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Summer Camps

Summer camp allows children to play and wonder as they explore the world around them with friends, old and new! Campers will get their hands wet and feet muddy while exploring our 12-acre Park campus with wooded-trails, a secluded cove, and marsh habitat on the shores of Back Creek. This summer, join us as we play in the woods and water, discover more about our local maritime heritage, and become inspired environmental stewards!

Check out our summer camp sessions for campers entering Kindergarten through 6th grade.  Activities are specifically designed with each age group in mind.  Our youngest campers will enjoy hands-on animal investigations, water play, arts and crafts, and stories, while campers in 4th-6th grade are challenged with additional water-based adventures including kayak and boat excursions, standup paddle boarding, and fishing.

9:00am to 3:30pm

1-week sessions with unique themes.

Land and Water Exploration, Hands-on Environmental Education, Games, and Crafts!

Before & After Care

Both Instructor and Children-Driven Exploration & Activities

1:8 Staff to Camper Ratio

Cost: Members $275, Non-Members $315

Internships for College Students and Volunteer Opportunities for High School Students Available!

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Camp Sessions
For Campers Entering:

Fish and Friends

June 21 – 25 (full!), July 26 – 30 (full!), August 30 – September 3 (full!)

Meet some of the coolest critters the Chesapeake Bay has to offer! Discover animal friends that dart between bay grasses, hid in oyster reefs, and scamper along the shoreline as we go seining, pull oyster cages, and search for tracks in the sand. Colorful fish-inspired crafts and water games will complete the week. Who knew fish could be so much fun!

Where the Wild Things Roam

June 28 – July 2 (full!), August 9 – 13 (full!)

Put on your explorer hats and walk on the wild side as we search for animal neighbors of all kinds. We’ll look high and low as we seine for fish, investigate the woods for tracks and signs, and look to the sky for osprey and eagles. We’ll learn how and where animals live and document our findings through animal-inspired art, skits, and stories.

Wet & Muddy

July 5 – 9, July 12 – 16 (full!), August 23 – 27 (full!)

Get ready to get messy! Our investigations will be sure to leave us a bit wet and muddy as we wade in the water to catch fish, hike along the marshes, and cool off in the mud. This camp will be filled with lots of outdoor exploration, water play, crafts, and much more.

Mermaids & Pirates

July 19 – 23 (full!), August 2 – 6

Arrr, you ready for a swashbuckling adventure? Join us as we discover how to outwit creatures of the deep, fend off pirates, investigate mythical creatures, and search for hidden treasure. Fun themed crafts, water play, and games will fill our week.

Chesapeake Critters

August 16 – 20 (full!)

How does an insect stay hidden from predators? Where do blue crabs go in the winter? Campers will uncover the answers to these questions and more as we investigate the fantastic adaptations of all sorts of Chesapeake Bay critters. Each day, observation and experimentation will guide us as we meet these animals, explore their habitats, and discover the remarkable things they can do!

Catch of the Day

June 21 – 25 (full!), July 5 – 9, July 26 – 30 (full!), August 30 – September 3 (full!)

Gather your nets and strap on your boots for a week of fishing! Whether seining in the creek, fishing on the dock, or setting out pots and traps, campers are sure to catch their fill of Chesapeake Bay critters. Each day, we will introduce a new technique for catching aquatic animals, and campers will have a chance to test their newfound skills.

Forest Forensics

June 28 – July 2 (full!), August 9 – 13

Channel your inner wilderness expert as we search the park for animal signs! Campers will build their observation skills by stalking animals through game trails, identifying tracks and scat, and hunting for bite and chew marks. Every day we will explore the park in search of the elusive animals that are all around us.

Nature Art

July 12 – 16 (full!), August 16 – 20 (full!)

Love to build, design, and create? Get inspired by nature in the vibrant setting of Back Creek Park. We will explore the park by getting up close and personal with the diversity of plants and animals that make up this remarkable ecosystem. Campers will draw, make crafts out of natural materials, learn photography techniques, make natural tie-dye, learn nature journaling, and much more! Perfect for the budding artist.

Bay Explorers

July 19 – 23 (full!), August 2 – 6, August 23 – 27 (full!)

Boating, fishing, hiking, and more await during this adventure-filled camp. Campers learn orienteering skills as well as use scientific equipment to test the water of Back Creek. Each day, we use STEM principles and outdoor exploration to investigate the many ecosystems that make up our local watershed and learn about our human connection to the Bay.

Gone’ Fishin

June 21 – 25 (full!), July 5 – 9, July 26 – 30, August 30 – September 3 (full!)

Did somebody say fishing?! Grab a net, rod, and tacklebox for a fantastic fish-filled week of camp! Whether seining, using a fishing pole, or setting out pots and traps, campers are sure to catch their fill. Throughout the week, we’ll create a field guide of species residing in Back Creek and participate in stewardship projects to protect this habitat. With plenty of fish-inspired art and games, plus a memorable boat trip, campers will surely be hooked on having a great time!

Mission Impossible

June 28 – July 2 (full!)

Ever wonder what it takes to survive out in the woods or on the high seas? After this week, you’ll be set for future outdoor adventures and be able to tackle any challenges that may arise! Gain confidence as we work together to build shelters, identify wild food sources, purify drinking water, navigate on land and sea, build and cook over the campfire, and practice basic first aid.

Naturally Creative

July 12 – 16, August 16 – 20 (full!)

The natural world has been inspiring artists for thousands of years. Let it inspire your sense of creativity as we use various media such as painting, photography, recycled art, skits, music, and more to interpret the wonder of the world around us. We’ll learn tricks of the trade from local artists and finish out the week by showcasing our masterpieces at an art show for our fellow campers and families.

Go Wild!

July 19 – 23, August 23 – 27 (full!)

What clues do animals leave behind? Campers will become animal detectives to discover the woodland creatures that live in our nature park and learn about the fun and fascinating ways they survive there. Throughout the week, we will track deer and foxes, hunt for reptiles, and explore the world of insects hidden below the leaves. Campers will also learn kayaking skills as they examine the forest wildlife at other locations along Back Creek.

Paddle Annapolis

August 2 – 6, August 9 – 13 (full!)

This summer, explore the Bay in the best way – on the water! Each day, campers learn a new paddling technique and head off along Back Creek, searching for adventure. Campers kayak, SUP, and even take a memorable trip on the Museum’s Historic Skipjack Wilma Lee. While out on the water, campers will have the chance to fish, test water quality, observe wildlife, explore new locations, and more!

Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program

This opportunity is for older campers who are interested in taking on a leadership role at summer camp. Counselors in Training (CIT) will be placed in a group of younger campers and will assist Camp Teachers and interns with creating a fun and welcoming environment for all campers. CITs stay with the same group all week, getting to know their campers and assisting leaders with group management. CITs will participate in all programs, having fun alongside their campers and assisting any who may need a little extra help. CITs may also volunteer to plan and lead games, art projects, and other programs if they wish! CITs will be encouraged and supported as they become a leader and positive role model for their group. Training will be provided. Cost is $35 per two week or three week session. Email the Camp Director at [email protected] with any questions. During the registration process, CIT applicants will be asked to submit a 200 word essay about their experience with children and why they want to become a CIT. Use this link to register: https://72332a.blackbaudhosting.com/72332a/tickets?tab=3&txobjid=055c66ad-3b72-46e8-aecf-a0f9c40ff6a0

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A DAY AT CAMP

Example Camp Schedule

Here’s an example of what your camper might do on a typical day at AMM Summer Camp! Activities vary daily according to the camp theme and age.

Session: Fish and Friends

  • Theme of the day: Fish of the Chesapeake Bay
  • Grades: K – 1st
  • 9:00 Morning Meeting – start the day off right with camp songs, a stretch, and announcements!
  • 9:20 Group Meeting – “getting to know you games” and discuss plan for the day
  • 9:40 Explore: Characteristics of Fish and Seining
  • 10:30 Snack and Water Break
  • 10:40 Game: Fish Tag
  • 11:10 Art project: Create a fish out of recycled materials
  • 11:30 Lunch and Recess
  • 12:30 Excursion: Take a boat ride to the Museum
  • 1:00 Activity: Set crab pots off the Museum’s dock, check out the aquarium, and meet a Blue Crab
  • 2:30 Conclusion and Cleanup
  • 3:00 Afternoon Meeting – snack, story, and share about today’s adventures
  • 3:30 Dismissal

Session: Bay Explorers

  • Theme of the day: What floats your boat?
  • Grades: 4-6th
  • 9:00 Morning Meeting – start the day off right with camp songs, a stretch, and announcements!
  • 9:20 Group Meeting – “getting to know you games” and discuss plan for the day
  • 9:40 Explore: How do boats float? Test buoyancy of materials and research historic boat designs
  • 10:30 Snack and Water Break
  • 10:40 Create a boat out of recycled materials and test your design
  • 11:30 Lunch and Recess
  • 12:30 Kayak safety and paddling instruction
  • 1:00 Guided Kayak trip and water games
  • 2:30 Conclusion and Cleanup
  • 3:00 Afternoon Meeting – snack, story, and share about today’s adventures
  • 3:30 Dismissal
Register for Summer Camp

What is the cost of summer camp, payment schedule, and are there discounts available?

What additional health and safety precautions are in place this summer in response to COVID-19?

AMM has created a comprehensive Camp COVID Response Plan following guidance from the State of Maryland and the American Camp Association.  Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

What is AMM's cancellation policy?

  • Cancellations received 4 weeks before the start date of your camp, receive a full refund minus $5.00 non-refundable registration fee
  • Cancellations received after 4 weeks before the start date of your camp, receive a 50% refund minus the $5 non-refundable registration fee.
  • There are no refunds for missed days of camp.
  • All cancellation requests must be made in writing and emailed to the Office Manager at [email protected]
  • The Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park reserves the right to remove any registrations for children in the incorrect age group.

What is your staff to camper ratio?

The staff to camper ratio is 1:8.

How many campers are in each session/group?

Campers will be in groups based on their age and enrollment for the week. Kindergarten groups typically have 12 campers. All other groups typically have 16-18 campers. In sessions with high enrollment, campers will be split into smaller groups based on their age.

Do you have extended care?

Yes! Before-care runs from 8-9am Monday-Friday and is $40/week. After-care runs from 3:30-5:00pm Monday-Friday and is $70/week. We offer a drop-in rate per day of $10/before and $18/after care, please email Camp Director at [email protected] to drop-in (24 hour advance notice required).

Is food provided at camp?

Campers need to bring a non-perishable lunch each day. We will provide an afternoon snack during camp and an additional snack for campers staying for after care. Snacks will vary daily and may include fresh fruit, pretzels, crackers, popsicles, or s’mores.

Once I register, when will I get more information?

After registering you will receive a confirmation email with additional information attached. Please read the “Summer Camp Parent Information Packet.” Additional information and reminders specific to your child’s camp session will be sent approximately 1 week before the start of that session.

Summer Camp Parent Information 2021

Are any additional forms required for my camper?

Each camper must bring the completed AMM Health Form-2021 to the first day of camp. If your child must bring medication to camp (either for emergencies or daily administration), you must also complete the Medication Administration Authorization Form. This form must be signed by a parent/guardian AND the child’s physician. This form must be completed for any prescription AND over-the-counter medications. This form should be turned in to the Camp Director with the medication on the first day of camp.

Campers entering grades 4 and above will also need to complete waivers to participate in excursions with providers, such as Capital SUP. These forms will be emailed and can be found here as well.  Additional waiver forms for campers participating in a travel camp will be sent to those campers.  Waivers must be turned in in person on the first day of your child’s camp session (only once per summer). Note: campers are continuously supervised by AMM staff while participating in these programs.

Forms:

Capital SUP Waiver

My child takes medication during the day or needs medication in case of emergencies (ie inhaler or Epi-Pen). Do I need to complete any additional forms?

If your child must bring medication to camp (either for emergencies or daily administration), you must complete the Medication Administration Authorization Form. This form must be signed by a parent/guardian AND the child’s physician. This form must be completed for any prescription AND over-the-counter medications. This form should be turned in to the Camp Director with the medication on the first day of camp.

Is the camp licensed by the State of Maryland?

Yes, our camp is licensed to run through Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Each year our camp is inspected by DHMH and has passed with flying colors every year!

Are camp staff First Aid and CPR trained?

Safety is a top priority! All camp staff are First Aid and CPR trained.

Is the summer camp staff certified to lead kayak trips?

All kayak staff are ACA Level 2 Kayak Instructors.

Can you tell me a little bit about the Park Campus?

Our Park Campus has 12 wooded acres, a dingy dock, secluded cove, large parking lot, convenient camper pick-up loop, indoor classrooms with AC, restrooms with indoor plumbing, and is on city water. The park is conveniently located on Edgewood Road, two minutes from the Bay Ridge Giant grocery store. This property is maintained year-round by the Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park.

Volunteering and Working at Camp

  • College students and recent grads interested in a career in environmental education can apply to intern with us! https://amaritime.org/about/internships/
  • High School students, ages 16+, can apply to volunteer as a camp counselor. HS students will earn community service hours.
  • Adult volunteers are always needed and appreciated! Email [email protected] to discuss.
  • Current teacher? We have paid positions for teachers interested in working with camp for 5-6 weeks this summer. Interested, please email your resume to [email protected].