Summer Camp

Summer 2018 Theme:   Beyond Belief: The Universe of God

Beyond Belief!  The Universe of God is an exciting resource that is ideal for the outdoor ministry setting as it asks big questions encouraging campers to discover how God’s endless love launches amazing adventures and allowing them to know that God always has new mysteries to explore.

Daily themes and scriptures are:

  • What If We Belong to God?  Psalm 139
  • What If God is bigger?  Luke 1:35-55
  • What If Hope is Real?  Mark 2:1-5
  • What If There Is More than Enough?  John 6:1-14
  • What If We Speak Up?  Mark 7:24-30
  • What If We Change the World?  Matthew 5:13-16
  • What If We Go Beyond?  Luke 10:1-9

Exploring these questions through scripture, campers will learn that they are already known and loved, and that God is bigger than they can imagine. They will also realize that hope is a necessary force, and to accomplish these hopes God will provide them with the tools they need to live life to the fullest. As campers reflect on their own lives they will be encouraged to use their gifts as God’s voice in the world.

Matthew 5:16 teaches us that as children of God we are ‘to let our light shine before others that they may see your good deeds and glorify our God in heaven’.  Through these words of Christ, campers are encouraged to embrace the truth that God wants to use each of us to make the
world a better place.  The precious promise campers will take home is that they do not go alone, for there is nowhere they can go that God doesn’t go with them, and through this truth they are challenged to proclaim God’s vision for the future and invite others to participate.


Please complete and submit these forms to attend camp.

What to Bring

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  • Outdoor Clothing (include at least one pair of jeans a and a sweatshirt)
  • Pajamas
  • Linens (including bedding or sleeping bag and pillow)
  • Towels, wash cloths, etc.
  • Bible
  • Writing material
  • Flashlight
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Small duffel bag or bucket to carry items to the bathhouse
  • Swimming suit or trunks
  • Sturdy shoes for hiking
  • Sneakers for around camp
  • Sandals/flip flops for bath house/swimming pond
  • Sun screen
  • Insect Repellent
  • An extra pillow case or laundry bag for dirty clothing

$5-$10 is recommended for purchases at the camp store which sells postage, postcards, souvenirs, etc. It is also recommended that any larger purchases such as T-shirts, sweatshirts, books, etc. be made when campers are accompanied by parents. The store will be open upon arrival and departure.

A medical history form must be completed and properly signed for admittance to Camp. Please bring this form to camp with you at registration. We can not admit you to camp without this form properly completed and signed!

Our camping program is open to anyone, regardless of race, religion, national origin or physical handicap. If you have a friend who would like to come to camp, please let us know and we will be certain that they receive a camp brochure and an application. Looking forward to seeing you at Camp this summer!

Please, do not bring any of the following to camp:

Snacks, radios, laptop or handheld computer devices, iPods or similar devices, PDAs, Blackberries, desktop PCs, alcohol, illegal drugs, firearms, weapons of any kind, electronic musical instruments, pets, animals, personal sports equipment, CD players, Cell phones or pagers, walkie-talkies, video games (such as “game boys” – etc.), clothing with symbols or sayings inconsistent with the Camp philosophy, etc.

If any of the listed items are brought to camp they will be held in the camp office until the time of pick up. In addition to this, if teen campers are parking their vehicle at camp, car keys will be housed in the office until the teen requests their use. At the end of summer, there is always a pile of campers’ belongings left at camp. This is an expensive waste for our campers (and their parents!)

As a way to target the problem of lost belongings and a large lost and found closet, we are encouraging our campers to label all belongings. We have partnered with Mabel’s Labels, a company with all types of labels that are colorful, indestructible and fun! With a special ‘Camp Pack’ available and also a larger Big Combo, your camper can label absolutely everything! Go to and select our camp name in the dropdown; then place your order! We look forward to sending campers home with ALL their belongings this summer!


Personal Conduct Policies:

In order to provide an atmosphere where people can live together in an intentional Christian community, the following guidelines are provided for personal conduct. These guidelines include, but may not be limited to:

  1. Each camper is expected to participate and cooperate in all activities.
  2. Any type of abusive behavior towards other persons in unacceptable.
  3. Any type of abusive behavior toward camp property, including the natural setting, is unacceptable.
  4. Profane language is unacceptable.
  5. The possession or use of tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs are strictly prohibited and are cause for immediate dismissal from camp.
  6. Established “off-limits” areas are to be honored.
  7. Clothing, including swimsuits, needs to be modest. T-shirt design and writing on t-shirts should not be suggestive, in poor taste, or offensive to other persons.
  8. Campers must not behave in such a way as to require constant one-on-one adult supervision and care. If a camper is unable to function within these guidelines, actions will be taken by the camp staff, keeping in mind the best interest of the individual, all other campers, and camp staff. A camper may be sent home after consultation with a parent/guardian if it is determined that the camper’s behavior is disruptive to the program.


Three well-balanced meals plus an evening snack are served each day. Ice water is also available during the day. Please do not bring or mail food, candy, gum, or snacks of any kind to camp.


A card or letter from a parent, friend, or pastor is welcomed, and helps build camper morale. Parents/guardians of campers who may experience homesickness should plan to have a card or letter arrive daily. Mail should be addressed to the camper, c/o Camp Mardela, P.O. Box 460, Denton, MD 21629.


If you are receiving assistance from your congregation, please have your pastor or camp representative fill out the appropriate lines on the registration form. Some scholarship assistance may be available through the camp. To request a scholarship application form, please call the camp office at (410) 479-2861.

Refund Policy:

Campers sent home due to illness, accident, or homesickness are eligible for a prorated refund. Campers sent home because of personal conduct will not receive a refund. The $55 registration fee is non-refundable. Any amount deposited over the $55 registration fee may be refunded if a cancellation is made no less than four weeks prior to that camp.

Health Information:

Each camper will receive a health information form to be completed prior to the camp session. Physicals are required ONLY for campers who are under the care of a physician for a specific condition. For safety purposes, medications brought to camp will be stored and distributed by camp health staff. The camp fee includes accident and illness insurance, which covers any accidents or illnesses that occur while at camp or while traveling to and from the camp. This insurance is primary care, but is limited. If the coverage limit for the camp’s insurance policy is reached for a specific occurrence, the family’s own health insurance must be used as secondary coverage.

Visitors and Phone Calls:

Parents and friends are encouraged to tour the camp site and facilities, and meet with leaders when they bring their children to camp. We seek to help campers develop independence. An integral part of growing up and developing independence is the extended experience away from home and family. For this reason, we strongly discourage phone calls and visits to the camp. If there is an emergency, please contact the camp office.

Letter from Chief Gieta

Dear Parents,

As a child I had the opportunity to attend summer camp every year. This experience was critical to my development. Not only did I learn skills like archery, outdoor living and crafts, I also developed friendships with other campers and staff that helped me to grow. These times were the best!

Most importantly, as a camper, I remember learning what it meant to be a Christian. This knowledge, and the example of the staff at camp, impacted me in such a way that I dedicated my life to full-time service for Christ.

Every summer I renew a commitment to continue to impact the lives of campers as my leaders did. At Camp Mardela all staff members attend staff training each year to sharpen their skills and prepare spiritually for the summer.

Staff members are taught to provide spiritual guidance and to show the unconditional love of Jesus Christ to campers, parents and each other. These young men and women stand out among their peers; they model a healthy Christian life, and they can’t wait to meet your children!

Camp Mardela is celebrating 62 years of offering “Christian Camping.” This summer we will be operating for six weeks (June 15 – August 2nd). Camp Mardela has been offering the best in Christian camping since 1948. Summer camp is more than a tradition here–it’s our mission!

I hope that your child will be joining me for the experience of a lifetime.

See ya at camp,

Chief Gieta Gresh