Sandy Cove Blog

Rest, Spiritual Rejuvenation . . . And FUN: Reviews From Group Leaders

It's a challenge to plan and execute your own events, be it a leader's retreat, men's weekend, women's getaway, etc. Those heading up the effort are often consumed with maintaining the program, schedule, and other details that make the retreat or event nearly impossible to personally enjoy.

One pastor from Virginia said he had a light bulb moment one day. He and his team had known about Sandy Cove for a while, but never took advantage of their group-friendly programmed events. It's easy to pull together a group of people to attend a programmed event with solid Bible teaching and planned meals—you don't have to do any heavy lifting. Now, instead of being the on-site leaders, he and his team can participate knowing that the staff at Sandy Cove has everything under control.

Topics: Group Leaders Group Retreats Groups

Last-Minute, Budget-Friendly Family Vacation Ideas

It happened again. You meant to plan your family's summer vacation getaway. It seemed like you had plenty of time. But now you find yourself in a sticky situation: no vacation has been planned or booked and your kiddos (and husband) are chomping at the bit for a summer adventure.

Don't worry, though; there are still options.

We've gathered together a few ideas to help you start your last-minute vacation planning.

Topics: Events Family Events Family Camp Family

6 Free Tools For Meeting & Event Planners

Every meeting and event planner needs dependable planning and organization tools. While some prefer the old fashioned way—pencil, paper, notebooks, memo pads, and paper calendars—others prefer to take advantage of the technology now at our fingertips. Many of these tools are website-based programs that are easy to use, accessible anywhere, and often free.

Here are a few of those great tools. You could choose to use one or more . . . or none at all. At least you'll have an idea of what's out there and what others are using to be successful in their planning efforts.

Topics: Event Planning Groups meeting planning

6 Fun Things To Do With Your Grandkids This Summer

Are you a grandparent? If you are, the chances are good that you adore your grandkids and always look for opportunities to spend time together. Summer is a great time to spend quality time with your grandchildren—it doesn't matter if it's mornings, afternoons, evenings, or weekends.

Do you ever rack your brain trying to think of creative activities and fun things to do together that won't take a toll on your knees or steal your breath?

Topics: Events Empty Nesters


I get asked “Are you ready for summer?” a lot this time of year. People know I am responsible for delivering five weeks of the three ring circus we call Summer Together Family Camp. And they reasonably assume that I’ve been locked in my office all winter, getting my ducks in a row.

Topics: Events Family Events Family Camp

Do’s And Don’ts For First Time Event Planners

There are things you should and should not do in order to pull off a great event. Whether you're seasoned or a first-timer, here are a handful of do's and don'ts for all event planners. Consider these, and you may avoid some common pitfalls and mistakes.

As you read, ask yourself: "Which ones resonate with me the most?"

Topics: Event Planning Groups meeting planning