Summer Camp at CMS

Our camp is a place where children can be themselves, where they are respected, valued, and allowed the freedom to explore and grow. Each daily schedule, activity, and environment is planned out intentionally to bring this vision to life. Set on seven lush acres, our camp gives children a priceless opportunity to connect with nature on our hiking trails, in our outdoor classroom, and under our famous magnolia climbing tree.

Summer camp activities are set up to foster independence, critical thinking, and, most importantly, to provide fun that keeps children naturally engaged! Our calendar may include activities like making slime, creating a Little Free Library, and enjoying our homemade water slide! Each day will include free play, structured activities both indoors and out, and plenty of outdoor time.

The indoor environment will be set up with “green” practices in mind, using cloth napkins, real plates and cutlery, and cloth hand towels. Children will have an opportunity to support their camp community by participating in snack preparation, laundry care, baking, gardening, and churning the compost bins or taking out food scraps.

The CMS Summer Camp is guided by three staff members and managed by one camp director. Our well-trained staff members strive to guide campers using methods inspired by the teachings of Maria Montessori. Staff are expected to model kindness, respect, and a calm demeanor. The staff are trained in CPR, first aid, and child abuse prevention, as well as areas of essential health and emergency response.  

Quick Facts:

Quick Facts:

  • Cost is $275 per session per camper. There is no application or enrollment fee.
  • Each session runs Monday through Friday, from 9 AM to 3 PM.
  • Campers must be at least six (6) years of age to enroll. Camp activities will be best enjoyed by Elementary-aged children.
  • A healthy snack will be provided daily. Please have students pack a non-perishable nut-free lunch.
  • All activities will take place on-location at Chesapeake Montessori’s Main Campus: 30 Old Mill Bottom Road, N. Annapolis, Maryland 21409.
  • Summer Camp at CMS is staffed with three camp staff members and one camp director daily.
  • Enrollment for each camp session is capped at 30 students per session.
  • Specific detail on daily activities, forms, and needed supplies will be provided to those registered for each camp session.
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2019 Camp Session Schedule

  • Day campers will spend the week immersed in all things nature! Children will enjoy our lush campus with outdoor time such as hiking and tree climbing. Educationally, children learn about nature through various activities such as nature journaling and sun printing. Expect children to come home dirty and full of experiential knowledge.

  • Children experience the world of science during this week of summer camp. A plethora of science-related activities will be presented, from the classic favorite of slime-making to rocket launching. This will be a fun, educational week of physical and mental exploration.

  • Children learn all about “going green” and environmental practices. Beyond enjoying the indoor classroom environment, set up to be environmentally friendly, children will have an opportunity to try churning the compost bin and will learn creative ways to reuse materials. The focus of this week is on love and preservation of the environment and the actions that support it. Children will be empowered to know their small actions can create great change in the world.

  • “Love for Reading” week is all about the joy of reading. Free of academic pressure, children have the opportunity to relish in what they enjoy intrinsically about literature. Beautiful and diverse books will be presented and discussed. The children will participate in building a Little Free Library for the community to enjoy. There will be ample group and solo reading time. All reading levels are welcome and appreciated.

  • The Arts & Crafts week is filled with hands-on activities. Children will have the freedom to explore their creativity to the fullest. Each item that they make will be more than a finished art piece– it will be an expression of self. Various mediums will be used during the session. All skill levels are welcome.

  • Does your child love animals? Children will have an opportunity to learn about various animals in-depth during this session. Children can expect to learn new facts about various kinds of animals– those local to Maryland as well as those that exist in places all over the world. There will be guest animals for the children to see and interact with during this session.

  • Children will spend a week getting to know one of the world’s most precious natural resources; to honor it, work with it, and see it new ways. Expect children to get very wet (pack the swim suits) and have fun with a homemade water slide and sprinkler system. They will be exploring this natural resource in various ways, and indulging in one of summer’s best reprieves.

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Registration and Payment

To register, download and complete application form and submit to CMS via email or postal mail along with payment. Registration paperwork will follow. Payment is due at time of enrollment. Checks can be made payable to Chesapeake Montessori, with “Summer Camp” and session number/s included in memo. Credit card payment is available (below) with a $10 convenience fee per session. Payment is non-refundable but can be transferred to another child. Questions can be directed to: Jenna Hornick, CMS Camp Director: j.hornick@chesapeake-montessori.com, 410-757-4740, 30 Old Mill Bottom Road, North, Annapolis, Maryland 21409.