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THE MARSH DAY CAMP

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

Dates and Themes and Rates for 2018 have been updated!
You can start planning...but registration is NOT YET OPEN.

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.

PLAY AND BE A KID ALL SUMMER LONG!

Roses are red, violets are not. The Marsh is great. I like it a lot! 2017 camper

  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 2018, June 18 to August 17, 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.
The Marsh rocks! 2017 Camper

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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
Email: themarsh@sandycove.org

 

I asked my kids if The Marsh was a good fit for them, and I got, “This is the perfect camp!!!” 2017 Marsh camper parent

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

Awesomely, awesomely cool! Really good food. Sunny every day even when it's raining. 2017 Camper


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2018 Weeks

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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.  

Sunday night my son went up to the pastor’s wife and told her the memory verse for the week! She was so impressed and I was so thankful for The Marsh taking the time to invest in my kids! 2017 Marsh camper parent  

Summer 2018 Theme Weeks!

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Week 1 – June 18-22

Plunge Into Summer

Start the summer with a splash! Crazy games, lots of water fun, and more.


Week 2 – June 25-29

A Very Happy UnBirthday 

A very happy un-Birthday to you and you and you! It’s everybody’s un-birthday this week so we’ll celebrate with cake and games and more!

 


Week 3 – July 2-6

Ninety Degrees North 

Check the forecast… it’s calling for snow?! Join us as we race to reach the North Pole.

 


Week 4 – July 9-13

Think Outside The Hat

Imagine a week from the mind of a Seuss, with Joats, and Sneetches, and Zax on the loose. The eggs could be green, so could the ham – for Yertle the Turtle and Sam – I - Am. You might see Marvin K. Mooney or the Fuddnuddler Brothers, a Drum-Tummied Snum, the Lorax and others!

 


Week 5 – July 16-20

Backyard Bash

It’s a blast in the back yard as we take part in summertime classics like kickball, foursquare, hopscotch, lawn games, nature crafts, water balloons, and s'mores!

 


Week 6 – July 23-27

If You Give A Marsh-ian A Cookie

“If you give a Marshian a cookie, they are bound to…” Well, what will a Marshian do if you give them a cookie?! Come find out!

 


Week 7 – July 30-August 3

You Are Here 

Maps, sundials, moss on trees… how will you find out where to go next?


Week 8 – August 6-10
Once Upon An Adventure
 

In a land not so far away, a clever bunch of Marshians took to the woods, and mud, and a pool where they ...


Week 9 – August 13-17
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!

I wanted to thank you for an awesome first week at camp! My son truly loves it! He comes home dirty and tired - all signs of an AWESOME day at camp!! We are so thankful to have him at this camp....it is a blessing! 2017 Marsh camper parent


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Fun

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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 9-14)
  • Big Swing (ages 12-14)
  • Bug Safari
  • Crafts
  • Canoeing* (ages 10-14)
  • Cooking
  • Indoor Rock Climbing (ages 10-14)
  • Miniature Golf
  • Nature Activities
  • Outdoor Cooking (ages 8-14)
  • Paddle Boats* (ages 7-9)
  • Pool Games*
  • Science
  • Sidewalk Art & Bubble Fun
  • Sports
  • Swimming*
  • Team Building
  • Zip Line (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 favorite things are pool, friends, lunch, nature, rock wall, archery and camp store. 2017 Camper



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Days

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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.

I love it there! I love it because we just do all my favorite things. Like all the things I love to do and we do it all day long! - 2017 Camper

 



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2017 Rates

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  Summer 2018 Rates

Basic Camp Fee: $225 per child per week
Register by March 31 and save $10 (pay just $215 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.

 

I’ve been to lots of other camps, but The Marsh really is the best camp!! 2017 Camper

2017 Chiefs - we haven't hired staff for 2018 yet!

  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 and the rest of our 2017 staff!

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Evelyn

Director

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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

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Emily Moore

Marsh Chief

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Hello my name is Chief Em.This is my third summer at The Marsh, and I couldn't be more excited! I am 20 years old and from Elkton, Maryland. I am a senior Music Education major at Messiah College. I love singing, hiking, kayaking, and traveling. I can't wait for all of the adventures that this summer will bring!
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Laura Bayer

Marsh Program Director

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I have participated and worked in camps for 9 summers and have loved every season! Through those summers I have camped in cabins, tents, and on an island. I grew from camper to CIT to counselor and in 2015 started as Activity Specialist at the toadally awesome Marsh Day Camp. Camp is such a great place to meet new people, make new friends, and have awesome meaningful outdoor experiences!

I recently married a handsome man and now live in Cecil County with our fabulous dog, Tucker. Whenever I can, I like to explore new places, draw pretty pictures, and drink pink lemonade.

This is my third year working at the Marsh and I am excited to have another great summer with you!

Laura
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Savannah Lee

Marsh Chief

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My name is Chief Savannah. I got the opportunity to work at the Marsh for a week last summer and loved it so much that I wanted to come back for the whole summer! During the year I am a student and a choreographer so during the summer I love to get outside and have fun with the kiddos!

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Carolyn Peters

Marsh Chief

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Hello! My name is Chief Carolyn and this will be my first summer at The Marsh. I am from North East, Maryland, and in the fall I will be a freshman Music Education major at Maranatha Baptist University. I love classical music, cheesecake, musicals, working with kids, and Chelsea soccer. I look forward to a great summer getting to know my campers and sharing with them my love of Christ. 

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Elizabeth Steele

Marsh Chief

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Hi, there! I am Chief Lizzy and this will be my second summer at the Marsh. I could not be more excited to return! This past semester I graduated from Anne Arundel Community College of Maryland and this upcoming fall I will be transferring as a prospective junior to UMBC to study elementary general education and theatre arts. 

A couple random factoids about me include that I love the color yellow and my favorite animals are elephants. I also love writing music, hammocking, and writing letters (especially to my sponsor children in Honduras and Columbia).

One of my favorite Bible verses is Isaiah 12:2, which reads, “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”

I cannot wait to meet you or see you again this summer! God Bless!

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Matt Blaylock

Marsh Chief

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Hey there! My name is Chief Matt, and I am 19 years old. This will be my first year at The Marsh, and I cannot wait to get my feet wet with everyone this summer!

I am originally from Snow Shoe, Pennsylvania, and I currently attend Messiah College as a sophomore Music Education major. In my spare time, I enjoy playing the saxophone, playing tennis, taking pictures, juggling, singing, hiking, kayaking, and fishing.

I'm super excited to be a part of the staff, and I am looking forward to the thrills this summer will entail with you all!

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Emily Crawford

Marsh Chief

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Heyyo, my name is Chief Lily and I am ecstatic to be back at the Marsh for a third summer! I hail from Salt Lake City, Utah, although I have lived all over the states.

I just finished up my freshman year of college where I'm studying Sociology as well as Public, Nonprofit, and Community Leadership.

The picture features my family's new puppy, Daisy, but cats are my favorite. I am excited for all of the adventures this summer will bring and hope to see you there! 

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Kolleen Watkins

Marsh Chief

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Hi, I am Chief Kolleen and I look forward to returning to the Marsh. I have just graduated from Liberty University with my Elementary Education degree.

I love working with both students and campers. This will be my third year at the Marsh and I cannot wait to be back.

A few things about me are that I love all kinds of movies, cheesecake, reading, and soccer. I watch old musicals, action movies, and like to do Disney marathons.

I am excited to start working with the campers and cannot wait to see familiar faces and meet new ones.

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Hannah McClure

Marsh Chief

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Hello! My name is Chief Hannah and I am 20 years old. This will be my first summer at The Marsh and I am delighted to meet everyone! I am originally from Chantilly, Virginia and just finished my sophomore year at Christopher Newport University as a Communications Studies major.

For the next 11 months, I am training to run my first half marathon, and hopefully a marathon afterwards. Besides running, I also enjoy karaoke, sports photography, baking desserts, exploring the outdoors, and cuddling with my Havanese dog named Ruby.

This summer, I can’t wait to share my love for God and make Him well known to the campers, as we take on many exciting adventures!

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Dameon Blome

Marsh Chief

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Hey everyone! My name is Chief Dameon and I am 18 years old. This will be my first summer at the Marsh and I cannot wait for all of the wonderful adventures we will have! 

I am looking forward to attending Pensacola Christian College as a Business Major this fall. I was an Activities Director for another Christian camp most of my high school years. I was also a volunteer at Canine Partners for Life and have been on a mission trip to the Marshall Islands. 

I love to read, build model airplanes, eat, and play foosball, although not necessarily in that order. 

See you all there!

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Sadie Adams

Marsh Chief

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Hello! I'm Sadie. I'm 19 years old and I live in Pittsburgh, PA, home of ridiculous slang, Heinz Ketchup, and Mister Roger's Neighborhood. I've heard that there are also some fairly good sports teams...

Currently I am a Junior at California University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Secondary Education - English. When I'm not at school, I work at a coffeeshop, watch 80's movies, and pretend I can swing dance even though I really can't. Some of my other interests are Spider-man, knitting, and museums with dinosaur exhibits.

This is my second summer at the Marsh, and I am psyched to be back for another great summer! If you see me at camp, please remind me to put on bug spray.

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Kathrynn Steward

Marsh Chief

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Hi, I’m Chief Kat! This is my first summer at The Marsh and I’m pumped to meet everyone! I am 20 years old from Newark, DE.

I just finished my sophomore year at the University of Delaware as an English major with a Biology minor. I basically plan on never leaving school and just talking about books for the rest of my life. I love reading, theater, basketball, and kayaking.

I’m looking forward to getting to know all the chiefs and campers this summer!

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TJ Ransil

Marsh Chief

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Hello! My name is Chief TJ and I am 16 years old. I have been going to the Marsh since I was 6 but this will be my first year as a chief.

I am currently going to Rising Sun High School as a Junior. I was born in Michigan but I have lived in Rising Sun for pretty much my whole life. My hobbies include playing the saxophone, playing assorted trading card games, snowboarding and playing video games.

I look forward to spending this summer as a chief!

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Lucas Rodriguez

Marsh Chief

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My name is Lucas. I am 17 years old. I really enjoy laughing and making jokes, playing basketball, and swimming. 


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Willie Cox

Marsh Chief

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Ian Doyle

Marsh Chief

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Tom Farley

Marsh Chief

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My name is Chief Tom and I am 20 years old. This is my first summer at The Marsh and I am anticipating an amazing summer with you guys! I live in Chantilly, VA and I am currently a student at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA studying Finance with a concentration in investments. I love playing soccer, lacrosse, basketball, and pretty much any sport that gets me active. I also really enjoy playing the cello and singing on occasion. I am super excited for this summer and I hope you are too!
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Micaiah Ojo

Marsh Chief

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Tyler Vafakos

Marsh Chief

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Thanks for another great year at camp. My child aspires to be a chief one day! - 2017 Marsh camper parent