Written By Cari Pierce
There’s so much more to camp than BUNKS, bug bites and BONFIRES. The youth camps and programs in Carroll County this summer are offering so many activities, diversions and LEARNING opportunities, your KIDS need only pack their ADVENTUROUS spirits.
If your children want to experience playing SPORTS, exploring NATURE, discovering the ARTS and learning about other CULTURES, these camps will be at the heart of their MEMORIES for years to come…
BEAR BRANCH NATURE CENTER CAMP
300 John Owings Road
Westminster, MD 21158
410-848-2517 ¥ http://ccgov.carr.org/hashawha
Members-only registration begins
on March 21, 2005.
Open registration begins March 28, 2005.
NATURE DETECTIVES CAMP
July 6-July 8, 2005, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
for ages 6-8
$65/member, $75 nonmember
WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE CAMP
July 12-July 15, 2005, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
for ages 9-12
$95/ member, $105/nonmember
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE CAMP
July 26-July 29, 2005, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
for ages 7-10
June 27-June 29, 2005, for ages 11-13
Daily program with one overnight camp-out on
PATUXENT RIVER SOJOURN
June 17-June 20, 2005, for ages 13-17
Overnight camp-outs and daily canoeing on the
VENTURE TO VERMONT
August 1-August 4, 2005, for ages 15-18
Overnight camp-outs and daily exploring of
Vermont’s Green Mountains
CAMP AIRY AND CAMP LOUISE
5750 Park Heights Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215
410-466-9010 ¥ www.airylouise.org
Camp Airy is a residential camp in Thurmont
for boys. Camp Louise hosts girls for its residential
camp in Cascade. Both camps have been operating
since the 1920s to give Jewish children a special
and fun summer experience.
Programs run at each camp in two- and
Two-Week Sessions – $1,400
June 27-July 10, 2005
July 11-July 24, 2005
July 26-August 8, 2005
August 8-August 21, 2005
Four-Week Sessions – $2,800
June 27-July 24, 2005
July 26-August 21, 2005
Special promotional price for the four-week, July
26-August 21, session at Camp Airy is $2,300 if
paid in full by April 1, 2005. Special pricing for
the two-week, August 8-August 21, session at
Camp Airy is $1,150 if paid in full by April 1,
CARROLL COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL
SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS
91 West Main Street ¥ Westminster, MD 21157
410-848-7272 ¥ www.carr.org/arts
Programs run July 15-August 5, 2005.
Members-only priority registration runs through
March 31, 2005.
Open registration begins April 1, 2005, until
camps are filled.
CREATIVE KIDS CAMP
Sandy Oxx, Camp Director
July 11-July 15, 2005, for ages 5*-7
(*requires full year of kindergarten or home school equivalent)
July 18-July 22, 2005, for ages 6-8
ARTS & CRAFTS CAMP – THEME: TOYS
AND GAMES OF YESTERYEAR
Susan Williamson, Camp Director
July 25-July 29, 2005, for ages 9-11
August 1-August 5, Ages, 10-13
Performing Arts Camp
Joy Thomas, Camp Director
July 25-July 29, 2005, for ages 10-13
August 1-August 5, 2005, for ages 9-11
PERFORMING ARTS CAMP
Joy Thomas, Camp Director
July 25-July 29, 2005, for ages 10-13
August 1-August 5, 2005, for ages 9-11
CARROLL COUNTY FAMILY YMCA
1719 Sykesville Road ¥ Westminster, MD 21157
410-848-3660 ¥ www.ymcamd.org
Camp registration began January 15, 2005.
Open house: April 2, 2005, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Parent information night on June 10, 2005, from
6 p.m.-7 p.m.
Register and pay in full by April 11 to receive
$10 off each camper week. Eleven sessions run
Monday-Friday from June 13-August 26, 2005.
Offerings include preschool, outdoor summer
day, teen, specialty, and resident camps; indoor
summer fun clubs, and a Leaders in Training
Program (LIT). General camp costs range from
$70-$195 per week.
Specialty camps focus on animals, nature, soccer,
aquatics, fitness, art and pottery, drama, golf,
football, tennis and creative writing. Specialty
camp costs range from $55-$250 per week.
PINEY RUN NATURE CAMP
30 Martz Road ¥ Sykesville, MD 21784
Programs run in four sessions: Monday-Friday,
9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., from July 11-Aug.5, 2005.
Members-only advanced registration lottery was
held March 31, 2005.
Open registration begins April 12, 2005.
Programs are scheduled:
July 11-July 15, 2005 July 25-July 29, 2005
July 18-July 22, 2005 Aug. 1-Aug. 5, 2005
Programs focus on nature study and
environmental education – the diversity of
animals, the earth, world of plants, forest habitat,
freshwater habitats, ecology, conservation, outdoor
training and leadership.
Costs range from $85-$280.
CARROLL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
1601 Washington Road
Westminster, MD 21157
410-386-8100 ¥ www.carrollcc.edu
Programs run Monday-Friday
from June 20-August 5, 2005.
Half-day (9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1 p.m.-4 p.m.) and
full-day (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) programs available. New
programs start every week.
Registration opened in March.
Programs include science adventures, arts and
crafts, creativity camp, mask making, drama
classes, computer classes, storytelling,
scrapbooking, foreign language studies and more.
Costs start at $85/week for half-day programs
and covers all program materials and morning
and afternoon snacks.
SUMMER SPORTS SPECIALTY CAMPS
AT FOUR SEASONS SPORTS COMPLEX
2710 Hampstead-Mexico Road
Hampstead, MD 21074
410-239-3366 ¥ www.4seasonssportscomplex.com
Programs run weekly, Monday-Friday from June
13-August 26, 2005.
Early-bird discount – get 2004 prices – with
registration through March 15, 2005.
Ten percent registration discount with payment
in full by May 15, 2005.
Summer Camp for children ages 5-12
Teen Camp for youth ages 13-16
Weeklong camps include sports activities –
swimming, street hockey, volleyball, basketball,
soccer, gymnastics, miniature golf and fitness
training (for teens only), moon bounce and
obstacle courses. Swimming lessons offered in
addition to regular camp pricing. Each Friday,
camp concludes with a day of special, themebased
Costs range from $109-$129/ week. Multiplechildren
family discounts offered.
SUNSHINE KIDS CLUB CAMP
175 Klees Mill Road ¥ Sykesville, MD 21784
410-549-0844 ¥ www.sunshinekidsclubcamp.com
Programs run Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.,
from June 20-August 26, 2005.
Before and after camp care provided at no
Part-time (participating only two or three
days/week) and full-time daily programs available
for campers ages 5-15. Minimum enrollment of
two weeks is required.
Daily camp activities include horse shoes, skate
park, horseback riding, gymnastics, moon bounce,
paint ball, swimming, lifesaving programs,
swimming instruction (additional fee), soccer,
rock climbing wall, BMX bike track, archery,
dance, field games, bike riding, volleyball, jousting
and games. Cookouts hosted each Friday at lunch
with a guest speaker who will entertain the
campers. Special theme weeks are planned as an
extension of daily activities. The sister camp of
Sunshine Kids Club Camp is Morgan Run Stables
Horse Camp, also located in Sykesville. The horse
camp offers a focused riding program on its 82-
acre facility. Call Sunshine Kids Club Camp for
more information about Morgan Run Stables’
Costs are part-time, two days, $105/ child/week;
part-time, three days, $130 /child/week; and fulltime,
Monday-Friday, $150/ child/week.
LIVING HISTORY CAMP AT CARROLL
COUNTY FARM MUSEUM
500 South Center Street
Westminster, MD 21157
410-848-7775 ¥ 410-876-2667
Applications due on or before March 11, 2005.
Names drawn by lottery on March 18, 2005,
with notification by phone or mail.
Registration after March 18, 2005, accepted on
a space-available basis.
Only 40 campers enrolled per camp session.
Programs run from July 11-July 29, 2005, for
children entering third through fifth grades.
Camp hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. daily. Camp focuses
on 19th Century activities, including
demonstrations, instructions and hands-on
experience in tinsmithing, candle dipping,
weaving, woodworking, blacksmithing and
preparing meals on a cook stove. Campers create
handcrafted projects to take home. Campers learn
and play old-fashioned games such as hoop rolling,
marbles, jacks, croquet.
July 11-July 15, 2005
for children entering 3rd grade
July 18-July 22, 2005
for children entering 4th grade
July 25-July 29, 2005
for children entering 5th grade
$115.00 per camper, 10 per cent discount given
to Farm Museum members.
SUMMER MUSIC CAMP
2 College Hill ¥ Westminster, MD 21157
410-857-2550 ¥ www.mcdaniel.edu
Program runs June 26-July 2, 2005.
Camp is for children entering grades 7-12.
Resident or commuting options available.
Non-refundable deposit due by May 28, 2005,
balance due June 10, 2005.
Commuting tuition, $275; Commuting tuition
with meal plan, $325; Resident tuition, $500.
Scholarships to offset camp costs are available
through an application and selection process.
RIVER VALLEY RANCH
4443 Grave Run Road ¥ Manchester, MD 21102
443-712-1010 ¥ www.rivervalleyranch.com
Camps run for eight sessions: Sunday-Friday
from June 19-August 12, 2005.
Registration is now open and applications are
processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
All programs are residential, non-denominational
Christian youth camps set on a 560-acre ranch
with three main camp facilities:
Arrowhead Woods, for children who are 7-9
years old and have completed grades 2-3.
Fort Roller, for children who are 9-12 years old
and have completed grades 4-6.
Frontier Town, for teens who are 14-18 years
old and who have completed grades 7-12.
Twenty different camp adventures are offered
during the camp season with co-ed, girls-only
and boys-only programs.
Costs range from $365-$515 per session.
Multiple-children family discounts offered.
No Packing or Passport Required: Kids for Peace Camp Comes to Carroll County
If you had the chance to stand on Mars and look upon the Earth, you would see one marvelous planet. In today’s fast-paced, cell-phone-ringing, laptopat- the-ready society, we could be losing sight of that oneness. Kids for Peace Camp delivers the renewed perspective that we really do live in one, small world after all.
With World Tour 2005, Kids for Peace Camp brings its program to Carroll County – in partnership with Carroll Community College – and delivers a non-political opportunity for children to learn about different cultures in the United States and in other countries around the world.
Westminster site director Michelle Guderjohn shares her eagerness to launch Carroll’s Kids for Peace Camp. “I am really excited about interacting with the kids in our community and working with them to help promote understanding and appreciation of other cultures,” says Guderjohn. “[This program] truly allows kids to experience other cultures for themselves and encourages them to create their own opinions.”
Sally Long, Senior Director of Lifelong Learning & Program Support Systems at Carroll Community College, reflects on the Peace Camp as “a very unique way for kids to have fun with a focus on global awareness.” The summer day camp for children ages 6-14 introduces 18 different world cultures each year through drama, storytelling, crafts, food, field trips and culturally specific activities. Participants receive a Passport to Adventure, stamped to show each country “visited.” Camp counselors all have backgrounds rich in foreign languages, international travel and living abroad.
In the shock, anger and aftermath of 9/11, the International Programs staff at Towson University developed Kids for Peace Camp as a healing project to help children learn more about the world beyond our borders, to celebrate cultural differences and to see how we all fit together on this planet. After being hosted and run by Towson University during the summers of 2002 and 2003, Peace Camp became its own entity, incorporated by one of the original creators, Mary Hilton, a foreign studies and social sciences professional.
Hilton, who now owns the program and directs the camp, has expanded the project’s reach to three locations: Towson, Ellicott City and, new this summer, Westminster. “Children come from all different backgrounds [to Kids for Peace Camp] to learn not just about other cultures,” she says, “but also about conflict resolution through peaceful means.”
No packing or passport required, Carroll! The World Tour 2005 runs weekly from June 20 – August 19, 2005.
Week 1 June 20 – June 24 ¥ Gullah and Appalachian Cultures
Week 2 June 27 – July 1 ¥ Cuba and Haiti
Week 3* July 5 – July 8 ¥ Guatemala and Bolivia
Week 4 July 11 – July 15 ¥ Sierra Leone and South Africa
Week 5* July 18 – July 21 ¥ Switzerland and the Netherlands
July 22 Optional trip to Hershey Park
Week 6 July 25 – July 29 ¥ Iceland and Romania
Week 7 August 1 – August 5 ¥ Syria and Iran
Week 8 August 8 – August 12 ¥ Burma and Mongolia
Week 9 August 15 – 19 ¥ Korea and Papau, New Guinea
*Weeks 3 and 5 are four-day weeks to accommodate the 4th of July and
the optional trip to Hershey Park
¥ Full-day activities from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
¥ Program materials and T-shirt
¥ Ethnic lunches each Monday and Friday
¥ Snacks twice a day
¥ Field trips and special guests
Location: Carroll Community College
1601 Washington Road, Westminster, MD 21157
$1850 for full nine-week program
$225 weekly rate*
*Cost for Weeks 3 and 5 is $180 for abbreviated week
10 percent discount offered for the second child
Registration fee: $25 – includes program orientation, “World Tour 2005”
camp T-shirt and Passport to Adventure
Before/after care: Available Monday-Friday
7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. ($15 additional per week)
4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. ($15 additional per week)
Carroll Community College Continuing Education & Training
Kids for Peace Camp, LLC
410-418-4195 or 443-722-6810, www.kidsforpeacecamp.com