Summer Camp Letters and Information Packets

Every camper should print out the letter and supply list for each camp, posted here as soon as it is available. (Camps are listed in order of date.)

Each link will open a pdf file of the camp letter.

NEW: We will only mail the full packet upon request. Please email CypressSwamp@co.cal.md.us or call 410-535-5327 if you need a pack mailed to you.

June 26-30



July 3-July 7


July 10-July 14


July 17-July 21


July 24-July 28


July 31-August 4



Summer Camp Program Descriptions

    • 06/26/2017
    • 06/29/2017
    • 4 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 0

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    For children entering Grades 1-2

    Monday, June 26 - Tuesday, June 27, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, June 28- Thursday, June 29, 9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

    Send your children outside to explore nature with us. They will have a blast playing games, catching animals, and having close encounters with the nature center's live animals.  Each day will feature a different group of animals: reptiles & amphibians on Monday, bugs on Tuesday, birds on Wednesday, and fish on Thursday.  Camp times differ to allow for time to transport older children to and from our other camp this week.

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Location
    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (Mon)

    Kings Landing Park  (Tues)

    Flag Ponds Nature Park (Wed & Thurs)

    • 06/26/2017
    • 06/30/2017
    • 4 sessions
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 5

    For children entering grades 3-5 in Fall 2017

    Monday-Wednesday, June 26 - 28, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, June 29, 6:00 p.m. overnight through
    Friday, June 30, 9:00 a.m.

    At the end of a summer day, if a child isn’t dirty, there is something missing! Dirt is teeming with life, and is often the sign of a good time. In this camp we will dig into underground ecosystems - exploring different habitats to discover who and what is underfoot. We will investigate different kinds of soil we have in the park and, of course, play in the mud! We will end the week with an overnight adventure.  

    Tents and breakfast for the overnight provided. Thursday will be a family potluck cookout followed by the overnight for campers.

    There will be no camp before 6 p.m. on Thursday or after 9 a.m. on Friday.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park
    Register by June 1

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $175
    Nonmembers: $205

     

    Tents and breakfast for the overnight provided. Thursday will be a family potluck cookout followed by the overnight for campers.

    There will be no camp before 6 p.m. on Thursday or after 9 a.m. on Friday.

    • 07/03/2017
    • 07/07/2017
    • 4 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 8

    For children entering Grades 4-6

    Monday, July 3, Wednesday, July 5 - Friday, July 7, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Photo Presentation for Families: Friday, July 7, 3:00 p.m.

    No camp on July 4.

    Your children will capture the natural wonders of Calvert County Parks on camera. In addition to fun camp activities, they will learn camera basics and picture-taking tips. After camp on Friday, families are invited to a presentation highlighting campers’ work. Campers must provide their own digital camera.

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park (Mon & Fri)
    Kings Landing Park  (Wed)
    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (Thurs)

    Fee per camper: Society members: $120
    Nonmembers: $150

    • 07/05/2017
    • 07/07/2017
    • 2 sessions
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 6

    For children going into grades 9-12

    • Wednesday, July 5 (8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
    • Thursday, July 6, 8:30 a.m. overnight through Friday, July 7, 12:00 p.m. 
    • no camp after 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 7

    This short and intense mini-camp will bring teens up-close and personal with the Patuxent River.  The first day will be spent learning paddling fundamentals: safety, strokes, and rescues. Then we’ll test our skills and learn about the natural history of the river with a paddle adventure and an overnight camp-out on the river.

    Dinner Thursday, breakfast Friday, all kayak equipment, and tents are provided.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale 

    Fee per camper:

    Society members: $175
    Nonmembers: $205

    Tentative Locations

    Wednesday – Kings Landing Park
    Thursday - meets at Kings Landing Park for transport to Lower Marlboro lunch site
    Friday – pick up at Kings Landing Park


    Schedule may be changed due to the weather/paddling conditions

     

     

    • 07/10/2017
    • 07/14/2017
    • 4 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 0

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    Children entering grades 6-8

    Monday-Wednesday, July 10-12, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, July 13, 7:30 a.m. overnight trip to Western MD
    Friday, July 14, 6:00 p.m.


    This week we will explore all things aquatic while learning the basics of getting around on the water using a variety of watercraft like canoes, kayaks, and river rafts. We’ll explore different aquatic habitats as we retrace the path that water takes from the mountains to the Bay – in reverse. The last 2 days will be an overnight adventure to western Maryland - including tubing on Antietam Creek and rafting on the Shenandoah River. Come prepared to get WET and have fun!

     

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale


    Fee per camper:  Society members: $275

    Nonmembers: $305

    Registration fee includes camping, tubing and rafting fees, Thursday snacks, dinner and campfire, and Friday breakfast, lunch and snacks.

    Locations
    Monday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Tuesday – Flag Ponds Nature Park
    Wednesday – Kings Landing Park

    Thursday meets at Kings Landing Park for overnight trip

    Friday pick up at Kings Landing park


    Waivers will be posted in early June

    Please fill out waivers and return both before the first day of camp. A separate form is needed for each camper for each day.

        

     

       

     

    • 07/11/2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/14/2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 4

    For children entering Grades 1-2

    Tuesday, July 11 - Friday, July 14, 9:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.

    Has your child ever wondered what life is like for our animal friends? Help them explore the amazing lives that our local amphibians and reptiles have. Each day we will discover different adaptations through hands-on activities and up close animal encounters.  

    Naturalist in Charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Location:
    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (Tues & Wed)

    TBD  (Thu)

    Flag Ponds Nature Park (Fri)

    Fee per camper: Society members: $100
    Nonmembers: $130

    • 07/17/2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/21/2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 8

    Entering Grades 7-9

    Monday, July 17 – Wednesday, July 19, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, July 20, 9:00 a.m. overnight through Friday, July 21, 10:00 a.m.

    Note: There is no camp after 10:00 a.m. Friday

    Come see the parks like never before as we explore the far reaches of our parks. Be prepared to travel by land and water as we set off on our adventures. We will end our week with mountain biking and a camp out at Tuckahoe State Park. Food for the overnight, camping and rental fees are included.

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Location:
    Monday: Ward Farm Nature Park
    Tuesday: Flag Ponds Nature Park
    Wednesday: Kings Landing Park

    Thursday-Friday: Kings Landing Park and traveling to Tuckahoe State Park

    Fee per camper: Society members: $175
    Nonmembers: $205

    • 07/17/2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/21/2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 8
    For children entering grades 2nd–4th in Fall 2017

    Monday, July 17- Friday, July 22, 2017

    9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Explore the history of the people who lived before us. We will have fun exploring Native American arts and games. Each day we’ll learn something new and explore a different park. Wear clothes that can get dirty.

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda Duprey-Hicks

     

    Program Fee per camper:
    Members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180


    Monday: Flag Ponds Park

    Tuesday: Jefferson Patterson Park

    Wednesday: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    Thursday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Friday:  Kings Landing Park


    • 07/24/2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/28/2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

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    For children entering grades 2-4

    Monday-Friday, July 24-28, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Each day will bring a new adventure, exploring the park to learn about the natural world. We’ll also do crafts, play games, and cook over a fire. The week ends with a fun-filled team competition to test the skills they've learned in camp.

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Fee per camper:  

    Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180


    • 07/24/2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/28/2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 8

    Entering Grades 5-6

    Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Everybody loves to eat but where does our food come from? We will explore local farms in our area while making fun food creations. We will also look towards the local waterways and land for wild edibles to include in our cuisine.

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Location:
    Monday-Wednesday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Thursday: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Friday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp


    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180


    • 07/31/2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08/03/2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 0

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    For children ages 4-5 years old by time of camp

    Monday, July 31 – Thursday, Aug 3, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    We will set out on mini adventures throughout the park to explore our natural world. From the creek to the fields who knows what we may find. Parents are not required to stay during the camp. No younger or older siblings allowed.

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Location:  

    Mon & Tues: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Wed & Thu: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Registration Deadline: Monday July 10

    Fee per camper: 
    Society members: $60
    Nonmembers: $75

    • 07/31/2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08/04/2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 4

    For children entering grades 3rd –5th in Fall 2017

    Monday, July 31-Friday, August 4
    9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Whether your child is already at home outside or needs a little encouragement, this outdoor skills camp introduces campers to some of the basic skills necessary to keep them safe and self-reliant in the “wild.” We’ll spend the week exploring the natural resources of Calvert County while learning important outdoor skills like: navigation, animal tracking, shelter building, and fire safety.

    Naturalist In Charge: Tania Gale

    Location

    Monday: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Tuesday: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    Wednesday: Kings Landing Park

    Thursday: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Friday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    • 07/31/2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • 08/03/2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 0

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    For children ages 4-5 years old by time of camp

    Monday, July 31 – Thursday, Aug 3, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

    We will set out on mini adventures throughout the park to explore our natural world. From the creek to the fields who knows what we may find. Parents are not required to stay during the camp. No younger or older siblings allowed.

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Location: 

    Mon & Tues: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Wed & Thu: Flag Ponds Nature

    Registration Deadline: Monday July 10

    Fee per camper: 
    Society members: $60
    Nonmembers: $75

Calvert Nature Society is dedicated to the protection and preservation of Calvert County’s natural heritage and the creation of an environmentally literate and aware community. We provide opportunities for appreciation and understanding of our natural world through our outreach initiatives and in support of the mission of the Calvert County Natural Resources Division.  The Society is a 501(c)3 organization.

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Mailing address: PO Box 122, Port Republic, MD 20676. info@calvertparks.org
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