On April 2, 2022 Charles County Parks and Recreation and The Playful Parent partnered together to host this years Annual Summer Camp & Activity Fair. The dream of hosting a summer camp fair came to life in 2018; this year marks the fifth year that Charles County has had a summer camp fair! I was excited that so many families came out and were able to collect information from more than 25 different camps and programs. Just in case you couldn’t make it out to the event or if you had information overload; here’s all the information you need to plan out the summer. Please keep in mind that The Playful Parent is a resources page, if you need more information please contact the individual camps or businesses.
SUMMER CAMPS AT THE FAIR
CHARLES COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION
Details: Join CCPR this summer for an exciting lineup of fun and safe summer camps! While our camps may operate slightly differently from in previous years, we’re committed to providing the same exceptional Charles County Recreation experience for you and your family. Many camps are registering now and we’ll be adding more camps over the next few weeks. Our camps fill quickly so don’t hesitate – register today!
Age Range: Camps available ages 3-15
Cost: Affordable varies by camp: $75-$200
Registration Link: https://www.charlescountyparks.com/recreation/summer-camps
Camp Brochure: LINK
CSM- KIDS AND TEEN COLLEGE
Details: From Roblox Makers and YouTube content creators, to virtual music lessons, tutoring, and SAT/ACT prep, give your children an educational and fun virtual experience with CSM’s incredible Kids’ & Teen College classes. Our comprehensive and exciting courses for ages 5-17, are led by passionate instructors and allow your children to explore their interests from the safety of your home.
Age Range: 5-12
CTSMD PRODUCTION SUMMER CAMP
Details: Campers will experience a full 2 weeks of performing arts excitement and creation. We will jump into a musical score, dazzling choreography, and characters that will both challenge and delight ANY performer. (No former performing experience necessary.) In addition, our Stage/Tech Camp will give our behind the scenes artists a hands-on opportunity in creating props, scenery, costumes, make-up, and other behind-the-scenes magic. The musical being produced is Newsies Jr.
Age Range: 8- Graduating Seniors
Registration Link: https://ctsmd.org/events/
Details: Summer Youth Entrepreneurship Bootcamp 7/25-7/29, *Participants will learn the basics of starting a business, write a business pitch & business plan, create a business name, logo and so much more!
Age Range: 9-14
Registration Link: https://entrepreneurialkidz.com/registration
GOOD GRADES TUTORING- SUNNY DREAMS ACADEMIC SUMMER CAMP
Details: Good Grades Tutoring Center is offering nine weeks of fun and engaging STEAM themed camps from June 20, 2022-August 15, 2022. Good Grades offers year round tutoring, classes, homeschool help, workshops and more as well so be sure to check out their webpage.
Age Range: Perfect for kids ages 8-12
HUMANE SOCIETY OF CHARLES COUNTY
Details: The Humane Society of Charles County Summer Camp provides a variety of day camps for children that help to foster a sense of empathy and nurture a desire for stewardship of animals and our environment through fun lessons, crafts, knowledgeable visitors, and live animal interactions.
Age Range: 6-12 Years Old
Cost: $175 per week
KAYAKING & FISHING CAMP- ATLANTIC KAYAK
Details: Atlantic Kayak and Charles County Parks and Rec, have teamed up to provide a Kayaking & Fishing Camp. Every day is an adventure at Kayak and Fishing Camp. Learn to kayak and fish the freshwater tidal area of Mattawoman Creek. Paddle skills will build, and fishing techniques will be explored. Campers will kayak and fish each day! Basic swimming skills preferred. Friday will be used in the event of inclement weather.
Age Range: 8-12
MELWOOD – CAMP ACCOMPLISH
Details: Camp Accomplish offers options for day and overnight camps, as well as several new specialty camp options. Campers enjoy a variety of different activities including swimming, wall climbing, ropes course, archery, creative arts, canoeing, horseback riding, campfires, talent shows and much more.
Age Range: ages 5-18
Cost: Range in price
Camp Registration Link: https://melwood.org/recreation-programs/camp/camp-accomplish/
NEIGHBORHOOD CREATIVE ARTS CENTER- NATURE FEST
Details: NCAC is a internationally recognized and locally respected music and art school in La Plata, Maryland. They offer year round programs including group & private music and art lessons, homeschool programs and a handful of free entertaining and engaging events open to the community. This springs free program is Nature Fest on April 30, 2022.
Age Range: All Ages
PERFORMING ARTS PREPERATORY SCHOOL
Details: This summer, enroll your little superstar in an educational camp experience for young artists and performers as we develop and discover skills in music, dance, and visual arts.
Age Range: 5 yrs-12 yrs
Cost: $55 per day – $185 per week
PUMP IT UP-JUMP-N-ART CAMP
Details: Let your child spend time exploring their inner artist, laughing, playing games and bouncing on the state-of-the-art inflatables at Pump-It-Up’s Jump-N-Art Camp! This camp emphasizes the joy or self-exploration through art.
Age Range: 4-12
Cost Range: $100-200
Registration Link: Jump-N-Art Link
READING GARDEN CLUB
Details: The Early Readers Garden Club provides week-long sessions of reading morning classes (for ages 4 to 6) in the garden., , The Early Readers Garden Club has been revamped for summer 2022. We will focus on different letters/sounds every week during a small group class from 9:30am-11am, Monday – Friday. A maximum of 5 families can join each session, ensuring personalized attention. Each class agenda includes direct instruction, take home flyers, a garden story read aloud, and a garden activity. Instruction occurs in the outdoor classroom only. Families can signup for a one week session, or for as many week-long sessions as they can attend. Adult supervision is required and welcome so families can continue to reinforce instruction at home!, , Week 1/ 6.27.22 – Short vowels a, e, i, o, u , Week 2/ 7.5.22 – Short vowels a, e, i, o, u, Week 3/ 7.11.22 – b, t, m (+ short vowels), Week 4/ 7.18.22 – g, j, k (+ short vowels), Week 5/ 7.25.22 – c, p, s (+ short vowels), Week 6/ 8.1.22 – d, f, h (+ short vowels), Week 7/ 8.8.22 – l, n, v (+ short vowels).
Age Range: 4-6
SOURCE OUTREACH PROGRAM
Details: S.O.U.R.C.E. Outreach Program is a mobile, inquiry-based, cross-curricular, and hands-on program that provides engaging activities and training using S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Agriculture, & Math). S.O.U.R.C.E. Outreach encourages laughter, critical thinking, collaboration, and in-depth research skills in gardening, youth entrepreneurship, educator development, adult career development, and more. We offer something for everyone including preschoolers and Persons with Disabilities! Offering year round events and workshops.
Age Range: 3+
SACRED HEART SUMMER CAMP
Details: Sacred Heart Summer Camp is a Catholic day camp located at Archbishop Neale School in La Plata. We run for 6 weeks, and each week our campers get to choose from a wide variety of camps: soccer, dance, art, survival, Minecraft, war games, cooking & baking, theater, and so many more! Our camp runs Monday-Friday from 9am-12noon, but we also offer extended care beginning at 6:30am and ending at 5:30pm.
Age Range: 4-13, with volunteer positions for teens started at age 14
Cost: $98 per child per week
SUMMER ADVENTURE CAMP – ALICE FERGUSON FOUNDATION HARD BARGAIN FARM
Details: There’s no better way to spend summer break than at Hard Bargain Farm! Led by our experienced educators, kids will explore the woods, wetlands, and Potomac riverbank, with activities such as canoeing, finding tadpoles, and watching the eagles! Our unique barnyard allows kids to experience life on the farm – get to know our lovable goats, milk a cow, dig in the garden. Your children will spend every day outside exploring nature life on our beautiful 330-acre property in Accokeek, MD.
Age Range: 5-12
Cost: Half Day $155/Full $290
SUMMER CAMP- SHARRON STUDIO, FLIPS GYM & NINJA ZONE
Details: Sharon’s Studio offers year round dance and gymnastics classes. During the summer they offer three fun programs for kids; Dance Camp, Ninja Camp and Gymnastics Camp July 5-July 28, 2022. Camp sessions include specialized class, craft, snack and games. Sessions run Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.
Age Range: 3 1/2 – 10
Cost: Prices start at $70 a session
SOUTHERN MARYLAND FCA POWER CAMP
Details: Do you have a kid who loves all things sports? Than this is the perfect option for your aspiring athlete. A different sport will be featured each day including: basketball, football, soccer, volleyball and lacrosse. Three locations are available: Charles County July 25-28, Southern Calvert July 12-14 and Northern Calvert August 1-5. Camp starts at 8:00 AM and ends at 4:00 PM.
Age Range: 8-12
Camp Registration: https://www.somdfca.org/
UPWARD THRIVE ACADEMY
Details: The Actin’ Up Theatre Troupe’s dynamic summer session is designed to help participants find their dramatic voice through theatre. Participants develop stage presence, build confidence, understand the importance of “follow-through” and improve public speaking, leadership, and teamwork skills. At the end of the session, there will be an amazing performance. This is an awesome opportunity for participants to take their theatre skills to the next level! Every child will have a role in the performance. Actin’ Up Theatre Troupe is a year-round theatre program in Charles County. http://www.UpwardThriveinc.org for more information.
Age Range: 8-17
USE LOVE GROUP
Details: This spring and summer, Use Love is partnering with Charles County Parks and Recreation to offer fresh and powerful workshops and summer camps. Camper will brush up on their art skills and gain some serious gardening knowledge. From leaf art to song lyrics, planting to harvesting, this camp is full of engaging activities designed to support kids’ curiosity, self-regulation, and know-how.
Age Range: 7-13
WALDORF MARTIAL ARTS
Cost: Starting at $199 per week (Spring Break & Summer Camp)
WORLD VIEW SUMMER CAMP
Details: At World View Early Learning Center we believe that the Center or Child’s world should be a warm and caring environment where each child wants to be because they feels important. Our goal is to provide each child with the best possible care and educational stimulation included in a certified curriculum designed to enrich our children.
Age Range: 3-Teen
Cost: $150-190 per week
ENTERTAINMENT, RESOURCES AND PROGRAMS AT THE FAIR
AMF WALDORF LANES
Details: Whether you’re looking to plan your next party or just looking to have some fun, the AMF Bowling Co. provides the ultimate bowling experience – with state-of-the-art equipment and amenities for every level of bowler. From bumpers and lightweight balls for the kids to competitive oil patterns for the pros, AMF is America’s place to play. This spring AMF is offering two FREE events; Summer League Open House April 10th and Kids Fest May 21st.
Special Events Page: https://www.amf.com/location/amf-waldorf-lanes/specials
CENTER FOR CHILDREN
Details: The Center for Children is a private nonprofit dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and the promotion of positive mental health through crisis intervention, therapy and education. Programs include: mental health clinic, substance abuse programming, youth intervention & engagement program, healthy families program, care coordination, supervised visitation and (CASA) court advocacy.
CHARLES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Details: The Health Department provides a variety of services. A big thank you to them for handing out tons of cool freebies.
CHARLES COUNTY FAMILY CHILD CARE ASSOCIATION
Details: CCFCCA goal is to provide and promote professional and quality childcare services to families throughout Charles County. As well as, encourage the professional growth and development of individual childcare providers by advocating and initiating training. If you are a day care provider this is a great resource to connect you to trainings and resources.
EARLY CHILDHOOD ADVISORY COUNCIL ECAC
Details: ECAC is a group of early childhood stakeholders in Charles County Maryland who are working to prepare children for kindergarten. They are invested in engaging and educating the community and families by supporting young children, while building an equitable complement of services and resources dedicated to the development of healthy, thriving children. Be on the look out for free events and workshops put on by the ECAC.
Age Range: Birth through 5 years old
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/charlescountyecac
Details: Fisch Inflatables Party Rentals! Bounce house rentals are taking the world by storm. People often don’t know what to call them though: bounce house, moonwalks, jumpers, bouncers or even a kids party inflatable thing. We call them fun and we have a great selection with all of your favorite characters only at Fisch Inflatables, LLC. We also have inflatable slides, water slides, slip n slides, a dunk tank, surf n ride and inflatable obstacle courses! Give us a call or reserve online and we promise a great time.
Details: We are a Family Entertainment Center in Charles County Maryland. We are fun for all ages and camps have lots of fun visiting us during the summer. We have lots of activities for all ages. We hope all ages can come and have a fantastic time playing mini-golf, arcade, virtual reality, play board games, and enjoy your favorite carnival foods.
Playful Parent Guide: link
CAMPS NOT AT THE FAIR
SUMMER FARM CAMP
Details: Junior farmers will enjoy a wide range of activities, free play, music, and fun with farm animals this summer.
ARISE ACADEMY CAMP
Details: Let your light shine with Arise academy camp. Offering individual tutoring, learning pods, homeschooling, after care and summer camp programs.
Details: AR Workshop is crafting up unique projects to keep the kids busy during creative this summer.
BEE INSPIRED STUDIO
Details: Fill your summer with inspiration and creativity with a variety of workshops available this summer for kids of all ages.
BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Details: Beyond the Classroom, Inc. is a nonprofit with the mission to introduce children and young adults to people, places and things that they would not normally or easily have access to in their daily lives. By providing unique, educational and fun experiences, we empower youth to see the world outside of their classroom and neighborhood. Camps available for a variety of ages and interests.
GIRL SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Details: The Girl Scouts of America offer summer camps and programs all summer long for girls ages 5-17.
KIDS FIRST SWIM SCHOOL
Details: Kids First Swim offers swim lessons for all ages infant to adult.
Details: KidsSTEAM, Inc where every kid has a dream. Learn more about their awesome summer camps, tutoring programs, parent workshops and more.
Details: Programs available kids ages 3-12.
Details: The vision of Stella’s Girls is to develop more confident female leaders to be equipped and passionate about leading their communities, as well as organizations, businesses, schools, and agencies domestically and internationally. We work to contribute to a society where female leaders will no longer be viewed as exceptions to the rule. We strive for women leaders to be considered relevant assets and necessary additions to organizations globally. Camps available for young ladies grade 3-12.
FEATURED SPONSORS- DOOR PRIZES
Summer slide is when children start to forget or lose some of the knowledge or skills they learned through out the school year while on summer break. The following are some of the toys and gift certificates donated as door prizes for the Summer Camp Fair program! Many of the businesses and toys donated provide a great ways to keep kids active physically and engaged educational. A big thank you yo the following sponsors who donate door prizes items.
CAMP TUITON GIFT CERTIFICATES- Good Grades Tutoring, Sharon’s Dance & Melwood
FEATURED SPONSORS- SWAG BAGS
The swag bags were awesome this year thanks to :
- Charles County Parks & Recreation- Bags
- Texas Road house of La Plata– Free Kids Meal Cards, Water Bottles, Puzzles & Stickers
- Kids By The Bay Dental– Tooth Brushes
- Good Grades Tutoring– Candy
- Performing Arts Prep School– Moon Sand
- Sharon’s Dance– Lollipops & Tuition Coupon
- AMF Bowling Lanes- Free Game Cards & Arcade Cards
- Foster’s Grill- Coupons
- Chick-fil-A Waldorf & La Plata– Kids Meal Cards
- Children’s Theatre of SOMD– Magnet
- Pump It Up- Beach Balls & Bracelets
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