Summer Blast

The Recreational Licensed Child Care section of Howard County Recreation & Parks has refreshed the traditional licensed Summer Blast camp and it is now Summer Blast! This hands-on camp provides a wide variety of activities based on weekly themes. (All camps have the same programming focus as established in Summer Blast and follow MSDE Office of Child Care regulations and maintain a 1:15 ratio.) Morning and afternoon snack are provided for those attending from 7 AM-6 PM. 

Camps are seven weeks and runs from 7 AM – 6 PM with a 9 AM – 3 PM. It is licensed by the Office of Child Care, maintains a 15:1 ratio and is in a local elementary school near you. 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. Create your own full day program by adding the PLUS program! Hours are from 7 AM-9 AM and 3 PM-6 PM and your child(ren) will enjoy more hands on activities and recreational opportunities with their new friends.An am and pm snack will be provided. You must be registered in the Summer Blast program to take advantage of this great opportunity.

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

All of the licensed child care Summer Blast programs are listed in our Camp Guide beginning on page 11. Check it out and register on-line!

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, 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 $50.00 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 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

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

Emergency Card    

Health Inventory

Immunization Record  

Parents 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

If you are a returning RLC participant from the 2015-2016 school year you will only need to complete the following forms:

Emergency Card (new for each summer and school year)

Swimming & Sunscreen Permission Slip 

For More information about a specific camp, please contact:

Summer Blast Mini-Scholars at Fulton and Veterans Elem

Brian Murphy,

410-313-4736; bmurphy@howardcountymd.gov

Summer Blast at Laurel Woods

Claudia Charity,

410-313-4636; ccharity@howardcountymd.gov

Summer Blast at Elkridge and Veterans

Shavon Gordon,

410-313-4633; spearson@howardcountymd.gov

Summer Blast at Bushy Park

Donna Jackson-Parker,

410-313-1696; djacksonparker@howardcountymd.gov

Summer Blast Cooking & Crafts at Fulton

Julia Martin,

410-313-1687; jmartin@howardcountymd.gov

Summer Blast Music, Drama & Theater at Forest Ridge

Claudia Charity,

410-313-4646; ccharity@howardcountymd.gov

Summer Blast STEAM at Hollifield Station

Summer Blast Fitness & Sports at Bellows Spring

Glen Turner,

410-313-4713; gturner@howardcountymd.gov

Teen Blast at Ellicott Mills

Lakishia Major,

410-313-4717; lmajor@howardcountymd.gov