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2015 What's Up? Summer Camps You Should Know

Mar 09, 2015 12:30PM ● By Cate Reynolds
We’ve got the details about some of the best summer camps on both sides of the Chesapeake. And there really is something for every child—from energetic sports to engineering prowess to the best in dance and the arts. Kids are so lucky!

Academy Art Museum Summer Camps—106 S. Street, Easton. 410-822-2787, Contact: Constance Del Nero at Nonprofit day camp focusing on the Fine Arts. Programs include drawing, clay or computer graphics classes, new digital media lab. Coed, ages 4 to 18. Specific programs offered from June through August 2015 with a variety of durations, times, and costs. Visit website for details.

Annapolis Area Christian School Camps–Eagles Explorations—109 Burns Crossing Road, Severn. (Daily shuttle from/to Annapolis.) 410-519-5300, x3149, Contact: Josiah Wolf at Traditional Day Program offering Sports, Art, Science, Photography, Photoshop, Video Production, Tennis, Archery and Water Play. Ages 2 to 16, coed. Eight separate one-week sessions, June 15 to August 7. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., extended day options available. Cost: $280 to $325/week. A diverse and structured program, in combination with weekly themes and a fun environment. Mature counselors experienced working with children. Campers of families of all faiths are welcomed. Call, or visit the website for more information.
Annapolis Area Christian School Camps–Summer Programs—109 Burns Crossing Road, Severn. (Daily shuttle from/to Annapolis.) 410-519-5300, x3149, Contact: Josiah Wolf at Sports Camps, Academic Camps, Creative Arts Camps, and Traditional Day Program offering Basketball, Soccer, Baseball, Volleyball, Football, Tennis, Dance, Theater, Sewing, Cooking, Reading, and STEM. Ages 2 to 18, coed. June 15 to August 7. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., half day and extended day options available. Cost: $185 to $280/week. With 50+ programs to choose from, they encourage you to find out more and see how they can meet your family’s needs. Tours are available by appointment, just give them a call.

Annapolis Recreation and Parks Summer Camps—Various Annapolis locations. 410-263-7958, Contact: Caryn Walaski, Recreation Programs Supervisor, at Co-ed Day Camp Programs for kids age 4 to 12, offered June through August. Offers many programs for kids to keep fit and active during the summer months including traditional and special interest camps. Choices include Boating, Skateboarding, Outdoor Sports, Indoor Sports, Rock Climbing, Dance, Karate, Fitness, Nature, Science and Art. Visit website for details. Cost varies depending on specific camp and City of Annapolis residency.

Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks—Various County locations. 410-222-7313, Email: Summer day camps and activities every kid will enjoy, offered throughout the county, including Summer Fun Centers, Day Camps, Sports Camps, Adaptive Camps, Teen Camps, Specialty Camps. Activities include Dance, Enrichment, Martial Arts, Cheerleading, Skateboarding, Magic, Art, Performing Arts, Chess, Aquatics, and more. Coed for ages 6 to 21. June 19th to August 21. Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Cost: Varies depending on program and camp. Visit the website for details.
Archbishop Spalding Summer Camps—8080 New Cut Road, Severn. 410-969-9105, ext. 327, A wide variety of programs including Academic Camps (SAT Prep, Engineering Program, Skills for Success) and Athletic Camps (Baseball, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Boys Lacrosse, Girls Lacrosse, Girls Soccer, Boys Soccer, Dance & Cheer, Field Hockey, Football, Softball, Girls Volleyball, Wrestling). For more information, including dates, times, ages, and pricing for each camp, please visit the website or call the number above.

Arts ’n Motion—8251 Telegraph Road, Odenton. 410-674-7001, A fun-filled summer with dance, music and art. Variety of programs for ages 3 1/2 to 12, running from mid-June to mid-August. Visit website for details.

Camp Letts/YMCA—4003 Camp Letts Road, Edgewater. 410-919-1410, Email: Day and Overnight Programs. With more than 100 years of experience, multiple generations of area kids have grown up on the Camp Letts experience—all on more than 200 waterfront acres. Programs include Traditional, Sporty and Crafty, including Horseback Riding, Waterskiing, Rope Adventures, and plenty of S’mores, to name a few. Just minutes from Annapolis. See for yourself at one of their Open Houses: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on March 1, April 19, or June 14, 2015. YMCA members receive a discount. Coed, ages 8–17. Early drop-off and late pick-up available for Day Camp. Cost: TBA, see website for details.

Camp Summit—664 East Central Avenue, Edgewater. 410-798-0005,, Students entering grades 1–8 attend Camp Summit to avoid summer learning loss. Camp Summit offers a nurturing environment where students build self-confidence and get the academic boost they need to succeed in the next school year. Highly trained teachers use research-based methods and multisensory strategies. Morning academics address reading, math and oral/written expression. Campers have fun while making new friends. Afternoons are filled with fun activities such as field trips, sports, archery, STEM, crafts and more! July 6 to July 31. Camp hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Extended care is available until 5 p.m. Summer Camp Open Houses: April 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Camp Wright—400 Camp Wright Lane, Stevensville. 410-643-4171, Email: Day and Residential programs right on Chesapeake Bay since 1930. Camp Wright is a nonprofit, American Camp Association certified, ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Easton. Activities include Sports (from tennis to archery to rugby to swimming and sailing), Dance, Yoga, and Journalism. Experience Adventure Camp with offsite A/T Trail Hiking and Whitewater Rafting; or Nature Camp with a focus on Chesapeake Bay Ecology and a visit to Flag Pond, or Night Owl Camp that views the world after dark including mapping the stars. Coed, as young as 6 for some programs and as old as 18. Resident Camp offers eight weeks of seven-day sessions. Day Camp has nine weeks of Monday through Friday sessions. Call or see website for details.
CRYC Junior Sailing Camp—Corsica River Yacht Club, 589 Conquest Road, Centreville. 410-353-8394, Contact: Joe Della Barba, Junior Sailing Program Director at Coed camp, ages 6 to 16, focused on teaching children and young adults how to sail and to improve their sailing skills through a safe, structured, and fun environment. June 15 through August 7; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Davy Dance Academy—1358 Cape Saint Clare Road, Annapolis. 240-476-6145, Offering classes for ages 2 to adult in Ballet, Pointe/variation, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, Irish, and a special needs movement class. Classes run through mid-June. Camps this summer will include Princess Ballet Camp, Sofia the First Ballet Camp, Fancy Nancy Camp, a Ballet Intensive, and Dance Divas. Camp weeks include dance instruction, crafts, and an end of week showcase. Camp hours are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., before and after care are available. For more information visit the website or call.

Extreme Dance Camp–Maryland Performing Arts Center—936 Ritchie Highway, Suite 11, Severna Park. 410-421-8960, Ages 6 and up. Classes in all genres of dance; from ballet and lyrical to vocal lessons and musical theater—they have it all. Hip Hop, Tap, Conditioning, Acro, and Nutrition are some of the classes offered. Students learn what’s going on in the world of dance and even how to prepare for auditions: July 13 to July 17, and August 3 to August 7, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Also offering Petite Camp for ages 5 and under for aspiring dancers, with ballet and tap, arts, and crafts, and story time: July 20 to July 24. Instruction by professional dancers. Call or visit the website for additional information.

Geospatial Discoveries Residential Summer Program—300 Washington Avenue, Washington College, Chestertown. Contact: Nichole Gillis;, 443-219-6941. Program for 7th to 12th graders, runs from July 12 to July 18. Participants can choose between: 3D Visualization and Virtual World Development, CSI—Crime Analysis and Geospatial Intelligence, and Maryland Outdoors Geospatial Environmental Exploration. Programs provide experiential learning and valuable skills as well as fun and exciting activities such as swimming and kayaking. Residential program includes housing and meals; cost is $1,650. Visit or contact us for more information or to register for one the programs.

Indian Creek School Summer Camp Program—680 Evergreen Road and 1180 Anne Chambers Way, Crownsville. Contact: Rachel Horak, Summer Camp Director, 410-923-3660, ext. 1122 or email: Everything from Academics to Traditional Day Camp activities on two beautiful Crownsville campuses. Special programs offered in the Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Athletics, Blended Learning. Coed for ages 3 to 18, from June 15 to July 24. Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $250 to $350/week.
KidShip Sailing School—7001 Bembe Beach Road, Annapolis Sailing School, Annapolis. 800-638-9192 or 410-267-7205, email: Two and five-day sessions, full and half-day programs at this renowned sailing school that has taught thousands to sail. A fun, non-competitive atmosphere that instills skill and confidence. KidShip is an ideal way to share the celebration with your family. (The Annapolis Sailing School also teaches adults!) Ages 5 to 15. See website for details.

Musical Theatre Summer CampKey School in Annapolis and Chesapeake Arts Center in Glen Burnie. 410-837-0971,, email:; Ruth Hulett, Camp Director. Coed, two-week day camp focusing on the Performing Arts. Programs include Singing, Dancing, Acting, Costuming, and Stagecraft. Lead by the professional staff, campers will learn songs, rehearse scenes, make costumes, design sets, and perform a Broadway-style review; all while having fun, making friends and working together. Ages 6 to 16. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Glen Burnie: July 13 to July 24; Annapolis: August 3 to August 14. Cost: $450.

2015 Navy Baseball National Leadership CampsU.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis. Contact:, 410-293-2831, Youth Day Camp: July 13 to July 16, ages 8 to 12, $450. Futures Overnight Camp: July 18 to July 22, ages 13 to 15, $685. Junior/Senior Overnight Camp: July 25 to July 29, rising high school juniors and seniors, $685.

Navy Blue & Gold Tennis CampU.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis. Day and Overnight. 410-293-8709. Directed by Keith Puryear, head women’s tennis coach, USNA., Coed, ages 8 to 17. Two sessions: July 5 to July 10 and July 19 to July 24. See website for details.

Navy Girls Lacrosse CampU.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis. Liz Schaffner, Director of Lacrosse Operations,, 410-293-8797. Day or overnight. Girls, ages 5 to 18. Youth Day Clinic Session I: June 15 & June 16; Youth Day Clinic Session II: June 17 & June 18; Elite Gold Clinic: June 17 & June 18; Open Blue Overnight Camp: June 23 to June 25. Youth Clinic hours & costs: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., $160 or $300 for both; Elite hours & cost: Day 1: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Day 2: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. $400; Open Blue: Overnight, all day, check in/out at noon, $550.
Navy Volleyball Camp 2015U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis. Directed by Navy Head Coach Larry Bock. For more information contact Assistant Director Mike Schwob, 410 293-5845. Boys and Girls ages 8 to 18. Volleyball Day Camp for beginners ages 8 to 12. All sessions offer overnight. Session 1 (girls only): Performance Camp, July 3 to July 6 and Mini Camp July 6 to July 8. Session 2 (girls only): Position Camp, July 8 to July 12. Session 3: Boys and Girls Performance Camp, July 12 to July 15. Cost $550 Residential; $215 Mini Camp. Mini Camp offered to campers enrolled in Session 1 or Sessions1 and 2.

Peabody Preparatory Summer Programs—Summer programs (part of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University) at campuses in downtown Baltimore, Towson, and Annapolis. 410-234-4630, Contact: Sherry Berlow, Programs offered: Music and Dance Instruction for Children & Adults; Summer Dance Intensive; Pre-Season Refresher Dance Intensive; Glissando Summer Harp Fest; Chamber Week; and Allegro Strings. Coed, all ages; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 19 to August 14. See website for details.
St. Vincent Pallotti Summer Camps—113 St. Mary’s Place, Laurel. 301-725-3228. Summer camps are available during June and July for three-week long sessions. The camps offer athletic, band, and science themes for ages 6 to 14. See website for details.

St. Anne’s School of Annapolis Summer Camp—Arundel on the Bay Road, Annapolis. 410-263-8650. Camp Director: Ellen Montoya. This coming summer, St. Anne’s School of Annapolis will combine the characteristics of our long-running and well-loved summer camp with a few new additions to offer campers an exciting and varied day camp experience. Offering traditional day camps for children entering Preschool through Eighth Grade (ages 3 through 14) as well as S.T.E.M. Camps geared toward engineering, robotics and animation. Both programs offer a summer experience filled with exploration, field trips, swimming and fun! Camp Annapolis also offers a Musical Theatre Camp for Rising First through Eighth Graders. Camp begins June 22  and goes until August 7. Visit website for more details.

Studio 180 Summer Dance Camps—131 Gibralter Avenue, Annapolis. 410-268-5299, Contact: Katie King at info@studio180dance. Dance camps for all skill levels—My First Dance, Aerial Dance, Musical Theatre, Dance Intensive, Competitive Preparation Camp, to name a few. Ages 3 to 18, male and female. 9:30 to 3:30 (My First Dance Camp, 9 to 12). Class hours 9 to 9 p.m., Tuesday to Thursday. Visit website for details.

Summer at KeyKey School, 534 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis. 443-321-2575, Contact: Jane Flanagan at email: Coed day camp. Programs offered include traditional day camps, academic classes, sports, performance, general interest, art, Institute, Crafts, Cooking, Swimming, Canoeing, Drama, Dance, Music, Driver ED, Technology, robotics, and science. Half day and full day options for children ages 3 and a half to entering 12th grade. June 15 to August 14. Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Costs: Vary per program. Please see website for more information.

Summer at SevernSevern School, Teel Campus, 201 Water Street, Severn., 410-647-7701, ext. 2344. Contact: Laurie Wachs, Summer Programs Director, email: Coed Day Camp focusing on General Interest and Sports Programs. Activities include Traditional Day Camp, Specialty Camps, Community Enrichment Camps and Sports Camps with daily swimming. Ages preschool through 12th grade. June 22 through July 31. Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. See website for details.
The Summit School Camps—664 East Central Avenue, Edgewater. 410-798-0005, In addition to Camp Summit, a month long academic and recreation camp in July, The Summit School offers four other camps and courses. June 22 to June 26, campers kick-off their summer with Ready…Aim…Summer! a recreation camp that includes archery, low ropes, and team sports. June 29 to July 3, Robotics and Engineering camp will engage students in designing, building, and programing Lego robots using the NXT-G programming language and also an engineering curriculum that challenges students to solve real-life engineering design problems, using everyday objects to model a solution. July 20 to July 24, Executive Function and Writing Skills courses for students entering grades 7th to 9th. Details and applications available online.

Washington College Sports Camps—Chestertown. Gold Medal Swim, June 13–16, coed ages 8–14, 410-778-7241, Victory Week Field Hockey, ages 6–17, 410-778-7236, Shoremen Baseball High School Overnight, June 20–23, boys ages 13–18, 410-778-7239, Be the Best Softball–All Skills, June 23–25, girls ages 7–14, 410-810-7463, Coerver Boys’ Residential Soccer, June 28–July 1, boys ages 9–16, 410-507-7037, Shoremen Baseball Youth Day, June 29–July 1, boys ages 8–12, 410-778-7239, Chesapeake Crew; ages 13–18,, adults-July5-9, girls-July 13-16, girls July 20-23, boys July 27-30. Women’s Soccer, July 10–12, girls ages 13–18, 410-810-5882, Positional Skills Lacrosse Academy, July 13–15, boys ages 7–17, 410-778-4738, Revolution Field Hockey, July 19–22, girls all ages, 1-800-944-7112, Southern States Elite Prospect, July 25–26, high school boys, 410-778-4738, College Soccer Training Center, July 26–29, high school boys, 410-507-7037, College Prep Field Hockey, July 30–Aug. 1, high school girls, 302-841-9435, On the Fly Lacrosse, July 31–Aug. 2, girls grades 3–12, 410-778-7257/410-699-1756,

The Y of Central Maryland Summer Camps—four camp locations in Anne Arundel County. 410-544-2525, Camp Whippoorwill, 520 Lake Shore Drive, Pasadena. Weekly sessions June 15 to August 21; Grace Pointe Community Church, 61 Gambrills Road, Severn. Weekly sessions June 15 to August 21. Greater Annapolis Family Center Y, 1209 Ritchie Highway, Arnold. Weekly sessions June 15 to August 21; Sandy Point State Park, 1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis. Weekly sessions June 15 to August 18. Classic day camp fun with dozens of unique programs and activities-—from nature hikes and canoeing to sports, journaling and swimming! Visit website or call for all the details.