Adventure & Outdoor

Fall program registration is opens now! See below for Adventure & Outdoor programs - learn target archery, spend an evening fishing or take a Trail Hike!  Call 410-313-7275 to register or click the RP numbers to sign up online.

Gain a strong foundation in a variety of outdoor recreation activities with our highly trained staff!

Custom adventure and outdoor programs available. Let us work with you to design a unique adventure. Gather your scout troop, school group or friends and we’ll do the planning and leading. Activity choices include themed birthday parties, campfires, archery, canoeing, rock climbing, kayaking, tubing, camping and biking.

Detailed information is emailed to program participants in the week prior to program start (Adventure & Outdoor Camp paperwork mailed approximately two weeks prior).


Dawn Thomas, 410-313-1754
Adventure & Outdoor Manager

Matt Medicus, 410-313-1769
Adventure & Outdoor Supervisor

Allan Harden, 410-313-4652
Superintendent, Sports & Adventure Services


Do you have a love of the outdoors? Want to get paid to share your knowledge with others? We're looking for instructors with experience in Adventure and Outdoor Recreation activities!

Contingent positions available for camp counselors and directors, boat rental and concessions staff and Adventure/Outdoor program instructors!  Visit us at for current opportunities.  Additional opportunities may be available - contact Dawn Thomas at 410-313-1754 for complete details!


Adult kayaker


Target Archery programs and camps offer a good foundation in technique and form for the beginner archer.

Lil' Archers classes forming now! Visit the archery page for complete information.

Take an Introductory Class to be eligible for the Target Archery Skills Club.  Open Range time available at Alpha Ridge Park on select dates and times: See the archery page for details and to sign up online!


Visit the Adventure Camps page for complete dates & details!

Pedals & Paddles

Beginner and intermediate bikers and kayakers, learn basic kayak skills on Centennial Lake to prepare you for a river kayak trip. Bike the Columbia Pathways to prepare you for a 10-15-mile bike ride on the C&O Canal Towpath. Must have a well-maintained bike and bicycle helmet. Schedule is subject to change. Camp is held rain or shine. Fee includes bus or van transportation, supervision and activities. Bring a nonperishable lunch (no nut products) and beverage. Info: Matt Medicus, 410-313-1769.

Adventures to Go

Develop outdoor adventure skills, improve self-esteem and explore the natural environment with activities and games. Learn basic canoeing skills on Centennial Lake, bike the Howard County pathways, participate in team-building activities, go hiking, swimming and swift-river tubing on a Maryland river. Camp prerequisite: must have a well-maintained bike and bike helmet. Camp is held rain or shine. The schedule is subject to change with alternate activities. Fee includes bus or van transportation, supervision and activities. Bring a nonperishable lunch (no nut products) and beverage. Info: Dawn Thomas, 410-313-1754.

Camper biking 

Visit the Adventure and Outdoors camps page for more information on these and other exciting Adventure & Outdoors summer camps!


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Camping & Campfires

  • Detailed information will be emailed to participants in the week prior to the program start date.
  • Under 16 must be accompanied by a participating parent or guardian
  • Family fees (if available) are for three or more immediate family members - must call 410-313-7275 to register at the family rate!
  • Registration: 410-313-7275 or click the RP numbers to sign up online
  • For more Information contact Matt Medicus, 410-313-1769.


*** Check back soon for campfire opportunities.


Parent/Child Camping in the Park
All ages / Sep 13-14 / $65 (one child & one adult)
Introduce your child to the joys of camping. Go on a flashlight walk and participate in your favorite campfire activities. Bring a tent and sleeping bags; snacks and breakfast are provided. Tents are available to borrow; indicate when registering. Fee is for one parent and one child - ONE additional immediate family member may be added for $10 (must call to register).  Detailed information is emailed to participants.

RP9091.501   Rockburn Pk West - Campfire Ring   9/13, 6pm to 9/14, 8am    F-Sa

Click the RP number above to sign up online!  Online registration available for pairs only; to register up to one additional person at the $10 rate, you must call 410-313-7275.  A family of 4 is registered as 2 pairs for a total of $130.


Adventure and Outdoor Camps offers a wide variety of activities including archery, fishing, canoeing & kayaking, rock climbing & much more!  Over 800 youth participated in 2017 Adventure & Outdoors camps! 

Custom Adventures

Find your own Adventure!

Let us work with you to design a unique adventure.  Gather your scout troop, school group or friends and we will do the planning and leading! Activity choices include archery, biking, campfires, camping, canoeing, geocaching, kayaking, indoor and outdoor rock climbing and river tubing.

Click here for a printable Custom Adventures flier! 

Custom program means exactly that:  we’ll work with you to provide an exciting experience and meet the needs of your group! 

Prior programs have included:
Adventure Themed Birthday Parties
Scout Programs/Badges
School Field Trips
Adventure School Clubs
Adult Adventure Clubs

For more information, contact Dawn Thomas, 410-313-1754.

NEW! Encore Adventures (55+)

Encore Adventures for 55 yrs+

This is your opportunity to dabble in a variety of outdoor skills!  Try your hand at paddling in a kayak or paddleboat, learn the basics of archery or go fishing around Centennial Lake.  Earn a certificate and patch for completing at least five Encore Adventure activities within a two-year period!  No experience necessary - equipment provided for use during the program.  Detailed information emailed to participants in the week prior to the program.

More information? Contact Dawn Thomas, 410-313-1754 or Matt Medicus, 410-313-1769.  Exact details and directions emailed to registrants in the week prior to the program.

Intro to Rock Climbing
Focus on the fun while climbing to new heights on the wall! Learn the basics of indoor rock climbing (equipment, safety, bouldering and climbing techniques).
RP9171.501   Sep 5   Roger Carter Comm Ctr   9:30-11am   Th    $30

Kayak Paddling Basics
Try your hand at kayaking!  Learn paddling techniques, safety and gear selection.  This is an American Canoe Association instructional program.
RP9171.502   Sep 19   Centennial Park South    9:30-11:30am   Th    $30

Intro to Target Archery
Learn the basics of target archery including equipment, safety and elements of shooting with an USA Archery-certified instructor.
RP9171.503    Oct 3   Centennial Park South     9:30-11:30am   Th    $35

Hiking & History
Join us for a morning of hiking through history on the trails of Rockburn Branch Park.
RP9171.504    Oct 17   Rockburn Branch Park West     9:30-11am   Th    $25

Call 410-313-7275 to register or click the RP number above to sign up online!

Reignite the excitement of years past and explore the great new offerings.
Click the logo above to see all of the Encore opportunities or visit


Fishing programs, camps and events for a variety of ages and experience!  Click the titles below for more information on these special events or visit the main Fishing page at for complete details!

Fishing Events

Spring Fishing Tournament - Recreational tournament for youth and adults on the first Saturday in May

Nite Bite Fishing - Spend the evening fishing after dark on select dates

Variety of Fishing Camps and opportunities to fish in other Adventure and Outdoor Camps:
Fishing Camp
Archery & Fishing Camp
Paddling & Fishing Camp
Ultimate Fishing: Shore & Boat Adventure
& many more!


Geocaching Discovery Walk

Geocaching is a great activity for groups, schools and families!  Learn how to use modern GPS technology to find hidden treasure boxes all over the world! Geocaching is a great way for families to explore the outside world and get caught up in the thrill of the hunt! Bring your GPS unit or smartphone with Geocaching app (optional), a full reusable water bottle and hiking shoes.

Contact us for more information on a custom geocaching program just for your school group, scout troop or just a group of friends!

For more information on placing geocaches on Howard County parks land, Open Space and managed properties, visit our Geocaching policy page at


Canoeing and kayaking on Centennial Lake and beyond!

Check out the boat rentals at Centennial Lake to practice your skills!

Rock Climbing

Indoor Rock Climbing on the 26-foot-tall climbing wall at the Roger Carter Community Center! Open Climbs available on select dates.

Indoor and Outdoor Rock Climbing in Adventure Camps!

Wilderness Adventure Camp, Total Adventure: Climb, Zip, Soar & Shoot

Schools Out and Early Dismissal Adventures

We offer exciting supervised activities on select dates that Howard County Public Schools are closed. Check back soon for new dates and details, and visit the Adventure Shack & Rentals at Centennial Park or the Rock Climbing Wall at the Roger Carter Community Center for other opportunities!

Schools Out Rock Climbing & Swimming, 9-13 yrs  CANCELLED
Rise to new heights on our indoor climbing wall!  Build confidence and make new friends through rock climbing and team building games, then relax in the indoor pool. No experience necessary; fee includes equipment, instruction and supervision. Click the RP number to sign up online or call 410-313-7275 to register. For more information, contact Matt Medicus, 410-313-1769 or
RP9241.501  Roger Carter Comm Ctr   Oct 18    9am-5pm    F    $89


Check back in the Winter for additional Schools Out offerings including:

Early Dismissal Snow Tubing & Pizza!  11 yrs+ 
Spend the afternoon on the perfectly carved tubing lanes and make new friends over pizza.  Anyone can tube and families are welcome! Fee includes two hours of snow tubing at a nearby ski resort, pizza dinner, supervision and transportation from the Long Gate Park & Ride.  No experience necessary; detailed information is emailed.  Transportation from school to program may be available for an additional fee.

Schools Out Slide & Climb! 11-15 yrs
Zoom down perfectly carved lanes and relax on the moving carpet as it conveys you and your tube back to the top. You don't have to be an expert skier or boarder to have fun tubing; anyone can tube and have a blast doing it!  Retreat inside for a pizza lunch on your way to the Roger Carter indoor climbing wall for rock climbing and team building games. No experience necessary; fee includes snowtubing at a nearby resort, lunch, equipment, supervision and transportation from Long Gate Park & Ride. 

Trail Hikes

Join the Howard County Recreation & Parks Trail Hike program and leave the driving and navigating to our experienced leaders!  Visit for complete details.

Current Trail Hike schedule:

Great Falls, VA
RP9181.501  Sep 14    8am-4pm   Sa

Virginia Appalachian Trail Sec #6: G Richard Thompson Area to Manassas Gap
RP9184.501   Sep 28    8am-6pm   Sa

Catoctin Trail Sec #2: Mountaindale Rd to Hunting Creek
RP9182.501   Oct 12    8am-4pm   Sa

Pennsylvania Appalachian Trail Sec #3: Arendtsville Rd to Caledonia State Park
RP9183.501   Oct 26    8am-6pm   Sa

Virginia Appalachian Trail Sec #1: Shannondale Rd to Harpers Ferry
RP9184.502   Nov 9    8am-6pm   Sa

Sugarloaf Mountain
RP9181.502   Nov 23    8am-4pm   Sa

Catoctin Trail Sec #4: Houck Area to Mt Zion Rd
RP9182.502   Dec 7    8am-4pm   Sa

Call 410-313-7275 to register or click the RP number above to sign up online!  Full information available at

Important Forms for Adventure and Outdoor seasonal programs

For most Adventure & Outdoor programs, detailed information including any required forms will be emailed to registered participants in the week prior to the start of the program.  The forms below are common for these programs:

You miust bring this form, completed and signed for each individual participating, with you on the first day of a program.  Extra copies are available at the start of the program.  Please notify the Program Director in writing of any allergies or health concerns pertinent to your experience.

Sending medication to our programs is highly discouraged. But, if it is necessary for medication to be administered during the operation of a program, a Medication Administration Authorization Form must be filled out and signed by both the parent and a physician. This includes inhalers and Epi-pens.  A separate form is required for each medication. All medications must be in the original container with the medication name, physician’s name, dosage and expiration date.  Please verify that you have the correct version of this form and it is signed and completed in full or we will not be able to accept the medication at the program.  Unless the self-carry portion of the form is completed and signed by both a physician and a parent, all medications will be stored in a locked container with the Program Director.