Summer Blast

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

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

All of the RLC Summer Blast programs are listed in our Camp Guide beginning on page 57. Their are can be full day options or 9am-3pm camps with a lot of variety to fill your child's summer with fun! Register on-line for our Mini Scholars (Pre-K), Summer Blast Camp (School Age) or Teen Blast (Middle School).