Programs, Camps, Special Events, Trips & Tours, and More!
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Pre-K (0-5 yrs)
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Below is a listing of the programs and camps offered throughout the year. 
If nothing is offered currently, please check back.

Adventure & Outdoors (All)

Aquatics (All)

Child Care (All | Informative webpage)

Cooking (All)

Crafts & Fine Arts (All)

Dance (All)

Fitness (All)

Home School (All)

Historic & Heritage (All)

Music & Theater Arts (All)

Nature & Environment (All)

Park Ranger Programs (All)

Special Events (All)

Sports (All: Tee Ball, Basketball, Gymnastics, Lacrosse, Multi-Sport, Obstacle Sports, Soccer, Tennis, Wrestling)

Trips & Tours (All)

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Youth (5-12 yrs)
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Below is a listing of the programs and camps offered throughout the year. 
If nothing is offered currently, please check back.

Adventure & Outdoors (All)


Aquatics (All)

Chess (All)

Child Care (All | Informative webpage)

Cooking (All)

Crafts & Fine Arts (All)

Dance (All)

Home School (All)

Historic & Heritage (All)

Music & Theater Arts (All)

Language (All)

Nature & Environment (All)

Park Ranger Programs (All)

Personal Development & Enrichment (All)

School's Out Programs (All)

Science & Technology (All)

Scouts Programs

Special Events (All)

Sports

  • All (Badminton, Baseball/Softball/Tee Ball, Basketball, Cheer, Cricket, Dodgeball, Fencing, Field Hockey, Flag Football, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Jump Rope, Kickball, Lacrosse, Martial Arts, Multi-Sport, Obstacle Sports, Rugby, Soccer, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Virtual Sports, Volleyball, Wrestling)

Therapeutic Recreation & Inclusion Services (All)

Trips & Tours (All)

Volunteer Opportunities (All)

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Teens & Tweens (11-17 yrs)
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Below is a listing of the programs and camps offered throughout the year. 
If nothing is offered currently, please check back.

Adventure & Outdoors (All)


Aquatics (All)

Crafts, Fine Arts & Photography (All)

Dance (All)

Fitness (All: May participate with an adult: Barre, Cardio & Strength, Kickboxing, Step, Pilates, Yoga, Zumba)

Junior Counselors (All)

Music & Theater Arts (All)

Nature & Environment (All)

Historic & Heritage (All)

Park Ranger Programs (All)

Personal Development (All)

Science & Technology (All)

Scouts Programs

Special Events (All)

Sports (All: Badminton, Baseball/Softball, Basketball, Cheer, Cricket, Dodgeball, Fencing, Field Hockey, Flag Football, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Jump Rope, Kickball, Lacrosse, Martial Arts, Multi-Sport, Obstacle Sports, Rugby, Soccer, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Virtual Sports, Volleyball, Wrestling)

Therapeutic Recreation & Inclusion Services (All)

Trips & Tours (All)

Volunteer Opportunities (All)

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Adults (18 yrs +)
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Below is a listing of the programs offered throughout the year. 
If nothing is offered currently, please check back.

Adventure & Outdoors (All)


Aquatics (All)

Cooking (All)

Crafts & Fine Arts (All)

Dance (All)

Fitness (All)

Historic & Heritage (All)

Lifelong Learning (All)

Music & Theater (All)

Nature & Environment (All)

Park Ranger Programs (All)

Special Events (All)

Sports (All: Badminton, Softball, Basketball, Cricket, Fencing, Football, Golf, Jump Rope, Kickball, Lacrosse, Martial Arts, Pickleball, Soccer, Tennis, Virtual Sports, Volleyball)

Therapeutic Recreation & Inclusion Services (All)

Trips & Tours (All)

Volunteer Opportunities (All)

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Active Adults (55 yrs +)
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Below is a listing of the programs offered throughout the year. 
If nothing is offered currently, please check back.

Encore programs are designed with the active aging adult in mind. Reignite the excitement and try something you've always wanted to do! If you don't see something offered here that you would like to try, let us know by emailing [email protected]! We are always looking for new ideas on how to better serve the community. Encore Adventure Series: Earn a certificate & patch within 2 years though 1-day programs in archery, fishing, history & hiking, kayaking, nature walk, rock-climbing, and more.

Adventure & Outdoors (All)


Aquatics (All)

Cooking (All)

Crafts & Fine Arts (All)

Dance (All)

Drop-In Programs (All)

Fitness (All

Lifelong Learning (All)

Nature & Environment (All)

Speaker Series (All)

Sports (All: Badminton, Softball, Basketball, Cricket, Fencing, Football, Golf, Jump Rope, Kickball, Lacrosse, Martial Arts, Pickleball, Soccer, Tennis, Virtual Sports, Volleyball)

Therapeutic Recreation & Inclusion Services (All)

Trips & Tours (All)

Volunteer Opportunities (All)

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Therapeutic Recreation (All Ages)
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Below is a listing of the programs offered throughout the year. 
If nothing is offered currently, please check back.

Aquatics (All programs currently offered)

Bowling (All programs currently offered)

Cooking (All programs currently offered)

Crafts & Fine Arts (All programs currently offered)

Dance (All programs currently offered)

Enrichment (All programs currently offered)

Freebies (All programs currently offered)

Music & Theater Arts (All programs currently offered)

Sensory-friendly Sundays (All programs currently offered)

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Trips & Tours
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If nothing is offered during the month of your interest, please check back. 

We have local and out-of-state excursions, go to popular theatre productions, visit museums and historic sites, and more.

Trips & Tours

General Information
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Registration
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5 Easy Ways to Register 

On-line: activecommunities.com/howardcounty 

Phone: 410-313-7275 (voice/relay) (8am-4:30pm, M-f)

Fax: 410-313-4658
Registration Form

Mail-in: Howard County Recreation & Parks Headquarters
7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, MD 21046
Registration Form

Walk-In: 
Howard County Recreation & Parks Headquarters
7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia (8am-4:30pm, M-F)

Gary J. Arthur Community Center
2400 Rte. 97, Cooksville (7am-8:30pm, M-Sa; 9am-5:30pm, Su)

North Laurel Community Center
9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel (8am-8pm, M-Sa; 9am-5pm, Su)

Robinson Nature Center
6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia (9am-5pm, W-Sa; Noon-5pm, Su)

Roger Carter Community Center
3000 Milltowne Drive, Ellicott City (6am-10pm, M-F; 7am-10pm, Sa; 7am-9pm, Su)

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Financial Assistance
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The Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks can provide limited financial assistance to Howard County residents who qualify. In addition to a completed application, you must provide one of the following:

  • Verification of qualifying household income with your 2019 Federal Tax Transcript and
  • Any proof of assistance from the Department of Social Services.

Funds are limited and a deposit of 25% of the program fee is required at least one month prior to start date with the application/registration form. Call 410-313-4659 for additional information and guidelines.

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Participation Information
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Only individuals who are registered may participate. Where age or grade restrictions apply, “age” usually refers to the age of the participant at the start of the program and “grade” to current grade. If any other standards apply, they will be noted in the Guide. We reserve the right to question grade or age and may request a birth certificate or other proof of eligibility. 

For many programs, registrants or parents/legal guardians of minor registrants will be required to provide a signed Participant Information form at the first meeting. The purpose of this form is to ensure that participants willingly share responsibility for their own safety. All activities contain certain inherent risks that each participant assumes. Due to the strenuous nature of some activities, each participant is urged to consult his or her physician concerning his or her fitness to participate. Please note that many programs will require confirmation that immunizations are current.

A parent or legal guardian must accompany a child each day for both checkin and pick-up. It is your responsibility to sign your child in at the beginning of the program and sign your child out immediately following the program. Staff is not responsible for your child before or after scheduled activities. A fee may be assessed if your child is not picked up at the close of the program.

Children must remain with the program for the full period scheduled. To leave before a day’s program is complete, a child must have written parental consent or the parent/legal guardian must pick the child up after notifying the program director. No refunds will be issued for time missed for this or from dismissals resulting from disciplinary action. In determining whether child is ready to participate in these activities, please be aware that our staff does not change diapers.

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Camp Safety Guidelines
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Accomodations for People with Disabilities
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The Department of Recreation & Parks is a recognized leader in opportunities for individuals with disabilities and is pleased to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to register for general recreation programs. With your registration, please include information regarding your disability and any accommodations needed.

We will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations on an individual basis. Interpretive services are available for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities. These and other accommodations can be provided to Howard County residents at no additional cost. To ensure the best experience for all participants, we need your accommodation request along with your registration a minimum of two weeks in advance of the first program date.

For transportation, contact HT Ride Paratransit Certification at 1-800-270-9553. For more information, contact Therapeutic Recreation & Accommodation Services Manager Susan Potts at 410-313-4628.

For more information please visit our Therapeutic Recreation & Accommodation Services webpage

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Rules of Conduct
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The following rules must be observed while participating in Recreation and Parks programs. Specific rules may be added for individual programs and needs.

  • All tobacco products are prohibited in buildings, school property or County parks
  • No food or beverages in unauthorized areas; glass containers are prohibited.
  • No soliciting or loitering
  • No interference with employee or volunteer duties
  • No harassment, bullying, or inappropriate or indecent conduct, language, or clothing
  • No unauthorized use of alcohol, drugs, intoxicants or weapons
  • No parking in unauthorized areas or driving/parking on field areas
  • No alteration or installation of equipment (such as basketball hoops, fences or lining)
  • No defacing of property (indoors or outdoors)
  • No conduct that may jeopardize the safety of others.
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Snack Policy
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Many of our children’s activities request that you supply a snack or lunch. Due to health concerns, nut products are not served or permitted.

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Inclement Weather and Program Status Information
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Check with your instructor about exceptions to the following circumstances and make-up dates for canceled sessions.

  • If it rains, only some outdoor classes will be canceled.
  • When it appears that lightning is a potential threat to participants, scheduled outdoor activities or activities in progress may be canceled.
  • If it snows on a weekday and the snow emergency plan is in effect in Howard County, scheduled programs will be canceled. Drop-in programs at Recreation & Parks facilities may run, call the facility inclement weather number, 410-313-4452.
  • If it snows on a weekend and the snow emergency plan is in effect at 7am, programs held in public schools for that day will be canceled. If a snow emergency is declared after 7am, programs in schools in progress may be completed but those later in the day will be canceled.
  • If schools are closed or dismissed early due to inclement weather, programs in schools will not be held.

Inclement Weather/Program Status Lines

Programs (Events, Trips, Selected Sports, Adventure & Outdoor, Child Care & Therapeutic Rec): 410-313-4451

Gary J. Arthur Comm Ctr, Meadowbrook Athletic Complex, N Laurel Comm Ctr, Robinson Nature Ctr & Roger Carter Comm Ctr: 410-313-4452

Belmont Manor & Historic Park: 410-313-0200

All School Fields: 410-313-6827

Alpha Ridge, Western Regional: 410-313-4372

Blandair: 410-313-3673

Cedar Lane: 410-313-4453

Centennial: 410-313-4454

Cypressmede & Hollifield: 410-313-4457

Dayton Oaks Parks & Schooley Mill: 410-313-4458

Dickinson, Hammond, Hawthorn, Heritage Programs: 410-313-0421

Huntington & Martin Road 410-313-4459 East Columbia Library, Guilford Savage & N Laurel Fields: 410-313-4456

Howard County Center for the Arts, Hollifield Station, Rockburn Branch & Skills Park, Troy, Waterloo & Worthington Off-Leash: 410-313-4455

Meadowbrook: 410-313-2727

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Filled Programs
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Space is limited in most activities — early registration is advised. If a program is filled when we receive your registration, we will contact you; you may then cancel your application at no charge, select an alternate program or place your name on a waiting list. There is no fee to be placed on a waiting list.

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Canceled Programs
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We reserve the right to cancel or postpone any program. An activity may be canceled due to circumstances beyond our control, low enrollment, or unavailability of an instructor or location. If a program is canceled, registrants will be contacted immediately and a full refund credited.

 

 

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Refunds
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We recognize that you may wish to withdraw for a variety of reasons, but our policy encourages early decisions so as to not affect other customers or our ability to efficiently deliver the programs. At a minimum, all refund requests are subject to a 20% administrative fee. Additional fees may be assessed to recover costs associated with the program. Class programs require at least two weeks advance notice of withdraw to avoid the additional fees. Trip refunds may reflect pre-paid admissions; but the option to transfer your ticket may be considered. Competitive sport program time frame for refunds reflects planning time and team selections; check refund details on website. There are no refunds for missed sessions.

Camp Refund Policy
We recognize that you may wish to withdraw from a camp for a variety of reasons, but we encourage early decisions so as not to inconvenience other participants or affect our ability to efficiently deliver activities.

Customers requesting a refund prior to three weeks before the camp starts will be charged a 20% administrative fee, however if you request the credit to be placed on your Howard County Recreation and Parks account for future use, no administrative fee will be charged.

All refunds requested within three weeks of the camp starting date will be charged at minimum a 20% administrative fee. Additional fees may be assessed to recover costs (e.g. for shirts, supplies, tickets, equipment etc.) associated with the camp. There are no refunds given for missed camp days.

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Volunteering
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Volunteer opportunities are available in several areas including preschool and youth programs, sports, senior adult programs, natural resources, outdoor recreation and special events. If you'd like to share your time and talent, visit www.hocovolunteer.org to view opportunities and register.

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Required Forms
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All required forms can be found on our forms and publications page

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