Summer Nature Day Camp

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a session of summer camp?
  • Each 5-day session of camp is $260.
  • July 3-7: No camp held on the Fourth of July
    • Mt. Pleasant session prorated to $210
    • Belmont campers will be going on a field trip during the week, and the July 3-7 session will cost $260.
What are the Extended Care options?
  • Before Care starts at 8:00am and is $30 for the week.
  • After Care starts at 3:30 and is available until 5:30pm for $60 for the week.
  • Extended Care is not pro-rated.
  • Before and After Care feature unstructured play.  Campers are encouraged to bring a snack, a book, or camp-appropriate activities to share.
How do I add or edit sessions for my child’s registration?

Email the camp director about your change.  You will not have to make a new registration.  If you add sessions that require payment, we will send a Paypal invoice.  If you require a reimbursement, we will send payment through Paypal.  Please see below for refund availabilities.

If I need to cancel, can I get a refund?
  • Refunds are permitted up to 21 days prior to the start of camp.
  • Refunds less 30% fee up to 14 days prior to the start of camp.
  • *No refunds after 14 days prior to the start of camp session unless the camper suffers medical emergency, attested to by a physician, which keeps the child from attending. Refunds are not given for absence, sick days or if a camper is dismissed due to behavioral problems.

Start of campFull Refund available untilRefund Less 30% until
6/26/2017June 5June 12
7/3/2017June 12June 19
7/10/2017June 19June 26
7/17/2017June 26July 3
7/24/2017July 3July 10
7/31/2017July 10July 17
8/7/2017July 17July 24
8/14/2017July 24July 31
What are the hours of camp?

Camp runs from 9:00 – 3:30 daily.  Morning drop off is from 8:45 – 9:00.  Afternoon pickup is from 3:30-3:45.  If your camper is arriving late or being picked up early, please inform our staff so that we can meet you.

Do you serve lunch at camp?

No.  Campers should bring a filling, waste-free lunch.  (Hints on waste-free  methods.)  There is no refrigeration for lunches; include a freezer pack if needed.  If your child is staying for After Care, please pack a snack as well.

We may offer small treats or activities involving food (an example is making an edible fire to show how to build a fire circle and cooking fire), but we will send a specific letter home to parents beforehand with a list of ingredients.  Where possible, we will use items made in a peanut-free facility.  Parents may supply alternatives for campers.  At the end of hot weeks, we may give popsicles to the campers.

Pop-Ice/Fla•Vor•Ice Ingredients: Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Fruit Juice (Contains One Or More Of The Following: Apple, Grape Or Pear Juice From Concentrate); Contains Less Than 2% Of The Following: Citric Acid and/or Fumaric Acid, Natural And Artificial Flavors, Sodium Benzoate And Potassium Sorbate, Red #40, Yellow #5, Yellow #6, Blue #1.

What do I need to pack for my child?

Please pack the following:

  • water bottle
  • sunscreen
  • waste-free, filling lunch
  • sturdy closed-toe shoes for running around
  • water shoes
  • change of clothes
  • rain gear if the weather calls for it
  • a backpack in which to store your campers’ items.

For a full list of items to pack and items to leave at home, please see our Parent Info guide

Can the Conservancy staff administer medications?

No.  Children who need to take medications while at camp must be able to take their own medications under supervision of Conservancy staff.  To do this, we must have parent authorization for over-the-counter medicines and a physician’s authorization for prescription medications.  A Medication Form must be filled out for each medication the camper is taking while at camp, including regular prescriptions and emergency medications.  The Medication Form may be found on our camp webpage.

My child is young. Will you put sunscreen on them?

No.  Sunscreen is considered to be a topical medication by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and we are not allowed to help apply it.  We will remind and encourage campers to apply sunscreen and will stay in the shade through most of the day.

What are the rules of camp?

Summer Nature Camps at the Howard County Conservancy are safe places for all campers.  To accomplish this, our camp rules require respect for oneself, each other and the environment.  Please read these guidelines with your camper to help them fully understand the expectations and behave appropriately at camp.

        Campers agree to:

  • Show respect to other participants and treat them with courtesy
  • Show respect to staff and cooperate with their instructions
  • Know and follow behavior guidelines and camp rules
  • Use program equipment, natural areas and facilities properly
  • Respect the property of others
  • Work out disagreements in a non-violent manner with the help of staff
  • Communicate appropriately, which means not using foul language or gestures, unwelcome teasing or harsh words
  • Respect the health and safety of other campers and staff, understanding that pushing, kicking, hitting, bullying or fighting are not acceptable and will not be tolerated

Camp is a special place where we prioritize all campers’ right to physical and emotional safety.  All campers deserve to try new things, make new friends, explore and have fun in a safe environment.  Conservancy staff will work with each camper individually to resolve minor behavior issues and will seek positive parental support when necessary.  The Conservancy reserves the right to dismiss a camper who exhibits unsafe behavior or endangers other campers.  No refunds are provided if a camper is dismissed due to behavioral problems.

Download a copy of the Code of Conduct

Can my camper be in a unit with his/her friend?

Sure!  Please tell us prior to the camp.  You may include this information in “Health History and Grouping Information” on the application or email the camp director.  This information needs to be given to administrative staff at least a week prior to the start of the camp session.  We will try to accommodate requests within reason but will likely not be able to group more than four campers.

How do you break up units at camp?

We will differentiate our activities by age and ability.  Generally, we will have a unit for campers ages 5-7, a second unit for campers ages 7-9, and a third unit for 9-12 year old campers.  The age breakdown is determined by the age of registrants and may change depending on the session.

Can my child be a Junior Staff member?

Students ages 13 and over may apply to be members of our Junior Staff.

  • Program Aides:   13-15.  A limited amount of spaces are available.  Fee TBA
  • Assistant Counselors: 16+.  Fee waived

The Junior Staff application will be available in February 2017.  Please check the website for updates.  If your child is accepted to the Junior Counselor position, you will be sent a link to a registration page including a health form.

My child has special needs. Can they attend camp?

If your child is able to participate in normal daily camp activities, they are welcome to join us.  However, we are unable to provide one-on-one assistance for camps.  Please give us as much information as possible to allow camp staff to most appropriately assist your camper.

Something came up! I need someone to pick up my camper who is not on the authorization list. What do I do?

Email the director.  You should call as well to let us know about the changes, but we need to see the name in writing so we can check it against the driver’s license.

How can I contact you during the day?

For important issues while camp is in session, please use the following methods to contact us:

  • Camp Phone (during Before and After Care) 410-505-4449
  • Pleasant Office Phone (during business hours) 410-465-8877
  • Belmont Office Phone (during business hours) 410-465-8377

Our Camp Directors may not be at their desks while camp is in session. Please allow 24 hours for an email reply or call our office for assistance.

Where can I find more information?