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Summer Camps

Montgomery County Recreation Summer Camps is one of the most popular and ongoing recreation programs in the county. We have camps for all interests, ages 3-21. This does not always go over well with the adults. One middle-aged man cried age discrimination, claiming kids have all the fun. "Ferris Bueller," our lawyers said, "get back to work!"

Important Camp Information

Recreation offers a wide variety of exciting summer programs throughout the County with an emphasis on safety, convenience, affordability, and most of all...FUN! We offer over 150 summer programs that are designed to appeal to a variety of campers. With such a large range of programming, experienced and innovative staff, there is something for everyone!


You can view all of the summer program opportunities by visiting


Age Appropriate Activities

To make participation fun, each camp provides activities that are designed for specific age categories. Campers must be the advertised age of the camp by the start of the program. For Summer Fun Centers, campers must be 6 years old and entering the first grade.


Camp Staff

Camp staff are carefully screened and selected for their activity skills, level of enthusiasm, ability to work well with children, and good judgment. In addition, training is provided on safety procedures and expected conduct, as well as program planning and implementation. By state law, all staff undergo background checks. All camp directors are over 21 years of age.
Camper Behavior

Respecting others and the property of others is the key to having a great time at camp. To help create a positive camp atmosphere for everyone, campers and their parents must sign that they have read the
Camper Code of Conduct.



Camper Security

For your child's safety, only the individual(s) designated on the Health and Information Form can pick up your child. Additionally, the person completing the health form is the only one who can add or delete individuals with pick-up authority.


Field Trips and Special Events

All camps offer field trips and/or special events to add excitement to the activities. A permission slip must be signed by a parent in order for a child to participate, and in some cases, an additional fee is requested. MCPS buses transport campers to interesting activities in and around Montgomery County and Washington D.C.


Food at Camp

Campers are expected to bring nonperishable peanut free food and drink for the entire day. Water is always available at camp. Campers should bring snacks on swim days and/or if registered for Extended Camp. Any food allergies must be clearly identified on the Health and Information Form to avoid problems. No refrigeration is available. Some camps are peanut-free zones to ensure the safety of participants.


Pick-Up Policy

Parents are expected to pick up children promptly at the close of the program. An overtime fee of $10 per child for each fifteen minutes (or portion of fifteen minutes) is assessed, regardless of the reason for being late. Payment is due at the time of pick-up (cash or check), and a child may not participate again until the late fee has been paid. If you would like your child to walk home, please complete the release section at the bottom of the Camper Health and Information Form.


Safety First

Because safety is our first priority, our summer camp program operates under the stringent Day Camp Standards established by the Recreation Department and inspected by the State of Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene. Camp staff are certified in CPR and First Aid.


Summer Heat

Although many camp sites are air-conditioned, when code red alerts and high temperature warnings are issued, program activities may be modified. Scheduled events may be substituted with alternative activities such as less active games, water play, and indoor activities. Air-conditioning is not guaranteed.



Recreational swimming at Recreation Department outdoor pools may be provided at some of the camps. MCPS buses are used to transport campers to the pool, unless a pool is within walking distance. Swim schedule will be available in May.


Alert Montgomery

Sign up for Alert Montgomery to notified of the most up-to-date information on camp cancellations and notifications. We can send Recreation Alerts messages to you via email, cell phone, or page. Please be aware that text message and data rate charges through your cell phone provider will apply.


Tax Information

Request for information for Child Care Spending Report
Receipts for out-of-school programs for tax purposes are available to you through your ActiveMontgomery account.
The Recreation Department’s Federal Tax Identification number is 52-6000980.




Inclement Weather Policy

Administrative Office
4010 Randolph Road, Silver Spring, MD 20902
240-777-6870 FAX 240-777-6890

Summer Program Staff Manual