Summer Camps


Welcome back returing campers and hello to new campers - we can't wait to see you this summer! Whether you​​ are interested in archaeology, nature, history or just getting outdoors and having fun, we have something for you. Registration for 2023 camps begins in February. If you have any questions about our camp policies, please contact Debra Rantanen, Director of Education, at 

Survival Camp 6/26 – 6​/30    (rising 6th – 8th graders)

Are you an outdoors enthusiast? Do you watch survival shows and get excited to play outside? If so, then survival camp is the camp for you. During the camp we will learn about all sorts of topics including botany, building fires, first aid, building shelters, orienteering, outdoor cooking and much more!

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Archaeology Camp 7/10 – 7/14    (rising 6th – 8th graders)

Have you ever wanted to be an archaeologist? Spend a week with archaeologists excavating for artifacts in the field and working with curators and conservators to clean, study, and preserve artifacts at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (MAC Lab).

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Native Skills Camp 7/17 – 7/21    (rising 6th – 8th graders)

During this camp we will make shelters, build fires, and learn about different native tools such as rabbit sticks, bows, fire drills, and pottery. Campers will also learn about, and try, a variety of cooking methods including boiling water without a pot, baking without an oven, and how to make the perfect s'more.

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SOLD OUT! River Life Camp 7/24 – 7/28    (rising 2nd and 3rd graders)

Join the waitlist by calling the Visitor Center at (410) 586-8538. Come discover what makes the Patuxent River so special to JPPM and Calvert County by exploring it from its waters to the forests and meadows that surround it. We will learn not only about natural features but also how the environment has shaped the lifestyle of the people calling the land home for thousands of years. Prepare to get messy and explore the Patuxent Shoreline.

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SOLD OUT! Imagine If Camp ​​7/31 – 8/4    (rising kindergarten and 1st graders)

Join the waitlist by calling the Visitor Center at (410) 586-8538. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be someone or even something else? Imagine if you could try out being someone new each day? Who would you be? Maybe you w​ould be a sailor fighting in the War of 1812, a farmer raising animals and tending crops, or even a pirate exploring the Patuxent River? If you use your imagination, you can even become an animal- like a bald eagle flying high in the sky or a tiny minnow swimming in a stream. Open up your mind and bring your imagination to life! It all begins with the words, "Imagine if…." at JPPM.

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SOLD OUT! Hands on History Camp 8/7 – 8/11​​    (rising 4th and 5th graders)

Join the waitlist by calling the Visitor Center at (410) 586-8538. Discover how art, science and history help us interpret the past. Each day will be a different adventure as you explore and investigate the history and archaeology of Southern Maryland. Learn about the daily lives of Native Americans and colonists who lived here centuries ago.

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​​For more information call 410-586-8538​.

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