Sandy Hill offers a wide range of activities for your retreat at the ropes course, waterfront, and indoor and outdoor sports facilities.


Sports Facilities and Equipment

Outdoor Facilities

Sports Fields: With a 211-acre campus, sports fields for soccer, ultimate frisbee, baseball, softball, and flag football are plentiful.

Hiking Trails: With over 5 miles of trails on site, there are lots of opportunities for nature hikes, cross-country running, and environmental study.

Gaga Ball & Tetherball: Have a few minutes between activities, join your friends in a quick game of tetherball or gaga ball too!

Indoor Facilities

Gym - our 7,000+ square foot gym is heated and air-conditioned. Play full court basketball or use the divider to split the room in half for basketball and/or volleyball on each side.

Game Room - our 1,500+ square foot indoor game room is home to skee-ball, air-hockey, pool, ping pong and more. Group leaders can purchase 25-cent tokens for guests to play the games.

Unless otherwise noted, use of these sports areas and related sports equipment is included in the price. Want even more to do? We can help you rent giant inflatables, archery tag, and more!


Water Activities

Swimming Pool: from late-May through mid-September, enjoy 164,000 gallons of fun in our pool and diving well. ($100/hr includes lifeguards for up to 100 people)

Canoeing: from April through October, paddle around near the dock or take a short trip ($75/hour)

Fishing: relax and enjoy freshwater fishing in the Elk River. Provide your own equipment. Catch-and-release without a Maryland fishing license.


Ropes Course

Sandy Hill offers an amazing opportunity to build confidence, develop teamwork and leadership skills, and have a blast on our world-class ropes course!

This is not your ordinary camp ropes course. Although the low elements are similar to typical camp courses and are an integral part of any challenge course experience, the high elements really set Sandy Hill's course apart.  Designed for high-end corporate team-building events, the high elements on Sandy Hill's course are leaps ahead of typical camp courses.


Participation in these events requires safety equipment, strict safety procedures, and specially trained Sandy Hill staff. To use the course, guests pay $7 per person per hour plus a one-time $195 setup fee per group. Although Sandy Hill's facilitators must be on the course for at least 4 hours, that does not mean that all guests are necessarily on the course for 4 or more hours. Most larger groups run stations or rotations as part of their program allowing campers to rotate through the ropes course among the other activities in their schedule. 

The course is operated under the principles of "Challenge by Choice" which encourages to push themselves and yet never forces anyone to participate in a way that is not comfortable for them. Guests with all different ability and comfort levels can participate on the course together. 

Let us help you determine how to use the Sandy Hill challenge course as part of your retreat.