Camps will return in the Summer

The CA summer camp staff is excited to offer a safe and fun environment that will help campers build community, cultivate a unique sense of place and create lifelong memories. CA is committed to following guidelines from the CDC, state and county when it comes to COVID-19,  doing our part in reducing the spread of the virus. We will provide smaller group sizes, mandatory face coverings for staff and kids, health questionnaires and temperature checks for staff and students.

Camp Information

Ages 5-13

Columbia Art Center in Long Reach Village Center – 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia MD 21045

Art Camp provides exciting avenues of creativity and discovery to every camper in a healthy and safe environment. Each week has a unique theme to promote diverse and entertaining projects for each camp session. Campers will experiment with colors, textures, mediums and performance methods through daily projects and lessons. Art specialists teach visual and performing arts processes, including painting, acrylic flow painting, 3-D design, collage, drawing, clay works, puppetry and skit creation. Young artists are encouraged to explore their imaginations and develop their own style of artistic expression. Campers will collaborate on a special camp project or show at the end of each session. Daily outdoor recreation time.

Ages 5-13

Columbia Youth and Teen Center in Oakland Mills Village Center – 5853 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia MD 21045

Campers experience arts and crafts, sports and games, STEAM/STEM-related activities, cooking projects and more, all related to the weekly theme.  Some weeks include virtual field trips, special guests, or volunteer service-learning projects. Fridays will include a picnic/cookout, or waterworks on-site, weather permitting.

Weekly Themes:

June 21-25 Super Hero/Shero
June 28-July 2 Team Spirit
July 5-9 Castaway Island/ Survivor
July 12-16 Mystery Mania/Science
July 19-23 Maryland Week
July 26-30 Space Adventure
August 2-6 Barnyard Bonanza – Farm Life
August 9-13 Olympics
August 16-20 All Around the WorldPlanes, Trains & Automobiles

Campers must wear closed-toed shoes, and it is suggested that campers wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing and socks.

Bring a smock or overshirt to protect clothing.

A hat and sunscreen are recommended for outdoor activities.

Bring a healthy, nonperishable lunch (no peanut products please) and a refillable water bottle.

Camp hours –  9am-4pm

Before care –  7-9am

After care –  4-6pm

Additional Information

Click here to register online.

Please note you will be required to provide the following information when you register:  

  • Names and phone numbers of child’s physician or health care provider, 
  • Names and phone numbers of at least three emergency contact persons
  • Date of last tetanus shot
  • List of any allergies, food restrictions and medication

Members and Columbia Card Holders* – $315 per week

Nonresident/nonmembers –  $330 per week

Before care –  $50 per week

After care –  $50 per week 

*Camps are offered at two rates: one for those with CA memberships or Columbia Cards, and the other for non-members.  Non-members who live on CA-assessed property may obtain a Columbia Card to receive the member rate for camps as well as discounts at pools and other facilities. For information on how to obtain a Columbia Card, email the Customer and Member Services Center


A non-refundable, one-time, seasonal, per child administrative fee of  $50 per child is required at time of registration. Administrative fees are not subject to a reduced rate.


Camp registrations that are not paid in full at the time of the initial registration will require a credit card guarantee.  Payments toward the camp fees can be made up to the Friday two weeks prior to the session (see chart below). Fees not paid by the Friday two weeks prior to the first day of each camp session will be charged to the card on file the following Monday. 


Session Start Date Payment Due Date Auto Charge Date
June 21, 2021 June 4, 2021 June 7, 2021
June 28, 2021 June 11, 2021 June 14, 2021
July 5, 2021 June 18, 2021 June 21, 2021
July 12, 2021 June 25, 2021 June 28, 2021
July 19, 2021 July 2, 2021 July 5, 2021
July 26, 2021 July 9, 2021 July 12, 2021
August 2, 2021 July 16, 2021 July 19, 2021
August 9, 2021 July 23, 2021 July 26, 2021
August 16, 2021 July 30, 2021 August 2, 2021


Payments can be made by credit/debit card online through our secured link or by money order by mail to:

Columbia Association Camp Department

6310 Hillside Court 

Columbia, MD 21046


In-person drop off arrangements can be made by emailing  

There will be a $40 fee assessed on any return check or declined credit cards.  

If full payment is not received or you do not make satisfactory payment arrangements, camp registration will be cancelled and legal action may be commenced against you to collect the delinquent fees, plus interest, attorney’s fees and costs. Late payment fees are not subject to a reduced rate.

Past due accounts with any Columbia Association facility or program must be paid in full prior to acceptance of camp registrations. 


CA’s tax identification number is 52-082-3992.

Late pickup fees of $20 for every 15 minutes, or portion thereof, will be assessed for picking up children after 4pm for full-day camps and 6pm for extended care. If a child is not picked up within 30 minutes of closing, the late fees will be doubled and the appropriate child welfare authorities may be contacted. Exceptions are not made for traffic or weather. Late pickup fees are assessed per child. Late pickup fees are not subject to a reduced rate.

Prior to June 7, refunds will be granted for voluntary withdrawal from camp (less the non refundable registration fee). After June 7, refunds will only be granted if the camper has to attend mandatory summer school, is injured, or has moved out of the area. Written refund requests along with documentation (school notification, doctor’s note, change of address form) must be submitted using the Camps Refund/Change Request Form


No refunds are granted for weather, missed days due to personal scheduling conflicts or camper sick days, with the exception of absences due to COVID-19 protocols. If CA disenrolls a camper for disciplinary reasons, no refund will be granted. 


Cancellations and change requests must be submitted using the Camps Refund/Change Request Form. The $50 registration fee is non-refundable. The camp office will not accept phone cancellations for camps or extended care programs. Failure to participate in the program or to make payments does not constitute a withdrawal from the camps or extended care program, nor does it release the financial obligation. Staffing is based on camp enrollment.

  • Names and phone numbers of child’s physician or health care provider, 
  • Names and phone numbers of at least three emergency contact persons
  • Date of last tetanus shot
  • List of any allergies, food restrictions and medication

The Income Qualified Program is for families in need of financial assistance for CA Camps. This program is only available to people who live on or work full-time on property subject to CA’s annual charge and whose household income is within the guidelines developed by HUD. CA Camps does not accept DSS vouchers. 

Click here to access the CA Income Qualified Application form. Please allow 3-5 business days for approval. 

To receive the most up to date information on our 2021 Camps program, please complete the form below: