Park Camps Summer 2022

Park Camps Summer 2022


This summer, children ages 3 ½ – 15 are invited to join us for dynamic experiences in the tradition of The Park School of Baltimore. Park’s unique approach to learning and growing flourishes amid the beauty and wonder of our wooded 100-acre campus. Park Camps staff consists of caring, committed professional educators from The Park School and the greater Baltimore community who have created exciting programming to engage both mind and body. Summer sessions begin June 27 thru July 29, 2022. We look forward to welcoming you to Park Camps!

Cubs, Bears, and Bruins

Campers are grouped by age into “dens,” which allows our staff to adjust activities to suit the interests and needs of individual campers, who enjoy a variety of activities on Park’s beautiful 100-acre campus, both indoors and out. In addition to excellent camp leaders and counselors, Park faculty and activity guests enrich the camp experience by offering workshops in a variety of special programs, including sports and games, nature exploration, and music and movement.

Cubs Den (ages 3-1/2-5-1/2) features 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 Camps staff, and outdoor play time on developmentally-designed playgrounds and courtyards. Indoor activities include arts and crafts projects, cooking, music, and games. Cubs will have 30 minutes of recess and 30 minutes of rest time every day.

Sample schedule for Cubs:     

8:30 a.m.  Welcome Circle 1 p.m. Den activities/rest time 
9 a.m. Art or PE 1:30 p.m. Special workshop or project (special workshop will correspond with weeks enrolled)
9:30 a.m. Pool time 2:30 p.m. Recess
10:30 a.m. Change/Recess 3 p.m. Games
11 a.m. Den activities(planned by Den leaders) 3:30 p.m. Round up
Noon Lunch (1/2 day Cubs are dismissed after lunch) 4 p.m. Carpool/Dismissal

Campers in the Bears Den (ages 6-8) will experience a summer full of adventure and fun  focused on guided independence and responsibility, and building social skills. A typical day for Bears includes swimming in our pool, stream exploration with greater attention to natural communities, tending to the Lower School garden, and burning off energy outdoors on our playgrounds, courtyards, and fields. Indoor activities include more detailed short (and long) term arts and crafts projects, music, and games. Each day, campers pick an activity of their preference during “choosing time."

Sample schedule for Bears:

8:30 a.m.  Welcome Circle 12:30 p.m. Choice (indoor or outdoor options are available) 
9 a.m. Special workshop or project (special workshop will correspond with weeks enrolled) 1:30 p.m. Pool
10 a.m. Games 2:30 p.m. Change/Recess
10:30 a.m. PE or Art 3 p.m. Den activities (planned by Den leaders)
11:30 a.m. Den activities (planned by Den leaders) 3:30 p.m. Round up
Noon Lunch 4 p.m. Carpool/Dismissal

Summer for Bruins (ages 9-12) 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 in our pool and burn off energy in outdoor games on our playgrounds, courtyards, and fields.

Sample schedule for Bruins:

8:30 a.m.  Welcome Circle 12:30 p.m. Choice (indoor or outdoor options are available) 
9 a.m. Pool 1:30 p.m. Den activities (planned by Den leaders)
10 a.m. Games 2:30 p.m. Change/Recess
10:30 a.m. PE or Art 3 p.m. Pool/Choice
11:30 a.m. Special workshop or project (special workshop will correspond with weeks enrolled) 3:30 p.m. Round up
Noon Lunch 4 p.m. Carpool/Dismissal

Camp Details

Ages: 3 ½-12
Dates: June 27 to July 29 (2-week minimum, choose any 2 weeks)
Full Day (8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.): $435 per week
Half Day (8:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.): $300 per week (Cubs only – limited space available)
*Campers can be dropped off as early as 8:10 a.m. Afternoon carpool ends at 4 p.m.

Daily Activities:

  • Stream walks and woods exploration
  • Gardening
  • Swimming*
  • Story time (Cubs)
  • Music, art, and dance
  • Choosing time: campers pick from a variety of activities
  • Den activities with counselors: games, crafts, projects, and more
  • Outdoor play
  • Rest (Cubs) and quiet activities

*We currently plan to offer daily swimming with swim lessons for all campers; however, should the situation change due to COVID, we may need to cancel or change our swim program.


cubs, bears, and bruins Program Highlights

In addition to the regular day camp activities, campers will enjoy the following highlights during the dates noted:

Sports and Games (June 27– July 8)
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 the sports. There will also be opportunities to play games like capture the flag and kickball, as well as different kinds of board games. 

Nature Exploration (July 11 – July 22)
During Nature Exploration, campers will learn, and delight in nature, venturing 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. 

Music and Movement (July 25 – July 29)
Campers will immerse themselves in music and dance in this creative program, learning new songs for lively sing-alongs, and discovering how to make music using Boomwhackers — colorful, plastic percussion tubes that produce musical tones — and other 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 den-mates. 

Leadership Development

Ages: 12–15
Dates: June 27 to July 8 (No camp on July 4)
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. 
Cost:  $783 / 2-week camp
*Campers can be dropped off as early as 8:10 a.m. Afternoon carpool ends at 4 p.m.

Calling all young people interested in working with children! Do you want to learn more about childcare, train to become a counselor at Park Camps, or do you have dreams of one day being a teacher? 

Through Park’s Leadership Development camp, campers will receive extensive training in childcare, including discovering fun games and activities to do with kids, what to do in an emergency, and even tips on how to get a babysitting job. Participants will gain hands-on experience working with young children at Park Camps.

During the second week of the camp, campers will have the opportunity to apply their training from the previous week by directly working with campers in the mornings. In the afternoons, campers will be asked to process their experience with each other and a lead instructor. Through this experience, campers will learn to become stronger leaders. After completing the two-week Leadership Development program, campers may apply to intern for the remainder of the summer. 

*Note: Completing the Leadership program does not guarantee that the participants will be hired as future paid counselors at Park Camps.


Taste the Nation Cooking & Culture Camp

Ages: 10–13 (Rising 6th–8th Graders)
Dates: Session 1: July 5 to July 8 (no camp on July 4), Session 2: July 11 to July 15
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. 
Cost: Session 1: $360 / Session 2: $450
 *A minimum enrollment of 10 campers is required in order for this camp to proceed. 
**Campers can be dropped off as early as 8:10 a.m. Afternoon carpool ends at 4 p.m.

Do you like to cook? Do you like to eat? Do you like to explore the food and cultures of different communities who have contributed to the American plate? Then Taste the Nation Cooking & Culture Camp is for you!

This camp is inspired by cookbook author and television host Padma Lakshmi’s show “Taste the Nation,” in which she travels the country exploring the rich and diverse food cultures of immigrant groups to see how their cooking has shaped America’s tastes. Each day of camp, we’ll watch episodes of the show, and we’ll cook recipes from the spotlighted cuisines and then enjoy tasting them together. Over the course of the week, campers will also have the opportunity to select and explore a food culture from one of Baltimore’s many waves of immigrants and to introduce it to their fellow campers. If this sounds intriguing to you, come to camp and “taste the nation!”

Breaks for lunch, play, and swimming are included each day. 

*Note: Each week of camp will highlight the foods of a different selection of immigrant communities. Campers may enroll in one or both weeks and experience new cultures and dishes without repeats.

**Camp recipes may contain any of the following allergens: milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans. We will do our best to accommodate your child’s dietary restriction, but there are cases where a camper may be given a separate activity to avoid potential contact with allergens.


Creative Writing & Nature Fun

Ages: 10–13
Dates: July 11 to July 22 (2-week camp)
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. 
Cost: $870 / 2-week camp
 *A minimum enrollment of 10 campers is required in order for this camp to proceed. 
**Campers can be dropped off as early as 8:10 a.m. Afternoon carpool ends at 4 p.m.

Do you love to go outdoors and spend time in nature? Do you also love to express yourself through creative writing? This camp will combine the best of both in a fun atmosphere. 

Each day, we enjoy multiple ways to get our creative energy flowing for our writing including notebook-making, music, games, yoga, and cooking. We explore the beautiful, wooded 100-acre campus by walking the trails, enjoying the stream, and drawing inspiration from the beauty around us. Excerpts from both favorite and new-to-us writers of fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction serve as models and inspiration. We bring the ideas, experiences, and materials of our outdoor living into our writing. Campers grow as writers by experimenting with different forms and designing their own solo and collaborative writing projects. Each camper has one-on-one conferences with a writing educator, as well as the chance to share their writing with peers in a supportive, upbeat atmosphere. 

Breaks for lunch, play, swimming, and time in the woods are included each day.


Bruins TTRPG Camp

Ages: 9–12
Dates: July 11 to July 15 (1-week camp)
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. 
Cost: $435 / 1-week camp
 *A minimum enrollment of 10 campers is required in order for this camp to proceed. 
**Campers can be dropped off as early as 8:10 a.m. Afternoon carpool ends at 4 p.m.

Bruins TTRPG Camp is dedicated to learning to play tabletop roleplaying games such as Dungeons & Dragons, Mice, and Mystics, or Pathfinder. It is our goal to create a safe and fun environment for campers to explore their creativity, no matter their current familiarity with this genre of game.

Campers will use collaborative storytelling to engage in puzzles, quests, and social interactions with their peers. By the end of camp, they will have the tools to design and build their own worlds and continue to foster a culture of inclusion, exploration, and confidence.

Daily activities include: creative writing sessions, collaborative role-playing, team building activities, game design lessons, and character development sessions — all in addition to outdoor games that support creative processes. Gaming sessions will last 2-3 hours each day. This will not be a strictly indoor club and campers should come with the expectation of being outside for a portion of each day, including swimming.

Breaks for lunch, play, swimming, and time in the woods are included each day.


Additional Summer Programs

(These camps take place on The Park School campus but are run by outside organizations. Registration must take place directly with the camp and not through Park Camps.) 

Baltimore Buckets Basketball Camp
Ages: 6–15 (boys and girls)
Dates: June 21 to June 24 (1-week camp)
Time: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Cost: $225 / 1-week camp
Contact: 410-527-0140 or

Early drop off is available starting at 8 a.m. for an additional fee.

About Baltimore Buckets Basketball Camp:
We will have four fun-filled days of basketball, games, contests, skill work, and film. In addition to a t-shirt for every camper, there will be giveaways throughout the week and special guests. Campers will have the option to purchase pizza, drinks, or snacks each day.

Baltimore Buckets has expert coaching on staff and we will have three full courts to utilize during camp. A great mix of counselors will be on hand to ensure the campers improve and have fun!

Camp Director:
Kevin Connelly is the current head coach of the boys' varsity basketball team at The Park School of Baltimore. Kevin also coaches Team Melo AAU and the Nigerian Olympic team. Coach Connelly specializes in player development and has an extensive background from middle school to the NBA.

Health and Safety Protocols

Throughout the summer, we will require all campers and staff to adhere to the following health and safety protocols:

  • Physical distancing, reduced density, and decreased mixing of groups
  • Weekly COVID-19 testing required
  • Face coverings
  • Hand hygiene
  • Self-screening
  • Health support
  • Cleaning and disinfecting

Although we have carefully planned activities, changes in state and local regulations, restrictions, and guidelines may cause us to cancel or alter any program, schedule, or activity at any time.


Early Bear Discount: Register your child in Park Camps by March 15 and receive a $50 Early Registration Discount. (Minimum 2-week enrollment.) One $50 Early Bear discount per household.

Sibling Discount: The more the merrier! Register one child in Park Camps, and each additional child in your family will receive a $50 discount.


This summer, lunch will not be available for purchase. Full-day campers must bring their lunch each day. 


A full-time registered nurse is on duty each day camp is in session. All camps will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2022, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.


If you have any questions or require additional information, please email


Terms and Conditions

I understand the non-refundable registration deposit of $250 is applicable towards the fee and the remaining balance is due by May 15, 2022. In the case of registration after May 15, 2022, all fees are due at time of registration.

I further understand that on the basis of this registration, Park Camps has reserved and assigned a place for my child and has contracted for services, spaces, and supplies to be provided for my child. Therefore, I understand that after May 15, 2022, my obligation to pay the full fee for the selected camp(s) and service(s) will become unconditional. I understand further that after May 15, 2022, fees will be considered liquidated damages and no portion of the fees will be refunded, and no portion of the unpaid fees will be reduced or cancelled because of the subsequent absence, withdrawal, or dismissal of my child, or for any other reason and I remain obligated to pay all unpaid fees as they would otherwise come due.

Cancellations and Refunds
By Park Camps: I understand that if any session does not reach sufficient enrollment, Park Camps retains the right to cancel the session and I may select an alternative session, or Park Camps will provide a refund of fees paid.

By the registrant: I understand that should I wish to withdraw my registration, Park Camps must be notified in writing no later than May 15, 2022. In such cases, the registration deposit will not be refunded, but no other payment will be due. I understand that withdrawal of the registration must be made by certified mail with return receipt or by email and I will keep my receipt or email for verification that a withdrawal letter was sent.

Late Payments
I understand that the balance of the fees is due on May 15, 2022, and agree to make all payments when due. I understand further that there will be a charge for payments not received when due. The late charge will be equal to one-and-one-half percent (1.50%) of the payment amount that is past due and will be imposed each month that a past due balance exists.

I understand and agree that in the event Park Camps must engage attorneys to collect all or a portion of any fees described in this registration, I will pay Park Camps’ reasonable legal fees, court costs, and other related expenses attributable thereto. I further understand that Park Camps has the right to charge me the highest fee allowed by Maryland law for a check presented for payment that has been drawn on an account with insufficient funds.

community agreement – policies related to the covid-19 pandemic

I understand the importance of and agree to create and maintain continuity between school and home, consistently reinforcing efforts to promote healthy choices and proven practices to limit any potential COVID-19 exposure.

As a member of the Park Camps community I commit to:
Following all on-campus protocols, including:

  • Completing and submitting the COVID-19 exposure survey through a Google Form every morning prior to entering the school building. Temperature readings are required.
  • Wearing a face covering that fits snugly over the mouth and nose.
  • Maintaining at least a six-foot distance from community members.
  • Washing hands upon entry to school, before eating, after bathroom use, and when putting on face covering. Hand sanitizer can be substituted when a sink is not available.
  • As part of our shared responsibility, encouraging other community members to adhere to these agreements and, if needed, informing the school if concerns arise that a community member is not complying with the stated agreements.

Campers who cannot comply with these expectations may be asked to withdraw from the camp program.

Adhering to all community-wide guidelines, including:

  • Continuing to follow the measures outlined by Maryland Department of Health to reduce the spread of the virus, including staying home as much as possible, practicing physical distancing outside of the home, wearing masks in public, and frequently washing hands.
  • Explaining to my child the requirement of using face coverings, washing hands frequently, and following other preventative hygiene measures while on Park’s campus.
    • Practicing these measures prior to my child returning to campus.
  • Completing and submitting information about symptoms through Magnus Health, including temperature readings before camp.
    • Notifying the camp nurse when my child is sick — and, if a Park employee, notifying when I am sick.
  • Notifying the camp nurse as soon as my child has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 or that my family has been exposed to a person who is confirmed to have COVID-19.
    • Recognizing the importance of contact tracing and cooperating with either the Baltimore County Health Department and/or Park Camp’s efforts to conduct contact tracing, as a result of possible exposure.
  • Contacting my physician when my child is showing COVID-19 related symptoms, and making plans to begin the process of testing when recommended.
  • Responding in a timely manner to any calls, requests, or updates from Park Camps regarding the health of my child, including picking up my ill child within 60 minutes of being notified by the school.
  • Avoiding any nonessential travel and following the guidance of the most recent Maryland Department of Health Travel Advisory — including following expectations for testing and self-quarantining should you engage in out-of-state travel.
  • Avoiding gatherings and events where proper physical distancing and mask wearing are not practiced.
  • Evaluating any activities or programs that children and employees are engaged in outside of Park Camps to determine whether the protocols in place support the efforts we are making in our community — and refraining from activities where standards or practices are not consistent with our own. This applies to any athletic teams and leagues, arts pursuits, clubs, and other activities that students or employees are engaged in.
  • Receiving the seasonal flu vaccine and future vaccination for COVID-19 when available.
  • As part of our shared responsibility, encouraging other community members to adhere to these agreements and, if needed, informing the school if concerns arise that a community member is not complying with the stated agreements.
  • Working in partnership with Park Camps in order to keep our community safe.

Failure to comply with these protocols, or additional measures deemed necessary, may put members of the Park community at greater risk to contract and/or spread COVID-19. As such, the school will address any failure to comply by either limiting or prohibiting an individual’s access to campus and, in extreme cases, separating an individual or a family from the school community. Each member of the Park Camps community shares responsibility for the health and safety of all.

*These agreements were created with the guidance of the Maryland Department of Health Response to Outbreak (updated August 28, 2020).

Other Terms & Conditions
I understand and agree that Park Camps' duties and obligations shall be suspended immediately without notice during all periods that the Park School is closed because of force majeure events or threatened events including, but not limited to, fire, natural disaster, war, governmental action, act of terrorism, epidemic, pandemic, or any other event beyond Park School’s control. If such an event occurs, Park Camps' duties and obligations will be postponed until such time as the Park School, in its sole discretion, may safely reopen. I understand that fees or a portion thereof are not refunded due to such closures.

I understand that photos/video/audio recording may be taken of my child during the course of camp activities and I hereby give my consent for utilization of such photos/video/audio recordings in publications, advertisements, films, videos, audio presentations, websites, and/or social media used by or authorized by Park Camps, whether in print, radio, television, electronic and/or digital media.

I understand that only children who are toilet trained may attend Park Camps. I further understand that if my child is not toilet trained, he/she will be dismissed from the program with forfeiture of all fees.

I understand that Park Camps endeavors to provide an enjoyable camp experience and safe environment for all campers. I understand a camper will be dismissed if his/her behavior interferes with the enjoyment and safety of others and staff corrections and mediations are not effective in correcting the undesired behavior. I further understand that if my child is dismissed due to behavior issues, he/she will be dismissed from the program with forfeiture of all fees. 

Activities and Transportation Services
I understand that Park Camps endeavors to provide a safe environment for all campers, recognizes the value of experiences and, in planning these experiences, seeks to ensure appropriate supervision and care. I give permission for my child to participate in on-campus and off-campus programs and activities. 

I understand that transportation services to and from Park School and for off-campus activities may include a Park School bus, an outsourced bus service, or a personal vehicle driven by a Park School employee, coach, or agent.

I understand that my child’s participation in activities and transportation services may involve risks, including losses that may result from my child’s or a third party’s actions, inactions, or negligence, and/or the condition of the facilities, equipment, or areas where the activity is being conducted.

Knowing and understanding the risks involved with participation in such activities and transportation services, with the exception of the Park Camp’s or Park School’s proven gross negligence or intentional misconduct, I voluntarily and willingly assume responsibility for all risks and dangers associated with my child’s participation; I waive all claims or causes of action against the Park Camps and Park School and its officers, directors, employees, and agents, arising out of my child’s participation in activities and I hereby release, hold harmless, and discharge the Park Camps and Park School and its officers, directors, employees, and agents from all liability in connection therewith.

I have read the Activities and Transportation Services terms and understand their legal significance. This waiver and release is freely and voluntarily given with the understanding that right to legal recourse against the Park Camps and Park School and its officers, directors, employees, and agents is knowingly waived in return for allowing my child’s participation in activities.

Camper Medical Information
In the event of my child’s need for medical care, I understand that Park Camps will attempt to contact me and/or my child’s doctor using the contact information I have provided; however, I authorize Park Camps and its program and activities leaders and designees to take those steps they believe necessary to obtain and provide medical care for my child.

I understand I must provide all of the requested medical information for my registration to be considered complete and processed.