Spring/Summer program registration is open 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.
Adventure & Outdoor Camp registration is open now - visit www.howardcountymd.gov/adventurecamps for complete details!
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 www.governmentjobs.com/careers/howardcounty for current opportunities. Additional opportunities may be available - contact Dawn Thomas at 410-313-1754 for complete details!
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.
11-13 yrs / 4 days /
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.
9-11 yrs / 4 days
12-14 yrs / 4 days
Tech support for Summer Adventure Camps powered by Race Pace Bicycles,
*** Check back soon for campfire opportunities.
Parent/Child Camping in the Park
All ages / June 14-15 / $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.
RP9091.401 Rockburn Pk West - Campfire Ring 6/14, 6pm to 6/15, 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!
Check back soon for descriptions of our 2019 camps.
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
School Field Trips
Adventure School Clubs
Adult Adventure Clubs
For more information, contact Dawn Thomas, 410-313-1754.
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. Programs take place at Centennial Park; exact details and directions emailed to registrants in the week prior to the program.
Intro to Fishing
New angler? Coming back to the sport? Want to fish but no longer have your gear? Learn or review how to cast, identify fish, rig a pole, tie knots and much more.
RP9171.301 May 9 9:30am-Noon Th $25
Guided Walk Exploring the Spring Migration CANCELLED
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 start your own birdwatching checklist.
RP9171.302 May 16 9:30-11am Th $25
Try your hand at kayaking! Learn paddling techniques, safety and gear selection. This is an American Canoe Association instructional program.
RP9171.303 May 30 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.
RP9171.304 June 6 9:30-11:30am Th $35
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 www.howardcountymd.gov/encore
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!
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
Jordan Craig Hock Memorial Fishing Derby - Free youth fishing derby with a Boating Safety theme on the first Saturday in August
Variety of Fishing Camps and opportunities to fish in other Adventure and Outdoor Camps:
Archery & Fishing Camp
Paddling & Fishing Camp
Ultimate Fishing: Shore & Boat Adventure
& many more!
Geocaching Discovery Walk
Group programs available!
8 yrs + / April 27 / $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 Sorry, but this program has been cancelled - contact us for group program information!
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
Canoeing and kayaking on Centennial Lake and beyond!
Check out the boat rentals at Centennial Lake to practice your skills!
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
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!
Past Schools Out offerings include:
Schools Out Rock Climbing & Swimming, 9-13 yrs
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.
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.
Join the Howard County Recreation & Parks Trail Hike program and leave the driving and navigating to our experienced leaders! Visit www.howardcountymd.gov/trailhikes for complete details.
Current Trail Hike schedule:
Maryland Appalachian Trail Sec #2: High Rock to Wolfsville Rd
RP9180.302 May 11 8am-4pm Sa
Maryland Appalachian Trail Sec #1: High Rock to Rte 16
RP9180.303 May 18 8am-4pm Sa
RP9181.401 Jun 8 8am-6pm Sa
Maryland Appalachian Trail Sec #3: Wolfsville Rd to Rte 40
RP9180.401 Jun 22 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
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.
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