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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@calvertcountymd.gov or call 410-535-5327 if you need a pack mailed to you.


Summer Camp Program Descriptions

    • 06/22/2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 06/26/2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 14

    CANCELED. Please consider a donation of all or part of your camp fee to support our programs.

    We understand that each family has their own financial needs. A full refund for programs we have canceled will be issued. These refunds will be processed in the coming weeks.

    If you send us an email before the refund is processed, we can credit all or part of your camp fee as a donation.



    For children entering grades 3-5 in Fall 2020

    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.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Marvelous Mud "Welcome to Camp!" letter and packing list can be found here in June.

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $175

    Nonmembers: $205

    Daily Schedule
    Monday-Wednesday, June 22-25, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, June 26, 6:00 p.m. overnight through Friday, June 27, 9:00 a.m.
    There will be no camp before 6 p.m. on Thursday or after 9 a.m. on Friday.

    • 06/29/2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 07/02/2020
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Varies, see description
    • 14

    CANCELED. Please consider a donation of all or part of your camp fee to support our programs.

    We understand that each family has their own financial needs. A full refund for programs we have canceled will be issued. These refunds will be processed in the coming weeks.

    If you send us an email before the refund is processed, we can credit all or part of your camp fee as a donation.



    For children entering Grades 1-2

    Send your children outside to explore nature with us. They will have a blast playing games, catching animals, and having close encounters with some of our exhibit animals. Each day will feature a different animal theme: reptiles & amphibians, bugs, birds, and fish.

    Naturalist in Charge: Kim Curren

    Daily Schedule:

    Monday and Tuesday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Wednesday and Thursday: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Fee per Camper:
    Members: $120
    Nonmembers: $150

    • 06/29/2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 07/02/2020
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Varies, see description
    • 8

    CANCELED. Please consider a donation of all or part of your camp fee to support our programs.

    We understand that each family has their own financial needs. A full refund for programs we have canceled will be issued. These refunds will be processed in the coming weeks.

    If you send us an email before the refund is processed, we can credit all or part of your camp fee as a donation.



    Entering Grades 6-8

    Take your interest in birds to the next level with this camp.  From hikes to boat trips we will be learning about the many species of birds that call our area home. We will teach you how to identify birds by their song and appearance.  You will also get the chance to observe a bird banding research project. Bring your binoculars and your camera for a fun week long adventure.

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Daily Schedule (Locations may change.)

    Monday, June 29 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Tuesday, June 30, Time: TBD   Location: TBD

    Wednesday, July 1, Time: TBD Location: TBD

    Thursday, July 2, Time: TBD Location: TBD

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150

    Nonmembers: $180

    The camp letter will be posted here with more information on this camp!

    • 07/06/2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 07/10/2020
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Varies, see description
    • 2

    CANCELED. Please consider a donation of all or part of your camp fee to support our programs.

    We understand that each family has their own financial needs. A full refund for programs we have canceled will be issued. These refunds will be processed in the coming weeks.

    If you send us an email before the refund is processed, we can credit all or part of your camp fee as a donation.



    For children entering grades 3rd –5th grade in Fall 2020

    Explore the stream that started it all – Battle Creek! Who lives there? Where does the water go? Campers will spend days walking on the land and in the water among the rare bald cypress trees. We will go “off the grid” exploring the fields, forests, and wetlands that make up the North Battle Creek watershed - learning through a spirited mix of nature, science, and play.

    Naturalist In Charge: Tania Gale

    Welcome to Camp letter and packing list can be found here in June.

    Daily Schedule:

    Location varies by day. The schedule below is tentative and subject to change. 

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

    • 07/07/2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 07/09/2020
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp and Appalachian Trail
    • 8

    CANCELED. Please consider a donation of all or part of your camp fee to support our programs.

    We understand that each family has their own financial needs. A full refund for programs we have canceled will be issued. These refunds will be processed in the coming weeks.

    If you send us an email before the refund is processed, we can credit all or part of your camp fee as a donation.



    Teens entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2020

    Learn the ins and outs of overnight backpacking and then test your new skills on an overnight adventure on the Appalachian Trail in Maryland. Our first day of camp will cover tips, tricks and skills to prepare and pack for a backpacking trip. Then we will meet early Wednesday to depart for the AT near Frederick, Maryland. Campers will return home weary and full of tales of adventure on Thursday afternoon.  Fee covers dinner and snacks for Wednesday, and breakfast, lunch and snacks for Thursday. 

    Naturalist in Charge: Jessy Oberright

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

    Registration fee includes camping fees, snacks, Wednesday dinner and campfire, and Thursday breakfast, lunch and snacks.

    Tuesday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Wednesday: Meet at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp 7:00 a.m. to depart for the Appalachian Trail overnight.
    Thursday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp pick up campers at 4:00 p.m.

    "Welcome to Camp" letter, packing list, and waivers can be found here in early June

    • 07/13/2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 07/17/2020
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Varies, see description
    • 0
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    CANCELED. Please consider a donation of all or part of your camp fee to support our programs.

    We understand that each family has their own financial needs. A full refund for programs we have canceled will be issued. These refunds will be processed in the coming weeks.

    If you send us an email before the refund is processed, we can credit all or part of your camp fee as a donation.



    Children entering grades 6-8 in Fall 2020

    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. The last 2 days will be an overnight adventure to western Maryland - including a tubing trip and river rafting. 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.

    Daily Schedule
    Monday-Wednesday, July 13-15, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, July 16, 7:30 a.m. overnight trip to Western MD
    Friday, July 17, pick up at 6:00 p.m.

    Monday:Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Tuesday: Lower Marlboro Pier
    Wednesday: Kings Landing Park
    Thursday: meets at Kings Landing Park for overnight trip
    Friday: pick up at Kings Landing Park

     "Welcome to Camp" letter, packing list, and waivers can be found here 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.

    • 07/13/2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 07/17/2020
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 4

    CANCELED. Please consider a donation of all or part of your camp fee to support our programs.

    We understand that each family has their own financial needs. A full refund for programs we have canceled will be issued. These refunds will be processed in the coming weeks.

    If you send us an email before the refund is processed, we can credit all or part of your camp fee as a donation.



    For children entering grades 2-3

    Let nature be your inspiration as we spend the week creating works of art in many different forms! We will draw, paint, photograph, and sculpt our way through the park, and we will end the week with an art gallery exhibition walk-through for the parents to view all of our masterpieces.

    Naturalist in Charge: Kim Curren

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Fee per camper
    Members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    • 07/20/2020
    • (EDT)
    • 07/24/2020
    • (EDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 0

    CANCELED. Please consider a donation of all or part of your camp fee to support our programs.

    We understand that each family has their own financial needs. A full refund for programs we have canceled will be issued. These refunds will be processed in the coming weeks.

    If you send us an email before the refund is processed, we can credit all or part of your camp fee as a donation.



    For children entering Grades 4-6

    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

    Photo Presentation for Families: Friday, July 24, 3:00 -4:00 p.m. 

    Monday & Friday Flag Ponds Nature Park 

    Tuesday, Wednesday, &  Thursday Battle Creek Cypress Swamp   

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

    • 07/20/2020
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • 07/24/2020
    • 10:45 AM (EDT)
    • Online
    Register

    Kids ages 6 to 12 years

    Our young virtual scientists will participate in a live online science lesson and experiment daily with our naturalist.  Each day we will set up a chemistry experiment together and learn to explore using the scientific method. Materials lists and supplemental educational ideas for at home follow-up explorations will be provided prior to the start of the program. Parental supervision required for these activities. 

    Naturalist in Charge: Jessy Oberright

    Location: Online

    Registration Deadline : July 12. 2020

    • 07/21/2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 07/23/2020
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 9

    CANCELED. Please consider a donation of all or part of your camp fee to support our programs.

    We understand that each family has their own financial needs. A full refund for programs we have canceled will be issued. These refunds will be processed in the coming weeks.

    If you send us an email before the refund is processed, we can credit all or part of your camp fee as a donation.



    Children entering grades 1st and 2nd in Fall 2020

    Campers will spend three fun days exploring science in it's many forms. Get a taste of geology, chemistry, biology and more through games, experiments and explorations. On Thursday we will have a Beach Day where we can really dive into science and get our feet wet. 

    Naturalist in Charge: Jessy Oberright

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

    Registration fee includes camp fee and daily snack. Campers will bring their own lunch each day.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

     "Welcome to Camp" letter, packing list, and waivers can be found here in early June

    • 07/27/2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 07/31/2020
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Varies, see description
    • 0

    CANCELED. Please consider a donation of all or part of your camp fee to support our programs.

    We understand that each family has their own financial needs. A full refund for programs we have canceled will be issued. These refunds will be processed in the coming weeks.

    If you send us an email before the refund is processed, we can credit all or part of your camp fee as a donation.



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

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

    Welcome to camp letter and packing list can be found here in June

    Naturalist in Charge: Summer Interns

    Mon - Wed: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Thu & Fri: Flag Ponds Nature Park

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

    • 07/27/2020
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • 07/31/2020
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Varies, see description
    • 6

    CANCELED. Please consider a donation of all or part of your camp fee to support our programs.

    We understand that each family has their own financial needs. A full refund for programs we have canceled will be issued. These refunds will be processed in the coming weeks.

    If you send us an email before the refund is processed, we can credit all or part of your camp fee as a donation.



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

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

    Welcome to camp letter and packing list can be found here in June

    Naturalist in Charge: Summer Interns

    Mon - Wed: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Thu & Fri: Flag Ponds Nature Park

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

    • 08/03/2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 08/07/2020
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Varies, see description
    • 6

    CANCELED. Please consider a donation of all or part of your camp fee to support our programs.

    We understand that each family has their own financial needs. A full refund for programs we have canceled will be issued. These refunds will be processed in the coming weeks.

    If you send us an email before the refund is processed, we can credit all or part of your camp fee as a donation.



    For children entering grades 4th –6th grade

    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 varies by day. The schedule below is tentative and subject to change. 

    "Welcome to Camp" letter and packing list can be found here in June

    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

    • 08/04/2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 08/06/2020
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Varies, see description
    • 9

    CANCELED. Please consider a donation of all or part of your camp fee to support our programs.

    We understand that each family has their own financial needs. A full refund for programs we have canceled will be issued. These refunds will be processed in the coming weeks.

    If you send us an email before the refund is processed, we can credit all or part of your camp fee as a donation.



    Children entering grades 1st through 3rd in Fall 2020

    Designed for beginning campers to get a taste of what day camp has to offer and to become familiar with our amazing local parks. Campers will spend each day at a different Calvert County park engaging in traditional camp activities. We will take hikes, do arts and crafts, sing around the campfire and more! See daily schedule below for daily locations. 

    Naturalist in Charge: Jessy Oberright

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

    Registration fee includes camp fee and daily snack. Campers will bring their own lunch each day.

    Daily Schedule
    Tuesday -Flag Ponds Nature Park  
    Wednesday - Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Thursday - Kings Landing Park

     "Welcome to Camp" letter, packing list, and waivers can be found here in early June.

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