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

  • In-person camps have begun. Due to safety requirements, many camps have been cancelled.
  • This spreadsheet is a list of camps that are ready to run. This list will grow weekly, so please check back often.
  • HCRP Summer Camp COVID Safety Policies (updated June 2020)
  • Click here for a list of our online/virtual camps.
  • Click here for a list of our adult in-person programs.
  • Click here for a list of our youth in-person programs.
  • Click here for a list of our Family in-person programs.
  • If you are uncertain as to the status of an upcoming camp or program, please contact our registration staff at 410-313-7275 or registration@howardcountymd.gov

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Adventure & Outdoor Camps

2020 Summer Camp registration is open!

  • Detailed Information and camp participant forms are mailed to registrants approximately two weeks prior to the start of each camp session.  Common forms can be found at the bottom of the page - medication (including Epi-pens and inhalers) sent to camp MUST be accompanied by a Medication form signed by a physician.
  • FAQs for Adventure & Outdoor camps listed at the bottom of the page!
  • Campers must be signed in and out of camp each day. For the safety of your child, staff will only release campers to the parent, guardian or those individuals listed on the Participant Information form. Please be prepared to show a government-issued photo ID when you pick up your child.
  • 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/river activities.
  • Most camps are held rain or shine; schedule subject to change with alternate activities.
  • Camps below are listed by age.
  • Get a head start on the fun: many Adventure & Outdoor activities available in the Spring  & Fall! Visit the main Adventure & Outdoor page for more info: www.howardcountymd.gov/adventure
  • Click here for the full 2020 HCRP Camp Guide.

For more information on Adventure & Outdoor camps, contact:

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

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

Current Adventure & Outdoor Camps

Many Adventure & Outdoor Camps have been cancelled due to restrictions regarding COVID-19. We will be following the state's guidance and best practices for youth day camps. Here are the Adventure & Outdoor Camps currently operating:

NEW! DIY Archery & Fishing Camp

Make and decorate your own PVC archery bow and bamboo fishing pole to use the rest of the week and take home at the end of camp! Discover and practice new skills in archery technique, range safety, fish identification, knot tying & more. Play fun archery games with your DIY bow and fish Centennial Lake from shore with your DIY bamboo pole. Bring a non-perishable snack and beverage (no nut products). Schedule is subject to change. Info: Dawn Thomas, 410-313-1754 or dthomas@howardcountymd.gov.
6-10yrs / 4 days starting Aug 3 /  $135
Rp9716.811 Centennial Park South   8:30-11:30am    M-Th 

Archery Camp

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 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. Fee includes supervision, equipment and activities. For more information, contact Matt Medicus at 410-313-1769 or mmedicus@howardcountymd.gov.
Alpha Ridge Park / 4 days, start dates below / $135
Rp9755.811   6-7yrs       Jul 6        8:30-11:30am   M-Th   FULL
Rp9755.812   6-7yrs       Jul 13      8:30-11:30am   M-Th
Rp9755.803   8-11yrs     Jun 29    8:30-11:30am   M-Th
Rp9755.804   8-11yrs     Jul 20      8:30-11:30am   M-Th
Rp9755.805   8-11yrs     Jul 27      8:30-11:30am   M-Th
Rp9755.806   8-11yrs     Aug 10   8:30-11:30am   M-Th
Rp9755.821  10-13yrs    Aug 17   8:30-11:30am    M-Th

Fishing Camp

Enjoy the sport of fishing while learning when and why fish bite. Discover when to use natural and artificial bait and prepare to go after the biggest fish! Bring your rod and artificial lures; natural bait provided. Bring a non-perishable snack and beverage (no nut products). Schedule is subject to change. Info: Dawn Thomas, 410-313-1754 or dthomas@howardcountymd.gov.
Centennial Park South Pav F  / 4 days, start dates below / $125
Rp9950.811   6-8yrs       Aug 17    8:30-11:30am   M-Th
Rp9950.804   7-10yrs     Jul 6         8:30-11:30am   M-Th
Rp9950.801   7-10yrs     Jul 20       8:30-11:30am   M-Th  FULL
Rp9950.802   7-10yrs     Jul 27       8:30-11:30am   M-Th
Rp9950.803   7-10yrs     Aug 10    8:30-11:30am   M-Th
Rp9950.821   10-12yrs   Jul 13       8:30-11:30am   M-Th

*Please note: This page is for informational purposes, but details and schedules may change. Adventure & Outdoor camp letters and forms with the most current information are mailed to registrants pproximately two weeks prior to the start of camp. Call 410-313-7275 or click on the camp title above to register online or check for openings.

Make memories with Gran this summer.

Check back soon for details on new opportunities for families and small groups in a variety of Adventure & Outdoor activities!

Interested in working outdoors this summer and sharing your love of Adventure & Outdoor Recreation? Visit the main Howard County site for a complete listing of positions available (www.governmentjobs.com/careers/howardcounty)!
 

See the tabs below for our usual camp offerings - we hope to see your child enjoying these camps in summer 2021!

Kinder Tykes Snails & Tales, 4-5 yrs

4-5 yrs / 1 week starting June 1 / $145 

Enjoy wildlife and water wonders while doing hands-on science and nature activities. Create rainbows and gigantic bubbles. Learn about wildlife and caring for the park. Fee includes special take-home surprise on Friday. Schedule is subject to change; camp is held rain or shine. Fee includes supervision and activities. Bring a non-perishable snack (no nut products) and beverage.  For more information, contact Dawn Thomas at 410-313-1754.

Cedar Lane Park West

RP9946.801      June 1       9:15am-12:15pm    M-F  CANCELLED
Click the RP number above to sign up online!

Check out the Kinder Tykes Snails & Tales Camp on Flickr: Kinder Tykes on Flickr!
Kinder Tykes, Snails and Tales 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 snack.  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.

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 - look for a camp sign near the playground.

Lil Archers Camp, 4-5 yrs

4-5 yrs / 4 days starting June 8 /  $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
RP9062.801              10-11:30am             M-Th   CANCELLED
Click the RP number above to sign up online!

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.

Get Outdoors with Gran, 6-8 yrs

This camp has been cancelled.

6-8 yrs / 4 days, start dates below / $72 (fee is for one camper and one adult)

There's no time like summer to hang out with Gran and make memories! Schedule is subject to change. For more information, contact Dawn Thomas at 410-313-1754.

Get Outdoors with Gran: Adventure Escape
Enjoy archery, fishing, hiking and other adventures with certified leaders in our backyard.
RP9725.801    June 29   Centennial Park Pav B      10am-Noon    M-Th

Get Outdoors with Gran: Go Exploring
Explore the outdoors. Learn about our feathered and furry friends, aquatic life and more right in our own backyard. Build your own birdhouse to take home. 6-8 yrs Centennial Pk South $72 RP9726.801 Jul 6 10am-noon
RP9726.801    July 6      Centennial Park Pav B      10am-Noon    M-Th
Click the RP numbers above to sign up online!

What to Bring:
Eat a quality breakfast each morning.  Please bring a small daypack with a full reusable water bottle.  Please do not bring any food items that contain any peanut or nut products (other children may be allergic). Cell phones and electronics discouraged 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.

Directions:
Centennial Park South, Pav B:  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, continue on the park road to the end – Pavilions A, B & C are to the left of the playground.

Archery Camp, 6-13 yrs

6-7, 8-11 OR 10-13 yrs / 4 days, start dates below / $135
This camp is 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 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. Fee includes supervision, equipment and activities. For more information, contact Matt Medicus at 410-313-1769.

6-7 yrs / Alpha Ridge Park
RP9755.811   July 6       8:30-1130am     M-Th
RP9755.812   July 13     8:30-11:30am    M-Th

8-11 yrs / Alpha Ridge Park
RP9755.801   June 22    8:30-11:30am   M-Th
RP9755.802   June 22    12:30-3:30pm   M-Th

RP9755.803   June 29    8:30-11:30am   M-Th
RP9755.804   July 20      8:30-11:30am   M-Th
RP9755.805   July 27      8:30-11:30am   M-Th
RP9755.806   August 10  8:30-11:30am   M-Th

10-13 yrs / Alpha Ridge Park
RP9755.821  August 17   8:30-11:30am   M-Th

Click on the RP numbers above to sign up online!

What to Bring:
The recommended attire for the camp is a T-shirt, quick drying shorts, socks and athletic shoes (no open-toes sandals or Crocs). 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:  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. Once in Park, make 2nd left into the large parking area.
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. Once in Park, make 2nd left into the large parking area.

Centennial Rocks, 6-7 yrs

This camp has been cancelled.

6-7 yrs / 4 days starting August 3 / $135 

Do you love collecting rocks?  Join other little "rockers" making rock candy, starting your own rock collection and much more! Schedule is subject to change. Fee includes supervision and activities. Bring a non-perishable snack (no nut products) and beverage.  For more information, contact Matt Medicus at 410-313-1769.

RP9948.801    Centennial Park Pav F      9am-Noon    M-Th
Click the RP number above to sign up online!

What to Bring:
Eat a quality breakfast each morning.  Please bring a small daypack with a full reusable water bottle and a non-perishable snack.  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.

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 – Pavilions E, F & G will be on your left after you pass the boat ramp parking area.

Extreme H20: Adventure with Water, 6-7 yrs

This camp has been cancelled.

6-7 yrs / 1 week, start dates below / $145 

Water, water water; it's all about water in this camp! Learn about water cycles, aquatic life and floods through fun, wet, hands-on water games. Activities include water pinatas, beaver dams and a surprise visit from the swamp monster! Schedule is subject to change; camp is held rain or shine. Fee includes supervision and activities. Bring a non-perishable snack (no nut products) and beverage.  For more information, contact Matt Medicus at 410-313-1769.

This camp does NOT require a swim test and does not include swimming.

Centennial Park South

RP9945.801    Cent Pk South Pav G       July 27       9am-Noon    M-F
Click the RP number above to sign up online!

What to Bring:
Eat a quality breakfast each morning.  Please bring a small daypack with a full reusable water bottle and a non-perishable snack.  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.

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 – Pavilions E, F & G will be on your left after you pass the boat ramp parking area.

Jr HC Park Ranger, 6-7 yrs

This camp has been cancelled.

6-7 yrs / 4 days, start dates below / $235

Learn what a Howard County Park Ranger does through hands-on outdoor activities. Activities include fishing, canoeing, archery, games and making your own archery bow and fishing pole. Learn about park wildlife, fire starting and campfire safety. See the techniques and tools the rangers use to enforce park rules, save wildlife and make the park a safe, fun and enjoyable place to visit. Receive a Jr Park Ranger Uniform Shirt to wear to camp and at the conclusion of camp, a Jr Ranger Badge and certificate. Schedule is subject to change; camp is held rain or shine. Fee includes bus or van transportation (if applicable), supervision and activities. Bring a non-perishable lunch (no nut products) and beverage.  Info: Dawn Thomas, 410-313-1754.

Centennial Park South - Pav G
RP9932.801    June 22    8:30am-4:30pm   M-Th

RP9932.802    July 20     8:30am-4:30pm   M-Th
Click the RP number above to sign up online.

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.

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 – Pavilions E, F & G will be on your left after you pass the boat ramp parking area.

Fishing Camp, 6-12 yrs

6-8, 7-10 OR 10-12 yrs / 4 days, start dates below / $125

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! 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.
6-8 yrs   Centennial Park South- Pavilion F
RP9950.811        August 17  8:30-11:30am     M-Th

7-10 yrs   Centennial Park South- Pavilion F
RP9950.804        July 6           8:30-11:30am     M-Th

RP9950.801        July 20         8:30-11:30am     M-Th

RP9950.802        July 27         8:30-11:30am     M-Th

RP9950.803        August 10   8:30-11:30am     M-Th

10-12 yrs   Centennial Park South- Pavilion F
RP9950.821        July 13           8:30-11:30am     M-Th

Click the RP number above for online registration!

Daily Routine:
The camp will run 8:30 until 11:30am Monday-Thursday. 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 the pavilion. 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. 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 close-toed 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 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 – Pavilions E, F & G will be on your left after you pass the boat ramp parking area.

Extreme Recess: Sports & Adventure Camp, 8-12 yrs

This camp has been cancelled.

8-12 yrs / 1 week, start dates below / $275

Experience a camp that is packed with “old school style” games, sports and new adventures that will send your chi