compiled by Sylvia Blair

Many of Carroll’s favorite summer camps are planning to offer up fun and excitement this summer, with COVID protocols in place. Camps provide fun, exploration, discovery and the chance to make new friends. While summer may seem far off, now is the time to decide what camps to attend and sign up. There are camp options for every age and all sorts of themes, from sports to academics, and from fine arts to technology. 


ABC CARE

June 21-Sept. 1, ages 5-14. Full-day and extended-day camps at locations in Eldersburg and Westminster. Early Bird specials and discounts available. (Start date dependent on CCPS and inclement weather days). Information: 410-751-3700 or www.abccareinc.com.

South Westminster Location

ABC Care Deer Park Adventure Camp

Entering grades K-8. Swim lessons once a week. Weekly swimming field trip to Cascade Lake pool in Hampstead. Weekly themes, hiking, nature activities, sign language, arts and crafts, and STEM activities. Lunch available for purchase one day. Deer Park United Methodist Church, 2205 Sykesville Rd. Transportation available from Hampstead and Glyndon areas.

Eldersburg Location

ABC Care Eldersburg Adventure Camp

Entering grades K-8. Swimming lessons once a week. Swimming field trips once a week to Cascade Lake pool in Hampstead. Weekly adventure field trips for roller skating, ice skating or bowling. Weekly themes, hiking, nature activities, fishing, pedal boats, sports, STEM activities, arts and crafts, sign language and clubs. Piney Run Park (Pavilion 6), 30 Martz Rd. Transportation from Watkins Park in Mt. Airy.

ABC Care Fierce Fabulous Friday Trips

Grades 4-8, with limited enrollment. Specific field trip locations for select Fridays to be announced. Fun day of field trips, team-building activities and adventure. Field trips leaving from both locations.


BETH TFILOH SUMMER CAMPS

June 28 – August 13.  Summer Camps for ages 4-14.  A wide variety of activities, including sports, ropes and challenge course (with Zip Line over our lake), arts and crafts, boating, giant slide in to the lake, bounce pad in the lake, nature program with animals and reptiles,  and much more.  Everyone swims twice a day, once for instruction and once for fun.  The younger campers enjoy playground, splash pad, music and Tarbut (Jewish culture).  Sixty acres of outdoor fun.  For more information: sam@btcamps.org.

Nursery Camp

Ages two, three and four.  Program includes structured activities such as physical education, water play with water tables and sprinklers, story time, arts and crafts, singing, nature and Friday Kabbat Shabbat. 

Lower Camp-Day Camp

Pre-K to 4th Grade. Art, singing, Tarbut, swim lessons, sports, dance, splash pad, boating, nature.

Kinder Camp

Ages four through entering kindergarten. Provides many of the same activities as the Lower Camp, such as sports, swimming, and art, but with an abbreviated day to accommodate younger campers.

Upper Camp

Senior Camp Grades four through eight.  Archery tag, survival skills, ropes course, arts, sports, boating, nature.  Daily swimming instruction.  Senior Campers participate in special events such as color war, talent show, field trips and carnival. 

Junior Varsity Sports Camp

Grades 2nd through four. Various games with their counselors in the morning (in addition to all of our general activities) and then in afternoon, we will have instruction, drills and competition in different specific sports.

Varsity Sports Camp

Grades four through eight. Skill building, competitive play and fun. Football, baseball, golf, soccer, tennis and more led by “Baseball Warehouse!”

Art Camp

Grades three through eight. Ceramics, copper enameling, jewelry making, mosaics, macramé, papier-mâché, quilling, stitchery, and more.

Survival Camp

Grades five through eight. Hands-on program that includes fire building, knife skills, climbing rappelling towers, caring for animals, constructing a campsite, preparing and cooking food, riding ziplines, and camping out under the stars. 

Theater Camp

Grades three through eight. Acting lessons, audition tips, voice direction, character development, memorization skills, blocking, and more. 

Travel Camp

Grades five and six during weeks 1, 2 and 3; Grades seven and eight during weeks 6, 7, and 8. Four day a week program taking daily field trips visiting amusement parks, water parks, laser tag, baseball games and more. 

LT Program

Leadership Training for teens entering grades nine and ten.  Program consists of developing skills and attitudes necessary to becoming a counselor assistant or instructor aide.


Boys & Girls Club of Westminster Summer Fun Camp

Weekly from June 21-Aug. 27 Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with before and after hours available. Ages 6-13. Weekly themes, includes a weekly field trip, arts, sports, STEM, leadership, video game competitions, etc. Lunch and snacks not included. $30 registration fee; $125/week (subject to change) 71 E. Main Street, Westminster. Mgrogan@bgcwestminster.org, www.bgcwestminster.org or 410-386-0135.


CARROLL COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Summer!Kids@Carroll + Teen College

June 28-Aug. 20. The majority of camps are held between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., with extended care hours and some staggered start times. For dates and times, go to carrollcc.edu/summerkids. The website is regularly updated with the most current information available. Camps are for active learners ages 5 to 15. A variety of in-person and online sections of educational enrichment, Summer!Kids@Carroll has been a quality program in a safe environment for the past 16 years. Instructors are passionate experts who also teach in grades K-12. Some teen sessions are taught by college instructors. Lunch and snacks are not included. Campers bring their own food. Cassandra Casey, coordinator of Lifelong Learning and Summer Kids@Carroll+Teen College, Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, cet@carrollcc.edu; www.carrollcc.edu/summerkids


CARROLL COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL

June 21-Aug. 6. Camps explore the arts from theatre to arts and crafts projects. Camps will be held virtually, unless camps are permitted to have large groups inside again. Each camp will be tailored for a specific age range and interest. More details will soon be available on the website. Registration for CCAC members opens March 1 and the general public can register beginning April 1. CCAC members receive a 10 percent discount on all classes and camps. Families enrolling two or more children are eligible for a discount. Tuition assistance is available through the Tom Holder Memorial Arts Scholarship Fund. Carroll County Arts Council, 91 W. Main St., Westminster. 410-848-7272 or www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org


CARROLL COUNTY DANCE CENTER & BALLET CONSERVATORY

All camps are for boys and girls. Carroll County Dance Center & Ballet Conservatory, 6300 Georgetown Blvd, #105, Eldersburg. 410-795-3255. info@carrollcountydancecenter.com. www.carrollcountydancecenter.com

Summer Dance Camp

Aug. 2-6. Ages 6-12, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., $325. Students experience a wide variety of dance forms, including ballet, jazz and more. They design and create fabulous costumes and scenery and practice the fundamentals of stage makeup. Families are invited to attend a performance held at the end of the week. In addition to dancing, children go swimming, play games, tell stories and have a wonderful time! Dancers bring their own lunch. Morning and afternoon snacks are provided.

Fairy Tale Pre-Ballet Camp

July 19-23. Ages 4-6. 9 a.m.-noon. $185. Each day begins with a pre-ballet class, then dancers watch a professional video performance or read a book relating to the theme of the week. Dancers create a costume or prop as an arts and crafts activity and then have rehearsal for their performance dance at the end of the week. A snack is provided each day. Families are invited to attend a performance held on Friday.

Treasure, Rainbows & Unicorns Camp

July 5-9. Ages 5½ -10. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (extended care available for an additional fee). $299. Great for dancers and children new to dance! Spend each day dancing, making crafts, and playing games. Bring a sack lunch. Morning and afternoon snack provided.

Animal Planet Camp

July 11-16. Ages 5½ -10. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (extended care available for an additional fee). $299. Great for dancers and children new to dance! Spend each day dancing, making crafts, and playing games. Bring a sack lunch. Morning and afternoon snack provided.


CARROLL COUNTY FARM MUSEUM

500 South Center St., Westminster. Contact: 800-654-4645; www.carrollcountyfarmmuseum.org 

Living History Camp

June 21-25, for rising 3rd and 4th graders. July 5-9, for rising 5th and 6th graders. Living History Camp uses fun, hands-on experiences to teach children about rural life in the 1800s, including old-fashioned games, craft projects and historic skills.

Farm Camp

July 12-16, for rising 4th, 5th and 6th graders. Farm Camp lets children experience living off the land as farmers for a week — caring for animals, gardening, cooking and more.


CARROLL COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION & PARKS

Carroll County Department of Recreation & Parks offers many camp opportunities throughout the summer months to keep youth and teen minds and bodies active. A complete list and program details can be found in the Carroll County Department of Recreation & Parks registration website at ccrec.recdesk.com or parents can view the 2021 Spring Programs & Summer Camps Guide at ccrecpark.org. The department’s camp guide and listings are not available on the registration site until early February. For more information, contact the Carroll County Department of Recreation & Parks at 410-386-2103 or email ccrec@carrollcountymd.gov. 


CARROLL HOSPICE

​Camp T.R.

(a weekend grief camp for children ages 7-15 who have lost a loved one). June 4, 5, and 6; held annually the first weekend in June. Overnight camp, arrive Friday evening and leave Sunday afternoon. Hashawha Environmental Center, 300 John Owings Road Westminster. Camp T.R. is for children ages 7-15 who are grieving the loss of a loved one. First-come, first-served basis. Camp T.R. offers outdoor adventurous activities throughout the weekend, including swimming, hiking, and canoeing. The camp has grief-related activities such as making memory books, a grief play, and a butterfly release. Each child is paired with a volunteer throughout the weekend. Meals are provided throughout the weekend. Camp T.R. is free. Registration is required to attend Camp T.R.; Applications are due May 10. Jessica Roschen, M.S., Bereavement Counselor at Carroll Hospice, 292 Stoner Avenue, Westminster. 410-871-7656; jroschen@lifebridgehealth.org; www.carrollhospice.org


CARROLL INDOOR SUMMER SPORTS CAMP

June 21 – Aug. 23. All day sports camps for ages 6-13. Prepared lunches, daily or weekly rates. Drop off as early as 7:30 a.m., pick up as late as 5:30 p.m. Age specific activities in an indoor climate controlled environment. Multiple sibling discount. 515 Old Westminster Pike, Westminster. 410-857-5098, learn more and register at www.carroll-indoor.com


CELEBREE SCHOOL

June 14-Aug.27. 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. All Celebree school locations. Ages: grades K-5. Each summer, Celebree School embraces a themed, learning-focused summer camp program for kids of all ages. Children will have a season that is packed full of fun activities that impart knowledge, while embracing the joy of summer! Weekly field trips, swimming twice a week, arts and crafts, parks and nature exploration, sports and games. Snacks provided. 410-515-8750; www.summersatcelebree.com


COPPERMINE 4 SEASONS

​Kaleidoscope

June 7-Sept. 2 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for ages 4-11 All-around camp for kids who love to explore, express creativity, be sporty and athletic, and make new friends. With a variety of activities and options like swimming, skating, inflatables, art, sports and a variety of games, indoors and out. Early rate of $195/week and final rate of $235/week. Before and after-care are available.

​All-Star Sports Camp

June 7-Sept. 2 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for ages 6-11

This camp gives campers the opportunity to engage in high-energy games that reinforce fundamental sportsmanship, teamwork and dedication, while developing an all-around athlete. Camp features age-appropriate instruction for a variety of sports, and campers have daily swim time to cool off from their activity. Early rate of $195/week and final rate of $235/week. Before and after-care available.

​CIT Camp

June 7-Sept. 2 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for ages 13 and 14

Early rate of $105/week and $135/week final rate. Coppermine’s Jr. Counselor Camp is an excellent way to get hands-on experience in a supervised setting as the youth learn from experienced child development leaders. 

Teen Camp

June 21-Aug. 20 for ages 10-14; Early rate of $305/week and $335/week final rate. This off-site camp is designed for older kids and consists of fun, daily field trips and experiences. Trips consist of SkyZone, iFly, Guppy Gulch, beach trips, Dave and Busters, and more.  

Coppermine 4 Seasons also offers a variety of specialty sports camps, half-day and full-day. Dates and prices are TBD. Camps include field hockey, volleyball, baseball, softball, soccer, and lacrosse. Campers bring a packed lunch, and can bring or purchase snacks. Jessica Dannettel, 2710 Hampstead-Mexico Road, Hampstead. 410-239-3366, jessica@gocoppermine.com, www.Coppermine4seasons.com.


FAITH FAMILY CHURCH MEGA DAY CAMP

June 21-25 from 9 a.m.-1:15 p.m. 4214 Sykesville Rd., Finksburg

Entering grades 1-6. Arts and crafts, build-it, calligraphy, sewing, glamour and grace, gymnastics, mixed-media and arts, nature, outdoor games, American sign language. Lunch and snack included daily. No cost to campers. Pastor Anthony Trussoni at Faith Family Church. 410-552-9522; www.ourfaithfamily.com


FULL MOON FARM

June 28-July 2; July 26-30; Aug. 23-27 from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Full Moon Farm, 4326 Louisville Road, Finksburg. Ages 5-14. Full Moon Farm tailors each day based on the campers’ interests and abilities, as well as the weather. Camp activities include morning/afternoon riding lessons, horse care lessons, crafts, nature hikes, games, demos featuring our advanced riders, and guest speakers. Activities range from learning how to properly groom, tack, and bathe a horse, to listening to guest speakers, to horse-related games and crafts. Campers learn about breeds, markings, tack, barn management, horse health, and horse care and safety. Campers bring their own lunch in a cooler and a water bottle. Water refills and two daily snacks are provided. Cost: $425 per week (Early bird price). Price increases to $455 ten days before the first day of each camp week. Christine Hryzak, Head Instructor and Camp Director; chryzak@gmail.com; www.fullmoonfarm.com


McDANIEL COLLEGE

The American Legion Maryland Boys State

June 20–June 26. This program of the American Legion is for boys who have completed their junior year of high school with numerous activities to participate in, which includes legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus, and recreational programs. Maryland Boys State participants who complete the full Boys State Program and are admitted to McDaniel College will automatically be considered for the $40,000 scholarship ($10,000 annually), as well as any other scholarships for which they are eligible. Participants also have the option to receive two college credits by attending the camp. Information: www.mdlegion.org/boysstate 

McDaniel’s Summer Science Academy

Session 1: June 20-June 25; Session 2: June 27-July 2; Session 3: July 11-July 16. Students in grades 9-12. Summer camp for science-oriented high school students, offering a variety of courses in each session. Students who successfully complete at least one session of the Summer Science Academy and who have not already been admitted to McDaniel College will receive a guaranteed minimum $40,000 scholarship to attend McDaniel College as an undergraduate. Information: www.summerscienceacademy.com 

Athletic Camps

Green Terror Boys Basketball Day Camp

Session 1: June 21-June 25; Session 2: Aug. 2-Aug. 6. For ages 7-17. The camp teaches the basic fundamentals of basketball that may be applied individually, and in a team setting. Teamwork will be stressed. The camp is directed by Kevin Curley, men’s head basketball coach at McDaniel, and McDaniel men’s basketball players will work as coaches and counselors to ensure that each camper receives quality individual instruction.

US Sports-Field Hockey Camp (Nike)

June 27-June 29. For ages 11-18. The camp prepares players at any skill level, giving the chance to master the fundamentals and develop proper mechanics through a mix of drills, games and competitive play. The camp is directed by McDaniel field hockey coach Caitlin Ashley.  Information: www.ussportscamps.com 

US Sports-Ladies Soccer Camp (Nike)

July 7-July 10 . For ages 11-18. Residential camp with the option of extended-day camp from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Includes technical and tactical training. McDaniel women’s head soccer coach Sandy Lagana directs this camp. Information: www.ussportscamps.com 

US Sports-Volleyball Camp (Nike)

July 12-July 16 (Skills). For ages 12-18. Campers learn the fundamentals, develop proper mechanics and gain game play experience. The camp is directed by McDaniel women’s head volleyball coach Jennifer Feldmann. Information: www.ussportscamps.com 

Green Terror Softball Camp

July 18-July 20. For ages 8-18. Players develop fundamentals of softball, increasing skill level with areas of focus on throwing, infield, outfield, hitting, base running, sliding, and bunting. The camp is directed by Phil Smith, head coach of the Green Terror softball team.           

US Sports-Girls Lacrosse Camp (Nike)

July 18-July 20. For ages 9-18. Players are immersed in the sport of lacrosse, learning the fundamentals as well as new techniques. McDaniel women’s head lacrosse coach Kristin Ramey directs the camp. Information: www.ussportscamps.com. 

US Sports-Boys Lacrosse Camp (Nike)

July 21-July 24. For ages 9-18. Players are immersed in the sport of lacrosse, learning the fundamentals as well as new techniques. McDaniel men’s head lacrosse coach Keith Euker runs the camp. Information: www.ussportscamps.com 

Green Terror Soccer (Ladies) Camp

July 25-July 27. For ages 11-19. Residential camp includes technical and tactical training as well as full-field matches. McDaniel women’s soccer coach Sandy Lagana directs this camp. Information: Sandy Lagana, 410-386-4630, slagana@mcdaniel.edu 

Green Terror Men’s Soccer Camp

July 28-July 30. Ages 11-19. Camp is for players who are interested in pursuing college soccer and want the opportunity to be evaluated by college coaches. McDaniel College men’s soccer coach Steve Corrieri runs the camp. Information: Steve Corrieri, 410-857-2589 or scorrieri@mcdaniel.edu 

Other Camps at McDaniel College

Harmony College East

June 17-June 20 

Common Ground on the Hill Traditions Weeks

Session 1: June 27-July 3; Session 2: July 4-July 10; Session 3: July 11-July 17. Over 350 workshops taught by 200 nationally and internationally recognized instructors in music, dance, visual arts, film, humanities and more, plus college credit is available. Information: www.commongroundonthehill.org 

Point Guard College

Session 1: June 28-July 2; Session 2: June 6-June 10; Session 3: July 19-July 23; Session 4: July 26-July 30 

Information: www.pgcbasketball.com

Sports International (Kick/Punt) or (Pass/Rec)

July 5-July 7. Information: www.footballcamps.com 


MERRITT CLUBS IN ELDERSBURG

June 21-Sept. 3. 1388 Progress Way, Eldersburg. Camps run weekly from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with before- and after-care available. Offering 25 themed camps throughout the summer for all children ages 4-14. There is pool time in the family fun pool, water games, or recess daily in all camps to ensure that campers get fresh air and exercise throughout the week. There are specific half-day camp times available for Pre-K to 2nd-grade campers each week. Campers pack their own lunch and snacks as well as bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, and closed-toe shoes. Camp themes include A Bugs Life, American Girl (Be Strong, Be Brave, Be-YOU-tiful), Around the World, Art, Comic Book, CIT (Counselor in Training), CSI, Dance, DIY, Fairy Tale, Jedi Training, Junior Zookeeper, Little Picasso, Magic and Mystery, Mini Splashers, Mini Sports, Outdoor Adventure, Secret Agent Spy, Silly Science, Space, Splash and Swim, Sports and More, Superhero, Survivor, Weird Science. Information: www.merrittclubs.com/camps. Sherri Lively, Camp Director slively@merrittclubs.com, 410-549-8855 x9044.


TAMI GEE’S STUDIO OF DANCE

July-August. Ages 3-teen; girls and boys. Snack provided. Themed dance camps, workshops and classes. Camps and workshops are offered for half and full days. Classes and workshops include ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip-hop, musical theatre, and acro.

3000 Gamber Road, Suite #7, Finksburg. 410-861-8385 or terigeppi610@comcast.net


THE GODDARD SCHOOL OF ELDERSBURG SUMMER PROGRAM

June 14-Sept. 3. Enroll for individual days, full weeks or for the entire summer. Open 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday. Ages include all children who have completed kindergarten through age 12. Field trips, entertaining visitors and shows, arts and crafts, theme weeks, and sports. Morning and afternoon snacks are provided; lunch is provided by the parents. The rate is $72/day; families may choose as many or as few days as they wish. 6300 Goddard Park Drive, Eldersburg. Kelly Sitarek, DEldersburgMD@GoddardSchools.com; www.Goddardschools.com


WESTMINSTER DOWNTOWN YOGA KIDS SUMMER CAMP

July 26-30; 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Ages 7-11. Children will stretch, strengthen, and energize their minds and bodies. Every day, campers will learn yoga poses, play games, create crafts, and participate in team-building exercises. Snack included (a daily mindfulness snack). Cost is $200  Lynn Olexy, lynn@westminsterdowntownyoga.com; www.westminsterdowntownyoga.com


THE Y IN CENTRAL MARYLAND

The Y Camp

June 21-Sept. 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with free before- and after-care (7 a.m.-9 a.m.. and 4 p.m.-6 p.m.) These dates are subject to change as health and safety guidelines from the CDC, state and local officials are monitored. There are 18 Y cmps located in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard Counties. The Carroll County Y Camps include Camp Hashawha Overnight Camp and Y Camp at the Hill Y in Westminster. Camps are co-ed and are for campers entering kindergarten through grade 10. Campers must bring their own lunch, drinks and snacks. Cost varies by camp and starts at $221/week. For more information on these two camps, call the Hill Y at 410-848-3660 or visit 1719 Sykesville Rd. in Westminster. To register for any Y Camp, go to www.ymarylandcamp.org. Email: amandagriffith@ymaryland.org

Traditional Day Camp

Entering grades K-6. Choose from a range of camp experiences that allow campers to explore new opportunities and natural environments.

Outdoor Adventure Day Camps

Entering grades 1-10. Campers will reconnect with nature through nature exploration and build confidence with activities like horseback riding, archery, ropes course, and more. Outdoor adventure camps are available at Camp Spencer in Harford County and Puh’tok in the Pines in Baltimore County.

Ultimate Overnight Camps

Entering grades 2-11. When children are away from home, they learn how to trust themselves more and learn they can achieve great things even when they’re away from home.

Specialty Camps

Entering grades 1-6. Specialty camps include science camps like Spy School and Solar System Science; art camps like Paint & Pottery and Art Mix; trade camps like Construction Zone and Fun-gineering; environmental camps like Farm to Table and Animals A to Zoo, and Sports of All Sorts camps.

Travel Camps

Entering grades 4-10. Explorers (grades 4-6) participate in traditional camp activities and travel off-site twice a week to local destinations like the movies, putt-putt, bowling, skating, and more. Adventurers (grades 7-9) travel three times a week to laser tag, water parks, museums, community service projects, and more. Grand Adventurers (grades 9-10) do all of the above plus visit a local park once a week for outdoor adventure activities.

Counselor in Training (CIT) Program

Entering grades 9-10. Our CIT program is designed to help teens develop the leadership, character and skills needed to work with youth. Participants must apply to the program and are selected through an interview process.

Note: The camps, activities, and programs included here may not include all options that are open to the public and are based in Carroll County. This listing includes organizations which responded to questions, by or before the publication deadline. This list does not represent referrals or recommendations. It is compiled for informational purposes only.