Education & Family

2013 Camp Guide

A list of just some of the camps in or near Maryland

What if you could spend the summer perfecting your tennis serve, sailing the Chesapeake Bay, learning to ride horseback, or polishing your pitch under the tutelage of a Baltimore Orioles star?

It’s all possible—that’s the good news.

The bad news is that all this great stuff isn’t for you—it’s for your kids.

In fact, children of all ages today have an overwhelming number of options to keep them busy during the summer months. But to find the right camp for your kid, it’s important to make your application early, as space is limited.

Following is a list of just some of the camps in or near Maryland, grouped in different categories, offering everything from religious study and computer skills to sports training.

Arts, Music, & Academia

Community Art Center of Towson University

Summer Art Camp

On Campus, Towson University

Address: Community Art Center of TU

Towson University

8000 York Rd.

Towson, MD 21252-0001


Contact: Julia Nadeau

Campers ages 6-14, grouped by age, study drawing, painting, clay, and sculpture. An extended-day option is available. Later in the summer, there is also a computer-graphics workshop for high school students ages 14 through adults, including animee, cartoon, and gjame animation. Sessions run June 24-Aug. 9. $245-440 depending on session. All supplies and field trip fees included.

Gilman Summer!

5407 Roland Ave.

Baltimore, MD 21210


Contact: Maryann Wegloski

410-323-3800, x279

[email protected]

Enrichment and skill-building programs for girls and boys grades 1-12 designed and taught by Gilman faculty and field experts. Courses include an extensive art program, S.T.E.M. courses, outdoor education, SAT prep classes, science, math, foreign language, and sports camps. Classes include Make your first Game App, LEGO Films and Animation, Young Engineers, Surf and Skate Art, Young Explorers Nature Camp, Studio Drawing and Painting, Summer at Hogwarts, Clay and Sculpture Course, and more. Sessions run June 17-July 26, 2013.

Goucher Summer Arts Institute

Goucher College

1021 Dulaney Valley Rd.

Baltimore, MD 21204


The Institute offers summer programs in dance, jazz music, multi-media production, drum set, and percussion for ages 12-18. Ideal for young artists in middle school or high school. July 7-20. Call for prices, registration online.

Howard County Arts Council

8510 High Ridge Rd.
Ellicott City, MD 21043

Council programs at held the Howard County Center for the Arts, which includes resident artists’ studios, 2 professional galleries, a dance studio, the black box theatre for performing arts and the offices of the Howard County Arts Council, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, The Columbia Orchestra and the Howard County Ballet. Students may select from age-appropriate visual and performing arts camps including pop art, shakespeare, recycled art, and much more. Programs are open to the public, regardless of residency in Howard County, for grades K-7. June 24-Aug. 16.

Camp Jemicy

11 Celadon Rd., Owings Mills, MD 21117


[email protected]

A five-week summer day program for students ages 6-12 who experience difficulties associated with a language-based learning difference (dyslexia). We offer Orton-Gillingham-based tutoring based on 1:1 or small-group math and writing instruction. In addition, outdoor activities, art, craftsd, drama, and swimming instruction are offered. July 1-Aug. 2. Call for pricing and dates. Students must apply.

Roland Park Country School

Kaleidoscope Lifelong Learning

5204 Roland Ave.

Baltimore, MD 21210


RPCS offers a variety of day camps and programs for both boys and girls from pre-K through 12th grade and adults. Offerings currently planned include arts, science and tech, nature, language, athletics, computer-oriented programs, and more. Program dates vary from June 10-Aug. 23. Call for a complete catalogue and prices.

Camp Windward at The Odyssey School

3257 Bridle Ridge Ln.

Stevenson, MD 21153


[email protected]

Contact: Robyn Wagner

Camp Windward, The Odyssey School’s specialized five-week summer program for children with dyslexia, ages 5-14, is held on the school’s 42-acre wooded campus in Baltimore County. Camp Windward incorporates an individualized, structured academic experience in the mornings, designed to promote ongoing skill development in the areas of reading, oral language, written language, and math, followed by afternoons of art, outdoor activities, and athletics.


JA BizTown Summer Day Camp

Junior Achievement of Central Maryland

10711 Red Run Blvd., Ste. 110

Owings Mills, MD 21117


Contact: Brian Hagen, 443-394-7211, ext. 229

Junior Achievement offers a summer day camp program providing an interactive, hands-on experience for campers age 10-14 to learn about business and financial literacy while running their own town. The JA BizTown camp is ideal for young people who are interested in learning about entrepreneurship and how to start and manage their own business. Four one-week sessions are offered June 22-26, July 13-17, July 20-24, and August 3-7. Regular camp hours are from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and cost $195. Extended day hours available for $249.

Nature Camps

Carrie Murray Nature Center Summer Camp

1901 Ridgetop Rd.

Baltimore, MD 21207


West Baltimore is the perfect setting for this city-run day camp that specializes in Native-American and African-American activities and nature and environmental studies. The camp is situated on a 1,200-acre wilderness park. Coed for ages 5-13. June-August. (Call for information about dates and prices.)

Camp Puh’tok

17433 Big Falls Rd.

Monkton, MD 21111


This rustic camp has more than 60 years of experience to offer for boys and girls ages 5-16. Campers learn Native-American culture, ecology, sailing, horseback riding, canoeing, hiking and American Heritage skills. Sessions from June 23-Aug. 16. Prices vary.

Irvine Nature Center

11201 Garrison Forest Rd.

Owings Mills, MD 21117


The Irvine Nature Center is a nonprofit environmental education organization providing a variety of year-round programs and special events for children, adults and families. This summer, Irvine will offer its expanded Summer Nature Camp at its location in Owings Mills. Week-long sessions are available for children ages 2-15 from June 10 through August 16. Activities include: hiking, biking, canoeing, aquatics, animal encounters, puppet shows, plant ecology, and story times. Register online, rates vary.


Beth Tfiloh Camps

400 Delight Meadows Rd.

Reisterstown, MD 21136


Every summer, hundreds of boys and girls ages 2-15 enjoy a variety of activities at this day camp, including outdoor living skills, a rope course, drama, music, sports, boating, swim instruction, and arts and crafts. Transportation is available. Two- to eight-week programs offered at various prices. June 24-Aug. 16.

Capital Camps and Retreat Center

12750 Buchanan Trail East

Waynesboro, PA 17268


This camp serves the Jewish community in Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia. Boys and girls (rising third graders through rising 12th graders) participate in a wide variety of activities that range from arts and athletics to activities celebrating Jewish culture. Three-week to seven-week sessions are available. Special-needs campers are mainstreamed into the regular program. June-August. Prices vary. (See website for specific details.)

Camp Airy

14938 Old Camp Airy Rd.

Thurmont, MD 21788


(See Camp Airy and Camp Louise for office information.)

Camp Louise

24959 Pen Mar Rd.

Cascade, MD 21719


(See Camp Airy and Camp Louise for office information.)

The Camp Airy and Camp Louise Office

5750 Park Heights Ave., Ste. 306

Baltimore, MD 21215


[email protected]

Camps Airy and Louise have been serving Jewish children, for kids entering grades 2 through 12 for alomost 90 years. Both Camp Airy’s 450-acre site in Thurmont and Camp Louise’s 400 acres in Cascade are in the Catoctin Mountains of Western Maryland. Children enjoy a wide variety of athletic activities, rock climbing, swimming, drama, music, and more during two-to-eight-week sessions. June 22-Aug. 16. Prices vary.

Camp Pecometh

136 Bookers Wharf Rd.

Centreville, MD 21617


The mission of this coed Christian camp is to provide a faith environment that promotes life-changing experiences in a traditional camp setting, as well as archery, sailing, crafts, and games. For grades 3-12. June 23-Aug. 23. Prices range from $195-789 depending on program.

Camp Wright

400 Camp Wright Ln.

Stevensville, MD 21666


Operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Easton, this camp has day and residential programs that capitalize on its location on the Chesapeake Bay. While learning Christian ideals, campers in grades K-12 can sail, canoe, learn sports and nature studies, and even take wilderness-adventure excursions. June 15-Aug. 17. Coed. Call for prices.



Camp Alleghany for Girls

Lewisburg, WV


[email protected]

An overnight summer camp located in Greenbrier County, WV, Camp Alleghany offers programs to girls ages 7 to 16, with sessions of one or three weeks. Girls continue to enjoy the same customs and activities established 90 years ago, including archery, arts and crafts, canoeing, dance, drama, riflery, ropes, singing,

sports and fitness, swimming, and tennis, with emphasis on the principles of sportsmanship, citizenship, cooperation, consideration for others, the honor system, and meaningful appreciation of the outdoors. Goals are achieved in a lively, relaxed, and fun setting, enhancing self-esteem and boosting confidence while the girls grow in leadership, maturity and responsibility.

Camp Friendship

P.O. Box 145

Palmyra, VA 22963


ACA-accredited Camp Friendship provides more than 50 activities to choose from in one- and two-week sessions, including junior and teen programs (co-ed), plus an equestrian program for girls ages 9-16, and sports-specialized programs (such as tennis, water-skiing, gymnastics). Call for dates and prices.

Charm City Kids Club Camps
1500 Riderwood Dr.
Lutherville, MD 21093

Charm City Camps offers flexible day-camp schedules that allow parents to sign up their kids for a day, a week, or multiple weeks. Children 3 and up (bathroom independent) go on adventures each day involving arts and crafts, cooking, science, yoga, music, movement, and more. Camp themes include Around The World At CCKC, Doll Camp, Edible Art Camp, Beach Week Camp, Princess Camp, and more. Call for rates. Sign up by March 1 and receive 10 percent off.

Cape Cod Sea Camps

P.O. Box 1880

Brewster, MA 02631


Contact: Dave Peterson

Established in 1922, Cape Cod Sea Camps, located on Cape Cod Bay, offers both co-educational resident and day camp for children ages 4 to 17 with approximately 300 day campers per week, and 400 overnight campers per session. Campers, who come from two dozen states and several foreign countries, are placed in eight units according to age, grade, and friendships. Activities include sailing, swimming, wind surfing, water skiing, archery, air riflery, arts and crafts, woodworking, cycling, tennis, team sports, and drama. $600/week for five-day day camp; call for rates on overnight camp in sessions of 3.5 weeks and seven weeks.

Preschool and Elementary & Middle School Summer Camps
Columbia Academy
5 locations in Howard County


Preschool camp is offered in four locations: Thunder Hill, Kendall Ridge, Kings Contrivance, and Maple Lawn. In this 13-week camp, children will read, learn, swim, and play. Elementary and middle-school campers come together at the elementary and middle school in Columbia for a summer of science experiments and activities including swimming, cooking, art, weekly field trips, games, and mental challenges with a S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) focus.

Grier Summer Camp

Route 453 South at the Grier School

P.O. Box 308

Tyrone, PA. 16686

814-684-3000, ext. 113

This all-girl residential summer program at the Grier School in Central Pennsylvania offers horseback riding, dance, art, drama, swimming, camping, and sports in one- to three-week sessions for girls ages 7-17. Also offered is an equestrian program for riders of various abilities. June 14-Aug. 5. Prices vary.

Columbia Association Camps

10221 Wincopin Circle

Columbia, MD 21044


The Columbia Association operates 20 camps that have something for every child, whether it is art, basketball, nature, skating, or sailing. The various day camps provide activities for boys and girls in grades K-12. Dates and prices vary.

Echo Hill Camp

13655 Bloomingneck Rd.

Worton, MD 21678


This coed residential camp offers traditional camp activities and specializes in water sports such as sailing, windsurfing, and water-skiing. Ages 7-16. June 23-Aug. 28. Call for prices.

Coppermine Fieldhouse
1400 Coppermine Terrace
Baltimore, MD 21209

Coppermine Fieldhouse, a 42,000-square-foot indoor facility on 12 acres, offers age-appropriate day camps for children 3 1/2 to 17 years of age, including a starter program, lifetime sports camp, team sports clinics, and a performing arts seminar. Gymnastics, rock climbing, team building, biking, archery, tennis, sailing, and other specialty programs with swimming. June 3-Aug. 30.

Noah’s Ark Camp at the JCC

5700 Park Heights Ave.

Baltimore, MD 21215


3506 Gwynnbrook Ave.

Owings Mills, MD 21117


The JCC offer a nurturing environment for preschoolers, ages 2-5 to explore, discover and grow. Both locations offer swim lessons, music and movement, amazing playgrounds, Israeli culture, Shabbat programs, and professional educators. Half and full day, and four-, six-, and eight-week options available.

Maryland 4-H Camps

(in various counties)

8020 Greenmead Dr.

College Park, MD 20740


Every county and Baltimore City has a 4-H camp offered at various locations. The camps are open to all youths, boys and girls, ages 8-18. Resident and day programs provide the traditional camp experience. June-August. Prices vary.

McDonogh School Summer Programs

8600 McDonogh Rd.

McDonogh, MD


[email protected]

For over 75 years, McDonogh has been offering summer programs for ages 4 to 18, including traditional day camps, academic experiences, and day and overnight sports clinics. The camps are conducted on McDonogh’s 800-acre campus, which includes stables and outdoor riding rings, two fishing ponds, two fully equipped playground areas, 20 tennis courts, and outdoor athletic fields, as well as rock-climbing tower and ropes course. Indoor facilities include a 54,000-square-foot field house with seven basketball courts, an aquatic center that includes an Olympic-size swimming pool, two indoor batting ranges, a wellness center, and a wrestling room. A fine arts center boasts a 588-seat theater with modern stage, lighting and sound, black box, music room, and set design room, and there are multiple computer labs, art rooms, classrooms, and dormitory space to accommodate over 100 students. Call or go online for programs, dates, and rates.

Summer at Brywn Mawr

109 W. Melrose Ave.

410-323-8800, ext. 1268

The Bryn Mawr School runs half- and full-day sports and creative camps for boys and girls, ages 3-17, from mid-June to mid-August. Held on their sprawling north Baltimore campus, programs include sports like field hockey and soccer, plus art, music, dance and enrichment programs, including such unique offerings as manners instruction, a doll camp, and a pets camp. Call or go online for details, dates, and rates.

Summer Fun at Montessori

10807 Tony Dr.



Contact: Shari Wolf

The Montessori School’s Summer Fun program, located on the school’s campus at the corner of Falls and Greenspring Valley Roads, offers a nurturing, non-competitive learning environment in a farm-like setting.

Programs are for children ages 6 to 13 and include recreational sports, nature, music, arts, science, toddler preschool and Summer Montessori. Call for rates.

Summer Magic at Mercy Camps and Workshops

Mercy High School

1300 E. Northern Pkwy.

Baltimore, MD 21239


Mercy High School’s annual Summer Magic at Mercy camps and workshops will be held mid June through early July for girls entering grades 6, 7, 8 and 9, and include basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, and volleyball. Call or email the school for more information.

Nature Camps

(winter offices)

516 Rowland Dr.

Port Deposit, MD 21904

(summer address)

P.O. Box 4418

Manheim, PA 17545


For over 39 years, Nature Camps has offered a unique family based program for both parents and children ages 4-16, with an emphasis on outdoor adventure and environmental education. Programs are set on 250 acres of woodland bordering the Gunpowder River in Monkton. Prices/programs vary.

The Open Door

518 Virginia Ave.

Towson, MD 21286


The Open Door, a licensed child-care provider, has summer-camp programs offering swimming, field trips, music, clubs, crafts, nature, and sports activities. Weekly themes have included Mardi Gras, American Idol, and Down the Ocean. Locations are in Baltimore County, and Anne Arundel County. Call for dates and prices.

Summer at Friends

5114 North Charles St.

Baltimore, MD 21210


Friends School of Baltimore offers kids ages 4-13 a variety of programs and day camps in technology, dance, drama, and sports. Extended-day hours are available. Call for precise dates; camp sessions planned for June 17-August 9. Parents choose the length of sessions up to eight weeks. Fees vary.

Sandy Hill Camp

3380 Turkey Point Rd.

North East, MD 21901


This camp offers sailing, water-skiing, a rope course, zip line, horseback riding, sports, art, crafts, and more on 211 acres on the Chesapeake Bay. One- and two-week sessions are available for boys and girls in grades 2-10. June 16-Aug. 16. One-week session/$925, two weeks/$2,125.

Ultimate Watersports Summer Camps

Various locations throughout Maryland

Offices at: 7340 Greenbank Rd.

Baltimore, MD 21220


Ultimate Watersports offers weekly sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, and environmental summer day camps for boys and girls ages 9-16. 2009 offerings include watersports, rock climbing, river boating. Call for more information and pricing.

YMCA Camp Letts

4003 Camp Letts Rd.

P.O. Box 208

Edgewater, MD 21037

866-963-6000 (toll free)

The coed camp takes children ages 6-16 in day and residential programs. Its location on the Bay encourages campers to learn sailing, water-skiing, swimming, horseback riding, sports, paintball, and archery. June-Aug. Sessions range from one to two weeks. Prices vary.

Camp Tall Timbers

Winter office: 3735 Spicebush Dr.

Urbana, MD 21704


Contact: Glenn Smith

Founded in 1970, Camp Tall Timbers in West Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains has offered co-ed campers in grades 1-10 aerobics, drama, athletics, horsedback riding. Accredited by the American Camp Association. Prices vary.


All America Lacrosse Camp

P.O. Box 157

Fruitland, MD 21826

410-742-8411 (evenings)

Contact: Pat Lamboni

Boys ages 9-17 participate in either of two overnight All America Lacrosse. Campers stay at McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland and home of the Baltimore Ravens Training camp), where the fields have been expanded. Call for dates and prices.

Black Bear Lacrosse Camps

c/o Jon Heisman

P.O. Box 2348

Wilmington, DE 19899

Camp locations in various states


This day lacrosse camp strives to provide instruction within a supportive and nurturing environment for boys and girl s ages 5-15. Each camper receives a reversible tank top, as well as eligibility for scholarships. Counselor positions are filled by some of the best college, club, and professional players in the game who aim to inspire lacrosse players at all skill levels. Sessions June-August, check site for prices.

Brick Bodies Summer Camps

Brick Bodies Padonia

2430 Padonia Rd.

Timonium, MD 21093


Located at the New Brick Bodies Padonia 58,000-square-foot health club facility, Brick Bodies Summer Camps offer coed sports and fitness camps focusing on team sports games, as well as lifetime activities with a mixture of cardio and skill development. Basketball camps focus on fundamentals of the game, shooting, team play, contests, and competition. Four-day sessions from June 17 through August 19 are $199. Discounts available for Brick Bodies/Lynne Brick’s members. For questions or more information contact Athletic Director [email protected]

Cool Meadows Farm

3811 Jarrettsville Pike

Jarrettsville, MD 21084


If your child shows a pro

pensity for paddock life, Cool Meadows offers horseback riding instruction for budding equestrians ages 7-16. Best of all, mom and dad don’t need to foot a fat equipment bill—it’s all provided by the farm. In addition to riding, the camp also offers tennis and swimming. Call for dates and rates.

Downtown Sailing Center

1425 Key Hwy.

Baltimore, MD 21230


Licensed Juniors Camp runs weekly from June through mid- August for children ages 8-16, offering kids expert instruction on sailing and boating safety. Lessons for adults also available.

Five-Star Basketball Camp of Baltimore

P.O. BOX 155

Timonium, MD 21094


Contact: Steve Baker

Five-Star, a day camp in its 12th year, serves girls and boys from 4th grade up to high-school with one- to six-week sessions held at Park and Roland Park Schools, June-Aug., $295 per session.

JCC Camps at Milldale

5425 Mt. Gilead Rd.

Reisterstown, MD 21136


Campers enjoy lake and nature activities, cooking, arts, sports, science, Israeli culture, award-winning swim lessons, and much more. Day camp for grades K-6, arts and sports camps for grades three through eight, LIT and CIT program for grades nine and 10. Two-eight week options and extended-day available.

Tennis & Aquatics Camps at the JCC

3506 Gwynnbrook Ave.

Owings Mills, MD 21117


JCC Tennis Camps provides a daily blend of skill-building, competition, and recreational activities. Programs are available for age 3-14 on a weekly basis. The JCC also offers several aquatics camps for experienced swimmers who are looking to develop a competitive edge. Options, including a CIT program, are available for ages 9-16.

Loyola College’s Champions Boys Basketball Camp: Featuring Jimmy Patsos & Juan Dixon

Loyola College Athletics

Attn: Basketball Office

4501 N. Charles St.

Baltimore, MD 21210

410-617-5013, 410-617-2491

Champions Basketball camp is run by Loyola Head Coach Jimmy Patsos, a former University of Maryland assistant coach under Gary Williams for 13 years. Held at Loyola College June 6-July 17, the camp is for girls 7-17b and boys 8-16 and includes league play, instructional sessions, individual and team competitions, and guest lecturers. Call for dates and prices.

Ripken Baseball Camp

1427 Clarkview Rd., Ste. 100

Baltimore, MD 21209


Day and overnight camp sessions are available for boys and girls ages 7-18. This is your young player’s chance to learn baseball “The Ripken Way.” June-August. Call for pricing. Camps will be held at the Ripken Experience in Aberdeen.

Sports Broadcasting Camp
College of Notre Dame

Off-season offices: Sports Broadcasting Camps 100 Leverington Ave., PH18

Philadelphia, Pa. 19127



Boys and girls age 10-18 will have an opportunity to learn from the pros, meet sports celebrities, make sports-anchor tapes from a TV studio and reporting tapes from pro stadiums, and record play-by-play tapes of the Super Bowl and NBA playoffs. Kids will have an opportunity to host their own sports talk radio shows, participate in PTI, trivia, and Stump the Schwab contests, and more. If you have always dreamed about calling a last-minute, game-winning shot, then the sports broadcasting camp is for you. Sessions June 25-29. Check out camper videos online at

Medical/special needs


Camp Friendship at the Carol Jean Center Foundation

Elk Neck State Park

North East, MD


Camp Friendship, the premier program of the Carol Jean Center Foundation, was founded in 1991, as a place to let kids with cancer enjoy a care-free summer at camp without the worry of medical care or a financial burden. The camp is free to all its campers, ages 7-17, and includes a staff of medical personnel. A physician is on site everyday and several pediatric oncology nurses are there day and night. Campers enjoy swimming, boating, zip-lines and arts and crafts. One five-day session will be offered August 4-8.

Camp Superkids

Camp Friendship at the Carol Jean Cancer Foundation

Laytonsville, MD

410-560-2120, ext. 224

800-642-1184, ext. 224

Camp Superkids is designed to provide a fun summer experience for Maryland children ages 7 ½ to 12 with asthma. In addition to asthma education, campers enjoy swimming, teambuilding, and arts and crafts. Scholarships are available. Aug. 4-9 at Summer Crove Camp in New Freedom, PA.

Lions Camp Merrick/Camp Glyndon

P.O. Box 56

3650 Rick Hamilton Pl.

Nanjemoy, MD 20662


Children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing (or children of deaf adults), ages 6-16, and campers with diabetes enjoy fun times at Lions Camp Merrick/Camp Glyndon, located on a 320-acre campsite. This camp offers an educational approach to preventative health care. Children develop and enhance skills that encourage independence. For the diabetes camp, a nursing and catering staff provide nutritious meals tailored to the children’s special needs. Children also enjoy outdoor activities including swimming, theater, archery, campfires, and more during one-week sessions. June-August. Prices online.

The League at Camp Greentop

Office: The League for People with Disabilities

111 E. Cold Spring Ln.

Baltimore, MD 21239

410-323-0500, ext. 309 or 366

Greentop in Sabillasville provides girls and boys with a traditional sleepover camp experience in a beautiful setting with the added benefit of a 1:2 staff-to-camper ratio. Campers with physical and mental challenges including Epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, Cerebral Palsy and Autism participate in diverse activities in a safe and nurturing environment. There is also a weekend-long family camp offered in the spring. Summer sessions June-August (call for exact dates). Call for pricing.

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