Summer 2017




The Toadally Awesome Marsh – A Christian Day Camp in North East, Maryland


Everything from playing in the pool to making s’mores to canoeing to building volcanoes to archery to creating forts in the woods to making new friends.



  Fun, challenge, excitement, and opportunities for learning and spiritual growth

The Marsh, A Day Camp at Sandy Cove offers an environment designed specifically for kids with a ratio of one staff member for every six campers. We will get to know your child personally!

  • Our programs are designed for boys and girls ages 4 to 14.
  • The Marsh will operate 9 weeks in 2017, June 19 to August 18, Monday - Friday.
  • Each five day session is a great value! We provide lunch and snacks each day.
  • Campers of all ages are welcome during all weeks! Campers are divided into small groups based on age and have their own counselor for the week.
  • Wacky Wednesdays! A giant inflatable waterslide, pool games, bumper balls, a picnic lunch and lots of fun.
  • Thursday is “Late Night” for senior campers, ages 10 to 14.
  • We offer FREE extended care for multi-week campers! (4-week minimum per camper required)
  • We hire young Christian men and women who truly desire to work at The Marsh and have strengths and abilities that allow them to be effective leaders for your children.

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Your child’s exciting journey of exploration will take place in North East, Maryland at Sandy Cove Ministries. At The Marsh, boys and girls are grouped by age for a dynamic, fun-filled week in our non-profit, non-denominational Christian day camp. The Marsh is a place where every day is filled with making new friends, learning about God’s amazing love, discovering new interests and playing until they are worn out!

From fun activities to creative adventures, Bible teaching to unique games, campers are sure to have a blast and grow in their relationship with Christ! Our staff will provide instruction, supervision and encouragement in a Christ-centered fashion.

Evelyn Ransil
Director, The Marsh Day Camp
Phone: 443.674.9478
Fax: 410.287.3196


Accredited to Demonstrate Camping Excellence

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For over 65 years, Sandy Cove Ministries has been providing “Christian camping at its best!” Since 2001, The Marsh has continued this same tradition of excellence. Our accreditation by the American Camp Association (ACA) and membership with the Christian Camp and Conference Association (CCCA) demonstrates our commitment to providing quality programs for your child. All children are welcome to attend our programs regardless of race, religion or national origin.ccca-M-logo-websmall.pngACA-07.png

Sandy Cove is a blessing in our kids' lives. They have loved it so much for years. You guys do it so right at the Marsh! – Marsh camper parent

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  Every day at The Marsh is filled with excitement!

Wacky Wednesday fun and games, dress up days, unique games and creative activities make each week exciting for campers of all ages. But that’s not all…

The Marsh themes add extra fun to a schedule that includes activity blocks (please see list of activities as these are offered by age), Bible teaching, group games and swimming every day!

All weeks are geared for boys and girls ages 4 to 14.  


My grandson is having a blast and talks for hours everyday about all of his adventures. Makes my heart sing hearing the joy in his stories and hearing him talk about how God loves him.  –  Marsh camper grandparent  

Summer 2017 Theme Weeks!

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Week 1 – June 19-23

Aloha Summer

Our friendly 50th state moves closer (all the way to Maryland) just for this week at The Marsh!

Week 2 – June 26-30

Brought to You by the Letter “M” 

Max out on the mysteries of The Marsh, making many marvelous memories!


Week 3 – July 3-7

Icky Sticky 

Put on your lab coats and get ready to experiment with all sorts of slimy, gooey stuff!


Week 4 – July 10-14


What will you do when your “3 hour tour” washes up on an island? Will you survive? Will you make it back to civilization? You might just want to stay forever!


Week 5 – July 17-21

CSI: Camp Scene Investigation

Become a special agent and keep your eyes open for clues. And whatever you do, be alert for strange and mysterious happenings!


Week 6 – July 24-28

Bugging Out

Explore nature and be amazed! And play some great games where maybe you are the bug?!


Week 7 – July 31-August 4

Wild, Wild West 

The Wild West was a time of cowboys and treasure and hot days on the prairie. Just like this week at The Marsh!

Week 8 – August 7-11
Sunny with a chance of S’mores

You never know what the weather (and the crazy chiefs) might cook up! Fun is in the five day forecast!

Week 9 – August 14-18
Marsh Madness

There’s no telling what could happen during Marsh Madness – we’re inside out and upside down and full of fun and games!


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Daily Creative Learning & Fun-filled Adventure!

Our activity schedule is designed to give campers an opportunity to try new experiences and have a great time!

These activities may include:

  • Archery (ages 6-14)
  • Crafts
  • Canoeing* (ages 10-14)
  • Food Fun (ages 4-9)
  • Indoor Rock Climbing (ages 10-14)
  • Miniature Golf
  • Mini Archery (ages 4-6)
  • Nature Activities
  • Outdoor Cooking (ages 6-14)
  • Paddle Boats* (ages 4-9)
  • Palmer Connect-itorium (with Ping-Pong, Pool, Air Hockey & Foosball)
  • Pool Games*
  • Soccer
  • Sports
  • Swimming*
  • Volleyball
  • Zip Line and Big Swing (ages 12-14)
  • and more!

Note: Not all activities will be available during all weeks.
*Modest swimsuits are required (one-piece for girls, baggy shorts for boys).

“My kids come home dirty, smelly and exhausted…the way they should come home from camp! And your Chiefs are amazing with the kids. Every story I hear is, “My Chief this,” and “My Chief that”. Thank you!” – Marsh camper Parent

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  Fun and Games and So Much More!

Our staff work hard to ensure that every day is filled with fun at The Marsh. Daily Bible Learning and Scripture Teaching (BLAST), weekly themes, dress up days, unique games and creative activities make each week exciting for campers of all ages.

Sample Daily Schedule - This schedule is for general purposes and may be adapted for weather or fun stuff!

    • 7:00-8:30 am - Morning Extended Care ($)
    • 9:00 - Camper Arrival & Morning Welcome
    • 9:15-11:25 - Morning Activity Sessions
    • 11:30 - Lunch at the Cattail Cafe – served fresh daily, no extra cost! Take a peek at our menu.
    • 12:15 pm - Supervised Free Time
    • 12:45 - BLAST (Bible Learning and Scripture Teaching)
    • 1:30 - Fun Program
    • 2:30 - Free Swim*
    • 3:30 - Afternoon Snack
    • 4:00 - Camper Pick Up
    • 4:30-6:00 - Afternoon Extended Care ($)

*Modest swimsuits are required (one-piece for girls, baggy shorts for boys).



Thursday is “Late Night at The Marsh!”

Each Thursday, campers ages 10 and older will have an opportunity to stay late at The Marsh. Have a great time making Marsh Stew, eating s’mores and playing in the pool (don’t forget your modest swimsuit – one-piece for girls, baggy shorts for boys). Campers must be picked up at 9:00 pm. Please note: Late Night will be cancelled due to storms or excessive heat.


Extended Care

Child care is available 7:00-8:30 am and 4:30-6:00 pm if your schedule does not allow for arrival and pick up during regular camp hours. Choose each week based on your needs. Pre-registration is required – sign up when you register for the week. FREE for campers registered for at least 4 weeks.

Just to let you know, my son talked about camp all night. He even thanked me this morning for finding this camp for him. He says it’s very fun!!” – Marsh camper parent


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  Summer 2017 Rates

Basic Camp Fee
$219 per child per week

Your basic camp fee includes 5 days of day camp, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, packed with fun and adventure, a daily kid-friendly lunch and snack, constant supervision and mentoring by caring trained staff and great learning opportunities!


Optional Fees

Extended Care
Child care is available 7:00-8:30 am and 4:30-6:00 pm if your schedule does not allow for arrival and pick up during regular camp hours. Choose each week based on your needs. Pre-registration is required – sign up when you register for the week.

• $25 per week – AM and PM Sessions
• $15 – AM Only or PM Only
• FREE for campers registered for at least 4 weeks



The Marsh Scholarship Fund

Experiencing financial hardship? Partial scholarships may be available. Fill out this Scholarship Application Form. Scholarship assistance will only be granted as available.

Gifts to The Marsh Scholarship Fund are received from individuals who recognize the valuable impact a camping experience at the Marsh can have on the life of a child. If you would like to provide monies for the scholarship fund, please send your tax-deductible gift to: The Marsh Scholarship Fund, 60 Sandy Cove Road, North East, MD 21901.

Registration Instructions

1. Pay a $50 deposit per week per child online

2. Upon registering you will receive an email confirmation and the necessary forms:
  • Health History Form for each child and The Marsh Required forms for each family to be completed and returned to The Marsh by June 1
  • Parent Handbook with important information about camp

3. Payment in full is required by June 1st and will be scheduled for automatic payment when registering online.

4. When registering after June 1st, full payment is due at the time of registration.

Did you know? The Marsh qualifies for the Child and Dependent Care Credit – save on your taxes! Read more.

Cancellation Policy
If you cannot attend the week for which you are registered, please notify The Marsh immediately. All camp fees are fully refundable and transferable up to four weeks before your child is scheduled to arrive at The Marsh. Cancellations after that time will not receive a refund of camp fees, nor a transfer to another week.


“My daughter had a great time and she is already asking if she can attend all summer next year.” – Marsh camper parent


  Meet the Chiefs!

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The Marsh strives to hire young men and women who have the skills and desire to work with children. These are individuals who want to see kids have fun, acquire new skills, and learn and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. All of our staff take part in an intensive week long training program that includes certification in CPR and First Aid.

Meet The Marsh Director, Chief Evelyn! We haven't hired for 2017 yet.




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This is my third year as Director of The Marsh. Each year gets better and better!

I have been involved with camp and kids my whole life!

I grew up going to a girls camp in the Adirondacks of upstate New York, led backpacking trips in college (which is how I met my husband Nate) and facilitated outdoor ed for 5th and 6th graders in Michigan. Along the way, I led Pioneer Girls and directed children’s ministry at two different churches.

I have two boys who are lifelong Marshians, and a black lab named Edith who is my 4 legged alarm clock. For fun I enjoy reading, running and eating donuts, though rarely at the same time!

Can’t wait to see you this summer – Evelyn


2017 Chiefs

Not yet hired!

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We'll start hiring our 2017 staff sometime in January. Be on the lookout for more about them here!

My son has spoken so highly of the Chiefs and gotten to know them so well.They have made such a lasting and positive impact on him. He aspires to attend Camp annually and "give back to littler kids like they do." They are reaching and touching children every day! - Barbara