Baltimore’s Child Camp Directory: Day, specialty and social skills development


Explore day camps, specialty camps for your little scientist and social skills development in the programs below, and find more camps in our January summer camp directory.

An online summer camp guide is also available at

Children's science experiements
Children’s Science Experiments | Image via Getty Images


Your nature-loving child can cultivate an interest in the outdoors at camps geared around science and habitat exploration.

Irvine Summer Nature Camp at the Irvine Nature Center serves ages 5-16, with half-day camps for the youngest campers. Forests, wetlands and meadows in the Maryland Piedmont are part of the 211-acre outdoor classroom. Kids will learn about wildlife and conservation with the help of animal ambassadors.

Meanwhile, in Baltimore, the “science guys” will be working up some experiments for your curious kiddo to try. With about 20-30 science experiments per week, along with games, relationship building and a lot of camp fun, there’s a good balance for science-loving kids and kids who might discover a new interest at camp. Best suited for ages 5-12.

Science Guys Summer Camp has multiple locations throughout the region.

Red Barn Ranch Camp, a new day camp for grades K-6 offered through Kids After Hours this summer, is focused on learning enrichment through fun activities including go-karts, arts and crafts, swimming, a high ropes course, zipline, team sports and classic camp games.

Learn more about the new camp from program coordinator Julia Melo in our March “My Turn” Summer Camp Isn’t a Break from Learning. It Is Learning. – Baltimore’s Child (

Julia Melo
Julia Melo with campers | Provided Photo


It’s All Fun and Games at this Kingsville summer day camp for children entering grades 1-8.  Kids will get a traditional camp experience with a variety of activities to keep them creating, achieving new skills and developing friendships. Some perks: a lazy river, streams and ponds, field trips, age-specific arts and crafts.

Children with autism spectrum disorder will benefit from the Social Beginnings summer program through Verbal Beginnings. It offers a therapeutic approach led by board-certified behavior analysts to help kids learn to navigate social skills.

Camp includes lessons in skills such as communicating with peers, cooperative play, perspective taking, problem solving and managing emotions, along with outdoor games and adventures with peers of similar ages and social levels to foster meaningful and lasting friendships.


Irvine Nature Center

Ages: 5-16
11201 Garrison Forest Road
Owings Mills, MD 21117


Science Guys Summer Camp

Specialty: Science and technology
Ages: 5-12
Multiple locations available
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Red Barn Ranch

Specialties: Music, arts, swimming, sports, archery, woodworking, Legoland, and more activities
Grades: K-6
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
175 Klees Mill Road
Sykesville, MD 21784
[email protected]


It’s All Fun and Games Day Camp

Ages: 6-13
Valleybrook Country Club
1810 Valleybrook Drive
Kingsville, MD 21087
[email protected]


Verbal Beginnings

Specialty: Special needs
Ages: 3-17
Anne Arundel, Harford, Montgomery counties; Northern Virginia
[email protected]


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