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Howard County Recreation and Parks offers cooking programs, camps and workshops for all ages and skill levels. Youth programs and camps focus on a variety of themes and culinary activities. Adult programs feature an assortment of cuisine from around the globe. Programs and camps vary from hands-on to demonstration.

Sections

Camps

To register, call 410-313-7275 or Register Online.

Info: Melissa Calleri, 410-313-4721 or mcalleri@howardcountymd.gov.

 

Wee Chefs Camp (3-6 yrs)
Prepare new tasty treats each day as you learn about measuring, mixing, math and more! Personalize a chef’s apron and a recipe book to take home. Share what you learned on the last day with family and friends! Story time and creative activities add to the fun. Children are not near hot appliances.

Junior Chefs Camp (Grades 1-8)
Love Gordon Ramsay, Anthony Bourdain and Giada De Laurentiis? Then join us for a week of cooking fun! New hands-on cooking activities are perfectly measured for the aspiring young chef. Explore food rich in nutrients and flavor by using products free of GMO’s, preservatives and dyes. Fresh menus are handpicked by Curtis Ramsey and make up a personalized book of recipes to take home. Each session offers healthy eating and teaches new techniques. Full-day students may bring a nut-free bagged lunch and half-day students may bring a nut-free snack, although every student samples recipes.

Confectionery Camp by Madame Cours de Cuisine (7-10 yrs)
New menus incorporate science, math and kitchen safety into this fun and delicious summer program run by Chef Nikki Marks, owner of Madame Cours de Cuisine and Mindgrub Café Food Truck. The focus of this camp is all things dessert, including cake decorating! The camp is taught by Madame Cours de Cuisine staff and special guest chefs. $50 materials fee due on first day, payable to Nikki Marks. Full day includes a supervised lunch hour at no additional cost (bring a nut-free lunch and drink), no repeated recipes for full-day students. Half-day campers, bring a nut-free snack & drink (campers sample recipes).

The Chopping Block! by Madame Cours de Cuisine (11-13 yrs)
Explore cooking techniques used by professional chefs. Work with guests like Nikki Marks, owner of Madame Cours de Cuisine and Mindgrub Café Food Truck, plus other chefs! Monday, master the art of preparation (including homemade dumpling and noodle making). Tuesday, concentrate on appetizers and canapes. Wednesday, focus on salads. Thursday, create a main course and other dishes (including comfort foods, casseroles and fancier fare). Friday, make desserts. Step up to “The Chopping Block” and see if you have what it takes! $50 materials fee due on first day, payable to Nikki Marks. Full-day includes a supervised lunch hour at no additional cost (bring a nut-free bagged lunch and drink), no repeated recipes for full-day students. Half-day campers, bring a nut-free snack and drink, although campers in all sections sample recipes.

Cooking Skills for Teen Chefs (12-16 yrs)
In this fun, five-day series, practice essential skills and master the fundamentals of cooking. Enjoy working alongside classmates learning new techniques! Refresh knife skills & learn sauce basics. Grill, sauté, braise & roast. Perfect pasta made from scratch! On Friday face the ultimate mystery box team challenge. Before we say goodbye, have a chance to show off your new cooking skills. (Prerequisite: must already have experience with knife skills and some cooking knowledge, or have attended a class/ camp for this age group taught by Chef Alba). We eat what we cook, so bring your appetite! For this culinary experience, you receive an apron and a kitchen item to take home.

NEW! I’m the Chef Too! (5-12 yrs)
Join I'm The Chef Too’s camps where you combine the love of cooking and infuse it into fun, educational concepts in the kitchen! Will you become a crazy, mad-science chef and discover scientific answers to tasty mysteries. Step into the role of a paleontologist and uncover a variety of edible dinosaur treats. Become an artist and whip up delicious, edible masterpieces. Build like an engineer using some of your favorite treats. Act as a master chef of mathematics and explore a variety of mathematical concepts in our kitchen. Pick your own adventure; the choice is yours! Each camp includes a STEAM-related curriculum where cooktops, ovens, and utensils are brought into classrooms. Full day includes a fee, supervised lunch hour (you may bring a nut-free bagged lunch and drink), and no repeated recipes for full-day students. Half-day campers may bring a nut-free snack and drink, although everyone samples recipes. Extended day options available on select weeks (6/25, 7/23, 8/13). Call registration for details.

 

 


Pre-K

To register, call 410-313-7275 or Register Online.

Check back for fall programs.

 


Youth

To register, call 410-313-7275 or Register Online.

Check back for fall programs.

 

Adult

To register, call 410-313-7275 or Register Online.

For more info: Danielle Bassett, Recreation Manager: 410-313-4634 or dbassett@howardcountymd.gov.

Full listing of current Adult Programs (18 yrs +): https://www.howardcountymd.gov/adultprograms 

Inclusion Services

Howard County Recreation and Parks strives to make programs available to all individuals with disabilities and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Inclusion Services provides a variety of supports to individuals with disabilities who choose to participate in any recreation program or class offered by the department. Inclusion accommodations may include financial assistance, accessibility, companions, additional training, medical, and interpretive services for the deaf or hearing impaired.


Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to register for general recreation programs of their choice. Howard County Recreation and Parks Department has developed an inclusion process to better accommodate citizens with disabilities. To ensure that we meet your program needs, please call 410-313-4628 or 410-313-4708 at least two weeks before the program begins.


The Inclusion Process:
Look through the brochure and find a class or program you like.
Register for the program. Let us know what you need to participate on the registration form or when you call to the person taking the registration.
Examples may include effective communication for the deaf or hearing impaired, improved signage, activity modification, additional staff training, companions, accessible equipment and facility features, and/or individualized planning for program or class participation. 
Therapeutic Recreation Staff will contact you to discuss strategies for inclusion and to offer an opportunity to share additional accommodation information. You will be asked to complete this confidential survey to help us better serve you.

Each request is assessed on an individual case by case basis. Additional information may be needed to address the request.
Modifications or accommodations will be made as needed.

Companion Services are not guaranteed.

Come live, learn, and choose your fun!

Contact Us

To register, call 410-313-7275 or Register Online.

 

Preschool: Cindy Ochs, Recreation Supervisor: 410-313-4681 or cochs@howardcountymd.gov

Youth: Melissa Calleri, Recreation Supervisor: 410-313-4721 or mcalleri@howardcountymd.gov

Adult: Danielle Bassett, Recreation Manager: 410-313-4634 or dbassett@howardcountymd.gov

 

Financial Assistance is available by application on an individual basis. Please call 410-313-4659 for details.