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Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Ministry Center

Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Ministry and Retreat Center is a beautiful 220-acre retreat setting of rolling, wooded land along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and the Potomac River, just three miles from Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg, MD and about 1.5 hours from Washington, DC. Its mission is as an outdoor ministry, education, conference, and retreat center, provides opportunities for spiritual renewal and growth, stewardship of God’s creation, and the experience of community, for all ages. It is fulfilled through year-round programing featuring summer camps for children and youth, programmed as well as unstructured retreats for individuals, religious and educational groups, non-profit and business organizations as well as governmental entities and other outdoor experiences as advantaged by its location to so many area attractions and historic sites.

Shepherd’s Spring also partners with Heifer International in a global village setting of 18 housing/camping structures (currently building the 13th) and programs where all ages can learn about and experience primitive living conditions in select countries where Heifer seeks to impact around the world. In addition, Shepherd’s Spring hosts many fun and educational travel programs for adults 40 and over in ROAD SCHOLAR: Adventures in Lifelong Learning program (formerly Elderhostel).

As an independent, non-profit organization affiliated with the Church of the Brethren, Shepherd’s Spring seeks to provide Christian hospitality as well as space and opportunities for renewal and growth. It teaches stewardship of God’s creation and provides experiences where all ages can learn to become a community modeling the life of Christ.

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Upcoming Events


July 12 - 17

Intergenerational Experience in a Heifer Global Village (8-10 year olds)
Road Scholar # 19819

July 19 - 24

Hike Across Maryland
Road Scholar # 21357

July 26 - 31

Intergenerational Experience in a Heifer Global Village (10-12 year olds)
Road Scholar # 19819

August 15

Celebrate Summer Festival

August 16 - 22

Hike the Appalachian Trail in 4 States
Road Scholar # 18537

August 30 - September 4

Hike Across Maryland
Road Scholar # 21357

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P.O. Box 369 • 16869 Taylors Landing Road • Sharpsburg, Maryland 21782-0369 Tel: (301) 223-8193 • Fax: (301) 223-6414 • E-mail:
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