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2017 Early Bird Summer Camp Guide

Attractive ways to keep kids' minds and bodies active when school is out

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 also available.

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

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. Our new Splash Camps this year include Fencing and Irish Dancing. Additional weeks of Splash Camps are being offered to accommodate the longer summer break this year.
    Parents will appreciate: Summer camps are organized by camper’s age, length of camp, specialized themes and dates. Extended hours available.

Annapolis Recreation and Parks: June 19-Sept. 1
410-263-7958, www.annapolis.gov/recreation

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.

Anne Arundel Recreation & Parks Camps: June 19-Aug. 25
410-222-7313, www.aacounty.org/recparks

Annmarie Garden

Arts meet nature in a unique summer camp experience

Unleash your child’s imagination and energy in our 30-acre park with beautiful galleries and exhibits, classrooms, studios, woods, community garden and sculpture garden. Annmarie offers an exciting selection of full- and half-day camps for ages 4-18 taught by professional educators and working artists.
    Our camps will encourage your children to explore their creativity, discover the natural world, meet new friends, serve their community and learn from working artists.
    Summers at Annmarie are active, fun and stimulating. Join us this summer as our campers create, discover and grow.
    Parents will appreciate: Integration of art, outdoor play, community service and environmental education along with encouragement to experiment, explore and gain confidence. Also, extended day programs and scholarships available.

Annmarie Garden: June 19-Aug. 25
Solomons, 410-326-4640, www.annmariegarden.org

Ballet Theater of Maryland

Young dancers perfect their pirouettes

Let the experts teach your children (ages 9 and up) the discipline and beauty of dance in a professional but nurturing environment.
    Instructors are professional dancers with Ballet Theater of Maryland, most with degrees in dance education from top universities.
    Placed by ability and audition, students receive exposure to a wide curriculum including classical ballet, modern, jazz, character dance, Pilates, musical theater and more. Seminars in acting, nutrition, injury prevention added as age-appropriate. All students may join our summer intensive performance August 5.
    Parents will appreciate: Camps meet in 6-week, 3-week, 5-day and 3-day sessions at Maryland Hall and our Merritt Annex Studio in Annapolis.

Ballet Theater of Maryland: June 26-Aug. 5
Annapolis, 410-224-5644, www.balletmaryland.org

Bowie Ice Arena

Chill out this summer — on ice!

Children learn how 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 years. Camp schedule varies 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. Registration begins on March 15 every year, and space is limited. Register early.
    Parents will appreciate: Campers perform in a show at the end of the week.

City of Bowie Ice Arena: July 10-Aug. 25
3330 Northview Dr., 301-809-3090, www.cityofbowie.org/icearena

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 over 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.
    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
4920 Hunting Creek Rd., Huntingtown, 410-535-3320,
www.calvertschoolofdance.com

Calvert Parks and Recreation Camps

Fun, fun, fun!

From June 19 to August 28, Calvert County Parks and Recreation offers 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 for all interests 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, fun sports, dance, blockbuster movies, nature walks and creative fitness for grades 1-5 and 6-8, in weekly themed sessions, in all areas of 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, www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=486

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). Early registration thru March 15: www.gscm.org.
    Parents will appreciate: Transportation is included.

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

Camp Hidden Meadows

An Allegheny Mountain setting on the banks of the Greenbrier River

Spend a summer of active fun in a spectacular location in the mountains of West Virginia on the shores of the river.
    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 over 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.
    Come check out our brand new mountain biking course and the additions to our wonderful art village.
    Campers can also experience whitewater rafting and a zipline 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: Bartow, WVa., 800-600-4752, www.camphiddenmeadows.com

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 our big show! Inquire at music@dumc.net or 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
819 W. Central Ave., 410-798-5511, www.dumc.net

EcoAdventures

Experience the extraordinary!

Let the kids go wild!    
    Animal interactions, outdoor activities, arts and crafts, fossil digs, animal training, field trips, nature hikes, projects, Wet Water Wednesdays and Friday Field Trips — all are coming to a rainforest near you.
    Our award-winning specialty camps for older campers include horse camp, animal trainer camp, fossil hunting camp, wetlands exploration, nature journalism, Outward Bound rope challenge course and Outward Bound Canoe trip on Potomac River, fishing on the Bay and one week ECO-Travel to Florida to swim with the manatees and help in gator and sea turtle research.
    New this year is the EA Mining Co. Wild West Water Stop Bunkhouse, where prospectors learn about gold and silver mining, panning and how to identify precious gems and real fossils.
    Each camper takes home a Green Screen souvenir photo with an animal — plus an unforgettable experience.
    Parents will appreciate: Instructors who are qualified environmental educators, biologists, animal keepers/trainers, naturalists and artists, many with advanced degrees. $20 early bird discount before March 15.
    Weekly sessions (ages 5-11) 9am-4pm, mini-camps (ages 3-6) 9am-1pm. Pre- and aftercare available.

EcoAdventures: June 19-Sept. 1
216 Najoles Rd., Suite 600, Millersville, 410-987-1300, www.EcoAdventures.org

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 cabins air-conditioned for comfortable sleeping. As well as pool swimming, hiking, archery, arts and crafts, outdoor skills, camp fire 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.
    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: www.Mddedcelks.org.
    Campers should be worthy and deserving or not otherwise likely to have such an opportunity.

Elks Camp Barrett: June 18-28
Annapolis, 410-224-2945, www.elkscampbarrett.org

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 non-equestrian fun.
    Five-day skill-level sessions for ages 5-17 (with half days for ages 5-7).
    Camps available for spring break, 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
En-tice-ment Stables, 4016 Old Solomons Island Rd., Harwood, 410-798-4980, www.enticementstables.com

Grace Brethren Church Summer Adventures

Fun, faith and skill

Maker Fun Factory VBS: At our free weeklong Vacation Bible School, you’ll learn how you were created by God and built for a purpose, 9am-12:30pm. Kindergarten to rising 6th-graders. Registration opens April 30; 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 six to 13. Registration opens May 1.
    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 opens May 1. Early bird discounts before July 9. Camp runs July 30-Aug. 4

Grace Brethren Church: Owings, 301-855-2955, www.CalvertGrace.org

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 through Aug. 18
1403 S. Main Chapel Way, Gambrills, 410-451-0049, www.huntingtonhelps.com/center/gambrills

Lillie Pad Studios

Create glass art

Lillie Pad Studios is the only art studio in Anne Arundel county teaching glassblowing, coldworking glass, resin casting and glass flameworking.
    In full-day art camps focused on two different art processes over five days, kids enjoy experiences with art that spark creativity, ingenuity and fire up the imagination — all while having fun.
    Fast friendships form because these art processes are often energetic and collaborative. Campers create several unique art pieces — plus fond memories of learning in a close group.
    Parents will appreciate: Early drop-off and extended stay sessions. Discounts available.
    Register early as camp space is limited.

Lillie Pad Studios: Weekly camps June and Aug.
Millersville, 443-494-8008, www.lilliepadstudios.com

Jefferson Patterson Park Summer

Dig into history, nature and imagination

In six different camps, ages 5-16 engage in discovery, fun and learning through arts and crafts, games and archaeology experiments. Friendly and experienced staff provides the highest standard of supervision and safety.
    River Life Camp: What makes the Patuxent River special. Discover by exploring its waters, forests and surrounding meadows. Rising 2nd- and 3rd-graders. June 26-30: 9am-3pm.
    Imagine If Camp: Imagine if you could try out being someone new each day? Who would you be? Rising Ks and 1st graders. Two half-day sessions, July 5-7.
    Archaeology Camp: Work with archaeologists excavating in the field and with curators and conservators t cleaning, studying and preserving artifacts. Rising 6th- to 8th-graders. July 10-14, 9am-4pm.
    Native Skills Camp: Make tools and fire with bow and drill. Explore forest and marsh and try to catch fish in the river. Rising 6th- to 8th-graders. July 17-21, 9am-4pm.
    Hands on History Camp: New adventures each day as you investigate history and archaeology in Southern Maryland. Rising 4th- and 5th-graders. July 24-28: 9am-4pm.
    It Takes a Village Camp: And it takes teamwork. Campers work together to make wigwam frame, help in the Village garden and choose a personal project that will be seen by thousands of visitors. Rising 9th- and 10th-graders. July 31-Aug. 4: 9am-4pm.
    Parents will appreciate: Low prices and exciting activities get kids digging history.

Jefferson Patterson Park: June 26-Aug. 4
10515 Mackall Rd., St. Leonard, 410-586-8501, www.jefpat.org

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 next year.

Mathnasium of Annapolis & Severna Park: June 15-Sept. 15
Festival at Riva, Annapolis, 410-544-MATH, ­www.mathnasium.com/annapolis, Park Plaza Shopping Center, Severna Park: www.mathnasium.com/severnapark

Mathnasium of Dunkirk

Making math fun!

Awesome instructors create a welcoming environment for learning math in a way that makes sense, with fun and a great reward system in one-hour sessions.
    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
10735 Town Center Blvd., Dunkirk, 410-286-2841, ­www.mathnasium.com/Dunkirk

Mount Zion UMC Camp

Sports, drama and Bible study

Mount Zion UMC Camp offers soccer, cheerleading, Ultimate Frisbee, basketball, Team 45 and musical theater for ages 4-12.
    Each day’s activities (9am-12:15pm) include Bible study with activities and sports. Camp meets at Lothian Elementary School. Online registration begins April 1.
    Parents will appreciate: It’s all free!

Mt. Zion UMC Camp: June 26-30
Lothian, 410-867-4035, www.mzumc.com

Naptown Sings

For kids interested in music, music and more music

Children aged 6-12 learn to sing the songs they love and play a favorite instrument: guitar, piano or drums of the world drum. 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 St. in Annapolis, 10am-3pm M-F.
    Why a restaurant? The second floor of the 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 the 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 need be.
    Visit www.naptownsings.com/application to register and make a deposit.

Naptown Sings: July 10-14 & July 17-21
410-279-3208, sophia@naptownsings.com, ­www.naptownsings.com, facebook.com/naptownsings

Ocean City Recreation & Parks Summer Camps

Summer camp by the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea

This summer, 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 three to 18-plus June 19-August 24.
    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 St., 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 local area, as well as colleges and universities, this is a best bet for OC vacationers looking for fun for the kids.
    Register ASAP!

Ocean City Recreation and Parks: June 19-Aug. 24
410-250-0125, www.OCsportscamps.com

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 offered. 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
6935 Oakland Mills Rd., Columbia, 410-415-1970, ­amontone@schoolofrock.com, ­www.columbia-sor.frontdeskhq.com/categories/14064

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 curriculums will have campers excited to learn about space and rockets. We also have games and outdoor play daily.
    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
1605 Pleasant Plains Rd., Annapolis, 410-757-2333, www.stmargaretsdayschool.org

St. Martin’s Summer Fun-in-the-Field

Affordable summer fun

We offer weekly themed programs for children ages 3 through 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
375A Benfield Rd., Severna Park, 410-647-7055, www.stmartinsmd.org

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 life-long passion for the sport.
    Lunch breaks each 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-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-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 Sailing Club Junior Sailing School: Galesville, 410-867-9772, www.westriversc.org