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Why choose a CA camp?

Columbia Association’s camps are the perfect way to make sure your child comes home each day with a smile on their face.

There are so many ways to have a great summer, whether it is getting out in nature, paddling canoes as the sun beams down, expressing yourself through artwork and performances, playing sports for fun and to enhance your skills, learning through fun and constructive S.T.E.A.M. activities, letting an arrow fly and hitting a bullseye or making a difference by volunteering in the community. Plus there’s plenty of time to cool off in the pool. CA also offers Access to Nature, an inclusive camp experience for children with disabilities or other special needs.

Take a look through CA’s 2018 Camps Guide. With so much to choose from, there’s bound to be a camp where your child will make new friends — and plenty of memories.

Camper to Staff Ratio

CA Camps operate group camp activities while maintaining staff to camper ratios in accordance with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and the American Camp Association (ACA) standards: pre-K 1:6; elementary and middle School 1:10; high School 1:10. While CA endeavors to provide as much specialized attention as needed to accommodate children with special needs, we are unable to provide 1:1 care or individual companions. Please see Access to Nature Camp (page 2) for information on our inclusion camp or call 410-715-3168 to discuss special needs.

American Camp Association Accreditation and Certification

Columbia Association (CA) offers summer camps that are certified and regulated by the DHMH and fully accredited by the ACA. The ACA insignia is equated with professional quality, and only camps that have met these high standards are awarded the insignia. Professional camp, supervisory and administrative staff consist of school teachers and other professionals who are experienced in working with children. Camp counselors are high school graduates and college students. All staff are required to attend extensive pre-camp training and submit to a criminal background check.