Adventure & Outdoors

Winter program registration is open now for County residents!  All other registrations open online at 6 PM Weds, Dec 7.  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 participants in the week prior to program start (Camp paperwork mailed approximately two weeks prior).

Information:

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

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 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!

Biking

Mountain Biking & Trail Conservation Camp

13-15 yrs / 1 week starting July 18, 2016 / $189
Learn the sport of mountain biking in a safe and enjoyable environment. Components of this camp include trail rides in Rockburn Branch Park (including the Rockburn Skills Park) and Patapsco Valley State Park, basic bike maintenance, safety considerations, trail etiquette and bike handling skills. Participants will receive three volunteer service hours by participating in an assigned trail project during this camp. A sturdy mountain bike (with gears) and a bicycle helmet are required!  Camp prerequisite: must be able to bike at least 10 miles on off-road terrain.  Detailed information will be mailed to participants.  Schedule is subject to change; camp will be held rain or shine. Fee includes supervision, instruction and activities.  Registration: 410-313-7275.  Information: click the title or contact Matt Medicus, 410-313-1769
RP9718.801  Rockburn Branch Pk West Pavilion   8 AM-1 PM   M-F
Sorry - this camp has been cancelled for Summer 2016

Additional Adventure and Outdoors camps also include biking (Adventures to Go, Pedals & Paddles) - visit our camps page for more details!

 Race Pace logo Tech support for Summer Adventure Camps powered by Race Pace Bicycles,
www.racepacebicycles.com
Skills Park logo
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.

Campfires

Halloween Campfire at PFI
All ages / Dates below / $10, individual; $25 family
Enjoy a spooky evening campfire with stories, songs, s'mores and a little bit of history among the ruins of the Patapsco Female Institute! Bring a flashlight and blanket. Costumes are optional.

RP9020.102   Patapsco Female Institute Historic Pk  Oct 21  5:30-7:30pm  F

*** Due to a network error, please CALL the main registration line to sign up for the Halloween Campfire:  410-313-7275, 8am-4:30pm M-F.

Camping

Parent/Child Camping in the Park
All ages / Sep 16 / $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 (must call to register).

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

Camps

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 2016; visit the Adventure camps page at howardcountymd.gov/adventurecamps for complete details including how to sign up online!

Kinder Tykes Snails & Tails, 4-5yrs.
Lil' Archers Camp , 4-5yrs.
Full-Day Outdoor Escape, 8-10yrs.
Archery Camp, 8-12yrs.
Archery and Fishing Camp, 8-12yrs.
Fishing Camp, 8-12yrs.
Extreme Recess: Sports & Adventure Camp, 9-12yrs.
Adventures to Go, 9-14yrs.
Time Away at the Bay, 10-13yrs.
Archery and Paddling Camp, 11-13yrs.
Paddling & Fishing Camp, 11-13yrs. 
Pedals and Paddles, 11-13yrs.
Wilderness Adventure, 11-13yrs.
Rock, Shoot & Swim Camp, 12-14yrs.
Shenandoah River Adventure, 12-14yrs.
Endless Adventures, 12-15yrs
Extreme EC :An Historic Adventure in Ellicott City, 12-15yrs
Rock and River Adventure, 12-15yrs.
Rock Climbing Camp, 12-15yrs.
Ultimate Fishing Tour , 12-15yrs
Mountain Biking and Trail Conservation, 13-15yrs. 

For a complete listing of ALL Howard County Recreation and Parks Camps, visit howardcountymd.gov/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.

Fishing

Fishing programs, camps and events for a variety of ages and experience!

   Nite Bite logo

Spring Fishing Tournament

Nite Bite Fishing - NEW date added:  Oct 1, 6-11 PM

Jordan Craig Hock Memorial Fishing Derby

Fishing Camp
Archery & Fishing Camp
NEW! Paddling & Fishing Camp

Geocaching

Geocaching Discovery Walk
8 yrs + / Sep 9 Sept 30 / $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.

RP9170.101  Rockburn Branch Pk West    5:30-7 PM    F

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 howardcountymd.gov/hcrpcaches

Paddling

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!

School's Out Rock Climbing & Swimming
9-13 yrs  /  Dates below  /  $73
Rise to new heights on our indoor climbing wall!  No experience necessary!  Build confidence and make new friends while participating in rock climbing and team-building games, then relaxing in our indoor pool. Fee includes equipment, instruction and supervision. Detailed information is emailed to participants prior to the event. Info: Matt Medicus, 410-313-1769.

RP9241.201  Roger Carter Comm Ctr  Jan 27  9am-5pm   F

RP9241.202  Roger Carter Comm Ctr  Feb 21  9am-5pm   Tu

Indoor and Outdoor Rock Climbing in Adventure Camps!

Rock Climbing Camp
Rock & River Camp
Wilderness Adventure Camp
Rock, Shoot & Swim Camp
Endless Adventures Camp

Schools Out and Early Dismissal Adventures

School's Out Snow Tubing & Movie
11 yrs+  /  Jan 27  /  $90
Zoom down the perfectly carved lanes and relax on the moving carpet at 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.  In the afternoon, retreat inside for a pizza lunch on your way to one of the new movies you have been anxiously awaiting.  Fee includes snow tubing at a nearby ski resort, movie, lunch, supervision and transportation from Long Gate Park & Ride. Parents are welcome to sign up with their children!  Detailed information is emailed to participants prior to this fun-filled day. Info: Matt Medicus, 410-313-1769.

RP9433.201  Long Gate Park & Ride  8am-6pm   F

School's Out Rock Climbing & Swimming
9-13 yrs  /  Dates below  /  $73
Rise to new heights on our indoor climbing wall!  No experience necessary!  Build confidence and make new friends while participating in rock climbing and team-building games, then relaxing in our indoor pool. Fee includes equipment, instruction and supervision. Detailed information is emailed to participants prior to the event. Info: Matt Medicus, 410-313-1769.

RP9241.201  Roger Carter Comm Ctr  Jan 27  9am-5pm   F

RP9241.202  Roger Carter Comm Ctr  Feb 21  9am-5pm   Tu

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:

Remaining Fall 2016 Trail Hikes:

Pennsylvania Appalachian Trail Sec #1: Snowy Mtn Rd to Rte 16 E
RP9183.101  Nov 19   8am-6pm   Sa

Catoctin On The Rocks
RP9181.103  Dec 3    8am-4pm   Sa

Winter 2017 Trail Hike Schedule - Registration opens online November 30 at 6pm for County residents!

Maryland Appalachian Trail Sec #3: Wolfsville Rd to Route 40
RP9180.201   Jan 7    8am-4pm   Sa

Maryland Appalachian Trail Sec #4: Route 40 to Reno Monument
RP9180.202   Feb 11   8am-4pm   Sa

Virginia Appalachian Trail Sec #1: Shannondale Rd to Harpers Ferry
RP9184.201   Mar 11   8am-4pm   Sa

Maryland Appalachian Trail Sec #5: Gathland State Park to Reno Monument
RP9180.203   Mar 25   8am-4pm   Sa

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