2020 Summer Family Get-A-Way Days

Thursday Evenings through Sunday Noon

July 2 – September 6, 2020

Rooms in Birch Lodge – $100 per night (air conditioned, private bathroom with shower, six beds for one family: 1 double/single bunk; 2 two-single bunks)

Recreational Vehicle Sites – $50 per night (water and electric)

Tent Camping Sites – $50 per night (water and electric)

Call 218-426-3389 to reserve your dates!

Available Activities:

  • Daily “Word of the Day” from Camp staff at 8:30 AM in Fisher Chapel
  • Boating – canoes, paddle boards and kayaks
  • Swimming beach
  • Water slide – 1 hour per day (pending weather forecast)
  • Low ropes course
  • Craft shop activities for the family
  • Snack shop
  • Gift shop
  • Mini Zipline
  • Nature walks
  • Playground
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • BSC Express train

Mission Statement

Big Sandy Camp and Retreat Center seeks to touch hearts and change lives through innovative, Christ-centered activities, events and programs.

Summer 2020 Update

Greetings from Big Sandy Camp! We are experiencing the beauty of God's creation once again as the leaves are filling the trees along with the population of mosquitoes and ticks growing by the day.

COVID-19 has impacted all our lives in one way or another. The biggest impact we have seen is no guests have been on site since March 24. The outlook for getting back to our full capacity is not on the horizon.

Taking into consideration the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health guidelines, the Big Sandy Camp Board has made the decision to cancel all planned activities for the 2020 summer – through August 31. We did not make this decision quickly or without lots of discussion. We feel that the guidelines and restrictions will not be loosened or allow what would be our expectations for having a fun time at camp during the summer months.

Refund Policy – We are offering the following to individuals that have already made a payment for a summer activity:

  • A full refund
  • A partial refund and a partial donation to the ministry
  • Donating the full amount paid to the ongoing ministry needs
  • Deferring the payment for another event in the next 12-18 months

Please contact us via email at office@bigsandycamp.com or call our office.

Possible Alternative for Families

We are looking into possible options for families to come to Camp and stay in Birch Lodge or a camp site starting in July. Please continue to check our website for more information.

Support for the Ministry

We still have financial needs to keep the ministry operating. Staff salaries, insurance premiums, and utility bills are the most obvious. We have identified several projects that we would like to complete during these "quieter than normal" months. Here are a couple of them – new HVAC system in Lakeview Lodge, remodeling needs for the gym. We believe the completion of these projects will afford us the opportunity to better serve our camp and retreat guests when we resume full operations once again in the future.

Please considering supporting us with a gift of $300; much like our regular cost for a camper to come this summer.

Thank you for your support and prayers for the ministry of Big Sandy Camp!

Sincerely,

Doug Parkinson
Executive Director

Greetings from Big Sandy Camp! We are experiencing the beauty of God's creation once again as the leaves are filling the trees along with the population of mosquitoes and ticks growing by the day.

COVID-19 has impacted all our lives in one way or another. The biggest impact we have seen is no guests have been on site since March 24. The outlook for getting back to our full capacity is not on the horizon.

Taking into consideration the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health guidelines, the Big Sandy Camp Board has made the decision to cancel all planned activities for the 2020 summer - through August 31. We did not make this decision quickly or without lots of discussion. We feel that the guidelines and restrictions will not be loosened or allow what would be our expectations for having a fun time at camp during the summer months.

Refund Policy – We are offering the following to individuals that have already made a payment for a summer activity:

  • A full refund
  • A partial refund and a partial donation to the ministry
  • Donating the full amount paid to the ongoing ministry needs
  • Deferring the payment for another event in the next 12-18 months

Please contact us via email at office@bigsandycamp.com or call our office.

Possible Alternative for Families

We are looking into possible options for families to come to Camp and stay in Birch Lodge or a camp site starting in July. Please continue to check our website for more information.

Support for the Ministry

We still have financial needs to keep the ministry operating. Staff salaries, insurance premiums, and utility bills are the most obvious. We have identified several projects that we would like to complete during these "quieter than normal" months. Here are a couple of them - new HVAC system in Lakeview Lodge, remodeling needs for the gym. We believe the completion of these projects will afford us the opportunity to better serve our camp and retreat guests when we resume full operations once again in the future.

Please considering supporting us with a gift of $300; much like our regular cost for a camper to come this summer.

Thank you for your support and prayers for the ministry of Big Sandy Camp!

Sincerely,

Doug Parkinson
Executive Director

Mission Statement

Big Sandy Camp and Retreat Center seeks to touch hearts and change lives through innovative, Christ-centered activities, events and programs.

2020 Big Sandy Camp Event Calendar

DatesEventDays
January 17-19Junior AvalancheFriday-Sunday
January 24-26Senior High AvalancheFriday-Sunday
February 7-9Junior High AvalancheFriday-Sunday
February 21-23C&MA Men’s Retreat
Friday-Sunday
July 3-5Sprouts CampFriday-Sunday
July 7-10Senior High CampTuesday-Friday
July 7-10Senior High WakeboardTuesday-Friday
July 12-17Pinecone 1 (limited beds available for this session)Sunday-Friday
July 12-17Junior High 1Sunday-Friday
July 12-17Junior High WakeboardSunday-Friday
July 19-24Pinecone 2Sunday-Friday
July 19-24Junior High 2Sunday-Friday
July 26-31Pinecone 3Sunday-Friday
July 26-31Junior High 3Sunday-Friday
To Be AnnouncedLabor Day Family CampFriday-Monday
September 11-13Empty NestersFriday-Sunday
September 25-27C&MA Women's RetreatFriday-Sunday
October 9-11Man CampFriday-Sunday
October 30 - November 1Marriage RetreatFriday-Sunday

Big Sandy Camp and Retreat Center is a Christ-centered facility located on the northeastern corner of Big Sandy Lake, just a few miles north of McGregor, Minnesota. Operating twelve months out of the year, we provide several summer camp sessions for kids as well as host a wide variety of retreat groups ranging from 1-300 guests in the fall, winter and spring.

Youth Camps

Youth Camps are by far one of our most favorite things to do here at Big Sandy Camp. We love when camp is filled with campers having fun and learning more about Christ. Check out our different youth camp options here!

EXPLORE

Family Camps

We love having families here at camp. Big Sandy Camp is a great place to get away with your family and have some fun, while being poured into spiritually. There are a couple different programs we run here specifically for families. Learn more about them here!

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Retreats

During the school year we have a lot of churches and groups that come to camp to run their own retreats. We host the Alliance Men’s and Women’s retreats, as well as some youth, men’s couples’, and women’s retreats, and more! Learn more about having your retreat at Big Sandy Camp here!

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Rentals

Camp doesn’t slow down just because summer is over! During the school year we have a lot of different events going on at Big Sandy Camp. We have different types of retreats and events to reach different people. Check out our specialty events to see which ones you would be interested in!

EXPLORE

Big Sandy Camp is where God changes lives for Christ in the north woods of Minnesota. It doesn’t matter if you’re a parent, pastor, camper, volunteer, or donor, we’d love to see you at BSC this year. We have switched to a new registration software. Please create a new account for your family before registering.

Summer Camp registration will open online on January 7, 2020. Please call our office at 218-426-3389 if you need assistance registering.

2020 Big Sandy Camp Event Calendar

DatesEventDays
January 17-19Junior AvalancheFriday-Sunday
January 24-26Senior High AvalancheFriday-Sunday
February 7-9Junior High AvalancheFriday-Sunday
February 21-23C&MA Men’s Retreat
Friday-Sunday
July 3-5Sprouts CampFriday-Sunday
July 7-10Senior High CampTuesday-Friday
July 7-10Senior High WakeboardTuesday-Friday
July 12-17Pinecone 1 (limited beds available for this session)Sunday-Friday
July 12-17Junior High 1Sunday-Friday
July 12-17Junior High WakeboardSunday-Friday
July 19-24Pinecone 2Sunday-Friday
July 19-24Junior High 2Sunday-Friday
July 26-31Pinecone 3Sunday-Friday
July 26-31Junior High 3Sunday-Friday
To Be AnnouncedLabor Day Family CampFriday-Monday
September 11-13Empty NestersFriday-Sunday
September 25-27C&MA Women's RetreatFriday-Sunday
October 9-11Man CampFriday-Sunday
October 30 - November 1Marriage RetreatFriday-Sunday

COVID-19 UPDATE

The Big Sandy Camp staff is keenly aware of the ever changing coronavirus pandemic. Several events have been postponed or cancelled to help curb the transmission of the virus. Enhanced cleaning procedures have been put in place to ensure the safety of the staff and future guests. It is our prayer that a “normal” schedule will resume in the next few weeks. 

We are extending our Early Bird Registration discount this year to May 1, 2020 and are still planning our Summer Camps starting in July, so please REGISTER now!

If changes occur per the State of Minnesota Department of Health, we will be refunding deposits. If you would like to make a contribution – which we will certainly appreciate – to the ministry of Big Sandy Camp while we adjust to the COVID-19 restrictions, please DONATE now! 

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us any time. Thank you for supporting the ministry of Big Sandy Camp!

COVID-19 UPDATE

The Big Sandy Camp staff is keenly aware of the ever changing coronavirus pandemic. Several events have been postponed or cancelled to help curb the transmission of the virus. Enhanced cleaning procedures have been put in place to ensure the safety of the staff and future guests. It is our prayer that a “normal” schedule will resume in the next few weeks. We are taking camper registrations as usual and look forward to another life changing summer. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.   

2019 Big Sandy Camp Event Calendar

DatesEventDays
October 25-27Marriage RetreatFriday-Sunday

2019 Big Sandy Camp Event Calendar

DatesEventDays
October 25-27Marriage RetreatFriday-Sunday

Camp Map

2020 Big Sandy Camp Event Calendar

DatesEventDays
January 17-19Junior AvalancheFriday-Sunday
January 24-26Senior High AvalancheFriday-Sunday
February 7-9Junior High AvalancheFriday-Sunday
February 21-23C&MA Men’s Retreat
Friday-Sunday
July 3-5Sprouts CampFriday-Sunday
July 7-10Senior High CampTuesday-Friday
July 7-10Senior High WakeboardTuesday-Friday
July 12-17Pinecone 1 (limited beds available for this session)Sunday-Friday
July 12-17Junior High 1Sunday-Friday
July 12-17Junior High WakeboardSunday-Friday
July 19-24Pinecone 2Sunday-Friday
July 19-24Junior High 2Sunday-Friday
July 26-31Pinecone 3Sunday-Friday
July 26-31Junior High 3Sunday-Friday
To Be AnnouncedLabor Day Family CampFriday-Monday
September 11-13Empty NestersFriday-Sunday
September 25-27C&MA Women's RetreatFriday-Sunday
October 9-11Man CampFriday-Sunday
October 30 - November 1Marriage RetreatFriday-Sunday

Things to Know about Summer Camp Registration 2019

Hello Big Sandy Camp Family!

We wanted you to be aware of some details regarding summer camp registration this year.

  1. Our registration and drop-off days are changing from last year. Registration will be from 2:30-4:30 PM on Sunday afternoon.
  2. Summer camp and family camp registration opens at 9:00 AM on January 7, 2019. Your account may not allow you to login prior to 9:00 AM, but you should have access to it after 9:00 AM. This is designed to limit people from logging in to the server early, ideally keeping registration running smoothly for everyone.
  3. Please review your student’s registration forms and make any necessary updates to the information listed (e.g. any new allergies, updated medications, health insurance changes, approved pick-up persons, etc...).
  4. Please be aware that spaces will not be reserved for campers until a $100 non-refundable deposit is received by Big Sandy Camp. Deposit payments can be made online, with a check, or by a credit card over the phone.

Thank you for your patience as we help everyone through the registration process. For questions or concerns, call our office at 218-426-3389, or email us at office@bigsandycamp.com.

In Christ,
The Big Sandy Camp Staff

Paperless Registration

Starting in 2020, Big Sandy Camp will be moving to a paperless registration for Youth and Family Camps. Registration will be available online. For questions about how to register, please call our office at 218-426-3389.

2019 Summer Registration is NOW OPEN!

Summer is just around the corner and we are excited for you to join the experience here at Big Sandy Camp. Hang out at the waterfront with your friends, climb the highest wall in the gym, and enjoy a time of worship in chapel. All this and more during our summer camps. Register today so you don’t miss any of the action. Click here to start your registration or call 218-426-3389.

Big Sandy Camp and Retreat Center is a Christ-centered facility located on the northeastern corner of Big Sandy Lake, just a few miles north of McGregor, Minnesota. Operating twelve months out of the year, we provide several summer camp sessions for kids as well as host a wide variety of retreat groups ranging from 1-300 guests in the fall, winter and spring.

Summer is just around the corner and we are excited for you to join the experience here at Big Sandy Camp. Hang out at the waterfront with your friends, climb the highest wall in the gym, and enjoy a time of worship in chapel. All this and more during our summer camps. Register today so you don’t miss any of the action.

Click here to start your registration or call 218-426-3389.

We are extremely grateful for the prayers and financial support by so many people of the ministry of Big Sandy Camp. This past summer we had over 2,000 campers on the grounds. We recorded over 200 decisions; both first time and re-dedications. Praise the Lord for His goodness. We anticipate a great winter retreat season. Your continued prayers and financial support are appreciated!

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Campsite Map

Mission Statement

Big Sandy Camp and Retreat Center seeks to touch hearts and change lives through innovative, Christ-centered activities, events and programs.

This July, Big Sandy Lodge will be hosting the 1st Annual Sam Oden Memorial Relay Triathlon!

All proceeds from the triathlon will be split between the three youth camps of McGregor, MN: Catholic Youth Camp, Covenant Pines Bible Camp and Big Sandy Camp. For more information check out the brochure.

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