In addition to regular programs, Marshy Point offers a variety of fun, affordable summer camps for kids ages 4 to 12. All camps are open to the public.

You can check out photos from our past camps on our Facebook page. There are also videos from past years on our Photos and Videos page (click on the ‘Summer Camp’ category).

2020 Summer Camps

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After much consideration, we are sorry to announce that we will not hold our anticipated offerings of summer camp this year. The uncertain nature of the COVID-19 health crisis, and questions regarding when it will be safe to hold public programming again, make it impossible to gather in large, close groups.

New Camp Offerings

Marshy Point will instead be offering two FREE alternative camp programs this Summer! However, because these camps will be fundamentally different from the original camps, there is a new/separate registration for them.

‘Virtual’ Camp

A Marshy Point naturalist will be leading virtual camp on a similar schedule to our original camp offerings.

Bay Explorers 8/9, Chesapeake Camp, and Rivers to Bay will coincide with their originally scheduled weeks. They will start with a morning meeting via video conference (platform to be decided), followed by an independent study that campers will do in their own backyards and/or community parks.

  • Bay Explorers 8/9 (1): July 6-10 (ages 8-9)
  • Bay Explorers 8/9 (2): August 10-14 (ages 8-9)
  • Chesapeake Camp (1): July 20-24 (ages 10-11)
  • Chesapeake Camp (2): July 27-31 (ages 10-11)
  • From Rivers to the Bay: August 3-7 (ages 11-12)

For Pollywog Camp and Bay Explorers 6/7, weeks will be combined. These virtual camps will not have designated meeting times. We realize that campers of these ages will likely need adult assistance to access the content, so we will provide the content via a private Facebook group that you can access at times of your convenience.

  • Bay Explorers 6/7: August 17-21 (ages 6-7)
  • Pollywog Camp: June 22-26 (ages 4-5)

Campout Camp itself is cancelled, but registrants can sign up for their age level of camp (above) if they wish.

Independent Study

Our second offering will be an independent study that can be picked up at Marshy Point. Our trails and park continue to be open. The Nature Center building is currently closed, but is expected to open soon on a limited basis. Staff will create independent study materials, available by request, to explore around Marshy Point.

How to Register

For (Previously) Registered Campers

An e-mail went out to all registered camp families on Thurs. May 28, 2020. (If you did not receive an e-mail, please contact the Nature Center.)

Please let us know what you want to do regarding your original 2020 registration:

  • By Mon. June 1 (re: full refund or donation), and
  • By Wed. June 3 (yes or no to your camper[s] joining our virtual camp).

We would also need your permission to record the meetings, so that we can post them to a private group for anyone who misses a session and wants to catch up.

For Campers on the (Previous) Wait List

If your child would like to join one of our virtual camps, please contact the Nature Center on or after Thurs. June 4 (between 9 am and 4 pm, Mon.-Fri.) to check camp availability. Remaining spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

We would also need your permission to record the meetings, so that we can post them to a private group for anyone who misses a session and wants to catch up.

For the General Public

If your child would like to join one of our virtual camps, please contact the Nature Center on or after Thurs. June 4 (between 9 am and 4 pm, Mon.-Fri.) to check availability. Remaining spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Before registering, please make sure that your child meets the age requirement for the camp s/he wants to attend. NO exceptions.

We would also need your permission to record the meetings, so that we can post them to a private group for anyone who misses a session and wants to catch up.

Looking Ahead

If it becomes safe to do so, we will explore the possibility of offering in-person, socially distant camps (up to 10 people each) at Marshy Point later this Summer. This offering would also be very different from our usual camps and would involve a separate registration.