CA’s camps make for a most memorable summer

Two kids in a canoe on the lake


By David Greisman

There’s still time to give your kids the time of their lives.

Registration remains open for Columbia Association’s summer camps, with 16 options available for youth from pre-K through 10th grade. These camps range from recreational to educational, and from artistic to athletic.

Read below for some of the highlights. For a full guide and pricing information, visit CA also offers reduced rates — 50% and 75% off — for qualified families based on federal income guidelines.

My First Camp

Ideal for the first-time camper! This camp offers swim lessons and recreational swimming, plus playtime, arts and crafts, story time, nature walks, games, and in-house field trips such as theater, karate and more. My First Camp also offers a cooldown period inside each day, as well as snack times.

For ages 3½-5. Offered as one- and two-week sessions: June 25-29, July 2-6 (no camp July 4), July 9-20, July 23-Aug. 3 and Aug. 6-17.

Nature Extreme

This camp takes the most popular Nature Camp activities and explores those skills in new environments. Kids learn and refresh their skills in canoeing, archery and camping and then venture off-site to nearby state parks to put their skills to the test. There are also new nature activities, which can include geocaching, nature survival, no-trace camping, tubing, rock climbing and sailing. Activities vary from session to session.

One overnight will be scheduled each session, with planned locations such as Gettysburg Campground in Pennsylvania, Rocky Gap State Park in Maryland, Jellystone Park in Virginia, and Harpers Ferry in West Virginia.

For grades 6-8. Offered as two-week sessions: June 25-July 6 (no camp July 4), July 9-20, July 23-Aug. 3 and Aug. 6-17.

S.T.E.A.M. Innovators

This program introduces students to and challenges them with learning exploration in the applied aspects of science, technology, engineering, arts and math — while also providing a variety of recreational and leisure activities that support scholarship and recreation.

Some highlights of this fun-filled, inspiring, engaging and hands-on learning environment include an introduction to modular robotics cubelets, engineering design process, circuit-building, exploration of polymers and application of the scientific method process. Swimming lessons are offered four times per week and recreational swimming twice per week. There are also weekly off-site field trips, on-site Edu-Science performances, and a parent conclusion at the end of each session.

For grades 3-5. Offered as two-week sessions: June 25-July 6 (no camp July 4), July 9-20, July 23-Aug. 3 and Aug. 6-17.

Grand Slam Tennis

Beginners, intermediate and advanced players can have fun and improve their game! This program is led by certified professionals with experience developing junior players. Mornings focus on warm-ups and specific themes with appropriate drills for tactical and technical development. Afternoons include recreational swimming, plus applying what campers have learned in a game-based setting. The second week focuses on match play and a three-level tournament.

For grades 3-9. Offered as two-week sessions: June 25-July 6 (no camp July 4) and July 9-20.

Sports Camp

Enjoy a variety of sports and games, both indoors and outside. Games include foxtail, kickball, star wars, run down and capture the flag. Traditional sports include flag football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, hockey and baseball. Campers also will take a few field trips throughout the week that may include Adventure Park in New Market, a professional sports stadium tour, trekking at local parks or cosmic bowling at Brunswick Lanes. Recreational swimming is offered at least three times a week.

For grade 1-6. Offered as one-week sessions: June 25-29, July 2-6 (no camp July 4), July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27, July 30-Aug. 3, Aug. 6-10 and Aug. 13-17.