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Camp Sandy Pines

Sandy Pines, located near Fruitland, Maryland, is a wooded area of 49 acres with a small sandy meadow. The site offers good opportunities to practice camp craft skills, study nature and participate in other outdoor activities. All campsites and facility information may be found on our website

Fees and Site Information

Connie Bell Lodge

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Screened Cabins

Sue Morris Treehouses

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Water on from April 10 to October 18







Indoor Bathroom




Trash Removal

Please take all trash and recyclables to the appropriate dumpsters across from the main parking area and flag pole.

■ = Building = Available FL = Flush Latrine

◘ = Pit Latrine

 = Handicapped Accessible

FP = Fireplace FC = Fire circle

Cabin Units available seasonally

Connie Bell Lodge available year round

Nearest Hospital: Peninsula Regional Medical Center

100 East Carroll Street

Salisbury, MD 21801


Camp Sandy Pines

General Information

Check-In/Check-Out: There is no Ranger residing at Camp Sandy Pines. There is a part-time ranger who may be able to assist you if you need immediate assistance. You can reach her at 443-880-0826. If you cannot reach her, you may call the Ranger at Camp Todd at 281-844-6854
As a guest of a Girl Scout property, please be sure to follow the motto of “Leave a place better then you found it.” We expect that of you and your group. If a site is not in good condition upon leaving we will be in touch with you to either return to clean up or you may be charged an additional fee for cleaning if we have to bring in someone to do it.

Upon checking out, please be sure to fill out the GSCB Camping Report forms and place it in the box located by the main gate.

Telephone: The camp telephone is located in Connie Bell Lodge. The number is 410-742-3438. The telephone is to be used for emergency calls only. All long distance calls must be made collect or by personal calling card.
Equipment: Equipment for Connie Bell Lodge is stored in the kitchen. Equipment for the Cabins and the Tree Houses are located in the unit house. Please be sure to return all equipment to its proper place.
Trash Removal: Please take all trash and recyclables to the dumpsters across from the main parking area and flag pole. Be sure all recyclables are washed out and clean.
Parking: Please help protect our camp roads. Each Troop is allowed to drive ONE vehicle to the Cabins for emergency purposes only. All other vehicles must be backed into a space in the parking lot in the Lodge parking area or the lot near Sue Morris Tree houses.
Water: It is recommended that if the water is rusty or seems brackish let it run for a time (10-15 minutes) to clear the pipes. When the water is not used everyday, it collects rust from the pipes.
Floors: All floors in Connie Bell Lodge should be swept and mopped using warm water and a light detergent.
Windows: Close and lock all windows and doors before leaving.
Keys: Sandy Pines has a combination lock on the main gate and uses a combination locking system (like a real estate lock box) for Connie Bell Lodge and the Tree House. Please refer to your confirmation letter from Council for the access code(s). Inside the box will be the key. Please contact the ranger if you have any questions at 443-880-0826.
In an Emergency: Call 911 first. Then contact Sandy Pines part-time Ranger at 443-880-0826. If you cannot reach her, you can call the Ranger at Camp Todd at 281-844-6854. Your emergency contact person should begin to make their contacts using the GSCB Crisis Communication Plan.

Health Care and Treatment: Please be sure to have the names and addresses of all participants in your party as well as the emergency contact numbers, names and signed permission to treat or seek treatment of all minors in your group. Be aware of any medical concerns such as allergies. Know your group’s required treatment, restrictions and other accommodations needed. Place all First Aid and Medical supplies in a safe and secure place. All prescription and nonprescription drugs should be kept in a locked area until needed. All groups must have at least one adult currently trained in FA/CPR from a nationally recognized provider (such as the American Red Cross, etc.)

Insurance: Be sure that you have the necessary insurance coverage for your stay.

Leave No Trace: Please do not carve on trees, bunks or buildings and no graffiti, please. If you would like to paint or carve on things found in nature please bring them with you from home and take them when you go.

Camping Standards

Please note that the standards given are established rules or principles intended to serve as a model or example. These standards apply to all groups using Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Council sites, including Council Troops, out-of-Council Troops and Non-Girl Scout groups. If you have any further questions, please contact the Camp and Event Registrar at the Newark Resource Center, 302-456-7150 ext. 7182 or 800-341-4007 ext. 7182.

GSCB Site Use Standards

Supervision: You are responsible for your group’s supervision and behavior while on property.

Troop Camping Report: ALL troops are responsible for turning in their report either at check-out with the Ranger or Liaison or by forwarding them to Council. This information is vital; we need to know if repairs are necessary as well as keeping track of equipment damage and needs. Please do your part and turn your report in. This will enable Troops to have the best camping experience possible.

Leave at Home: The following are not permitted on Council campsites:

Ÿ Pets Ÿ Trailers Ÿ Power Saws ŸGasoline Lanterns, Stoves or Heaters

ŸAlcoholic Beverages Ÿ Narcotics Ÿ Firearms

Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in all of the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay buildings. Smoking will be allowed in designated outdoor smoking areas only. Please refrain from smoking in the presence of children. Smoke in fire circles only. Do not leave cigarette butts in fire circle.

Candles are NOT permitted on camp properties, except for during candle ceremonies.

Emergency Contact Person: Must have all appropriate names and phone numbers of those who are in your party. All parties at home should have the Emergency Contact Person’s phone number to reach them while they are away. The Emergency Contact Person will be responsible for contacting 911, all family members of those involved in the emergency and the Ranger. The Ranger will need to know the location of the incident, parties involved and what happened.

Conservation: Leave moss, wild flowers and other living things growing in their own areas. Do not sweep the paths in and around units. Leaves and twigs serve as ground cover and protection from erosion. Do not line the paths with rocks. Do not dig holes or trenches on any Council sites.

Equipment: All units have standard equipment provided see “Troop Checklist” for unit inventory”. Do not move equipment from one site to another. If you move equipment within a site, such as mattresses, tables and the like put it back before you leave camp.

Fireplaces: Make sure your fireplace damper is open. Before you light your fire, roll up a sheet or two of newspaper and light one end. Hold lighted newspaper in the flue to warm the chimney. The open damper causes convection (hot air rising) and your fireplace won’t smoke. Do not use water to put out fires in fireplaces. Water on hot stone or brick causes it to crack. Plan your last use of the fireplace to allow the fire to die and completely cool before you clean out the ashes. Ashes should be put outside in the ash can. The fire must be attended to at all times.

Fire Circles: A fire circle is available at most units. Do not build fires except in established fire circles. Girls and adults should follow all fire circle safety procedures when a fire is being used. Sprinkle with water and stir with a stick to put the fire DEAD OUT. Leave unburned wood in fire circle and do not remove ashes. The next camping group or the Ranger will decide if ashes need to be removed. Please make a notation on your checkout form if the ash can needs to be emptied. The Ranger may limit the building of fires during very dry weather. The fire must be attended to at all times.

Disposal of Ashes: If your site’s ash can is full, please contact the ranger and let him dispose of the ashes for you.

Wood Supply: Use only what you need. Replenish enough tinder, kindling, and fuel and break it into small pieces, for one fire for the next group of campers. Do not drag in large pieces of wood.

Food and Equipment: Troops should bring their own kitchen equipment. Be sure that every-thing brought to camp is packed when you are preparing to leave. Clean out refrigerators.

Dishwashing: If you are a Girl Scout group, please remember to use the three-basin method of dishwashing. Be sure plates are scraped clean before they are put in the dishwater. Start with hot soapy water, do a warm rinse and cold sanitizer with (capful of bleach to 1-gallon cold water). Dump rinse water down the sinks provided at the unit. Be sure to clean the sinks out before you leave.

Disinfecting Mattresses: This procedure is required by the State and County Health Departments. Procedure to follow upon arrival: wipe each plastic-covered mattress with Clorox wipes or other disinfecting wipes. For situations involving a bed wetter: The mattress must be disinfected before leaving camp. Mattresses are to be stored on their side in Adirondack units and flat in the tent units.

Visitors: If you are expecting visitors, please let the Ranger know in advance. Visitors must park their cars in the parking lot, not at the unit.

Lanterns: There are no lanterns provided because all the units have electricity. If you feel you need extra lighting, please bring it with you.

Bathrooms: Clean bathrooms upon arrival at the campsite, each morning and just before leaving the site.

  • A disinfectant is to be used daily to scrub lids, seats and floors.

  • Lids and doors should be kept closed at all times, except during drying period.

  • An agent to promote the bacterial decomposition process will be added to latrines

as needed by the Ranger.

  • Only toilet paper and human waste is to be put in the latrine.

  • Please provide paper bags for feminine hygiene products to be placed in garbage cans.

  • Please do not put feminine hygiene products, of any nature, or the paper bags in the latrine.

  • Toilet paper is to be provided by the group using the unit.

A Girl Scout is Courteous: When walking through or visiting other units in camp ask permission and please do not interrupt their program. This is someone else’s home for the weekend.

Parents Bringing Campers to Camp: Please make certain that the parents driving your girls to camp know the name of the unit you will be staying in and your Troop number. This will save the Ranger from searching camp trying to locate the proper unit and Troop. The Ranger is not responsible for towing emergencies should a car be stuck or need service. Please call a local towing service if you need assistance.

Curfew: All units must be completely quiet by 11:00P.M. Remember, voices carry at night.


Directions to Sandy Pines

27157 Riverside Drive Extension, Fruitland, MD

From points North of Salisbury, MD

Take Business Rt.13 south through Salisbury to West College Avenue (Rt.13 becomes South Salisbury Boulevard in town). Turn RIGHT onto West College Avenue, Salisbury State University will be on your left. Follow West College Avenue until it joins Riverside Drive. Turn LEFT onto Riverside Drive. Follow Riverside Drive for approximately 4 miles. The entrance to Camp Sandy Pines will be on your left, just beyond a fenced-in brick house. The camp sign sits back from the road.

From points South of Salisbury, MD

Take Rt.13 north to Main Street in Fruitland. Turn LEFT onto Main Street. Main Street will eventually turn into Shad Point Road. Go approximately 2 miles until you reach a T intersection at Riverside Drive. Turn LEFT onto Riverside Drive and follow the road for 2 miles. The camp entrance will be on your left.

Program Suggestions for Sandy Pines

Nature Study

  • Laurel and Dogwood bloom in the Spring.

  • Look for animal tracks, identify and make plaster casts.

  • Tree identification.

  • Have an early morning bird watch. Identify and keep count of what birds are seen.

  • Nature crafts.

  • Nature photography.

  • Star gaze in the meadow.

Other things to do

  • Play games Volleyball or Newcomb

  • Play a game of Tetherball

  • Practice outdoor skills.

  • Practice advanced cooking skills.

  • Plan a family get-together or a bridging activity.

  • Put on a play, be dramatic.

  • Build temporary shelters. (Be sure to take them down before you leave.)

  • Do a camp service project. Talk with the ranger before you arrive to see what is needed.

  • Sand painting.

  • Make sand candles.

  • Make a scavenger hunt.

  • Plan a camp-wide game using various outdoor skills.

  • Take a friend or your whole crew to the Challenge course located behind Connie Bell Lodge. You never know what you can learn until you challenge yourself.

Summary of Activities Available at Sandy Pines


Trained Facilitator Required

Rental Fee





A Troop may have one of their own members trained as a facilitator or one can be hired.

Challenge Course



These are self guided activities. A trained facilitator is not required, but adult supervision and guidance is.

Nature Trail



There are two ways to identify instructors. You can sign up for our Adult Outdoor Certification classes offered each spring and fall. You can find out more on the Council’s website Calendar at Or you can contact our camp registrar to receive a list of already certified instructors with the Council. Robert Biscaro at


Once you have found the instructor you will need to fill out the Outdoor Equipment Rental Form 216 PM found in the forms section of our website to secure the equipment is available for use. There are minimal fees associated with the equipment. You can find those fees upon viewing the link.

Things to Do around Sandy Pines

The following list includes day trips that you might want to consider when staying at Sandy Pines. In addition to this list, don't forget the obvious, such as: hiking on the nature trail, sleeping in a platform tent, practicing outdoor skills and just getting away from it all.

Salisbury Zoo

Here you will see naturalistic habitats for almost 400 mammals, birds and reptiles native to North, Central, and South America. Major exhibits include spectacled bears, monkeys, jaguars, bison, bald eagles and one of the nation’s finest waterfowl collections. Twelve acres on the banks of the Wicomico River, picnic benches and restrooms provided for your comfort and playground facilities adjoin the zoo in the city park. The Ocelot Spot Gift Shop is open from 10a.m.–3p.m. everyday. Admission and parking are free. Open every day, except Christmas Day and Thanksgiving, at 8a.m.Memorial Day through Labor Day closing time is 7p.m. The rest of the year closing time is 4:30p.m. Group guided tours by appointment 410-742-2640. For general information call 410-548-3188, or email the Zoo at

The Ward Foundation Museum of Wildfowl Art

Located on the campus of Salisbury State University, this museum provides visitors with a sense of how wildfowl art has contributed to American history and culture. From the first cave paintings to the most modern three-dimensional art, humans have found the need to celebrate the spirit of the wild in paintings and sculpture. Visitors can explore the evolution of the art from simple reed decoys used by the American Indians in the southwest, to the graceful working decoys of the market gunners of the 19th century, to the intricate sculptures made by leading artists today. Hours are from 10:00am–5:00pm Monday through Saturday and from 12:00pm–5:00pm on Sunday. Check the website for more information about upcoming exhibits or call 410-742-4988.

Cape May-Lewis Ferry

1-800-643-3779 for reservations E-mail:

Cape May Terminal Lewes Terminal

Sandman Blvd. & Lincoln Dr. 43 Cape Henlopen Dr.

P.O. Box 827 Lewes DE US 19958
North Cape May, NJ US 08204

The Cape May-Lewes Ferry, in operation since 1964, maintains a fleet of five vessels: the M.V. Delaware, the New Jersey, the Twin Capes, the Cape Henlopen and the Cape May. The vessels are 320 feet long, 68 feet wide and 17 feet deep. They are driven by two 4,000 HP diesel engines at a speed of up to 16 knots. Each vessel holds 1000 passengers and 100 cars. Ferry users are offered snack bar service and free terminal parking. For reservations call 1-800-64-FERRY.

The 80-minute mini-cruise (one way) on the Cape May/Lewes Ferry connects the historic towns of Lewes, Delaware and Cape May, New Jersey. Offering the pleasures of an ocean voyage, the trip also cuts many miles from a major north-south highway route.

Visit Crisfield

Crisfield is located on the Beautiful Chesapeake Bay off of Tangier Sound and near the mouth of the Little Annemessex River. It is known world wide for delicious seafood, including Blue Crabs, oysters, and many varieties of fish. Crisfield, once called Annemessex, with its rich history was settled by 1663.

J. Millard Tawes Museum

3 Ninth Street Crisfield, Maryland 21817 — (410) 968-2501

Open Monday – Saturday 10am – 4p.m. Adults are $3 Children 6-12 are $1

This museum, on the waterfront at the Somers Cove Marina, traces the history of the Lower Shore with exhibits on the beginnings of the Chesapeake Bay, the influence of the Native Americans on the early colonists, seafood harvesting and processing, the history of Crisfield and the evolution of that truly American art form - decoy carving and painting. The museum also has exhibits on prominent Crisfielders which include the late Governor J. Millard Tawes.

Captain Jason/Captain Jason II/Captain Jason III, Ewell, MD 21842 (410) 425-5931/(410) 425-4471

Thirty-five minute ride across Tangier Sound to Ewell, Smith Island.

Schedule: Year-round, daily. Leaves Crisfield at 12:30p.m and 5p.m; departs Smith Island for Crisfield at 4p.m and 8p.m.

Steven Thomas — Crisfield, Maryland 21817 (410) 968-2338

One hour and 15 minutes cruise, one way, across Tangier Sound to Tangier Island, Virginia. Food is available on the Island. Chesapeake House serves a family style lunch, Fisherman’s Corner has a menu selection, or you can get a light lunch at the dock. Schedule: May 15 – October 31, daily, weather permitting. Leaves Crisfield at 12:30pm; returns to Crisfield at 5:15pm.

The Captain Tyler - Somers Cove Marina — Crisfield, Maryland 21817 (410) 968-2220

Forty–five minute cruise across Tangier Sound to Smith Island for a family style lunch and bus tour of Ewell, the “Capital” of Smith Island, with free time to browse.

Schedule: Memorial Day–September, daily. Leaves Crisfield at 12:30p.m; returns to Crisfield at 5p.m.

Furnace Town

Furnace Town is open seven days a week from 10a.m to 5p.m between April 1 and October 31.

The Museum tells the story of Furnace Town and the iron manufacturing industry which was here between 1830 and 1850. It details bog ore extraction, the making of charcoal and the operation of the Nassawango Iron Furnace. Other exhibits include The Village of Furnace Town, The People of Furnace Town, A Ghost Town and Archaeology. Exhibits on various types of iron ore, slag, ceramic artifacts and everyday household items provide hands-on activities.

Directions: Head northeast on Riverside Drive toward Old Mill Branch Road 3.6 miles. Turn right at West College Avenue, 1.9 miles. Turn right at MD-12/Snow Hill Road, 12.3 miles. Turn right at Old Furnace Road, 2.1 miles.

Julia A. Purnell Museum

208 W. Market Street, Snow Hill, MD 21863 (410) 632-0515

Open April–October, Tuesday–Saturday 10a.m-4p.m. Open Sundays from 1-4p.m.

Adults $2.00 Children (5-12) .50¢

A collection that began with the needlework, papers and prints of a remarkable resident of Snow Hill, Julia LeCompte Purnell who lived from 1843 to 1943. Donations from friends, relatives, and visitors expanded the scope of the mseum to cover the whole history of the area from the Indians, through the Colonial, Civil War, up to and including the Victorian era. The museum displays many segments of history in a series of lighted exhibits. Each tells a fascinating story of some part of the County’s past in a way both charming and informative. Early farm tools, kitchen equipment, lamps, spinning wheels and looms, antique toys, costumes, uniforms, items for nature study and Indian artifacts are just some of the items in the permanent collection.

Other Points of Interest in the Area

Chamber of Commerce – Salisbury, MD 410-749-0144. Open weekdays 9am-5pm.

Wicomico Convention and Visitors Association – Salisbury, MD 410-548-4914.

Historic Downtown Plaza – Main St., Salisbury – Center of Salisbury's business activity since its beginning; Main Street closed to form a picturesque open-air plaza; Victorian buildings dating from 1880's FREE!!!

Mardela Springs – US 50 at Mardela – Named for mineral water springs famous in 19th century; springs now enclosed in brick springhouse. FREE!!!

Mason-Dixon Marker (1768) – 38° 27′ 40.95″ N, 75° 45′ 7.48″ W. Marker is in Mardela Springs, Maryland, in Wicomico County. Marker can be reached from Main Street 0.1 miles west of Ocean Gateway (U.S. 50), on the left when traveling west. Marker is about 200 feet from Main Street on the grounds of the Barren Creek Springs Presbyterian Church. Southern end of the north-south line of Mason-Dixon boundary; installed to settle the boundary disputes between Penn and Calvert families. FREE!!!

Poplar Hill Mansion Elizabeth St. & Poplar Hill Avenue, Salisbury – The oldest property in city, and a collection of Victorian houses built after the 1886 fire. Free tours are available the first and third Sunday of each month. Self-guided walking tours are available. Newtown Historic Walking Maps are available there as well. 410-749-1776.

Pemberton Hall (1741) Pemberton Drive, Salisbury – The Hall was built by Isaac Handy and his wife Anne (Dashiell) in 1741 on what is now Pemberton Park. The home and plantation was one of the first established in Wicomico County and the Hall has been restored by its present owner, Pemberton Hall Foundation. Exhibits are rotated on an annual basis and feature historic displays of items indigenous to Wicomico County and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Tours are held on Sundays from 2-4p.m from May 1 – October 1 and by appointment. (410) 742-1741. For tours please call (410) 742-4182.

River Walk Take a charming meandering walk along Salisbury’s downtown Wicomico Riverfront.
(410) 749-0144.

Upper Ferry Upper Ferry Road, off Route 349. Outboard motor, propelled ferry guided by cable on Wicomico River. The Ferry carries cars and foot passengers. Open sunrise-sunset. FREE!!!

Brannock Maritime Museum 103 Hayward Street, Cambridge. (410) 228-6938.
Open Saturday and Sunday, 1-4p.m by appointment only.

Meredith House/Neild/Robbins Museum LaGrange Avenue, Cambridge. (410) 228-7953.
Open Tuesdays – Saturday 10a.m-4p.m or by appointment.

Governor Millard J. Tawes Historical Museum Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield. (410) 968-2501.
Open Monday – Saturday 9a.m-4p.m, April – October.

Ocean City Life Saving Station Museum 813 South Boardwalk, Ocean City. (410) 289-4991. Open daily, June – September 10am-10pm; May and October 10a.m – 4p.m. Adults are $3, 6-12 are $1, under 6 are free.

GSCB Camping Report

Please complete each of the following questions and return it to the Ranger or Site Liaison at checkout. If you camping at Sandy Pines, please put it in the box by the gate before you leave.

Date of Visit _________ Camp Name Site ______________________________

Group Leader Name ___________________ Group Name or Number__________________________

Number of Girls _____Number of Women _____ Number of Boys _____ Number of Men ________

  1. When registering for the site, was the process easy to follow and if not, why? __________________________________________________________________________________

  1. Where you able to pick the dates you wanted and if not why? __________________________________________________________________________________

  1. Did you feel the fees were appropriate and if not why? __________________________________________________________________________________

  1. What training did you have prior to coming to camp? __________________________________________________________________________________

  1. Did you feel it was adequate, too much, too little? __________________________________________________________________________________

  1. What suggestions do you have to make it easier to receive the training needed to come to camp? __________________________________________________________________________________

  1. What made you decide to use this camp?


  1. What was the best thing about the camp?


  1. What activities did you do and which did you like best? __________________________________________________________________________________

  1. What would make your visit at this camp better? __________________________________________________________________________________

  1. Was there anything in need of repairing? Please explain what it was and where it can be found? __________________________________________________________________________________


  1. Please circle your satisfaction rating with this camp:

<50% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100%

If rating is less than 80%, please explain reason below or on back of page.

Troop Checklist for Care and Maintenance of Campsite

Camp: Unit:

Troop: Camping Date:

PLEASE INVENTORY EQUIPMENT UPON ARRIVAL TO AND BEFORE DEPARTURE FROM CAMPSITE. Return this form with GSCB Camping Report to the Ranger or Site Liaison at checkout.

If you camping at Sandy Pines, please put it in the box by the gate before you leave.

Unit Inventory

Found Usable
Upon Arrival

Present and Usable
Before Departure

1 Rakes

1 Shovel

4 Brooms Per Unit

2 Buckets

1 Garbage Can

1 Ash Can

3 Dish Pans

Brush for bathroom or Latrine

Fire Extinguisher in Unit House


Please do the following before you leave your site:


Sleeping Area

Mattresses in proper place

All paper picked up

Rest Room Facilities

Scrubbed and clean

Latrine doors latched/ Toilet paper removed

Waste cans emptied

Shower stalls cleaned

Unit House or Unit Kitchen

All tables washed

Benches placed neatly around tables

Unit house cleaned and swept

All equipment returned to proper place and inventoried

Place all garbage in plastic bags and place in dumpster

All kaper charts, table decorations, and program supplies removed

Neatly stacked woodpile left outside Unit House for next troop

Can of tinder left inside so it remains dry

Charcoal stoves cleaned and unassembled in storage closet

Leftover food and supplies removed

Heated Buildings

Thermostat turned down to 60 degrees

Water faucets turned off

Electric lights turned off

Gas/Electric stove cleaned

Refrigerator cleaned and all food removed

Stove tops, ovens and microwaves cleaned

General Area

Campfire circle left neat and cleared. If ash can is full inform ranger.
(please do not dig out fireplaces, just remove wood)

All paper, cans, etc. picked up and placed in proper container

All fire fighting equipment returned to proper place

All troop made equipment removed from site

It is important to leave your campsite in the best possible condition. The next troop to use the site will really appreciate your efforts. THANK YOU!

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