Summer Camp Information:

 

Calling All Campers!

Pastor Dottie invites your kids to go to camp with her this summer. The Calvert County Natural Resources Division and the Calvert Marine Museum offer fun, educational summer camps for kids of all ages. With enough interest from our congregation, we can choose one or more of these camps to send our kids to, and Pastor Dottie will go to camp with them. We will explore the camp topic, and then meet on our own as a group and talk about how what we are learning relates to our faith.

Space is limited, and camps are filling up, so let us know if you and your kids are interested! Let us know which camp or camp dates you are interested in, and how many kids. If we have enough interest across age levels, we can sign up for more than one camp. See todays insert for camp descriptions and dates.

Pastor Dottie is ready to make her summer plans and go camping with our kids!

Contact the Church Office solomonsumchurch@gmail.com or 410-326-3278
 
 

Critter Camp

Entering Grades 1-3; Dates: July 30—August 3t. Times: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fee: $125 /$100 members

Discover the critters that we have right in our back yard. We will make bug kites, spy on fiddler crabs, and create a small a garden for our critter friends. Spend a day at a state park learning to ‘see’ nature. Get a special behind-the-scenes look at our River to Bay exhibit, where our animals are cared for, and watch an aquarist do a feeding. The final day, board the Wm. B. Tennison with parents for a lunch time cruise on the Patuxent River, followed by an ice cream sundae.

 

Guardians of the Estuary

Entering Grades 4-6; Dates: July16 —July 20; Times: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fee: $135 nonmembers/ $110 members

Paddle, wade, hike and sail local waterways! What’s living out there, how do they interact, how do we impact the estuary, and how can we help? We will get muddy and creative as we canoe, collect and explore our estuary ecosystem, then brainstorm ways to protect it. On the final day, board the Dee of St. Mary’s to trawl for fish and enjoy a sail.

 

For more information on these programs and more, go to: http://www.calvertmarinemuseum.com/131/Summer-Camps

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Summer Camp: Creature Feature

For children entering Grades 1-2
Monday, June 25- Thursday, June 28, 9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.
 
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: Shannon Steele
 
Location:Flag Ponds Nature Park
Reservations are required by Monday, June 18.
 
Fee per camper: Society members: $120
Nonmembers: $150
 

Summer Camp: Marvelous Mud

For children entering grades 3-5 in Fall 2018
Monday-Wednesday, June 25-27, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 28, 6:00 p.m. overnight through
Friday, June 29, 9:00 a.m.
 
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.  There will be no camp before 6 p.m. on Thursday or after 9 a.m. on Friday.
 
Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale
 
Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park
Register by June 1
 
Fee per camper: Society members: $175
Nonmembers: $200
 

Summer Camp: It’s a Wild, Wet, World

For children entering grades 1-2 in Fall 2018
Monday, July 9 -Thursday, July 12, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
 
Campers will investigate some of the many water habitats of Calvert County. Together we will explore a pond, a stream, a swamp, and the Chesapeake Bay searching for fish, amphibians, reptiles, insects, and other organisms that depend on water. We will conduct experiments to discover how the properties of water benefit plants, animals, and humans. Other activities include hikes, games, and journaling.
 
Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale
 
Location:
Monday and Tuesday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
Wednesday and Thursday – Flag Ponds Nature Park
 
Fee per camper: Members: $120/Nonmembers: $150
 

Summer Camp: Birding Adventures Camp

Entering Grades 6-8
Monday, July 9 – Thursday, July 12, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (EXCEPT Wednesday)
Wednesday, July 11, 6:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Eastern Shore trip
Friday, July 13, 4:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. Owl hike at night
 
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 ending with an owl prowl on Friday night!
 
Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon
 
Locations may change.
Monday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
Tuesday: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park Patuxent River Boat Trip
Wednesday: Kings Landing Park Poplar Island Boat Tour
Thursday: Flag Ponds Nature Park
Friday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
 
Fee per camper: Society members: $150/Nonmembers: $180
 
Registration Deadline: Monday June 25
 

Summer Camp: Mountains to the Bay

Children entering grades 6-8 in Fall 2018
Monday-Wednesday, July 16-18, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 19, 7:30 a.m. overnight trip to Western MD
Friday, July 20, pick up at 6:00 p.m.
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. We’ll explore different aquatic habitats as we retrace the path that water takes from the mountains to the Bay – in reverse. The last 2 days will be an overnight adventure to western Maryland – including tubing on Antietam Creek and rafting on the Shenandoah River. 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.
Locations
Monday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
Tuesday – Flag Ponds Nature Park
Wednesday – Kings Landing Park
Thursday – meets at Kings Landing Park for overnight trip
Friday – pick up at Kings Landing Park
Waivers will be posted 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.
 

Summer Camp: Nature Photography Camp

For children entering Grades 4-6
Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Photo Presentation for Families: Friday, July 27, 3:00 p.m.
 
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
Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park (Mon, Thurs, Fri)
Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (Tues, Wed)
Reservations are required by Monday, July 16. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.
Fee per camper: Society members: $150
Nonmembers: $180
 

Summer Camp: Early Explorers AM

For children ages 4-5 years old by time of camp
Monday, July 30 – Friday, August 3, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
 
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.
 
Naturalist in Charge: Summer Interns
 
Location:
Mon – Wed: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
Thu & Fri: Flag Ponds Nature Park
Registration Deadline: Monday July 16
 
Fee per camper:  Society members: $60/Nonmembers: $75
 

Summer Camp: Early Explorers PM

For children ages 4-5 years old by time of camp
Monday, July 30 – Friday, August 3, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
 
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.
 
Naturalist in Charge: Summer Interns
 
Location:
Mon – Wed: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
Thu & Fri: Flag Ponds Nature Park
Registration Deadline: Monday July 16
 
Fee per camper:  Society members: $60/Nonmembers: $75
 

Summer Camp: Outdoor Skills

For children entering grades 3rd –5th in Fall 2018
Monday, August 6 through Friday, August 10, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
 
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.
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
 
Please register by June 1
 
For more information on these programs and more, go to:  http://www.calvertparks.org/summercamp/info.html