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Why are Columbia Association’s (CA) summer camps the perfect fit?

Why choose a camp? Columbia Association’s camps are the perfect way to make sure children return home each day with smiles on their faces. 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 one’s self through artwork and performances, playing sports for fun and to enhance 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 2017 Camps Guide. With so much to choose from, there’s bound to be a camp where children will make new friends — and plenty of memories.

Camp is a safe and nurturing environment for children. At camp, children are at less risk when they have a sense of community, relationships and firsthand experiences. Camps provide a supervised, positive environment with controlled boundaries.

Camp is a caring community. Opportunities abound for children to experience being in a true community — getting along with others, accepting differences and working together. The joys of acceptance and sharing prompt children to try new positive things, choose new friends, express caring thoughts about others and resolve conflicts.

Camps add value to a child’s growth and education. Discovery, exploration and active participation are methods of learning. Children connect with the natural world directly and not through the digital filters of computers, television, or movies. Children practice growing up by taking healthy risks and stepping beyond their comfort zones. Children learn best through experience. Camp helps to fill the gaps that exist beyond academic instruction.

Camp is fun. Camp is an environment built specifically for children. Campers learn to invent themselves through enjoyable and fun activities. Fun is the foundation upon which courage and self-respect, cooperation and responsibility are constructed.

American Camp Association Accreditation & Certification. Columbia Association camps are certified and regulated by the State of Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), and fully accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). The ACA insignia is equated with professional quality, and only camps that have met these high standards are awarded the insignia.

Professional Staff. Camp supervisors and administrators include 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.

Camper to Staff Ratio. CA camps operate group camp activities while maintaining staff to camper ratios in accordance with DHMH and the ACA standards, as listed below:

  • Pre-K (1:6)
  • Elementary and Middle (1:10)
  • High School (1:10)
  • While CA camps endeavor to provide as much specialized attention as needed to accommodate children with special needs, CA is unable to provide 1:1 care or individual companions. Please call 410-715-3168 to discuss special needs with the camps manager.

Health and Safety. In all CA camps, health and safety is of utmost importance. Each camp has at least two staff members certified in Standard First Aid and CPR. Emergency procedures are routinely reviewed to ensure the safety of campers.

Extended Care. For most full-day camps, extended care is available at the camp location for an additional fee. Campers are offered a variety of activities that may include arts and crafts, music, games and sports. The a.m. session begins at 7 a.m. For off-site care, children are accepted until 8 a.m. when they are transported to the camp site. The p.m. session ends at 6 p.m. Snacks are offered in both the a.m. and pm. sessions.

Extended care operates in conjunction with camp sessions. Registration for extended care ends at 3:30 p.m. on the Thursday before each session begins. Failure to participate in the program or to make payments does not constitute a withdrawal from the extended care program, nor does it release the financial obligation.