Summer Blast

June 25, 2020 – Blast Camps UPDATE

We are very happy to announce that we will be offering our Summer Blast camps, modified for the safety of our campers and staff, but it will still be a fun-packed summer! This is great news so we can try to get to some kind of normalcy – allowing children to have time with one another while engaged in fun activities, parents able to work and know their most precious gift, their children are well cared for. We have many safety protocols in place, including but not limited to temperature checks for children and staff, no visitors allowed in the buildings, small groups (maximum 13 kids with 2 staff), no field trips or swimming, face masks for all staff and physical distancing for all. Children will have to wear masks when arriving, leaving and when within 6 feet of another person as part of our Department’s Guidelines. Parents should provide the mask(s) for their child(ren). For the children it will be like wearing a mask when you’re on the move (e.g. arriving, leaving, going to the bathroom) or within 6 feet of another person.

This information is taken from a press release earlier today and addresses the camps we will be offering:

Starting Monday, July 6th: 

Mini Scholars Camp | Preschoolers  

  • Monday – Friday 8:30 am. – 4:30 p.m. 
  • Dayton Oaks Elementary 

Summer Blast Camp | Elementary schoolers 

  • Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
  • Bushy Park, Elkridge, Forest Ridge, Fulton, Hanover Hills, Hollifield and Veterans Elementary.  

Teen Blast Camp | Middle schoolers 

  • Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
  • Thomas Viaduct Middle  

Indoor camps will also resume on July 6th and include sports-specific camps, LEGO®-themes, cooking, science, circus, nature, magic, and art. Summer camps were reorganized to follow CDC guidelines around COVID-19, this includes reducing group sizes and implementing new safety procedures. To view available camps please visit  www.howardcountymd.gov/rap. The list of camps that are open for registration increases weekly as more camps adapt to the new regulations. 

Unfortunately, due to the nature of our Specialty Blast Camps (Cooking & Crafts, Fitness & Sports, Music, Drama & Theatre and STEAM), we have had to transition all of the Specialty Camps to our general Blast Camp format. So instead of focusing on one specific area, your child(ren) will get a little bit of everything at Blast Camps. There will be a weekly theme and the campers will have the chance to participate in a wide range of activities including sports, games, creative dramatics, cooking, science, nature and special events. Morning and afternoon snacks are provided. .

 Other changes -

  • Fitness & Sports Camp previously scheduled to be held at Rockburn Elementary is moved to Elkridge Elementary due to construction. Please contact our Registration Team if you want to withdraw your child(ren) for a full refund.   
  •  Our Lime Kiln Middle school location will also not be used at this time, so those campers will be transferred to the Fulton Elementary location. Please contact our Registration Team if you want to withdraw your child(ren) for a full refund.
  • For those who were already previously registered for any 9am-3pm session – that time slot will be honored. However, moving forward we will only be offering the 7am-6pm session.  

We’re excited to be offering our Blast camps this summer and can’t wait to see you and your child(ren) there! If for any reason you would like to withdraw your child(ren) from the camp for a full refund, please just contact our Registration Team at registration@howardcountymd.gov or 410.313.7275. Please include your child’s name, the name of the camp and weeks they were registered for.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to make adjustments. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Thank you for your time and be well.

The RLC Administrative Team



June 16, 2020 – Blast Camps UPDATE

To Our Blast Camp Families,

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel our Blast camps that were scheduled to begin the week of June 22, 2020 and the week of June 29, 2020. You have the option to have the refund credited to your Recreation and Parks account to use for other programs. If you prefer to receive a credit, please email your request to registration@howardcountymd.gov by Friday, June 19, 2020. If you prefer a refund via check, no action is needed. All refunds are processed via check and may take up to 4-6 weeks for you to receive it.

  • Bonus Blast camps beginning June 22, 2020 – families will be refunded for this week of camp. All refunds for this week have been processed.
  • Specialty Blast camp (Fitness and Sports; Cooking and Crafts; Music, Drama and Theatre, STEAM, Mini Scholars and Teen Blast) beginning June 29, 2020 – families will be refunded for this week of camp. Refunds will begin being processed Monday, June 22, 2020.
  • Blast camps (Bushy Park, Fulton, Hanover Hills and Veterans) beginning on June 29, 2020 – will be issued a refund for the first week (June 29-July 3), as it is our hope that we will be able to open camps on July 6, 2020. If we are not able to begin our Blast camps on July 6, then a credit or refund for the two-week camp session will be issued. The refund process for these camps will be begin, on Monday, June 29, 2020.

Currently the Department is working diligently on securing space for indoor camps. We apologize that we do not have a more definite answer today. We do have outdoor youth camps that are currently being offered beginning June 29 and can be found here: https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Recreation-and-Parks/Programs/Camps-By-Week. Any payments you have already made can be applied to these or any other Recreation and Parks program or camp. If you would like to transfer to an outdoor youth camp for the week of June 29, 2020, please contact our Registration Team at 410.313.7275 or registration@howardcountymd.gov.

As soon as we receive conformation about locations for our indoor camps, it will be posted on this page and on our Camps-By-Week page, found here https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Recreation-and-Parks/Programs/Camps-By-Week. We apologize that we do not have anything more concrete at this time. If you have any other questions, please feel free to email Stephanie Wise, Recreation Manager at swise@howardcountymd.gov. Thank you for your time and patience. Please take care and be well.

The RLC Administrative Team




The Recreational Licensed Child Care section of Howard County Recreation & Parks is proud to offer our Summer Blast camp series! These hands-on camps provide a wide variety of activities based on weekly themes, field trips and/or presenters. For those who are looking for a more specialized camp, check out our specialty Summer Blast camps! We have Cooking & Crafts, Sports, STEAM and Music, Drama & Theatre.

All camps follow MSDE Office of Child Care regulations, maintain a 1:15 ratio and are in a local elementary school near you!

Camps run for eight weeks from 7am-6pm with a 9am-3pm option for those looking for just camp time. Morning and afternoon snack are provided for those attending from 7 AM-6 PM.  In the traditional Blast camp there are field trips/community outings to local attractions, along with swimming, for those who pass a swimming test. Water day is offered at the center for those who cannot swim.

Mini Scholars is a wonderful camp that runs from 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday through Friday, for eight weeks. Camp gives children who are entering kindergarten opportunities for loads of hands-on experiences, teacher and self-directed activities with large and small group experiences. See flier for more details.

Teen Blast offers middle schoolers (age 10-14 yrs) the opportunity to make new friends and enjoy sports, field trips, swimming, arts and crafts, cooking projects and awesome outdoor fun! Teen Blast strives to develop individuality, open communication, team building and conflict resolution skills. See flier for more details.

Register either on-line with our Online Registration or by contacting a Child Care Representative at 410-313-7275.

How to Register

Registration for programs is open on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis. You may contact the Registration Staff at 410-313-7275 to enroll or check availability. Internet registrations are available for summer camps. Registrations can also be accepted by walk-in, mail or fax.
• Before your child can begin the program, you must complete all forms including an Immunization Record, Parent Contract, Emergency Card, and Parent's Guide to Regulated Care & Health Inventory, which may require a physical. Forms completed more than one year prior to the start date of the program will need to be re-submitted.
• A $50 non-refundable registration fee and first month’s tuition are due at the time of enrollment.
• Payment is due monthly. We cannot prorate fees.  Financial assistance is available by application on an individual basis – please call 410-313-4659 for details.
• Fees are based on full-time participation and subject to change.
• Advance written notification is required when withdrawing from a program or changing the hours of use. Email registration or send fax to 410-313-4658. No retroactive refunds are permitted.

Payment Information:

For your convenience, payments using Visa, MasterCard, American Express & Discover may be completed online. You must have an approved online account to access this feature. If you haven’t already done so, request an online account by visiting our Online Registration site and clicking “Request Account”.  Approval can take 24-48 hours. After receiving your confirmation email, log on to your account; go to “Account Options” and select “Pay on Account”.  Child care fees should appear online before or by the 7th each month and payments are due on or before the 17th of the month. The online payer must match the payer we ordinarily bill based on which parent signed the Child Care Contract. If you prefer, you can complete an Auto-Deduct Form and we’ll process your payment every month.

For those of you who already take advantage of this service, remember that the form must be re-submitted each school year. On-line Banking parents are reminded that we cannot process post-dated checks. Please be clear to your bank as you authorize payments that the date on the check cannot be later than their mailing date. If the date on the check is after the grace period required, a late fee will be accessed.

• Our Federal Tax ID number is 52-6000965

Required Forms

The following must be completed prior to your child(ren) beginning camp. Once completed you will take to the program and give them to the Program Director.

Emergency Card

Health Inventory

Immunization Record

Guide to Regulated Care

Medication - All medication just be completed accurately and with a doctor's signature. All medication must be in it's original container with the prescription instructions included)

Swimming & Sunscreen Permission Slip

Locations / Contact Us

For More information about a specific camp, please contact:

Summer Blast Mini-Scholars, Summer Blast Cooking & Crafts, Summer Blast Music, Drama & Theatre, Summer Blast STEAM, Summer Blast Fitness & Sports and Teen Blast

Kori Jones,

410-313-4717; kjones@howardcountymd.gov

Summer Blast at Bushy Park, Fulton, Hanover Hills and Veterans
Donna Jackson-Parker,
410-313-1696; djacksonparker@howardcountymd.gov