Summer Camp Letters and Information Packets

Every camper should print out the letter and supply list for each camp, posted here as soon as it is available. (Camps are listed in order of date.)

Each link will open a pdf file of the camp letter.

NEW: We will only mail the full packet upon request. Please email CypressSwamp@co.cal.md.us or call 410-535-5327 if you need a pack mailed to you.

June 24-28


July 8-12


July 15-19


July 22-26


July 28-August 2


August 5-9



Summer Camp Program Descriptions

    • 06/24/2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 06/28/2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
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    For children entering grades 3-5 in Fall 2019

    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.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4. Register by June 1

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $175
    Nonmembers: $200

    Daily Schedule
    Monday-Wednesday, June 24-26, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, June 27, 6:00 p.m. overnight through Friday, June 28, 9:00 a.m.
    There will be no camp before 6 p.m. on Thursday or after 9 a.m. on Friday.

    • 06/24/2019
    • 9:30 AM
    • 06/27/2019
    • 2:30 PM
    • Location varies, see description
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    For children entering Grades 1-2

    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: Kim Curren

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4.

    Fee per camper: Members: $120; Nonmembers: $150

    Daily Schedule:

    Monday, June 24- Thursday, June 27, 9:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m.

    Monday and Tuesday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Wednesday and Thursday: Flag Ponds Nature Park


    • 07/08/2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/11/2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • varies, see description
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    For children entering grades 1-2

    You don’t need to go on safari to see wildlife – there’s a ton of wildlife to be seen here in Calvert County, if you know here to look. During this camp, we will take the time to look closely for life under logs, stones, even in the mud! Using tools like nets, buckets, and shovels, we’ll search high and low, on land and in the water for bugs, worms, fish and whatever else we can find. In addition to our outdoor explorations, games and journals will help us learn about Calvert County’s “wild things.”

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Daily Schedule
    Monday, July 8-Thursday, July 11, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
    Monday and Tuesday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Wednesday and Thursday: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4.

    Fee per camper: 
    Members: $120
    Nonmembers: $150
    • 07/08/2019
    • 07/12/2019
    • 5 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 6
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    Entering Grades 6-8

    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

    Daily Schedule (Locations may change.)

    Monday, July 8 – Tuesday, July 9, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. 

    Wednesday, July 10, 6:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m

    Thursday, July 11, 6:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 

    Friday, July 12, 4:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. (Dinner will be provided)

    Monday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Tuesday: Flag Ponds Nature Park
    Wednesday: Kings Landing Park travel to Poplar Island Boat Tour
    Thursday:Kings Landing Park possible trip
    Friday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4.

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    The camp letter can be found here with more information on this camp!

    • 07/15/2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/19/2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
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    Children entering grades 6-8 in Fall 2018

    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

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4.

    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.

    Daily Schedule
    Monday-Wednesday, July 15-17, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, July 18, 7:30 a.m. overnight trip to Western MD
    Friday, July 19, pick up at 6:00 p.m.

    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.

    • 07/22/2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/26/2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 6
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    For children entering Grades 4-6

    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

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4.

    Daily Schedule: Monday, July 22 - Friday, July 26, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Photo Presentation for Families: Friday, July 26, 3:00 p.m. 

    Monday, Thursday, Friday Flag Ponds Nature Park 

    Tuesday, Wednesday Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    • 07/29/2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08/02/2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
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    For children ages 4-5 years old by time of camp

    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

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4.

    Daily Schedule: Monday, July 29 – Friday, August 2, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    Mon - Wed: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Thu & Fri: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Fee per camper: 
    Society members: $60
    Nonmembers: $75

    • 07/29/2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08/02/2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 11
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    Entering grades 6-8

    Does getting paid to be outside sound like the career path for you? Come explore the many different types of careers that nature can offer, including animal care, environmental education, and field research. Camp includes a day trip to Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons, MD.

    Naturalist in Charge: Kim Curren

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4.

    Daily Schedule: Monday-Friday, July 29- August 2, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m

    Monday and Tuesday: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Wednesday: Chesapeake Biological Laboratory

    Thursday and Friday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Fee per camper:

    Members:$150
    Nonmembers: $180
    • 07/29/2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • 08/02/2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 4
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    For children ages 4-5 years old by time of camp

    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

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4.

    Daily Schedule:  Monday, July 29 – Friday, August 2, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

    Mon - Wed: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Thu & Fri: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Fee per camper: 
    Society members: $60
    Nonmembers: $75

    • 08/05/2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08/09/2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 0

    For children entering grades 4th –6th grade

    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

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4.

    Daily Schedule: Monday, August 5 through Friday, August 9, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    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

    • 08/05/2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08/09/2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
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    For children entering grades 2-3

    Let nature be your inspiration as we spend the week creating works of art in many different forms! We will draw, paint, photograph, and sculpt our way through the park, and we will end the week with an art gallery exhibition walk-through for the parents to view all of our masterpieces.

    Naturalist in Charge: Kim Curren

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4.

    Fee per camper: Members: $150; Nonmembers: $180

    Daily Schedule: Monday-Friday, August 5-9, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.