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2017 Last-Minute Camp Guide

There's still time to fill the kids' summer with fun — and just maybe fill your days with peace.

Annapolis Area Christian School Summer Programs

A safe, fun and nurturing environment

We welcome campers of all families and faiths and invite you to explore our 40+ full- and half-day programs for ages 3-18 to see how we can meet your family’s needs. Our weeklong camps cover all the bases: sports camps for those who like to be active … creative arts camps for the artistic … academic camps to satisfy STEM interests. For kids who like a wide mix of activities, we have Eagles Explorations, the best traditional day program around.
    Eight camps are new this year: Eagles Coding, Eagles Robotics, Eagles STEM, Eagles Dance, Eagles Girls’ Field Hockey, Christ the King Soccer Camp, Little Robot Mechanic and Deep Space Robotics. Eagles Explorations now also includes a Drama and Improv class.
    Most camps meet at the Upper School in Severn; basketball camps meet at the Middle School campus in Annapolis.
    Passionate and caring counselors, coaches and teachers will foster your child’s physical, intellectual and spiritual curiosity.
    Parents will appreciate: All full-day camps include lunch and optional bus transportation. Extended day options available.

Annapolis Area Christian School: June 12-Aug. 11
Annapolis & Severn campuses, 410-519-5300 x3149,

Annapolis Recreation and Parks Day Camps

Many choices of fun for all ages — at ­affordable prices

Summer days filled with sports, dance, rock climbing, nature, arts & crafts, boating, field trips, swimming lessons and free time at the Truxtun Park Pool. Activities vary depending on the specialized camp format your child selects.
    Back again: Bricks 4 Kidz, Flag Football and Karate Splash Camps. New Splash Camps include Fencing and Irish Dancing. Additional weeks of Splash Camps accommodate the longer summer break this year.
    Parents will appreciate: Summer camps are organized by campers’ age, length of camp, specialized themes and dates. Extended hours available.

Annapolis Recreation and Parks: June 19-Sept. 1

Anne Arundel County Recreation & Parks Camps

Fun, learning and excitement all summer long

Find a variety of camp opportunities all over Anne Arundel County for all ages, interests and abilities. Enjoy arts and crafts, nature, sports, music and drama, active games, field trips, special theme days and more.
    Choose from Abrakadoodle art camps, adaptive day camps, colonial adventure camp, enrichment camps, dance camps, imagination camps, Jug Bay Wetlands camp, science & engineering camps, sports camps, summer aquatics camps, summer day camps, summer fun centers, teens on the go and theatre performance and dance camp.
    Parents will appreciate: Match ages, interests, locations and schedule in our Spring & Summer 2017 Guide, now online.

AACo. Recreation & Parks Camps: June 19-Aug. 25

Bridge Church VBS Hero Central

Watch your child turn into one of God’s ­superheroes

At VBS Hero Central, children ages 5-11 enjoy an interactive, energizing, Bible-based good time as they discover their strength in God. They will become heroes and explore how to serve God and God’s mission in their lives.
    After a high-energy opening assembly at Hero Central, campers make their way to the Bible Story Headquarters. Interactive Bible lessons reveal Hero Codes to equip your camper for an active life with God. Campers learn a Bible memory Hero Verse that will remain with them in their faith long after this summer.
    Campers expand on what they’ve discovered by participating in a variety of activities: making their own art projects at Craft Headquarters; exploring the wonders of creation at Science Headquarters; playing games at Recreation Headquarters; enjoying tasty treats at Snack Headquarters.

Bridge Church VBS Hero Central: July 18-22, 2-6pm
Annapolis, 410-295-7322,

Bowie Ice Arena

Chill out this summer — on ice!

Children learn to ice skate or continue to develop their skating skills in a fun and exciting way with our figure skating and hockey camps.
    We have something for all levels, ages 3-15. Camp schedules vary by week, but you always get on-ice instruction, on-ice games and music, off-ice games and crafts.
    Camps are half-day for 3- to 6-year-olds and full-day for 6- to 15-year-olds. Don’t let your child miss out on this cool summer fun.
    Parents will appreciate: Campers perform in a show at the end of the week.

City of Bowie Ice Arena: July 10-Aug. 25

Calvert Library

Free fun for the entire family

Where can you find fun, free things to do with your kids this summer that you can all be excited about? A place where performers will have your children singing, dancing and thrilling to see live animals? Where they can find a book they will love and get prizes for reading it? (But shhhh, don’t tell them it keeps their brain sharp so they do better right out of the gate in September.)
    Where is this magical place? Right around the corner at Calvert Library! This summer at Calvert Library you can join #calvertREADS and get a chance to win monthly prizes, a $100 gift card of your choice and even explore the treasure box daily. Attend seven free, fun-filled performances throughout the county with your friends and family.
    Bring your friends and family to our #calvertREADS Festival June 10, 11am-3pm at Calvert Library in Prince Frederick to get the summer started off right.
    Summer fun performances: Mad Science, June 20 & 21; Barry Louis Polisar, June 27 & 28; Chris Fascione, July 11 & 12; Prakriti Dance, July 18 & 19; Echoes of Nature, July 25 & 26; Tom Crowl, Aug. 1 & 2; Mike Rose, Aug. 8 & 9.
    Parents will appreciate: All free for all ages day and night.

Calvert Library: June 20-Aug. 9

Calvert County Parks and Recreation Camps

Fun, fun, fun!

From June 19 to August 28, Calvert County Parks and Recreation offer a wide variety of camps for children of all ages and abilities at community centers, parks and schools throughout the county. Led by great staff, camps include crafts, games, exciting field trips and sports — all at affordable prices.
    Pick your weeks of Cool Kids Fun Camps, including indoor and outdoor interactive play, sports, dance, blockbuster movies, nature walks and creative fitness for grades 1-5 and 6-8, in weekly themed sessions throughout the county.
    Special-interest camps include dance, fencing, Lego, force inspiration, nature, Camp Jr. Sheriff and summer fun camp.
    Three Therapeutic Services Camps bring summer fun to children with special needs: Camp Calvert, TR Adventure Camp (with an optional add-on package) and TR Tot Camp.
    Parents will appreciate: Match ages, interests, locations and dates in the 2017 Summer Brochure in print or online.

Calvert Parks & Recreation Camps: June 19-Aug. 28
410-535-1600 x2649,

Calvert Marine Museum Day Camps

Play on the Bay in many ways

For kids who want to take their love of water to the next level, Calvert Marine Museum offers two camp choices this summer.
    July 5-7, middle schoolers are invited to the three-day Coroplast Boat mini-camp, building a canoe, learning about boat safety, maneuvers and paddling in the boat basin. After camp, take your boat home with you.
    Children 1st to 9th grade have their day on the water August 14-18. Monday, the Scallywag Crew (grades 1-3) wears pirate garb, eats pirate grub and does pirate work like hunting for buried treasure or fighting a sea battle aboard our bugeye, Wm. B. Tennison.
    Tuesday, 5th and 6th graders join Norse Exploration Camp, learning navigation, ship building, runes and shield symbology just like the fearless Norse seafarers did.
    Wednesday, 6th to 9th graders become paleontologists for the day and hunt for fossilized shark teeth, whale bones and the shells of ancient creatures, working with real paleontologists to uncover the mysteries of the deep.
    Thursday, 4th to 7th graders learn what it takes to be a 17th century colonist, sail on the skipjack Dee of Saint Mary’s for an adventure through the marsh, make their own maps and discover key survival skills.
    Friday, 1st to 3rd graders splash through a day of wet outdoor waterplay captaining their own toy boats.
    Parents will appreciate: Inexpensive programs for grades 1st through 9th; snacks provided.

Calvert Marine Museum: July 5-7 & Aug. 14-18
Solomons, 410-326-2042,

Calvert Nature Society

A summer of natural exploration awaits

Chesapeake Country abounds in natural wonder, much of it in our own back yards. Explore the wilder side of Calvert County at our nature camps. Campers engage all their senses in age-appropriate activities in outdoor settings. Different camps meet each week for a specific range of ages, from pre-K through 12th grade.
    Campers spend time exploring the fields, forests, streams and wetlands of our region, including Flag Ponds Nature Park, Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm, Kings Landing Park and Battle Creek Cypress Swamp. Our camps also include field trips to learn more about the environment. We have camps for learning about the creatures that call our area home, camps that take us back to the times when Native Americans roamed this land and camps that teach nature photography.
    Older kids learn outdoor skills, challenging themselves to expand their experience in nature. High school campers explore nature while developing their leadership skills. Our “Chow Hounds” is for anyone who likes to eat. Campers will learn about outdoor cooking, campfire safety and what wild plants are edible.
    We offer both full-day and half-day camps, and some camps have an overnight excursion for a total nature experience.
    Parents will appreciate: Discounts for Calvert Nature Society members.

Calvert Nature Society: June 26-Aug. 3

Calvert School of Dance

Dance, dance, dance all summer long

The teachers of Calvert School of Dance have been sharing their love of movement for more than 29 years. We know that dance training is an important part of a well-rounded education, with benefits reaching out in many different directions.
    Our camps include Broadway Babies, a musical theater-style camp for all ages … Turns & Progressions, a camp for intermediate dancers to improve leaps and turns plus contemporary combinations … All-Day Dance Camps (9am-4pm) for learning a variety of styles plus flexibility, strength and core training … Gymnastics Camp, an evening class for all ages and all levels, focusing on improving skills and techniques … Intensive Dance Camps for all levels with master teachers in ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater and contemporary dance.
    Parents will appreciate: Pro­fessional training in classical ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop and gymnastics for every skill level. Early drop-off available.

Calvert School of Dance: June 26-Aug. 17
Huntingtown, 410-535-3320,

Camp Conowingo

Girl Scouting in the great outdoors

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland’s 600-acre summer residential camp at Camp Conowingo brings girls outdoors in a safe and caring community to explore forest, fields and waterfront while building courage, confidence and character.
    Scouts learn a range of skills from archery and horseback riding to science and leadership in an all-girl environment that encourages fun and friendship. Campers can choose to stay in yurts, tents or cabins. Every week has a theme and includes lots of crafts, nature exploration, sports and summertime fun.
    Whether first-time campers or veterans seeking new adventures, Scouts will find fun, friendship and memories to last a lifetime in sharing a new adventure with girls from all over central Maryland and counselors from all over the world.
    Eight weekly sessions for Brownies (grades 2-3), Juniors (grades 4-5), Cadettes (grades 6-8), Seniors and Ambassadors (grades 9-12).
    Parents will appreciate: Transportation is included.

Camp Conowingo: June 19-Aug. 11
Conowingo, 410-358-9711,

Camp Hidden Meadows

An Allegheny Mountain setting on the banks of the Greenbrier River

Spend a summer of active fun in a spectacular location along a river in the mountains of West Virginia.
    Since 1992, we have made summer full of fun, friends and new adventures for our campers. Our residential co-ed camps for ages 6-16 keep children busy with more than 50 activities to choose from, including horseback riding, arts, drama, dance, sailing, mountain boarding, canoeing, backpacking, wall climbing, organic gardening, farm animals, mountain biking, rock climbing, soccer, basketball, volleyball, fly fishing, outdoor living skills, high ropes course, swimming, yoga and more.
    Check out our brand new mountain biking course and the additions to our wonderful art village.
    Campers can also experience whitewater rafting and a zip-line canopy tour on our 1,000-foot zip-line at no additional cost.
    Parents will appreciate: Camps range from one week to four-week sessions. American Camp Association accredited.

Camp Hidden Meadows: June 18-Aug. 19
Bartow, WVa., 800-600-4752, ­

Compass Rose Theater Summer Camps

Bring out your dramatic side on stage

Compass Rose Theater teaches students ages 7-17 effective communication, team-building, constructive criticism, leadership and public speaking while developing self-confidence and self-awareness. Unlike sports and academics, theater has no winners or losers. Every camper succeeds when he or she participates to the best of his or her ability. If your child loves having fun and building strong friendships, Compass Rose Theater Camps are your family’s summer dream.
    We have a full summer of intense, vibrant theater classes. We offer weekly half-day and full-day camps with a variety of emphases, making it easy to choose which camp is best for your child.
    Our featured camps are Theater Bootcamp, Musical Theater Techniques and Play Production. Compass Rose Theater is committed to offering theater excellence to the Annapolis community. Students are led by true industry professionals. Beginners and seasoned young actors are welcome!
    This summer we are pleased to offer Fairytales Onstage for campers ages 7-12 and Shakespeare in the Street for campers ages 12-17.
    Parents will appreciate: Bridge the Gap, an extra week of camp for ages 8-17 to keep you going before school starts.

Compass Rose Theater: June 19-Sept. 1
Annapolis, 410-980-5857,

Davidsonville UMC Theater Camp

Hone your acting chops and put on a show

Now in its 11th year, the Davidsonville UMC Theater Camp involves kids ages 7-12 in original productions featuring the best in contemporary music. Children grow as they take on the responsibility of learning their lines, singing six songs and performing for an audience.
    Camp meets at the church 9am-3pm. Each day we work on an original theater production, using games and rehearsals to improve each camper’s acting and singing skills. On Friday, we put on our play. Everyone is invited to the big show! Inquire at [email protected] or call the church office at 410-798-5511.
    Parents will appreciate: Acting experience helps kids overcome shyness and learn to stand and speak up.

Davidsonville UMC: June 26-30
Elks Camp Barrett

Helping young people develop and grow by ­getting outdoors for adventure and fun

Elks Camp Barrett is a traditional summer camp set in a 147-acre campus of rolling hills, streams and hiking paths, with air-conditioned cabins for comfortable sleeping. As well as pool swimming, hiking, archery, arts and crafts, outdoor skills, campfire and zip-line, campers choose from an array of programs updated each year, such as computer building, drama, kitchen science, herb gardening, metal detecting, yoga and more.
    Weekly sessions for girls and boys, ages 9 (or rising 4th-graders)-13 with Sunday afternoon check-in; Friday afternoon pickup. Campers should be worthy and deserving or not otherwise likely to have such an opportunity.
    Parents will appreciate: An American Camp Association accredited camp, operated by the Elks Association of Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia. Campers are sponsored by local Elks Lodges, with all or a portion of the cost covered by that sponsorship. Contact your local Elks Lodge for registration information:

Elks Camp Barrett: June 18-28
Annapolis, 410-224-2945,

En-tice-ment Stables Equestrian Camp

All about horses!

In small private groups in a fun family atmosphere, children learn every aspect of horsemanship from riding to the total care of the horse. Plus, there’s plenty of non-equestrian fun.
    Five-day skill-level sessions for ages 5-17, with half days for ages 5-7.
    Camps available for October break and Thanksgiving, too.
    Parents will appreciate: Visit camp Fridays at 3pm to see your kids show off their new skills. Our camps are certified by the State of Maryland.

En-tice-ment Stables Equestrian Camp: June 19-Aug. 25
Harwood, 410-798-4980,

Grace Brethren Church Summer Adventures

Fun, faith and skill

Maker Fun-Factory VBS, our free weeklong Vacation Bible School, teaches kindergarteners to rising 6th-graders how they were created by God and built for a purpose, 9am-12:30pm. Registration open now; Camp runs June 26-30.
    SOAR Soccer Camp: Whether a new rec-level player or an advanced club player, you’ll have a great time training with our veteran coaches. Camps meet at Twin Shields soccer fields, 5:30-8:30pm. Ages 6-13; Registration open now; Camp runs July 9-14.
    Performing Arts Day Camp: A King & His Kingdom: Acting, dance, music, stage movement combine with Bible study for a week of performance fun. Rising 2nd- to 8th-graders; Registration open now; Early bird discounts before July 9; Camp runs July 30-August 4
    Parents will appreciate: We combine Christian values with good times.

Grace Brethren Church: June 26-Aug. 4
Owings, 301-855-2955,

Huntington Learning Center

Build the foundation for your child’s future

Our learning center’s summer programs provide thorough academic evaluations to tailor instruction to your child’s needs.
    Our highly qualified teachers tutor in reading, writing, math, study skills, spelling, vocabulary, phonics, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus, earth science, biology, chemistry, physics and test preparation for state tests, advance placement, SSAT, ISEE, HSPT, GED and ASCAB.
    Parents will appreciate: Special offers available; call for details.

Huntington Learning Center: June 27-Aug. 18
Waugh Chapel, Gambrills, 410-451-0049,

M.A.D. Camp at UUCA

Music, arts and drama with a show as the finale

M.A.D. (Music, Art, & Drama) Camp is a day camp for kids entering grades 3-8 who enjoy the arts.
    During the week, campers experience a taste of music, art and drama as they assemble the musical The Emperor’s New Clothes. Hans Christian Andersen’s The Emperor’s New Clothes is a humorous fairy tale about a good-hearted but gullible king who is duped by cunning scoundrels who weave an invisible suit of clothes that “only the wise can see.”
    Campers get an introduction to handbells and handchimes, take a bowling and pizza road trip, watch movies and snack on popcorn. Camp is directed by choir director and music educator Len Langrick and meets at the UU Church of Annapolis.
    This full-day camp dismisses early on Friday when campers and their families return for dinner and the musical performance.
    Parents will appreciate: Seeing children perform after a week of hard work and lots of fun, under the direction of a music educator. Plus registration discounts for volunteers.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis: Aug. 7-11;

Mathnasium of Annapolis & Severna Park

Use summer to get a head start

Help your child avoid the summer learning loss by joining our learning program. We employ expert coaches and offer sessions for ages 6-18 that fit every schedule.
    Children play puzzle and logic games, learn to play chess and enjoy special game nights, all with our fun, engaging instructors.
    Parents will appreciate: Individualized learning to help students stay sharp and prepare for the coming school year.
Mathnasium of Annapolis : June 15-Sept. 15
410-266-6200, ­,

Mathnasium of Severna Park: June 15-Sept. 15

Mathnasium of Dunkirk

Making math fun!

Awesome instructors create a welcoming environment for learning math in one-hour sessions that make sense, with fun and a great reward system.
    We offer five themed weeks with morning activity sessions. Students are introduced to a different math concept each week. Themes include STEM, Money Madness, Measurement Olympics, Sports Mania and What Is the Chance. Math topics include mental math, money and financial concepts, units of measure, percentages, decimals, fractions and probability. Rising 2nd-graders to high-schoolers.
    Parents will appreciate: Individual learning plans based on your child’s learning assessment. Workout books back up instruction in developing number sense.

Mathnasium of Dunkirk: June 20-Aug. 26
Dunkirk, 410-286-2841, ­

Naptown Sings

For kids interested in music, music and more music

Children ages 6-12 learn to sing the songs they love and play guitar, piano or drums-of-the-world. Highly qualified instructors ensure a well-rounded educational experience and an exciting week. In addition to group instruction in voice and instruments, students make friends, play games and have an all around musical good time.
    Camp meets at the Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge on West Street in Annapolis, 10am-3pm Monday through Friday.
    Why a restaurant? The second floor of Metropolitan is a music venue where local and national professionals play. For years, the Naptown Sings! Glee Club has held its concerts there. Now we’re bringing our summer camp to this real live professional venue. On the last day of camp, students show off what they’ve learned in a big concert.
    Sign up for one week or both; on the two-week track, students learn extra songs and techniques.
    Parents will appreciate: Flexible payments, if needed.

Naptown Sings: July 10-14 & July 17-21


Ocean City Recreation & Parks Summer Camps

Summer camp by the sea, the beautiful sea

Ocean City Recreation and Parks again offers a variety of great camps including arts, science and aquatics. We have day camps running from one to five days. Camps, some co-ed, run from two to seven hours for ages 3-18-plus.
    All your favorites are back this year: art, baseball, basketball, boogie board, dance, drama, field hockey, fishing, football, golf, Junior Beach Patrol, kayak, lacrosse, Lego, stand-up paddleboard, science, skate, softball, soccer, surfing, tennis and volleyball.
    Many camps meet at Northside Park (125th Street, Bayside), a 58-acre park with outdoor fields and playground, two piers and a large gym and sports annex.
    Parents will appreciate: With the most qualified staff and instructors from the area, as well as colleges and universities, this is a best bet for O.C. vacationers looking for fun for the kids.
    Register ASAP!

Ocean City Recreation and Parks: June 19-Aug. 24

School of Rock Rockin’ Summer Camps

Fill your summer with music

Rock your summer with School of Rock Columbia’s Rockin’ Summer Camps. We offer a variety of full-day five-day camps (and half-day camps for our youngest Rookie rockers, ages 6-7) all summer long to inspire and excite young musicians. All skill levels welcome. We LOVE beginners!
    From The Beatles to grunge to songwriting, we have something for you. Each five-day, half- or full-day camp has a different rockin’ theme. Students 6-16, including beginners, learn songs and perform at the end of the week in a special show for family and friends.
    Full-day campers should bring their lunches, but no peanuts.
    Parents will appreciate: Sibling and multi-week discounts. We are in an office and shopping complex, so there is generally plenty of parking. School of Rock Columbia is a peanut-free school.

School of Rock Columbia: Weekly camps begin June 26
410-415-1970, ­

St. Margaret’s Day School Camp

Fun and exploration!

Theme-based, hands-on, exploratory, STEM-integrated camp for children ages 2-9 with new activities each week and culminating activities at the end of each theme.
    Our new engaging science and math curricula will have campers excited to learn about space and rockets. We also have daily games and outdoor play.
    Four weekly sessions are also available as half-days for preschoolers. Sign up for one week of a theme — or multiple.
    Parents will appreciate: Campers are grouped by age with one counselor for every five kids to make sure everyone is having fun and staying safe. Easy online signup available.

St. Margaret’s Church & Day School: June 12-Aug. 11
Annapolis, 410-757-2333,

St. Martin’s Summer Fun-in-the-Field

Affordable summer fun

We offer weekly themed programs for children ages 3 years old to 8th grade.
    Our camps are a great way to get to know our school and keep our current students in touch during the summer.
    Parents will appreciate: Low prices make this camp budget-friendly. Discounts for siblings and church parishioners.

St. Martin’s Day School: June 19-July 28
Severna Park, 410-647-7055,

TimberNook West River

Fun happens when nature and imagination combine

TimberNook is the ultimate outdoor experience for kids ages 4-13. Experiences to engage the mind and body are introduced, and kids use their imagination to fulfill and engage in each experience. There is lots of time for free play, adventure and making new friends.
    Imagine children building a wooden bridge of their own design deep in the woods or creating a birthday party for the birds from mud in the creek and pinecones on the forest floor. Imagine them crafting flying contraptions out of simple recycled materials before launching them off an ancient boulder or walking in a shallow and slow-moving river, scanning the area for crayfish and turtles.
    Expect simple good-old outdoor play at our weekly half- and full-day camps; no boredom, lots of adventure, freedom to choose. All our curricula are new and full of interactive fun and imagination. Choose from our creative day camps: Little Wild Ones or Barefoot & Bucket. Elementary ages go on a Sensory Adventure playing water wars, Mud Olympics and giant foam experience. Or create an entire village using recycled materials in our Village Folks camp. Adopt a stuffed animal in our Friends in the Wild program. Spend a week making Extreme Art or Going Medieval. Become knights, maidens and more in our Nights & Dragons camp, or create a massive chain reaction machine in Woodland Tinkering camp. Come play the TimberNook way!
    Parents will appreciate: Creative camps that give children time to explore outdoors.

TimberNook West River: June 26-Aug. 18

West River Sailing Club Junior Sailing School

Turning out some of the best sailors in the country

Campers have fun on the water and in chalk talks, learning how to rig and de-rig, launch, trim sail, capsize and upright, sail and sail fast. Instructors instill respect for the water and teach techniques and skills to sustain a lifelong passion for the sport.
    Lunch breaks every sailing day. Each week culminates with a special activity, be it a treasure hunt sail to High Island in the Rhode River or a quiet picnic to Round Bay to observe horseshoe crabs laying eggs.
    Monday through Friday, mid-June to mid-August two-week sessions for junior sailors ages 8 and up, classed by age and experience and moving up with increasing skills. Monday through Friday two-hour sessions for Sea Urchins ages 6-7 start July 10, 24 and 31.
    Parents will appreciate: From its first junior program in 1953, West River Sailing Club has had a long and successful history with young sailors. All instructors are U.S. Sailing Level 1 certified and have first aid and CPR training. We also have a full-time director on staff. The instructor-to-sailor ratio is about 1 to 6 or 7.

West River Junior Sailing School: July 10-Aug. 11
Galesville, 410-867-9772,