Adventure & Outdoors

Spring/Summer program and Summer Camp registration is open now!  Call 410-313-7275 to register or click the RP numbers to sign up online.  Visit for complete information on Adventure and Outdoors Camps!

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 participants in the week prior to program start (Camp paperwork mailed approximately two weeks prior).


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

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

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

Adult kayaker Archery

Click Here to download a PDF of the 2017 Spring/Summer Adventure & Outdoors booklet!


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 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!


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.
11-13 yrs  / 4 days /  Centennial Pk South - Pavilion A
RP9725.401    Jul 24    9am-5pm    M-Th    $219

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. (No camp 7/4.) Info: Dawn Thomas, 410-313-1754.
9-11 yrs  / 4 days  /  Centennial Pk South - Pavilion B
RP9705.401    Jun 19    9am-5pm    M-Th    $209
RP9705.402    Jul 10     9am-5pm    M-Th    $209
RP9705.403    Jul 24     9am-5pm    M-Th    $209
RP9705.404    Aug 7     9am-5pm    M-Th    $209
12-14 yrs  / 4 days /  Centennial Pk South - Pavilion B
RP9705.411    Jul 3     9am-5pm    M,W-F   $209

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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Rockburn Skills Park: An innovative skills area within Rockburn Branch Park, created in partnership with the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) and the Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts (MORE).

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 / June 16-17 / $55 (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 (register that individual under RP9091.402).  Detailed information is emailed to participants.

RP9091.401   Rockburn Pk West - Campfire Ring   June 16, 6pm to June 17, 8am    F-Sa


Adventure and Outdoor Camps offer a wide variety of activities including archery, fishing, canoeing & kayaking, rock climbing & much more!  Below is a list of the camps offered for Summer 2017; visit the Adventure camps page at for complete details including how to sign up online!

Kinder Tykes Snails & Tails, 4-5yrs.
Lil' Archers Camp , 4-5yrs.
The Grand Escape, 5-13yrs.
NEW! Extreme H20: Adventure with Water, 6-7yrs.
NEW! Jr HC Park Ranger, 6-7yrs.
Fishing Camp, 7-9yrs.
Full-Day Outdoor Escape, 8-10yrs.
Archery Camp, 8-12yrs.
Extreme Recess: Sports & Adventure Camp, 9-12yrs.
Adventures to Go, 9-11 yrs & 12-14yrs.
Archery and Fishing Camp, 9-12yrs.

NEW! Chesapeake Bay Discovery Camp, 10-12yrs.
NEW! Life-Size Adventure: Let the Games Begin, 10-12yrs.
Archery & Paddling Camp, 11-13yrs.
Paddling & Fishing Camp, 11-13yrs.
Pedals and Paddles, 11-13yrs.
Wilderness Adventure, 11-13yrs.
Shenandoah River Adventure, 12-14yrs.
Extreme EC :An Historic Adventure in Ellicott City, 12-15yrs
Rock and River Adventure, 12-15yrs.
NEW! Bay & Beach Adventure, 12-14yrs.
Ultimate Fishing Tour , 12-15yrs
NEW! Total Adventure: Climb, Zip, Soar & shoot, 13-15yrs.

For a complete listing of ALL Howard County Recreation and Parks Camps, visit!

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.


Fishing programs, camps and events for a variety of ages and experience!  Click the logos below for more information:

   Nite Bite logo

Spring Fishing Tournament - Recreational tournament for kids and adults held the first Saturday in May

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

Jordan Craig Hock Memorial Fishing Derby - Free youth fishing derby with a Boating Safety theme, held the first Saturday in August

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


Geocaching Discovery Walk
8 yrs + / May 13 / $9, Individual
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. Under 16 must be accompanied by a participating (registered) adult.

RP9170.301  Rockburn Branch Pk West    8-9:30am   Sa

Geocaching is a great activity for groups, schools and families!  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!

Indoor and Outdoor Rock Climbing in Adventure Camps!

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

Schools Out and Early Dismissal Adventures

School's Out Archery, Fishing & Kayaking
9-13 yrs  /  Dates below  /  $73
No School? Come spend the day outdoors, on land and water!  Make new friends while trying your hand at archery, fishing, kayaking and field games.  Fee includes equipment, instruction, supervision and lunch. Detailed information is emailed to participants prior to this fun-filled day. No experience necessary. Info: Matt Medicus, 410-313-1769.

RP9240.301  Centennial Park South - Pav E   April 17  9am-5pm   M

RP9240.302  Centennial Park South - Pav E   May 19   9am-5pm   F

Trail Hikes

Join the Howard County Recreation & Parks Trail Hike program and leave the driving and navigating to our experienced leaders!

Current Trail Hike schedule:

Maryland Appalachian Trail Sec #6: Gathland State Park to Weverton Cliffs
RP9180.301   Apr 8    8am-4pm   Sa

Maryland Appalachian Trail Sec #7: Weverton to Harpers Ferry
RP9180.302   Apr 22   8am-4pm   Sa

Pennsylvania Appalachian Trail Sec #5: Rt 34 to Pine Grove Furnace State Park
RP9183.301   May 13   8am-6pm   Sa

Maryland Appalachian Trail Sec #2: High Rock to Wolfsville Road
RP9180.303   May 20   8am-4pm   Sa

Maryland Appalachian Trail Sec #1: High Rock to Rte 16
RP9180.401   Jun 10   8am-4pm   Sa

Dark Hallows Trail
RP9181.401   Jun 24   8am-6pm   Sa

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