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Adventure & Outdoors Camps

2016 Camp Registration is open now for Howard County residents!

  • Detailed Information and camp participant forms are mailed to registrants approximately two weeks prior to the start of each camp session.
  • Campers must be signed in and out of camp each day.
  • Special accommodations are available but not guaranteed. Requests must be made at least two weeks in advance.
  • Participants must be able to pass a basic swimming test to participate in camps that involve swimming/water activities.
  • Most camps are held rain or shine; schedule subject to change with alternate activities.
  • Camps below are listed by age.

For more information on Adventure and Outdoors camps, contact:

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

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

For a complete list of ALL Howard County Recreation & Parks Camps, visit howardcountymd.gov/camps!

All Adventure and Outdoors Camps

*Please note: This page is for informational purposes, but details and schedules may change. Camp letters and forms will be mailed to registrants approximately two weeks prior to the start of camp with the most current information. Call 410-313-7275 or click on the RP numbers to register online or check for openings.

Kinder Tykes Snails & Tails

4-5 yrs / 1 week, start dates below / $120

Enjoy wildlife and water wonders while doing hands-on science and nature activities. Create rainbows and gigantic bubbles. Learn about park wildlife and caring for the park. Fee includes special take-home surprise on Friday. Bring a snack and beverage (no nut products). Information: Dawn Thomas 410-313-1754.
Cedar Lane Park-West Area
RP9946.801     June 13       9:15 AM-12:15 PM     M-F
RP9946.802     June 27       9:15 AM-12:15 PM     M-F
RP9946.803     July 25         9:15 AM-12:15 PM     M-F

Daily Routine:
The camp will run 9:15 AM until 12:15 PM each day.  Registration verification and camper check-in will take place on Monday morning as campers arrive.  Each day a parent must sign in their child in the morning and sign them out at the end of the camp day.

What to Bring:
On the first day of camp, please bring a light colored t-shirt for your child to paint.  Also send a nature picture (animal, flower, tree, etc.).  The campers will talk about their pictures during circle time.

The recommended attire for camp is a t-shirt, shorts, LONG white socks and old sturdy sneakers.  These clothes will sometimes become muddied and wet during the activities.  Billed caps and sunscreen are advised (Please apply sunscreen and/or bug spray prior to camp).  We will go out on a hike each day, rain or shine. Shoes should be securely closed (laced or Velcro) and must be worn at all times during the camp program.  NO SANDALS PLEASE!  On creek day, Thursday (rain date Friday), you may pack old shoes or boots for your child to wear.

Send a water bottle and a snack for your child each day.  Please do not bring any snacks that contain peanut or nut products (other children may be allergic).  Avoid apple juice and apples as they attract BEES!

Directions:
Cedar Lane Park West: 5081 Cedar Lane, Columbia, MD 21044
Take Route 29 to Route 108 West.  Follow Route 108 for about 3 miles.  You will go past Centennial Park (on your right), past Centennial Lane, past the entrance to Cedar Lane Park East (on your left), to Cedar Lane.  Turn left on Cedar Lane and follow to the park entrance on the left.  The camp will meet around the right side of the building near the playground.

Lil Archers Camp

4-5 yrs / 4 days starting June 13 / $50

Experience the sport of archery in a fun, safe and supervised environment.  We use plastic arrows with rubber suction cups to teach the basics of archery.  No experience necessary and all equipment provided for use during the camp.  Bring a non-perishable snack and beverage (no nut products).  Camp will be held rain or shine.  For more information, contact Matt Medicus at 410-313-1769.
Meadowbrook Athletic Complex
RP9061.801              10-11:30 AM             M-Th

What to Bring:
The recommended attire for the camp is a T-shirt, quick drying shorts, socks and athletic shoes. Eat a quality breakfast each morning.  Bring a water bottle. Please do not bring any food that contains peanut or nut products (other children may be allergic). No cell phones or electronics allowed in camp due to the nature of the activities. The Camp Director will have a camp cell phone available for all emergencies.

Tentative Camp Schedule:
Please note: This schedule is subject to change!
Monday:  Orientation / Range Safety and Equipment / Basic archery technique
Tuesday:  Review range rules / Archery practice
Wednesday:  Review proper archery form & practice
Thursday:  Skills practice and Archery games

Directions:
Meadowbrook Athletic Complex - 5001 Meadowbrook Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21043. From Route 29, exit Route 100 East. Exit onto Long Gate Parkway (the first exit). Stay straight at the end of the exit ramp. After passing the Park & Ride, turn left into the Meadowbrook Park entrance.

Full Day Outdoor Escape

8-10 yrs / 4 or 5 days, start dates & prices below

Join us for a week of outdoor fun, surrounded by nature! Campers will spend their days by Centennial Lake enjoying canoeing, nature hikes, swamp exploration, fishing, archery, group games, nature crafts and more. Schedule includes swimming on Monday and Friday. Bring a lunch and beverage each day (no nut products).  Information: Matt Medicus, 410-313-1769.
1 week / Centennial Park South - Pavilion A / $219
RP9931.801              June 20         9 AM-5 PM               M-F
RP9931.802              June 27         9 AM-5 PM               M-F
RP9931.804             July 11           9 AM-5 PM                M-F
RP9931.805             July 18           9 AM-5 PM                M-F
4 days / Centennial Park South - Pavilion A / $176
RP9931.803             July 5             9 AM-5 PM                Tu-F
Click on the RP number above for online registration!

Sign-In / Sign-Out Procedures:
The camp will run from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM each day.  Registration verification and check-in will take place each morning as the campers arrive.  Parents will receive a schedule of activities for the week on the first day of camp. Campers must be signed in and out of camp each day.

What to Bring:
The recommended attire for camp is T-shirt, shorts, long white socks and old sturdy sneakers. Billed caps and sunscreen are advisable.  Please expect that sometimes these clothes will get wet and muddy. On the first day, campers should also bring a swimsuit and towel.

A non-perishable lunch, drink, snack and full reusable water bottle should be brought to camp each day.   Please do not bring any food that contains peanut or nut products (other children may be allergic); check all product labels to make sure. Please use a backpack to carry lunch and supplies.

Directions:
Centennial Park South, Pav A: 10000 Rte 108, Columbia, MD 21042
Take Route 29 to Route 108 West. Follow Route 108 past the entrance to Centennial Park East to the stoplight across from Ten Mills Road. Turn right into the park. Once in the park, continue on the park road to the parking area at the end. Pavilion A will be on the far left of the pavilions to the left of the playground.

Fishing Camp

8-12 yrs / 1 week, start dates below / $119

Enjoy the sport of fishing while learning why and when fish bite. Discover when to use natural and artificial bait, and prepare to go after the biggest fish out there! On Friday, conclude with a field trip to a secret fishing hole. Bring your rod and artificial lures; natural bait is provided. Bring a snack and beverage (no nut products). For more information, contact Dawn Thomas at 410-313-1754.
Centennial Park South- Pavilion E
RP9950.801        July 25        8:30-11:30 AM M-Th     8 AM-2 PM    F        
RP9950.802        August 1     8:30-11:30 AM M-Th     8 AM-2 PM    F
RP9950.803        August 8     8:30-11:30 AM M-Th     8 AM-2 PM    F
Click the RP number above for online registration!

Daily Routine:
The camp will run 8:30 until 11:30 AM Monday-Thursday and 8 AM-2 PM on Friday.  Registration verification and camper check-in will take place on Monday morning as campers arrive.  At the end of each camp day, campers will be back at Pavilion E.  Each day a parent must sign in their child in the morning and sign them out at the end of the camp day.

What to Bring:
Campers must bring their own fishing rod, reel and tackle.  Live bait will be provided. Bring a full reusable water bottle, non-perishable snack and drink each day, as well as a non-perishable lunch on Friday.  Do not bring any food items that contain peanut or nut products (other children may be allergic). 

The recommended attire for camp is a t-shirt, shorts, and shoes that can get muddied and wet.  Billed caps and sunscreen are advised (please apply sunscreen and/or bug spray prior to camp).

Directions:
Centennial Park South, Pav E:  10000 Rte 108, Columbia, MD  21042
Take Route 29 to Route 108 West.  Follow Rte 108 past the entrance to Centennial Park East to the stoplight across from Ten Mills Road. Turn right into the park.  Once in the park, make the first right – Pavilion E will be on your left after you pass the boat ramp parking area.

Archery Camp

8-12 yrs / 4 or 5 days, start dates below / $110
This is a basic level course intended for kids who are new to the sport and looking for a positive experience with archery.  During the camp, archers become proficient in shooting a bow and also receive instruction in archery essentials such as range safety, equipment maintenance, self-analysis and archery etiquette.  Additional activities include history of archery, fun shoots (balloon shoots, etc) and a competition on the last day. Bring a non-perishable snack and beverage (no nut products). Schedule is subject to change; camp will be held rain or shine. Fee includes supervision, equipment and activities. For more information, contact Matt Medicus at 410-313-1769.

RP9755.801      Rockburn Park West    June 20         8:30-11:30 AM          M-F
RP9755.802      Rockburn Park West    June 20         12:30-3:30 PM          M-F
RP9755.803      Rockburn Park West    June 27         8:30-11:30 AM          M-F
RP9755.804      Alpha Ridge Park           June 27        8:30-11:30 AM          M-F
RP9755.805      Rockburn Park West    July 5             8:30 AM-12:15 PM   Tu-F
RP9755.806      Rockburn Park West    July 25           8:30-11:30 AM          M-F
Click on the RP number above for online registration!

What to Bring:
The recommended attire for the camp is a T-shirt, quick drying shorts, socks and athletic shoes. Eat a quality breakfast each morning.  Bring a small daypack with a reusable water bottle and a non-perishable snack. Please do not bring any food that contains peanut or nut products (other children may be allergic). In an effort to encourage environmental conservation, we ask that campers take their trash home.  No cell phones or electronics allowed in camp due to the nature of the activities. The Camp Director will have a camp cell phone available for all emergencies.

Tentative Camp Schedule:
Please note: This schedule is subject to change!
Monday:  Orientation / Range Safety and Equipment / Basic archery technique
Tuesday:  Review range rules / Archery practice / The greater world of Archery!
Wednesday:  Review proper archery form & practice / Archery craft 
Thursday:  Skills practice and Archery games 
Friday:  Archery Tournament!

Directions:
Alpha Ridge Park:  11685 Old Frederick Rd/MD Rte 99, Marriottsville, MD   21104
From I-70 Westbound:  From I-70 (coming from Rte 29) take Exit 83 onto Marriottsville Road northbound. Proceed 0.9 miles and turn left onto Old Frederick Road (Rte. 99). Proceed 0.5 miles to park on the left.
From I-70 Eastbound:  From I-70 take Exit 82 onto eastbound Route 40.  At first traffic light turn left onto Marriottsville Road northbound.  Proceed 1.5 miles and turn left onto Old Frederick Road (Rte 99). Proceed 0.5 miles to park on the left.

Rockburn Branch Park West:  6109 Rockburn Branch Park Road, Elkridge
From Rte. 29, take Rte. 100 east to MD 103 exit (Meadowridge Rd). Go around the circle and cross over Rte. 100; proceed through next circle. At the first signal light, make a right on Montgomery Road. Proceed to signal light and make a left to remain on Montgomery Road. Travel about a mile; make a left onto Rockburn Branch Park Road and proceed to park.  The restored Pfeiffers Corner Schoolhouse will be on your left shortly after entering the park - please park in the lot on the left just beyond the restored schoolhouse.  Do not pull into the driveway in front of the schoolhouse.

Archery & Fishing Camp

8-12 yrs / 4 days start dates below / $219

Try your hand at two lifelong outdoor activities in this beginner camp!  Discover and practice new skills in casting, fish identification and knot tying.  Learn the essentials of target archery such as range safety, equipment use and technique from USArchery certified instructors.  Camp includes trips to some special fishing spots where the fish are definitely biting!  Bring a non-perishable lunch and beverage each day (no nut products). Schedule is subject to change; camp will be held rain or shine. Fee includes van or bus transportation, supervision, equipment and activities. Info: Matt Medicus, 410-313-1769.
Centennial Park South- Pavilion F
RP9716.801   July 11        9 AM - 5 PM    M-Th
RP9716.802   July 18        9 AM - 5 PM    M-Th
RP9716.803   August 15   9 AM - 5 PM    M-Th
Click the RP number above for online registration!

What to Bring:
The recommended attire for the camp is a T-shirt, quick drying shorts, socks and athletic shoes. Eat a quality breakfast each morning.  Bring a small daypack with a reusable water bottle and a non-perishable lunch. Please do not bring any food that contains peanut or nut products (other children may be allergic). In an effort to encourage environmental conservation, we ask that campers take their trash home.  No cell phones or electronics allowed in camp due to the nature of the activities. The Camp Director will have a camp cell phone available for all emergencies.   

Sample Camp Schedule:
Please note: This schedule is tentative and is subject to change!
Day 1: Orientation / Tour a state fish hatchery / Basics of target archery
Day 2: Fishing skills and technique at Centennial Lake / Archery practice
Day 3: Fish Centennial Lake / Archery games
Day 4: Travel to a special fishing spot!

Directions:
Centennial Park South, Pav F: 10000 Rte 108, Columbia, MD 21042
Take Route 29 to Route 108 West. Follow Rte 108 past the entrance to Centennial Park East to the stoplight across from Ten Mills Road. Turn right into the park. Once in the park, make the first right – Pavilion F will be on your left after you pass the boat ramp parking area.

Extreme Recess: Sports & Adventure Camp

9-12 yrs / 4 days or 1 week, start dates & prices below

Experience a camp that is packed with “old school style” games, sports and new adventures that will send your child home happy and excited for the next day. This camp offers a variety of activities including swimming, kayaking, fishing, archery, basketball, capture the flag, kickball, dodgeball, hiking and much more!  Schedule is subject to change; camp is held rain or shine. Fee includes bus or van transportation, supervision and activities. Bring a non-perishable lunch (no nut products) and beverage.  For more information, contact Dawn Thomas at 410-313-1754.
1 wk / Meadowbrook Athletic Complex / $250
RP9710.801    June 20       9 AM-5 PM    M-F
RP9710.803    July 25         9 AM-5 PM    M-F
RP9710.804    August 1     9 AM-5 PM    M-F
4 days / Meadowbrook Athletic Complex / $209
RP9710.802    July 5           9 AM-5 PM    Tu-F
Click the RP number above for online registration!

Camp Prerequisites:

  • Must be able to pass a basic swimming test.

What to Bring:
Eat a quality breakfast each morning.  Please bring a small daypack with a full reusable water bottle and a non-perishable lunch.  Please do not bring any food items that contain any peanut or nut products (other children may be allergic). No cell phones or electronics allowed in camp due to the nature of the activities. The Camp Director will have a camp cell phone available for all emergencies.  A full schedule of activities will be given to parents on the first day of camp.

The recommended attire for the camp is a T-shirt, quick drying shorts, socks and athletic shoes. In addition, please bring the following items in a backpack or small duffel bag:

  • Windbreaker
  • Swimsuit & Towel
  • Insect repellent
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Full reusable water bottle (non-leaking)
  • Non-perishable lunch & snack

Directions:
Meadowbrook Athletic Complex: 5001 Meadowbrook Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21043. From Route 29, exit Route 100 East. Exit onto Long Gate Parkway (the first exit). Stay straight at the end of the exit ramp. After passing the Park & Ride, turn left into the Meadowbrook Park entrance.

Adventures To Go

9-14 yrs / 4 days, start dates below / $209

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 swimming at the Laurel Municipal Pool, hike in Patapsco Valley State Park and go swift river tubing on a Maryland River. Camp prerequisite: must be able to pass a basic swimming test and have a well-maintained bike and bicycle 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 non-perishable lunch (no nut products) and beverage. For more information, call Dawn Thomas at 410-313-1754.
9-11 yrs / Centennial Park South-Pavilion B
RP9705.801              June 20         9 AM-5 PM    M-Th
RP9705.802              July 11           9 AM-5 PM    M-Th
RP9705.803              July 25           9 AM-5 PM    M-Th
RP9705.804              August 1       9 AM-5 PM    M-Th
12-14 yrs / Centennial Park South-Pavilion B
RP9705.811              July 5             9 AM-5 PM    Tu-F
Click the RP number above for online registration!

Camp Prerequisites:

  • Must be able to pass a basic swimming test on Monday.
  • Must have a well-maintained bike and bicycle helmet.

What to Bring:
The recommended attire for the camp is a T-shirt, quick drying shorts, socks and athletic shoes. Eat a quality breakfast each morning. Bring a small daypack with a water bottle and a non-perishable lunch. Please do not bring any food that contains peanut or nut products (other children may be allergic). In an effort to encourage environmental conservation, we ask that campers take their trash home. There are no trash facilities at Antietam Creek (tubing) or Patapsco Valley State Park (hiking). No cell phones or electronics allowed in camp due to the nature of the activities. The Camp Director will have a camp cell phone available for all emergencies.   

Days 1 & 2: Wear a bathing suit underneath your regular clothes and bring a towel. On Day 2, also bring a large plastic trash bag. 

Day 3:  Bring a bike, bike helmet, bike water bottle and back pack. Review the bike to make sure it is working properly.  Bring a spare inner tube in case you get a flat tire.  Pack your lunch so it will fit in your backpack.

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Tentative Camp schedule:
Please note: This schedule is subject to change!
Day 1: Orientation / Canoeing on Centennial Lake / Swimming at the Laurel Municipal Pool
Day 2: Tubing on Antietam Creek or Potomac River (depends on water levels)
Day 3: Biking around the Columbia Pathways / Laser Tag at Shadowland (Parents should pick up at Shadowland at 5 PM today!)
Day 4: Group initiatives / Hike / Kayaking on Centennial Lake

Directions:
Centennial Park South, Pavilion B: 10000 Rte 108, Columbia, MD 21042
Take Route 29 to Route 108 West. Follow Route 108 past the entrances to Centennial Park East to the stoplight across from Ten Mills Road. Turn right into the park. Once in the park, follow to the end of the road. Pavilion B is to the left of the playground.
Shadowland (pick up here on Day 3): 9179 Red Branch Road, Columbia, MD 21045
Take Route 29 to Route 108 East. Follow Route 108 approximately 1 mile to Red Branch Road. Turn left on Red Branch Road and follow until just before the “Top Flight Gymnastics Facility”. Turn right into Shadowland’s parking lot.

Inclement weather:
The camp will meet rain or shine. For severe weather program changes, information will be available one hour prior to the camp start time on the Department’s program status line, 410-313-4451; press 4 for camps. The recorded message will reflect any change to the drop off location or time changes for the camp. If the weather is severe, we will arrange for indoor activities. If there is a threat of lightning, we will take cover in a shelter. If the paved trails are too wet for biking, we may switch that activity for hiking.

Time Away at the Bay

10-13 yrs / 4 days starting August 8 / $275

Down by the bay – the Chesapeake Bay, that is! Travel to Calvert County, camp in tents on the beach Tuesday and Wednesday nights and experience the Bay firsthand with visits to natural and historic sites. Campers swim and hike bay beaches, enjoy fishing and crabbing, take a boat ride, and explore, explore, explore! Learn about the importance of the bay and what people can do to preserve it. Campers must be able to pass a basic swimming test. Fee includes most meals, transportation, tent accommodations, supervision and activities. Information: Dawn Thomas, 410-313-1754.
Centennial Pk South-Pav B
RP9760.801    9 AM- 3 PM Mon, 9 AM Tues– 5 PM Thurs
Click on the RP number above for online registration!

Camp Prerequisites:

  • Campers must be able to pass a basic swimming test on Monday.

General Information:
The camp will begin at 9:00 AM on Monday morning.  Registration verification and camper check-in will also take place on Monday morning as campers arrive.  On Tuesday morning, we will meet at Centennial Park at 9:00 AM to load up and travel to Calvert County.  This will be the first day of our two-night overnight.  A parent must sign in their child on Monday and Tuesday, and sign their child out on Monday and Thursday afternoons at the end of the camp day.

What to Bring:
Eat a quality breakfast on Monday and Tuesday morning.  Please bring a non-perishable lunch, drink and reusable water bottle both Monday and Tuesday.  Please do not bring any food items that contain any peanut or nut products (other children may be allergic).  Meals will be provided beginning with dinner on Tuesday through lunch on Thursday.

The recommended attire for the camp is a t-shirt, shorts, socks, and athletic shoes.  Please see the list mailed with your camp letter for camper supplies and materials.  In addition to the items on the list, please bring one white shirt for tie-dying on Monday.

Tentative Schedule:
Please note: Schedule is subject to change!
Monday: Orientation / Canoeing on Centennial Lake, and Swimming at the Laurel Municipal Pool. Every camper will be required to take a swim test, if a child does not pass the swim test Monday at the pool they will not be permitted to go on the trip. Please pick up your child from Centennial Park South at 3:00 PM.
Tuesday: We will leave from Centennial Park Pavilion B at 9:00 AM. We will travel to Flag Ponds Nature Center for lunch and then on to Breezy Point to set up camp.
Wednesday:Visit Calvert Marine Museum and take a Chesapeake Bay Boat tour / Campfire activities
Thursday: Tear down camp, clean and pack up. Visit Calvert Cliffs State Park. Return to Centennial Park at 5:00 PM.

Directions:
Centennial Park South, Pav B: 10000 Rte 108, Columbia, MD 21042
Take Route 29 to Route 108 West. Follow Route 108 past the entrance to Centennial Park East to the stoplight across from Ten Mills Road. Turn right into the park. Once in the park, continue on the park road to the parking area at the end. Pavilion B will be to the left of the playground.

Archery & Paddling Camp

11-13 yrs / 4 days, start dates below / $219

This is a beginner camp intended for those who are new to these activities and are looking for a positive experience with archery and kayaking.  Learn basic kayak skills on Centennial Lake to prepare you for a river kayak trip.  Archery instruction includes essentials such as range safety, equipment maintenance, self-analysis and archery etiquette.  Bring a non-perishable lunch and beverage each day (no nut products). Schedule is subject to change; camp will be held rain or shine. Fee includes van or bus transportation, supervision, equipment and activities. Info: Matt Medicus, 410-313-1769.
Centennial Park South - Pavilion G
RP9715.801      July 18      9 AM - 5 PM    M-Th
RP9715.802      Aug 1        9 AM - 5 PM    M-Th
RP9715.803      Aug 15      9 AM - 5 PM    M-Th
Click the RP number above for online registration!

Camp Prerequisites:

  • Must be able to pass a basic swimming test on the first day.

What to Bring:
The recommended attire for the camp is a T-shirt, quick drying shorts, socks and athletic shoes. Eat a quality breakfast each morning.  Bring a small daypack with a reusable water bottle and a non-perishable lunch. Please do not bring any food that contains peanut or nut products (other children may be allergic). In an effort to encourage environmental conservation, we ask that campers take their trash home.  No cell phones or electronics allowed in camp due to the nature of the activities. The Camp Director will have a camp cell phone available for all emergencies.

Tentative Camp Schedule:
Please note: This schedule is tentative and is subject to change!
Monday: Orientation / Paddling Basics on Centennial Lake / Archery Introduction /
Swimming at the Laurel Municipal Pool
Tuesday: Archery technique, history and practice / Field Archery
Wednesday: Kayaking trip to a Maryland waterway
Thursday: Paddling games and Archery Tournament!

Directions:
Centennial Park South, Pav G: 10000 Rte 108, Columbia, MD 21042
Take Route 29 to Route 108 West. Follow Rte 108 past the entrance to Centennial Park East to the stoplight across from Ten Mills Road. Turn right into the park. Once in the park, make the first right – Pavilion G will be on your left after you pass the boat ramp parking area.

Paddling & Fishing Camp

11-13 yrs / 4 days starting July 11 / $219

Paddle your way through a fun and exciting introduction to two lifelong outdoor activities.  Discover and practice skills in casting, knot tying and a variety of fishing techniques.  Earn a flatwater basics paddling certificate from an ACA certified instructor, then combine those skills as you fish Centennial Lake by canoe! No experience necessary. Bring a non-perishable lunch (no nut products) and beverage. Camp is held rain or shine; schedule is subject to change. Fee includes van or bus transportation, supervision, equipment and activities. Info: Dawn Thomas, 410-313-1754.
RP9714.801      Centennial Park South – Pavilion E    9 AM - 5 PM    M-Th
Click the RP number above for online registration!

Camp Prerequisites:

  • Must be able to pass a basic swimming test on the first day.

What to Bring:
The recommended attire for the camp is a T-shirt, quick drying shorts, socks and athletic shoes. Eat a quality breakfast each morning.  Bring a small daypack with a full reusable water bottle and a non-perishable lunch. Please do not bring any food that contains peanut or nut products (other children may be allergic). In an effort to encourage environmental conservation, we ask that campers take their trash home.  No cell phones or electronics allowed in camp due to the nature of the activities. The Camp Director will have a camp cell phone available for all emergencies.

Tentative Camp Schedule:
Tentative schedule coming soon - subject to change!

Directions:
Centennial Park South, Pavilion E: 10000 Rte 108, Columbia, MD 21042
Take Route 29 to Route 108 West. Follow Rte 108 past the entrance to Centennial Park East to the stoplight across from Ten Mills Road. Turn right into the park. Once in the park, make the first right – Pavilion E will be on your left after you pass the boat ramp parking area.

Pedals & Paddles

11-13 yrs / 4 days starting July 25 / $219

This camp is for beginner and intermediate bikers and kayakers. Learn basic kayak skills on Centennial Lake to prepare you for a river kayak river 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 a bicycle helmet. Schedule is subject to change; camp will be held rain or shine. Fee includes bus or van transportation, supervision and activities. Bring a non-perishable lunch (no nut products) and beverage.  Information: Matt Medicus, 410-313-1769.
RP9725.801     Centennial Pk South - Pav A    9 AM - 5 PM     M-Th

Camp Prerequisites:

  • Must be able to pass a basic swimming test on the first day.
  • Must have a well-maintained bike and bicycle helmet.

What to Bring:
Eat a quality breakfast each morning.  Bring a small daypack with a full reusable water bottle and a non-perishable lunch. NO PEANUT OR NUT PRODUCTS are allowed in camp.   In an effort to encourage environmental conservation, we ask that campers take their trash home.  There are no trash facilities at many of the parks.

The recommended attire for the camp is a T-shirt, quick drying shorts, socks and athletic shoes.  No cell phones or electronics allowed in camp due to the nature of the activities. The camp director will have a camp cell phone available for all emergencies.

Days 1 & 3: wear a bathing suit underneath your regular clothes and bring a towel. On Day 3, also bring a large plastic trash bag.
Days 2 & 4:  bring a bike, bike helmet, full reusable bike water bottle and backpack (no drawstring bags, please!). Before the week of camp, review the bike to make sure it is working properly.  Bring a spare inner tube in case you get a flat tire.  Pack your lunch so it will fit in your backpack.

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Tentative Camp Schedule:
Please note: this schedule is subject to change!
Day 1: Orientation / Kayak Basics Class on Centennial Lake / Swimming at the
Laurel Municipal Pool
Day 2: Group Initiatives & Biking around the Columbia Pathways
Day 3: Kayaking Trip on a Maryland river
Day 4: Biking on the C&O Canal near Harpers Ferry

Directions:
Centennial Park South, Pavilion A – 10000 Rte 108, Columbia, MD 21042
Take Route 29 to Route 108 West. Follow Route 108 past the entrances to Centennial
Park East to the stoplight across from Ten Mills Road. Turn right into the park. Once in the park, continue on the park road to the parking area at the end. Pavilion A is the pavilion to the far left.

Wilderness Adventure

11-13 yrs / 4 days starting August 1 / $259

Experience the excitement of Maryland’s great outdoors while building personal relationships and leadership abilities. Learn team building and problem-solving skills during a variety of adventure-centered activities. Learn basic canoeing skills, go swift river tubing on a Maryland river, go swimming, participate in a camping overnight, rock climb outdoors and challenge yourself on a high/low elements ropes course. Schedule is subject to change; camp is held rain or shine. Fee includes bus or van transportation, supervision and activities. Bring a non-perishable lunch (no nut products) and beverage each day.  Information:  Dawn Thomas, 410-313-1754.

Centennial Park South – Pavilion A
RP9745.801              9 AM-5 PM         M-Th (overnight W)

Camp Prerequisites:

  •   Must be able to pass a basic swimming test.

What to Bring:
Eat a quality breakfast each morning.  Please bring a small daypack with a full reusable water bottle and a non-perishable lunch.  Please do not bring any food items that contain any peanut or nut products (other children may be allergic).  Dinner, breakfast, and lunch will be provided for the overnight camping trip.  No cell phones or electronics allowed in camp due to the nature of the activities. The Camp director will have a camp cell phone available for all emergencies.

The recommended attire for the camp is a T-shirt, shorts, socks and sturdy lace-up shoes.  In addition, please bring the following items in a backpack or small duffel bag:

  • Sweatshirt
  • Windbreaker
  • Swimsuit (Days 1 & 3)
  • Bandanna
  • Insect repellent
  • Hat
  • Full reusable water bottle
  • Quick-drying clothing (Days 1 & 3)

Please bring the following items in a separate duffel bag to the overnight trip. (Space is limited, so please pack light and tight):

  • T-shirt and shorts
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Toiletries in a zip lock bag
  • A small towel
  • A foam ground pad
  • Light sleeping bag or blanket
  • Rain gear
  • Spoon, fork, cup and bowl
  • 1 trash bag
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • A light jacket or sweatshirt
  • 1 large zip lock bags
  • 1 large trash bag

Tentative Camp Schedule:
Please note: this schedule is subject to change!
Day 1: Orientation / Initiative games / Canoeing on Centennial Lake / Swimming at the Laurel Municipal Pool
Day 2: High & Low Element Ropes Course
Day 3: Tubing on Antietam Creek or Potomac River / Camp at Little Bennett Regional Park in Montgomery County
Day 4: Rock Climbing at Sugarloaf Mountain

Directions:
Centennial Park South, Pavilion A – 10000 Rte 108, Columbia, MD 21042 Take Route 29 to Route 108 West. Follow Route 108 past the entrances to Centennial Park East to the stoplight across from Ten Mills Road. Turn right into the park. Once in the park, continue on the park road to the parking area at the end. Pavilion A is the pavilion to the far left of the playground.

Rock & River Adventure Camp

12-15 yrs / 4 days starting June 20 / $259

Join other teens for four days of action on land and water. Our highly trained staff motivates you to increase self-confidence and challenge yourself while enjoying swimming, kayaking and outdoor rock climbing. Enjoy camping outdoors on Wednesday night. Schedule is subject to change; camp is held rain or shine. Fee includes bus or van transportation, supervision and activities. Bring a non-perishable lunch and beverage (no nut products) each day.  Information: Matt Medicus, 410-313-1769.

Centennial Pk South – Pavilion G

RP9730.801             9 AM-5 PM    M-Th (overnight W)
Click the RP number above for online registration!

Camp Prerequisites:

  • Must be able to pass a basic swimming test on Monday.

What to Bring:
Eat a quality breakfast each morning.  Bring a small daypack with a full reusable water bottle and a non-perishable lunch. Please do not bring any food items that contain any peanut or nut products (other children may be allergic).  Climbing takes a lot of energy, so you may want to bring some snack food.  We will provide dinner on Wednesday and breakfast and lunch on Thursday.  Please let the director know on the first day of any food allergies or restrictions for your child. No cell phones or electronics allowed in camp due to the nature of the activities. The Camp Director will have a camp cell phone available for all emergencies. 

The recommended attire for the camp is a T-shirt, shorts, socks and shoes (bring a swimsuit and towel on Monday).  Make sure your clothing is loose enough to allow lots of movement.  In addition, please bring the following items in a daypack or small duffle bag:

  • Full reusable water bottle
  • Non-perishable lunch and drink (no nut products)
  • Sweatshirt and pants
  • Windbreaker
  • Hat
  • Swimsuit (Monday only)
  • Sunscreen

Please bring the following, in addition to the daily items above, in a separate duffel bag to the overnight trip.  Space is limited, so please pack light and tight:

  • T-shirt and shorts
  • Flashlight
  • Toiletries (in a zip-lock bag)
  • Small towel
  • Foam ground (sleeping) pad
  • Light sleeping bag or blanket
  • Spoon, fork, cup and bowl
  • 1 trash bag
  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • 2 large zip-lock bags
  • Pillow

Shoes for climbing should fit snugly and be flat-sided (as little tread as possible) with rubber soles.  Court shoes & skate shoes, as long as they fit snugly, are usually good.

Tentative Camp Schedule:
Please note:  This schedule subject to change!
Monday: Orientation / Team Building / Kayak at Centennial Lake / Indoor Rock Climbing / Swimming at the Laurel Municipal Pool
Tuesday: Outdoor Rock Climbing at Sugarloaf
Wednesday: River Kayaking / Camp at Little Bennett Regional Park in Montgomery County
Thursday: Outdoor Rock Climbing at Sugarloaf

Directions:
Centennial Park South, Pavilion G – 10000 Rte 108, Columbia, MD 21042
Take Route 29 to Route 108 West. Follow Rte 108 past the entrance to Centennial Park East to the stoplight across from Ten Mills Road. Turn right into the park. Once in the park, make the first right – Pavilion G will be on your left after you pass the boat ramp parking area.

Shenandoah River Adventure

12-14 yrs / 4 days starting June 27 / $279

Beginner and intermediate paddlers kayak, hike, go river tubing and camp while exploring Shenandoah National Park and the Shenandoah River in Virginia. Camp meets Monday morning at Centennial Park for orientation, trip information and to learn basic kayaking skills; spend the afternoon at the pool. On Tuesday, travel to Virginia for three days and two nights of non-stop fun. Camp prerequisite: must be able to pass a basic swimming test. Schedule is subject to change; camp will be held rain or shine. Fee includes bus or van transportation, supervision and activities. Bring a non-perishable lunch (no nut products) and beverage Monday and Tuesday.  Information: Dawn Thomas 410-313-1754.

Centennial Park South - Pavilion G

RP9735.801              8 AM-3 PM Mon, 8 AM Tues- 6PM Thurs

Camp Prerequisites:

·         Must be able to pass a basic swimming test.
·         This Camp requires an additional waiver from Shenandoah River Outfitters.  Click the name to download a PDF of that form (will be mailed to all participants approx. two weeks prior to the start of camp).

What to Bring:

Eat a quality breakfast each morning.  Please bring a small daypack with a full reusable water bottle and a non-perishable lunch and drink on Monday and Tuesday.  Please do not bring any food items that contain any peanut or nut products (other children may be allergic).  Meals will be provided beginning with dinner Tuesday night through lunch on Thursday. No cell phones or electronics allowed in camp due to the nature of the activities. The camp director will have a camp cell phone available for all emergencies.

On Monday, the recommended attire is as follows: wear a t-shirt, quick-drying shorts, socks, athletic shoes and wear a swimsuit under your regular clothing.  Remember to pack a lunch, full reusable water bottle and towel. 

On Tuesday the campers will need to wear the following to camp:

  • Hiking shoes
  • Bathing suit (under clothing)
  • Socks
  • T-shirt and shorts

The following items should be packed into a backpack:

  • Towel
  • Water shoes or shoes that can get wet separate from the hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • A non-perishable lunch (NO PEANUT OR NUT PRODUCTS)
  • Full reusable water bottle or backpack-style hydration system

In a separate bag from the backpack, campers need to pack the following for the overnight:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Personal items (toothbrush, soap, shampoo, etc.)
  • Change of clothes for two days
  • Bug spray
  • Sleeping bag (can be separate, but should be covered with a trash bag)
  • Reusable bowl, cup, fork, and spoon
If the weather looks like it might rain for the time we are camping, please be sure to pack rain gear.  It is also a good idea to pack everything in zip-lock bags to keep items dry.  We will camp out at Shenandoah River Outfitters where we will have access to bathrooms and showers.  Tents will be provided.

Rock, Shoot & Swim Camp

12-14 yrs / 4 days starting June 27 / $219

Challenges abound for beginner and intermediate climbers and archers!  Develop and practice new lifetime skills including climbing techniques and equipment use, archery range safety, proper archery form, self-analysis and much more!  Climb indoors and outdoors and enjoy swimming.  Bring a non-perishable lunch (no nut products) and beverage each day. Schedule is subject to change; camp will be held rain or shine. No experience necessary. Fee includes bus or van transportation, equipment, supervision and activities. For more information, call Dawn Thomas, 410-313-1754.

Centennial Park South – Pavilion B

RP9732.801              9 AM-5 PM    M-Th

Click the RP number above for online registration!

What to Bring:

Eat a quality breakfast each morning.  Bring a small daypack with a full reusable water bottle and a non-perishable lunch and drink.  (Please do not bring any food items that contain any peanut or nut products as other children may be allergic).  Climbing takes a lot of energy, so you may want to bring some snack food.  No cell phones or electronics allowed in camp due to the nature of the activities. The Camp director will have a camp cell phone available for all emergencies. 

The recommended attire for the camp is a T-shirt, shorts, socks and shoes.  Bring a swimsuit and towel each day.  Make sure clothing is loose enough to allow lots of movement.  Please bring the following items each day in a daypack or small duffle bag:

  • Full reusable water bottle
  • Non-perishable lunch and drink (no peanut or nut products)
  • Hat
  • Swimsuit & Towel
  • Sunscreen (Must fill out release on Participant Information Form)

Shoes for climbing should fit snugly and be flat-sided (as little tread as possible) with rubber soles.  Court shoes and skate shoes, as long as they fit snugly, are usually good.

Endless Adventures

12-15 yrs / 1 week starting August 8 / $299

Join other teens for this extreme adventure challenge! Learn basic kayaking skills, challenge yourself on a high/low-elements ropes course, go outdoor rock climbing in Western Maryland and enjoy sailing on the Chesapeake Bay! The experiences inspire teens to gain confidence, build relationships and achieve their personal best. Enjoy camping outdoors on Thursday night. Schedule and activities are subject to change; camp is held rain or shine. Fee includes bus or van transportation, supervision and activities. Bring a non-perishable lunch (no nut products) and beverage each day.

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

Centennial Pk South – Pavilion A

RP9750.801             9 AM-5 PM    M-F (overnight Th)

Click the RP number above for online registration!

 

Camp Prerequisites:

  • Must be able to pass a basic swimming test on Monday.

 

What to Bring:

Eat a quality breakfast each morning.  Please bring a small daypack with a full reusable water bottle and non-perishable lunch.  Please do not bring any food items that contain any peanut or nut products (other children may be allergic).  Meals will be provided starting with dinner on Thursday.  No cell phones or electronics should be brought to camp, due to the nature of the activities. The Camp Director will have a camp cell phone available for all emergencies. 

 

The recommended attire for the camp is a T-shirt, shorts, socks and sturdy lace-up shoes.  In addition, please bring the following items in a backpack or small duffel bag:


·         Sweatshirt

·         Windbreaker

·         Swimsuit (Monday)

·         Bandana

·         Insect repellent

·         Hat

·         Full reusable water bottle (non-leaking)

·         Quick-drying clothing (Monday)


 

Please bring the following items in a separate duffel bag to the overnight trip on Thursday night. (Space is limited, so please pack light and tight):


·         T-shirt and shorts                

·         Flashlight and extra batteries

·         Toiletries in a zip lock bag

·         A small towel

·         A foam ground pad

·         Light sleeping bag or blanket

·         Rain gear

·         Spoon, fork, cup and bowl

·         Comfortable walking shoes

·         A light jacket or sweatshirt

·         1 large zip lock bag

·         2 large trash bags

·         An optional extra bathing suit for the following day

Extreme EC: An Historic Adventure in Ellicott City

12-15 yrs / 1 week starting July 25 / $259

Join us for an extreme fun-filled week of adventure and history in the outdoors of historic Ellicott City.   Activities include archery, fishing, history, archeology, conservation, swimming, games and more.  Ever camped on historic haunted grounds? Now you can on Thursday evening at the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park.  Campers receive six volunteer service hours while participating in a camp service project.  Camp is held rain or shine; schedule is subject to change with alternate activities. Fee includes bus or van transportation, supervision and activities. Bring a non-perishable lunch (no nut products) and beverage each day.  For more information, contact Dawn Thomas at 410-313-1754.

 

Meadowbrook Athletic Complex

RP9947.801              8:30 AM-4:30 PM                 M-F (overnight Th)

Click on the RP number above for online registration!

 

Camp Prerequisites:

·         Must be able to pass a basic swimming test.

 

What to Bring:

Eat a quality breakfast each morning.  Bring a small daypack with a full reusable water bottle and a non-perishable lunch.  Please do not bring any food that contains peanut or nut products (other children may be allergic). In an effort to encourage environmental conservation, we ask that campers take their trash home.  No cell phones or electronics allowed in camp due to the nature of the activities. The Camp Director will have a camp cell phone available for all emergencies.   

 

The recommended attire for the camp is a T-shirt, quick drying shorts, socks and athletic shoes. In addition, please bring the following items in a backpack or small duffel bag:


·         Windbreaker

·         Swimsuit & Towel

·         Bandanna

·         Insect repellent

·         Hat

·         Sunscreen

·         Full reusable water bottle (non-leaking)

·         Non-perishable lunch & snack


 

Please bring the following items in a separate duffel bag for the overnight on Thursday night:


·         T-shirt and shorts (change of clothes)

·         Flashlight and extra batteries

·         Toiletries in a zip lock bag

·         A small towel

·         A foam ground pad

·         Light sleeping bag or blanket

·         Rain gear

·         Spoon, fork, cup and bowl

·         1 trash bag

·         Comfortable walking shoes

·         A light jacket or sweatshirt

·         1 large trash bag

 

* Meals will be provided beginning with dinner on Thursday night.

Rock Climbing Camp

12-15 yrs / 4 days starting June 27 / $259

Beginner and intermediate climbers alike: develop and improve rock climbing skills with our highly trained staff. Gain confidence learning to safely use climbing equipment and challenge yourself with climbing techniques and belay skills. Experience indoor and outdoor climbing locations while making new friends and camping at Little Bennett Regional Park in Montgomery County on Wednesday night. Camp director is a certified rock climbing instructor. Bring a non-perishable lunch (no nut products) and beverage each day. Schedule is subject to change; camp will be held rain or shine. Fee includes bus or van transportation, supervision and activities.  Information: Matt Medicus, 410-313-1769.

 

Centennial Park South-Pavilion F

RP9245.801                9 AM-5 PM     M-Th (overnight W)

Click the RP number above for online registration!

 

What to Bring:

Eat a quality breakfast each morning.  Bring a small daypack with a full reusable water bottle and a non-perishable lunch and drink.  (Please do not bring any food items that contain peanut or nut products - other children may be allergic).  Climbing takes a lot of energy, so you may want to bring some snack food.  We will provide dinner on Wednesday and breakfast and lunch on Thursday.  Please let the director know on Monday of any food allergies or restrictions. No cell phones or electronics allowed in camp due to the nature of the activities. The Camp director will have a camp cell phone available for all emergencies. 

 

The recommended attire for the camp is a T-shirt, shorts, socks and shoes.  Make sure the clothing is loose enough to allow lots of movement.  In addition, please bring the following items in a daypack or small duffle bag:


  • Full reusable water bottle
  • Non-perishable lunch  (no peanut or nut products)
  • Sweatshirt and pants
  • Windbreaker
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen (Must fill out release on Camp Participant Information Form)

 

In addition to the daily items above, please bring the following in a duffel bag to the overnight trip.  Space is limited, so please pack light and tight:


·         T-shirt and shorts

·         Flashlight

·         Toiletries (in a zip-lock bag)

·         Small towel

·         Foam ground (sleeping) pad

·         Light sleeping bag or blanket

·         Spoon, fork, cup and bowl

·         1 trash bag

·         Comfortable hiking shoes

·         2 large zip-lock bags

·         Pillow


Shoes for climbing should fit snugly and be flat-sided (as little tread as possible) with rubber soles.  Court shoes and skate shoes, as long as they fit snugly, are usually very good.

Mountain Biking & Trail Conservation Camp

13-15 yrs / 1 week starting July 18 / $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 while participating in an assigned trail project during camp.  A sturdy mountain bike (with gears) and a bicycle helmet are required!  Bring a non-perishable lunch and beverage each day (no nut products). Schedule is subject to change; camp will be held rain or shine. Fee includes supervision, equipment and activities. For more information, contact Matt Medicus at 410-313-1769.
RP9718.801   Rockburn Branch Pk West - Pavilion   8 AM –1 PM    M-F
Click the RP number above for online registration!

Sorry - this camp has been cancelled for Summer 2016.

Camp Prerequisites:

  • Bring a sturdy mountain bike with gears and a bicycle helmet.
  • Must be able to bike at least 10 miles on off-road terrain.

 

What to Bring:
The recommended attire for the camp is a T-shirt, quick drying shorts, socks and sturdy lace-up shoes. Bike shorts and gloves are highly recommended. Please be aware that these clothes will often become muddy and dirty by the end of the camp day.  Eat a quality breakfast each morning and bring a non-perishable lunch and plenty of water in a reusable bottle each day. Please do not bring any food that contains peanut or nut products (other children may be allergic). In an effort to encourage environmental conservation, we ask that campers take their trash home.  No cell phones or electronics allowed in camp due to the nature of the activities. The Camp Director will have a camp cell phone available for all emergencies.  Bring boots, a brimmed hat, pants and a reusable water bottle for the Trail Maintenance portion of the camp.  In addition, please bring the following items in a daypack or small duffle bag.  If your child is sensitive to poison ivy, please wear long pants during activity:

  • Mountain bike
  • Bike helmet
  • Spare tire
  • Spare tube
  • Patch kit & pump
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Change of clothes (optional)

Please send your child with an appropriate mountain bike.  Road bikes, BMX/freestyle and hybrid bikes will not hold up on rough terrain (a hybrid bike may work for lightweight riders, but expect to have maintenance problems).  Please be sure your bike is in proper working order before coming to camp, and that your child is familiar with its operation – we highly recommend your child take a few rides before the week of camp to ensure they are comfortable with the bicycle. If necessary, there are several local shops that can tune up your bike.  If your child does not have a mountain bike, you can contact the local bike shops in Howard County for information on renting a bike.  We reserve the right to refuse participation of any camper that does not have an appropriate bicycle.

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Tentative Camp Schedule:
Please note: This schedule is subject to change!
Monday: Orientation / Group Initiatives / Basic bike handling skills
Tuesday: Trail etiquette / “survival bike maintenance”
Wednesday: Trail maintenance and conservation / history of mountain biking
Thursday: Trail service project / mountain bike cornering & downhill technique
Friday: Week in review / Trail Time Trial / Camp Awards

Directions:
Rockburn Branch Park West: 6105 Rockburn Branch Park Road, Elkridge, MD 21075
>From Rte. 29, take Rte. 100 east to Md. 103 exit (Meadowridge Rd). Go around the circle and cross over Rte. 100; proceed through next circle. At the first signal light, make a right on Montgomery Road. Proceed to signal light and make a left to remain on Montgomery Road. Travel about a mile; make a left onto Rockburn Branch Park Road and proceed to park. Continue on the Park Road and make a left just before the ball fields. The Pavilion is at the end of this road.

Ultimate Fishing Tour

12-15 yrs / 4 days starting July 18 / $299

Calling all intermediate and advanced anglers! Enjoy the sport of freshwater fishing at lakes across Maryland. Go fishing in and around Howard County on the first day. The real excitement begins on Tuesday with fishing and two nights of camping at Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland. Bring your rod and artificial lures; natural bait is provided. Fee includes most meals, transportation (bus or van), tent accommodations, supervision and activities. For more information, call Dawn Thomas at 410-313-1754.

Centennial Park South - Pavilion E

RP9951.801    8 AM-5 PM Mon, 7 AM Tues – 8 PM Thurs

Camp Prerequisites:

·         This camp is designed for intermediate/advanced anglers.

General Information:

The camp will begin at 8 AM on Monday morning.  Registration verification and camper check-in will also take place on Monday morning as campers arrive.  On Tuesday morning, we will meet at Centennial Park South Pavilion E at 7 AM to load up and travel to Western Maryland.  This will be the first day of our two-night overnight.  A parent must sign in their child on Monday and Tuesday.  A parent must also sign their child out on Monday and Thursday at the end of the camp day. All fish caught at camp will be released back into the waters (photos may be taken!).

What to Bring:

Eat a quality breakfast on Monday and Tuesday morning.  Please bring a non-perishable lunch, drink and full reusable water bottle on both Monday and Tuesday.  Please do not bring any food items that contain any peanut or nut products (other children may be allergic).  Meals will be provided beginning with dinner on Tuesday through dinner on Thursday. The recommended attire for the camp is t-shirt, shorts, socks, and athletic shoes. Please see the list mailed with your camp letter for additional camper supplies and materials.

Tentative Schedule:
Please note: Schedule is subject to change!

Monday:        Orientation and fishing from shore and boats on Centennial Lake.  Please pick up your child from Centennial Park South by 5 PM. 

Tuesday:      We will leave from Centennial Park Pavilion E at 7 AM, traveling to Rocky Gap State Park for lunch and fishing in the 243 acre Lake Habeeb.   Then we continue our trek west to Deep Creek Lake State Park to set up camp.

Wednesday: Campers will fish in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland’s largest man-made lake.  Campers will also have the opportunity to fish at some other Western Maryland lakes, rivers and streams. 

Thursday:    Fish, break camp, clean and pack up.  Return to Centennial Park by 8 PM.

Directions to Centennial Park South, Pav E:  10000 Rte 108, Columbia, MD  21042

Take Route 29 to Route 108 West.  Follow Rte 108 past the entrance to Centennial Park East to the stoplight across from Ten Mills Road. Turn right into the park.  Once in the park, make the first right – Pavilion E will be on your left after you pass the boat ramp parking area.

Important Forms

You MUST bring this form, completed and signed, with you on the first day of camp. Without this form, we cannot accept your child at camp. Please notify the Camp Director in writing of any allergies or health concerns pertinent to your child’s camp experience.

Sending medication to camp is highly discouraged. But, if it is necessary for medication to be administered during the operation of the camp, a Medication Administration Authorization Form must be filled out and signed by both the parent and a physician. 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 camp.  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 Camp Director.

Most Adventure and Outdoors Camps that go swimming visit the Laurel Municipal Pool, which has its own waiver.  Click the name above to download a PDF of that form.

Inclement Weather

Adventure and Outdoors camps will meet rain or shine.  Activities or camp location may need to be adjusted depending on weather conditions. If there are any emergencies during camp, our first priority is the safety of the campers and staff.  Emergency procedures are in place for all of our camps, however in the event that we need you to pick up your child, a HCRP staff member will contact you.   For severe weather program changes, information will be available one hour prior to the camp start time on the Department’s program status line, 410-313-4451; press 4 for all summer camps.  There will only be a message if there are any changes to the program location or schedule.   If the weather is severe, we will arrange for indoor activities. If there is a threat of lightning, we will take cover in a shelter.  Activity Schedules may be adjusted with alternate activities.


For more information on Adventure and Outdoors camps, contact:

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

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

For a complete list of ALL Howard County Recreation & Parks Camps, visit howardcountymd.gov/camps!

*Please note: This page is for informational purposes, but details and schedules may change. Camp letters and forms will be mailed to registrants approximately two weeks prior to the start of camp with the most current information. Call 410-313-7275 or click on the RP numbers to register online or check for openings.

FAQs
My child is outside the posted age range for a particular camp. Can he/she still attend?
Adventure and Outdoors camps must stay close to the posted age range for each camp.  We believe you when you tell us that your child is very mature, big for their age, a strong biker, etc, but unfortunately the ages are posted for several reasons and generally age overrides are only approved if the child's birthday is within two weeks of the start of camp.
 
What happens if it rains?
Good question!  Many Adventure and Outdoors camps take place exclusively outside, so adverse weather can be an issue.  We monitor several weather information services, including the County's Office of Emergency, and will make appropriate changes to keep the camp safe.  Many activities such as fishing and canoeing/kayaking will continue to run in light rain, or we may change the camp schedule with alternate activities if necessary.  Camp directors will let parents know of any changes to the camp schedule and we will not cancel or end the camp day early due to the usual summer inclement weather.

What is involved in the swim test mentioned in the camp description?
For Adventure and Outdoors camps that involve water activities (canoeing, kayaking, tubing), participants will need to pass a swim test at the pool on the first day of camp.  This basic test involves swimming a short length of the pool and treading water for a short time.  If your child does not pass the swim test, they still will be able to swim in the pool during camp, but may not be able to attend a river trip if that is part of the camp's activities.  The Camp Director will discuss this situation with the parent should this occur.
 
What if I need to pick up my child early one day?
Some Adventure and Outdoors camps travel around and outside of Howard County during the week, so picking them up early may involve a longer drive for you!  Sample schedules are shown above for Adventure and Outdoors camps, but the final schedule for the week will be handed out on the first day or in the letter you receive in the mail (about two weeks before the camp start date).  The Camp Director will be able to give you a final idea of where they will be and when, as well as directions to any camp locations if they do travel. Discuss this situation with the camp director on the first day of camp.

Oh no! The camp I wanted is full!
We encourage early registration to ensure your child gets the summer camp experience they want!  Should a particular camp fill before you are able to register, please place your child's name on the Wait List for that camp - there is no charge to go on the Wait List, and that is how we judge additional interest and Wait List customers will receive have the first chance to enroll should there be an opening or we are able to add an additional section.  There is NO guarantee that there would be an opening or that we could offer additional sections (resources are limited and there are a lot of factors that go into such a decision), but we strive to accommodate all participants.