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Summer Camps

AMM Summer Camps are a go! However, we will be running at reduced capacity and will have additional health and safety precautions in place.

For more information: AMM Camp COVID Response Plan, Letter to Camp Families

All sessions are currently full. We recommend jumping on a waitlist, just in case space opens up!

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 pre-Kindergarten through 10th 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-10th grade are challenged with additional water-based adventures including kayak and boat excursions, standup paddle boarding, and fishing.

9:00am to 3:30pm* note new timing!

1-week sessions with unique themes. Multi-week discounts apply!

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 for most sessions. Half-day and travel camp pricing listed by session.

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

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Camp Sessions
For Campers Entering:

Sensational Summer

June 29 – July 3 There’s no better way to get to know the great outdoors than by getting your hands and feet dirty. Use all five senses as we listen to birdsongs, look for tracks, taste all the parts of a plant, touch a slippery eel, and stop to smell the flowers. This is a specialty session for our youngest explorers that runs from 9-1pm. Cost is $165/members and $185/non-members.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

July 27-31 How many legs does a crab have? What shape are a skipjack’s sails? Are you as tall as a Great Blue Heron? We will practice our letters, numbers, shapes, colors, and sizes as we meet animals, hike the trails, play games, make nature-inspired crafts, and splash in the water. This is a specialty session for our youngest explorers that runs from 9-1pm. Cost is $165/members and $185/non-members.

Fish and Friends

FULL-WAITLIST ONLY

June 22-26 Come 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!

Sensational Summer

June 29 – July 3 There’s no better way to get to know the great outdoors than by getting your hands and feet dirty. Use all five senses as we listen to birdsongs, look for tracks, taste all the parts of a plant, touch a slippery eel, and stop to smell the flowers. This is a specialty session runs from 9-1pm. Cost is $165/members and $185/non-members.

Where the Wild Things Roam

FULL-WAITLIST ONLY

July 13-17 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, examine the woods for tracks and signs, and play Animal Olympics. We’ll investigate how and where these animals live and document our findings through animal-inspired art and skits.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

July 27-31 How many legs does a crab have? What shape are a skipjack’s sails? Are you as tall as a Great Blue Heron? We will practice our letters, numbers, shapes, colors, and sizes as we meet animals, hike the trails, play games, make nature-inspired crafts, and splash in the water. This is a specialty session for runs from 9-1pm. Cost is $165/members and $185/non-members.

Treasure Island

FULL-WAITLIST ONLY

August 10-14 Arrr you ready for an adventure? There’s treasure to be found in the woods and water at the Park and you won’t find it unless you attend this camp! Build forts and boats, find food in the wild, master orienteering, and discover the history of Pirates in the Chesapeake. We’ll end the week with an epic Capture the Flag competition!

Fish and Friends

FULL-WAITLIST ONLY

June 22-26 Come 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!

Mari-time Travelers

ONLY A FEW SPACES LEFT!

June 29-July 3 Journey through time with us as we visit the past and venture into the future on the shores of the Bay. Discover how Native Americans, early colonists, and watermen depended on the Bay’s resources and shaped maritime culture, and how the Bay’s future survival depends on YOU!

Where the Wild Things Roam

FULL-WAITLIST ONLY

July 13-17 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, examine the woods for tracks and signs, and play Animal Olympics. We’ll investigate how and where these animals live and document our findings through animal-inspired art and skits.

Naturally Creative

FULL-WAITLIST ONLY

July 20-24 The natural world has been inspiring artists for thousands of years. Let it inspire your sense of creativity as we use a variety of 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.

It’s Easy Being Green

July 27-31 Kermit might not think it’s easy being green, but at AMM, it is! Get your hands wet and muddy while exploring the water and woods that surround us and discover what is means to be an environmental steward. The week will include investigating native animals, creating recycled crafts, mixing up our own compost, exploring alternative energy sources, and playing Leave No Trace games.

Treasure Island

FULL-WAITLIST ONLY

August 10-14 Arrr you ready for an adventure? There’s treasure to be found in the woods and water at the Park and you won’t find it unless you attend this camp! Build forts and boats, find food in the wild, master orienteering, and discover the history of Pirates in the Chesapeake. We’ll end the week with an epic Capture the Flag competition!

Wonders of Water

FULL-WAITLIST ONLY

August 24-28 Get ready for wet and wacky adventures as we explore the many wonders of water! Conduct experiments to see why water is so special, discover what animals make their homes in the Bay, create wonderful watercolor art, and cool off with exciting water games.

Catch of the Day

FULL-WAITLIST ONLY

August 31 – September 4 Experience the thrill of exploring the outdoors while searching for bugs hiding under fallen logs, frogs splashing in the ponds, birds soaring in the sky, and fish swimming in the creek. Capture your finds through sketches and photographs and create animal-inspired art, including your own oyster can. Discover the animals that call the Park home and investigate these captivating critters that crawl, swim and fly, OH MY!

Gone Fishin’

ONLY A FEW SPACES LEFT!

June 22-26 Did somebody say fishing?! Grab a net, rod, and tacklebox for a fantastic fish-filled week of camp! Whether seining in the creek, fishing off the dock, or setting out pots and traps, campers are sure to catch their fill. Throughout the week, we’ll work on creating 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 special boat trip, campers will surely be hooked on having a great time!

Mari-time Travelers

June 29-July 3 Journey through time with us as we visit the past and venture into the future on the shores of the Bay. Discover how Native Americans, early colonists, and watermen depended on the Bay’s resources and shaped maritime culture, and how the Bay’s future survival depends on YOU!

Survival Skills Camp

ONLY A FEW SPACES LEFT!

July 13-17 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 20-24 The natural world has been inspiring artists for thousands of years. Let it inspire your sense of creativity as we use a variety of 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.

It’s Easy Being Green

July 27-31 Kermit might not think it’s easy being green, but at AMM, it is! Get your hands wet and muddy while exploring the water and woods that surround us and discover what is means to be an environmental steward. The week will include investigating native animals, creating recycled crafts, mixing up our own compost, exploring alternative energy sources, and playing Leave No Trace games.

Treasure Island

ONLY A FEW SPACES LEFT!

August 10-14 Arrr you ready for an adventure? There’s treasure to be found in the woods and water at the Park and you won’t find it unless you attend this camp! Build forts and boats, find food in the wild, master orienteering, and discover the history of Pirates in the Chesapeake. We’ll end the week with an epic Capture the Flag competition!

Gone Fishin’

FULL-WAITLIST ONLY

August 24-28 Did somebody say fishing?! Grab a net, rod, and tacklebox for a fantastic fish-filled week of camp! Whether seining in the creek, fishing off the dock, or setting out pots and traps, campers are sure to catch their fill. Throughout the week, we’ll work on creating 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 special boat trip, campers will surely be hooked on having a great time!

Catch of the Day

August 31 – September 4 Experience the thrill of exploring the outdoors while searching for bugs hiding under fallen logs, frogs splashing in the ponds, birds soaring in the sky, and fish swimming in the creek. Capture your finds through sketches and photographs and create animal-inspired art, including your own oyster can. Discover the animals that call the Park home and investigate these captivating critters that crawl, swim and fly, OH MY!

Chesapeake Teen Travel Camp

July 20-24 New! Discover the wonders of the Chesapeake as we travel to and explore parks, nature centers, and museums throughout our watershed. Along the way we will hike, bike, paddle, cruise, photograph, and so much more! Investigate how people have used and enjoyed the Bay throughout time and how we can help protect these resources for future generations to enjoy! This is a specialty session with extended hours from 9-5:30pm and includes an activity fee of $100/camper (included in the price listed). Cost is $375/members and $415/non-members.

By Land & Sea: Annapolis Adventures

August 3-7 Discover all that Annapolis has to offer by venturing out on kayak, standup paddleboard, boat, and foot! On water, we will explore Back Creek while building paddling skills, as well as enjoy a cruise aboard an historic Chesapeake Bay workboat. On land, we will discover more about our maritime heritage as we travel to Historic Annapolis and the Maritime Museum, as well as spend Wednesday night “locked-in” at our Museum Campus. During our adventures, we’ll investigate ongoing environmental restoration projects and be inspired to protect these resources for future generations to enjoy!

Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program

This opportunity is for campers who are interested in taking on a leadership role at camp. CITs may signup to volunteer for 1-2 one-week sessions. CITs 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 will stay with this group all week, getting to know their campers, and assisting leaders with group management.  CITs will participate in all programs and have fun alongside their campers and will assist anyone 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 to become a leader and positive role model in their group.  Training will be provided. Cost is $50/session.  Email Camp Director, Katey Nelson at [email protected], to discuss available sessions and then register online.

Girls on the Bay

ONLY A FEW SPACES LEFT!

July 6-10 Girl-powered adventures will take us into the water and woods this week to meet our wild neighbors and discover the importance of protecting habitats for our wild friends. Throughout the week we will sharpen our skills of observation, play games to learn Leave No Trace principles, and try out several ways to help wildlife. There will be plenty of hands-on animal investigations, crafts, games, skits, and songs to fill up the week! All girls will receive AMM’s activity patch. Girls who are registered Girl Scouts will receive Eco-Learner, Eco-Friend, or Eco-Camper badge, depending on their age. Girls do not have to be a registered Girl Scout to participate in this camp!

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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?

  • Summer camp is $275.00 for members of the Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park and $315.00 for nonmembers. If you are not a current AMM member and would like to become one, visit the membership page.
  • $75.00 is due per session at the time of registration; the remaining balance is due by June 1. There are several options available at checkout to space out automatic payments between the time you register and June 1.  If you would like to setup a custom payment plan, please contact us.
  • Sibling and multi-week discounts of $25 off are applied automatically.
  • Scholarships 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 must be made in writing and emailed to the staff.
  • Parents/guardians may cancel a registration up to 14 days prior to a session begins to receive a refund, less a $25 registration fee. Alternatively, you may choose to receive a full credit towards summer camp 2021.
  • Full refunds will be provided should AMM have to cancel any sessions due to any COVID-19 shutdown mandates. We hope these policies provide some reassurance to families when registering for camp and for those who have already signed up.
  • There are no refunds for individual missed days of camp.

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. pre-K and 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.

NOTE: Summer 2020 group sizes will be smaller in keeping with maximum group sizes allowed by the State of Maryland.  See Camp COVID Response plan for more information.

Do you have extended care?

NOTE: There will be no before or after-care for Summer 2020, due to current COVID-regulations.  If you already paid for extended care, you will be refunded. If this changes your ability to come to camp, please let us know and we will refund your child’s registration.  We apologize for the inconvenience!

Yes! Before-care runs from 8-9am Monday-Friday and is $35/week. After-care runs from 3:30-5:30pm Monday-Friday and is $65/week. We offer a drop-in rate per day of $10/before and $18/after care.

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 Packet as of 6/22/20. Be sure to read the most recent version that will be attached to your camper’s confirmation email!

Are any additional forms required for my camper?

All required health and emergency contact information is collected electronically during the registration process. HOWEVER, if your child must bring medication to camp (either for emergencies or daily administration), you must complete the MedicationAdministrationAuthorizationForm. 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.

NOTE: The following forms are NOT needed for Camp 2020 – we will not be participating in programs with outside providers this year.

Campers entering grades 4 and above will also need to complete waivers to participate in excursions with providers, such as Capital SUP and Chesapeake Bay Foundation. 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

CBF Permission Form

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 MedicationAdministrationAuthorizationForm. 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 Katey at [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 Katey Nelson at [email protected].