Trying to line up activities to keep your children busy during the long, lazy days of summer? The Calvert Marine Museum (CMM) has some great options with summer camps for children entering first through tenth grade, led by our trained educators and docents. Our week-long camps are both fun and educational, ranging from paleontology to pirate camp. The 2016 summer camps are open for registration at www.bit.ly//2016SummerCamps. or by calling 410-326-2042, ext. 41. CMM members receive a discount. Hurry, camps are first come, first served and are filling up fast! For more information or questions, call 410-326-2042, ext. 41.
Children Entering Grades 1 – 3
Pirates & Scallywags
July 4 – 8; 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Ahoy, Mates! Come join our scallywag crew. For this week-long camp, you wear pirate garb, eat pirate grub, and do pirate work. Hunt for hidden treasure; stage a sea battle in the museum’s land-locked Bugeye; swab the deck and sing sea chanteys with Captain Kevin. Come climb aboard to learn about local pirates, and in the final day sail the high seas of the Patuxent River with your parents on the skipjack Dee of St. Mary’s. Arrrgh! FEE: $110.00/CMMS members $95.00.
July 18 – 22; 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Come discover the critters that we have right in our back yard. We’ll make bug kites, spy on fiddler crabs, and create a small a garden for our critter friends. We will spend a day at Cypress Swamp walking on the wetland boardwalk and learning to ‘see’ nature. Get a special behind-the-scenes look at our River to Bay exhibit where our animals are cared for, and watch an aquarist do a feeding. The final day, board the Wm. B. Tennison with your parents for a lunch time cruise on the Patuxent River followed by an ice cream sundae. FEE: $110.00/CMMS members $95.00.
Children Entering Grades 4 – 6
Guardians of the Estuary
July 11 – 15; 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Paddle, wade, hike, and sail our local waterways! Discover what’s living out there. Explore how the animals interact in their world, and how our actions affect them. How can we become Guardians of the Estuary? Plan to get muddy and creative as we canoe, collect, and search for a model estuary ecosystem. Once we find it, we’ll map it and develop a plan to protect it.
FEE: $135.00/CMMS members $120.00.
The Exhilaration of Otters
August 1 – 5; 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
You might love otters, but how well do you really know them? Join us to get up close and personal with our resident river otters. Explore otter adaptations to the local habitat and find out how river otters compare to otters around the world. Investigate how otters communicate; enjoy a canoe ride in their habitat; use your knowledge to design enrichment activities for our otters to enjoy! This camp includes two offsite field trips to local nature preserves, hiking, and canoeing to see a wetland habitat from an otter point of view. The last day of camp includes a river cruise for the whole family on the Wm. B. Tennison. FEE: $135.00/CMMS members $120.00.
Children Entering Grades 6 – 8
Build Your Own Canoe (CMM Members Only)
June 27 – July 2; 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Boating Safety Course to follow
Build a real boat you can take home! Members of the Patuxent Small Craft Guild will teach you to make your own 12-foot plywood canoe. You will master basic woodworking and finishing skills to make a boat that you can enjoy for years to come. Learn sailing skills when commanding radio-control model sailboats in the boat basin and practice some of the maritime skills needed to catch crabs during a cruise on the drake tail work boat. We’ll take a break from boat building with a lunch cruise with your family members on the Wm. B. Tennison. At the Grand Finale on Saturday, you and the other campers will race your new canoes on the Patuxent River. Your family and friends are encouraged to cheer you on at our regatta and celebrate with awards.
Open to CMM members only. FEE: $280 for the two-week experience; scholarships available from the Conant Fund for eligible applicants. Call 410-326-2042 ext. 32 for information.
Boating Safety Course (Dates TBD)
Students enrolled in this course have a guaranteed spot in a one-week session of the Spirit of America Boating Safety Course for middle school students, run by St. Mary’s College of Maryland & the Sailing Center Chesapeake and sponsored by the National Water Safety Congress and the Spirit of America Foundation. Participants who successfully complete the course and pass the test will receive the State of Maryland Safe Boating Card. Registrations are handled separately. For more information, visit the Spirit of America homepage at http://spiritofamerica95.org/. Registration fees are covered by CMM.
CMM Jr. Paleontologists
July 5 – July 9; 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Become a junior paleontologist, and hunt local beaches for fossil shark teeth, whale bones, and the shells of ancient snails and clams. Work with our professional paleontologists to uncover the mysteries of these ancient animals and the environments in which they lived. Learn collecting techniques and how to properly preserve your specimens. Keep a field journal, complete with your own drawings and observations. Take a tour of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory at Jefferson Patterson Park. On Saturday, invite your family along for a river cruise on the Wm. B. Tennison. The final day of camp is Sharkfest, when you can share what you’ve learned with a display set up in the Harms Gallery. FEE: $135.00/ CMMS members $120.00. Location: Cove Point Lighthouse/Calvert Marine Museum.
JPPM Archaeology Explorers
July 11 – 15; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Have you ever wanted to be an archaeologist? Spend a week with archaeologists excavating for artifacts at the 18th century Smith St. Leonard site. Work alongside curators and conservators learning to clean, study, and preserve artifacts at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (MAC Lab). Learn how archaeologists put all the pieces together to tell stories of the past. FEE: $135.00/Friends of JPPM $120.00. For information and registration, visit the Jefferson Patterson Park website at www.jefpat.org.
Location: Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum/Breckinridge Education Center.
Children Entering Grades 7 – 8
Jr. Docent Boot Camp
July 5 – 9
Have you ever wanted to work in a museum? – This is a great way to learn what’s involved. Becoming a museum Jr. Docent involves a two-year commitment from middle school students to learn how to be museum docents. The program kicks off with a week long summer “boot camp” where each cohort gets initiated into the workings of a museum. Application materials are available at www.bit.ly//2016SummerCamps and are due no later than May 1. Applicants will be contacted after May 5th for a face-to-face interview.
FEE: $25 to cover materials, badge, and volunteer shirt.
Entering Grades 9 – 10
Dee Sailing Camp
July 25 – July 29; 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Spend a week exploring what is above and below the surface of the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay from the deck of our skipjack, the Dee of St. Mary’s. Participants in this camp will spend five days aboard the Dee of St. Mary’s learning to prep the boat, sail, and navigate. Dredge for oysters, collect and identify fish in a trawl, and measure water quality. Participants will also visit an oyster hatchery and see Chesapeake Bay animals up close as we examine the ways humans impact our local wildlife. FEE: $260.00/CMMS members $250.00
Scholarships are available from the Conant Fund for eligible applicants. Call 410-326-2042, ext. 32 for information. Location: Calvert Marine Museum/ Dee of St. Mary’s.