandy Cove boasts a ratio of 1 staff member for every 3 campers. This allows for small groups and personal interaction with quality staff.
The daily program of camp is designed to encourage campers to achieve. Activities emphasize skill and integrative learning. Principles of Christian living are also taught in all activity areas.
3. Creative Action
Activities allow for campers to exercise creativity and imagination.
Campers are encouraged to take part in all phases of the program.
5. Respect & Stewardship
We teach campers to respect nature as a creation of the Most High God, and to realize that a responsibility of man is to practice good stewardship of all that is provided.
6. To lead campers to salvation and help them grow in Christ
Campers are involved in devotions, chapels, cabin Bible studies and discussions to help them grow in their knowledge and commitment to Christ. Staff are employed that will demonstrate an active Spirit-filled life.
"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!