Please check our main Recreation & Parks webpage for all updates. 
Please call our inclement weather lines about the status of camps, programs, events, facilities, and parks: www.howardcountymd.gov/inclementweatherlines.

Adventure & Outdoor

Fall registration is open but current COVID-19 restrictions may have an impact on your program! See below for current Adventure & Outdoor programs, view schedules and sign up online! Call 410-313-7275 to register or click the REGISTER button for online registration. Learn target archery, spend an evening fishing or get expert tips on usng your new kayak safely in a Paddling Basics class! Friends & Family Adventures available in most activities - enjoy an exciting activity in a fun, intimate environment with just you and your small group.

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).

Information:

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 www.governmentjobs.com/careers/howardcounty for current opportunities.  Additional opportunities may be available - contact Dawn Thomas at 410-313-1754 for complete details! 

 

Archery

Target Archery programs and camps offer a good foundation in technique and form for the beginner archer. Take an Introductory Class to be eligible for the HCRP Target Archery Skills Club. Open Range time available at Alpha Ridge Park on select dates and times: See the archery page for complete details and to sign up online!

HC Target Archery

 

Biking

Visit the Adventure Camps page for complete dates & details!

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 & Outdoor 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.

Campfires

*** Check back soon for campfire opportunities.

Camping

Parent/Child Camping in the Park
All ages / September 11  / $65
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.

RP9091.101   Rockburn Pk West - Campfire Ring   6pm-8am   F-Sa

Camps

Adventure and Outdoor Camps offers a wide variety of activities including archery, fishing, canoeing & kayaking, rock climbing & much more!  Over 800 youth participated in 2019 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.

Encore Adventures (55+)

Encore Adventures programs currently on hold due to COVID-19.

This is your opportunity to dabble in a variety of outdoor skills! Try your hand at paddling a kayak, learn the basics of archery, go fishing around Centennial Lake and much more. 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.

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Check back in 2021 for details on these Encore Adventures opportunities:

Intro to Fishing
New angler? Coming back to the sport? Learn or review how to cast, identify fish, rig a pole, tie knots and more. Equipment and bait provided.

Guided Walk Exploring the Spring Migration
Join us for a guided walk around Centennial Lake to observe warblers, waterfowl and maybe catch a glimpse of an Oriole as the birds return. Receive a field guide to help you start your own birdwatching checklist.

Paddling Basics
Try your hand at kayaking! Learn paddling techniques, safety and gear selection. This is an American Canoe Association instructional program. Equpment provided for use during the program.

Intro to Target Archery
Learn the basics of target archery including equipment, safety and elements of shooting with an USA Archery-certified instructor.

Hiking & History
Join us for a morning of hiking through history on the trails of Rockburn Branch Park.

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).

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 www.howardcountymd.gov/encore

Fishing

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 www.howardcountymd.gov/fishing 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 eveni