Our littlest campers ages 4-5 will enjoy discovering the joys of canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, tennis and swimming with competent and certified teachers. Other activities include baking, horse rides, moon bounce, performing arts, scavenger hunts, petting zoo, roasting marshmallows over the campfire and so much more! It’s hard to find the balance between challenging a child to the next level and providing an environment in which they feel at home, but we think we’ve done it. Junior camp is both an engaging and nurturing way to introduce children to the world of summer fun. We predict they’ll come home tired but full of adventures that must be shared.
Our youth camp for children ages 6-13 provides an interactive and engaging summer camp experience. The daily program provides a rotating schedule of activities such as canoeing/kayaking, field sports, nature/tennis and games. In addition, each child receives a swimming lesson each day based on their ability. Two free time periods and electives provides a chance for children to select from a range of specialized activities such as dodge ball, archery, horse grooming, forting, cable ride & boat slide, art & crafts, dress up, talent show, drama production and much more.
Our themes listed below provide a fun flair, though each week does follow the same basic schedule of activities.
1. June 11-15: Wilderness Survival
Wilderness Survival is about enduring daring challenges designed to test your fortitude, courage, and cunning. Following in the footsteps of Daniel Boone, Pocahontas, and the pioneers who built this land, you’ll design and build powerful forts that must withstand enemy attacks, and learn vital survival skills as your team battles in exciting competitions. Come prepared for adventures in the wilderness. Check your school schedule before signing up for this week.
2. June 18-22: Antietam Olympics
It’s a whirlwind week of cutting edge sports competition! The flaming torch will kick off both team and individual events. Campers will demonstrate their skills, strength and determination as they challenge each other in many events. Gold medal winners in both junior and senior divisions will determine Antietam’s Olympian of the Summer! For ages 6-13: This week’s optional field trip is to JayDee’s Waterpark in West Virginia.
3. June 25-29: Crazy Critter
Animal lovers-this week is for YOU! Shank’s Exotics Zoo is bringing an amazing assortment of wild and wooly, weird and wonderful animals for us to enjoy all day, every day. And don’t forget the turtle race and duck “shooting” competition. Sign up to bring your pet (4-5 year olds may bring stuffed animals) for the Friday Show & Tell! For ages 6-13: This week’s optional field trip is to the Catoctin Zoo.
4. July 2-6: Let Freedom Ring
Lights, cameras, action! Celebrate America's birthday with us as we make a movie and commemorate our American Heroes. The best news is- YOU can be a part of it all! The movie premiere will be on Friday afternoon, and all parents, family, and friends are invited to attend. This movie will included in our yearly DVD of memories.
5. July 9-13: County Fair
The carnival has come to camp! All week long we’ll feature awesome activities like a watermelon seed spitting contest, popcorn catching, sack racing, donuts on a sting eating, cupcake making, and other special carnival activities including pogo sticks and stilts competition, yard sale, tug of war, and obstacle course competitions during the week. Back again will be Plinko, Maze Runner, Basketball Pro, and other carnival games.
6. July 16-20: Wild West
Get your cap guns and cowboy gear! It’s time to experience the thrill of being hot on the trail of the notorious One Eye Jack and his outlaw gang? Your cowboy hat is slouched on your forehead and spurs are jingling at your heels as you ride with Wyatt Earp’s lawmen. Don’t miss the fierce raids, hostages, fast draws, Super-Soaker shootouts, the western wagon ride and annual stagecoach game plus Slim Harrison’s Friday Hoedown.
7. July 23-27: Antietam Elite Forces
This week we will form a team of superior warriors to fight against the forces of evil and defend the innocent. Training activities will include combat courses, skill challenges, and special ops drills. Teams will battle each other in contests of courage and honor! For ages 6-13: Boys steal the show with a much-anticipated Thursday night campout. Activities include a “midnight” adventure game, campfire with s'mores, flashlight tag, night swim with money dive and our own version of a pillow fight.
8. July 30-August 3: Splish Splash
Spend a week at the "beach" without driving anywhere! This week features tropical treats, sand castle building, coconut bowling, water limbo game, island crafts, and an epic beach party on Friday. Its an exotic celebration of cool "ocean" water and the joys of a surfer life! For ages 6-13: The Friday field trip will a fishing trip to Misty Meadows in West Virginia.
9. August 6-10: Pirates of the Antietam
If you’re a swashbuckling pirate, a brave buccaneer, or a bonny lass, you can enjoy thrilling high seas adventures! Incredible challenges! Amazing water battles. Vast treasures. No room for landlubbers here. Find your sea legs and climb aboard this week. For ages 6-13: This week’s optional field trip will be a trip to the C&O canal to go caving and hiking.
10. August 13-17: Renaissance
Travel back to Medieval Times with King Arthur and Queen Guinevere and the brave knights of the round table. Experience triumphant battles fighting for chivalry, honor, and valor in an enchanted kingdom filled with castles, fair ladies, lords, fairies, dragons, magic and surprise. Attend the royal tea party, be a part of sword and jousting contests, practice being a court jester, design a royal crown and family coat of arms and learn about the traditions of once upon a time. For ages 6-13: Girls, this is your chance for the annual Thursday night sleepover! Activities include an epic adventure game, campfire with s’mores, optional tea party, hair and nails spa time and flashlight tag.
11. August 20-24: Super Soakin’ Safari
A hurricane is coming to camp! Super-Soakers will be blasting cold jets of water! The creek will be churning with water battles, tube trips, and bridge vs barge warfare! You won’t be able to walk around without getting wet! It’s the last big water party of the summer and you’ve got to be here for it! For ages 6-13: This week we’re offering an optional field trip to our own private Riverside on the Potomac get-away. Check your school schedule before signing up for this week.
12. August 27-August 31: Final Fling
It’s time to close out this summer in high style! This week will feature special events each day, including bingo, a beach party, inventor’s contest and special tournaments. The summer goes out with a bang, culminating with our Friday night final campfire! Check your school schedule before signing up for this week.