Park Day Camps: Cubs, Bears, and Bruins & Travel Camp

For Campers Ages 3 ½–10.

Cubs, Bears, and Bruins:

Campers are grouped by age into “dens,“ and enjoy a variety of activities on Park’s beautiful 100-acre campus.

Each day includes special workshops, including Nature Exploration, Music and Movement, Sports and Games, Visual Arts, and Challenge Course Adventure. Campers will experience each workshop 2-3 times per week. They’ll also play games, explore, and engage in many different activities with their counselors, both indoors and out.

Each day at camp also includes swim lessons taught by our certified lifeguards and free time in the pool.

Camp Details – Prices and Schedules:

Ages: 3 ½–10

Dates: June 24 to July 26

Full Day:
8:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m. / $475 per week

Half DayCubs only (ages 3 ½ – 5 ½):
8:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. / $285 per week (limited space available)

*Campers can be dropped off as early as 8:15 a.m. Afternoon carpool ends at 4 p.m.

Please note: All campers must be fully toilet-trained in order to participate in camp.

Cubs, Bears, and Bruins Camp Weeks
Week 1: June 24 to June 28
Week 2: July 1 to July 5 (camp is closed on July 4)
Week 3: July 8 to July 12
Week 4: July 15 to July 19
Week 5: July 22 to July 26

*Specialty Workshops for All Campers*

In addition to the daily activities (see sample schedules below) guided by our excellent camp leaders and counselors, Park faculty and activity guests enrich the camp experience by offering workshops in a variety of special programs, including Music and Movement, Nature Exploration, Sports and Games, Visual Arts, and Challenge Course Adventure. Campers will participate in each workshop 2-3 times during the week..

Music and Movement
Campers will immerse themselves in music and dance by learning new songs for lively sing-alongs and discovering how to make music using small instruments, such as tambourines, triangles, and xylophones. When not singing or making music, campers will learn basic dance moves with opportunities to participate in both guided and free dance activities with fellow campers.

Nature Exploration
During Nature Exploration, campers will venture into the woods for scavenger hunts, plant/tree identification, and active play. This program is designed to foster the camper’s sense of adventure outside of the classroom. Campers will create and take home a nature journal filled with their explorations and will have the opportunity to participate in arts and crafts made with natural materials.

Sports and Games
Participating in sports and games is a great way to learn about teamwork, good sportsmanship, and the importance of hard work — all while having fun! Campers will enjoy playing different sports, including basketball, soccer, lacrosse, and flag football. Playing together in teams, campers will learn game fundamentals, develop skills, and gain an overall understanding of each sport. 

Visual Arts
The visual arts workshop engages campers in projects that expose them to new mediums (i.e. painting, drawing) each week. Campers will experiment with new techniques and use different features of Park’s campus as inspiration for their creative endeavors. At the end of the week, campers will participate in a gallery walk to celebrate their work.

Challenge Course Adventure
Our revamped Appalachian Challenge Course is reopening this summer, giving campers ample opportunity to build leadership skills while working together on group challenges. The Challenge Course gives students a great opportunity to push outside their comfort zone both physically and mentally. Note: The Challenge Course Adventure will only take place for campers 6 and older.

Daily Activities and Sample Schedules:

Cubs Den (ages 3 ½–5 ½)

Daily Activities:

Cubs Dens feature a 1:5 staff to camper ratio. A typical day for Cubs includes stream exploration with greater attention to natural communities, nature sample collection for projects — and sharing — games led by Park’s staff, and outdoor play time on developmentally-designed playgrounds and courtyards. Indoor activities include arts and crafts projects, music, and games.

In addition, Cubs will participate in specialty workshops each day (Music and Movement; Nature Exploration; Visual Arts; Sports and Games) to get a wide variety of experiences around Park’s beautiful campus.

Always one of the most popular activities of the day, swim lessons are taught by certified lifeguards with assistance from den leaders and counselors. Cubs are divided into groups based on age and skill level, progressing from the learning pool to the big pool when ready.

Sample schedule for Cubs:

TimeCamp Activity
8:30 a.m.Welcome Circle
9 a.m.Specialty Workshop (Art, Music & Movement, Sports & Games, Nature Exploration)
10 a.m.Swimming
11 a.m.Den Activities (imaginative, cooperative, constructive play & more)
11:45 a.m.Lunch & Recess (1/2 day Cubs pick-up at 12:45 p.m.)
1 p.m.Den Activities & Rest Time
1:45 p.m.Specialty Workshop (Art, Music & Movement, Sports & Games, Nature Exploration)
2:30 p.m.Playground
3 p.m.Den Activities
3:45 p.m.Round up & Carpool

Bears Den (ages 6-7)

Sample schedule for Bears:

TimeCamp Activity
8:30 a.m.Welcome Circle
9 a.m.Specialty Workshop (Art, Music & Movement, Sports & Games, Nature Exploration, Challenge Course)
10 a.m.Den Activities (independent, cooperative, and imaginative play)
10:45 a.m.Choosing Time (Indoor/Outdoor options available)
11:30 a.m.Lunch & Recess
12:15 p.m.Specialty Workshop (Art, Music & Movement, Sports & Games, Nature Exploration, Challenge Course)
1:15 p.m.Swimming
2:15 p.m.Playground
2:45 p.m.Indoor Games & Arts and Crafts
3:45 p.m.Round up & Carpool

Campers in the Bears Den will experience a summer full of adventure and fun focused on guided independence, responsibility, and building social skills. A typical day for Bears includes specialty workshops, den activities centered on teamwork, group problem solving and goal setting, and swim lessons followed by free swim.

Bruins Den (ages 8-10)

Summer for Bruins will be exciting, empowering, and inspiring. Campers will pursue projects of personal interest and create lasting friendships that often continue long after summer camp ends. Our oldest campers explore projects and topics in greater depth while experiencing a variety of activities on Park’s beautiful 100-acre campus. Bruins also swim and burn off energy in outdoor games on our challenge course, playgrounds, and fields.

Sample schedule for Bruins:

TimeCamp Activity
8:30 a.m.Welcome Activities
9 a.m.Specialty Workshop (Art, Music & Movement, Sports & Games, Nature Exploration, Challenge Course)
10 a.m.Swimming
10:45 a.m.Specialty Workshop (Art, Music & Movement, Sports & Games, Nature Exploration, Challenge Course)
11:45 a.m.Lunch
12:15 p.m.Recess & Den Activities
1:15 p.m.Specialty Workshop (Art, Music & Movement, Sports & Games, Nature Exploration, Challenge Course)
2:15 p.m.Choosing Time (Indoor/Outdoor options available)
3 p.m.Den Activities
3:45 p.m.Round up & Carpool

Are We There Yet? Travel Camp

Ages: 8–10

Date: June 24-28

Time: 8:30 a.m.– 3:45 p.m.

Cost: $575 / 1-week full-day camp

Please note that campers are required to bring their lunch for this camp.

*Campers can be dropped off as early as 8:15 a.m. Afternoon carpool ends at 4 p.m.

**A minimum enrollment of 15 campers is required in order for this camp to proceed.

Calling all adventure lovers and those who love to try new things! Grab a friend because the bus is leaving, and before you know it you’ll be asking us… “Are We There Yet?!” Each day will be a new adventure as we travel around Maryland visiting new places. We will tour the Baltimore Ravens stadium, Camden Yards, and visit other Baltimore treasures. We will also use our senses to explore delicious food factories and spend a day exclusively outdoors kayaking in nearby Pennsylvania! (Schedule is tentative.)