Keep children of all ages engaged during the long, lazy days of summer and sign up for summer camps at the Calvert Marine Museum (CMM). There are great options for children entering first through ninth grade, led by CMM trained educators and docents. Our week-long and three-day mini-camps are both fun and educational, ranging from paleontology to critter camp. The 2018 summer camps are open for registration at www.bit.ly//SummerCampsCMM. CMM members receive a discount. Hurry, camps are first come, first served and are filling up fast! For more information, call 410-326-2042, ext. 41 or email Melissa.McCormick@calvertcountymd.gov.
Children entering Grades 6-8
June 18 – 22; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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. Get a special behind-the-scenes look at the amazing fossil collection at the Calvert Marine Museum. The final day of camp, invite your family along for a river cruise on the Wm. B. Tennison, and show off your specimens in a fossil exhibition! Cost: $110 members/$135 nonmembers
Coroplast Boat Building Three Day Mini Camps
Children entering Grades 7-9
Session 1: June 25 – 27
Session 2: August 14 – 16
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Exercise your STEM skills during this three day camp. Each participant will build a canoe out of recycled corrugated plastic. Lessons on boating safety and canoe maneuvering prepare the campers for further adventures when they take their canoes home. When registering, please be sure to specify the session. Cost: $60 members/$75 nonmembers
Junior Docent Training
Children entering Grades 8-9
June 25 – 29; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ever wanted to work in a museum? This is a great way to learn what’s involved. Becoming a museum junior 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. To apply for the Junior Docent Program an application, a parent consent form, and two teacher recommendation forms need to be submitted no later than May 4, 2018. Questions regarding this program may be sent to Mindy Quinn at Mindy.Quinn@calvertcountymd.gov.
Shark Frenzy! Camp
Children entering Grades 1-3
July 9 – 13; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Calling all shark enthusiasts! Explore many different species of sharks as biologists and paleontologists! Research some of our local Atlantic species, create shark crafts, get a special behind-the-scenes look at our River to Bay exhibit, watch an aquarist do a feeding and learn what it takes to care for sharks in our aquarium. Campers will also spend a day at Cove Point, walking on the beach and learning to “see” nature – finding the fossilized remains of prehistoric sharks along the way! The final day, board the Wm. B. Tennison with parents for a cruise on the Patuxent River followed by an ice cream sundae. Cost: $100 members/$125 nonmembers
Guardians of the Estuary
Children entering Grades 4-6
July 16 – 20; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Paddle, wade, hike and sail local waterways! What’s living out there, how do they interact, how do we impact the estuary, and how can we help? We will get muddy and creative as we canoe, collect and explore our estuary ecosystem, then brainstorm ways to protect it. On the final day, board the Dee of St. Mary’s to trawl for fish and enjoy a sail. Cost: $110 members/$135 nonmembers
Children entering Grades 1-3
July 30 – August 3; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Discover the critters that we have right in our back yard. Make bug kites, spy on fiddler crabs, and create a small garden for our critter friends. Spend a day at a state park 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 parents for a lunch time cruise on the Patuxent River followed by an ice cream sundae.
Cost: $100 members/$125 nonmembers
Juniors Explorers Camp
Children entering Grades 4-6
August 6 – 10; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Unleash the adventurous explorer hidden inside yourself. Do you have the skills it takes to survive a journey into unchartered waters? Learn about various explorers, form Norsemen to early European colonists, and discover the skills and tools they used to shape a new world. At week’s end, put your ability to read maps and use navigational tools to the test as you take a “daring voyage” on the skipjack, Dee of St. Mary’s. Cost: $110 members/$135 nonmembers
The museum offers partial scholarships (50% of the cost at the membership level) for camps to students who qualify. The scholarship is need-based and requires a letter of recommendation from a teacher or a parent indicating a financial need. Applicants must write a letter explaining why they want to attend the camp. Letters should be submitted by April 15, 2018 and sent to Melissa McCormick, CMM Camp Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 97, Solomons, MD 20688.
The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $9.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors, military with valid I.D. and AAA members, and $4.00 for children ages 5 – 12; children under 5 and museum members are always admitted free. For more information about the museum, upcoming events, or membership, visit the website at www.calvertmarinemuseum.com or call 410-326-2042. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, Google+, Instagram and Pinterest.