Circle D Farm Summer Day Camp

2018 - Celebrating 40 years


Thank you, one and all, for another wonderful season!

June 18th – August 3rd, 2018

There will be no camp on Wednesday July 4th, 2018

Camp is 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

For Girls & Boys - Ages 6-12

“No man is an Island”

At Circle D Farm Summer Day Camp we strive to provide our campers with a philosophy in action that will enable them to encompass values learned here for their entire lives, reaching out to others through team sports, fun and shared experiences. The thrill of new knowledge, the enjoyment of being physically fit, the excitement of new and lasting friendships all add up to a memorable experience that each camper will treasure for years to come.


Circle D Farm is a part of a 150 acre farm in the hills of western Howard County, Maryland. The camp consists of a large pavilion, swimming pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, and mini-golf course. Campers enjoy swimming twice daily in out 1,200 square foot pool with a bath house. Also located on the grounds is an old barn with a milk house, now used for art and crafts. Ball fields, shaded areas, horseback riding ring, tack room, as well as 40 acres of woods with trails and creeks throughout camp property.


The camp is open for seven weeks from Monday, June 18, 2018 through Friday, August 3rd, 2018. Enrollment starts on any Monday. Campers can join us for fun any of the weeks for camp. Regular day camp hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Before and after care is offered at camp.


Circle D Farm was purchased by the Dowd family in 1953 and operated as a dairy farm. In 1979, a Summer Day Camp stated, with the remainder of the farm used for crop land and pasture. Starting in 1980, the Dowd’s opened their Day Camp facilities for corporate picnics and catered events, as well as a private tennis club with a full service banquet room and lounge. Circle D provides our growing community the best in recreation, entertainment and fun in a safe and secure environment, all located in the beautiful countryside.


Circle D Farm employs a dedicated staff of experienced young adults with a wide variety of academic backgrounds. We choose individuals who enjoy working with kids in camp environment. We use qualified, carefully screened college-age counselors, many have been past campers or counselors. Our camp directors, who both reside at the camp, work along with the counselors tp plan and carry out a fun-filled day of activities.  Staff and counselors are trained in CPR, first aid & use of AEDs. Background checks are completed on all staff by MD State Police and the FBI. Two certified lifeguards are on duty at the pool at all times.

Circle D Farm is regulated and licensed by the Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and fully meets or exceeds all camp certification requirements keeping safety, security and fun of our campers as our priority.


Activities- outdoor fun for everyone!!

Age appropriate acitvities are scheduld for campers base on their own skill level. All activities take place right here on the farm so no time is wasted traveling to different locations.

TEAM SPORTS such as softball, basketball, soccer, kickball, lacrosse, floor hockey, and other games are an integral part of our program. Our emphasis is on acquiring new skills, fun, friends, and learning sportsmanship.

SWIMMING takes place in out 1,200 sq. ft. pool complete with bath house. All campers participate in a swimming test their first day of camp. Children that are less confident in their ability are kept in the shallow-end (3') that is under the lifegaurds' supervision. Free swims are a favorite part of our daily camp schedule! Certified lifeguards are on duty for all pool activities. Campers visit the pool twice daily and need to bring a swimsuit and towel for the pool each day. Please write your childs name on thier towel and swimsuit so it can be found easily in the vortex of lost and found. Please send a note with the camper if he/she is not to swim any particular day.

HORSE & TACK sessions are provided for all age levels at least twice a week. Every camper has an opportunity to ride. Basic skills are presented, and riding in the ring under experienced supervision is included at no additional cost. The campers also have the opportunity to groom the horses. This is a great opportunity for campers who have never been exposed to a horse before.

MINIATURE GOLF at Circle D! A six hole miniature golf course is ready for campers to enjoy.

ARTS & CRAFTS are fun for campers of all ages. This program is scheduled a couple times per week.


Clothing & Equipment

Campers should wear washable play clothes, marked with their names, and sturdy shoes that tie, Vlecro or buckle (NO heelies, flip flops, or sandals). Towels and bathing suits are required each day. A labeled brown bagged lunch is required each day, except for Thursdays. A lost and found basket is provided for campers. Please don't send your child with irreplaceable, favorite items of clothing. Plenty of water fountains are positioned throughout camp.

Camper grouping

The campers are put into groups by their age and gender. The average group size is 6 - 10 campers to 1 counselor. Most activities have more than one group playing together. If you prefer campers to be grouped together, there is a location on the registration form where you can make this request.


Circle D Camp provides bus transportation for its campers and the fee is included in the tuition cost. Transportation service is provided to nearby parts of Carroll County and most of Howard Country. Camp buses have stops in Sykesville, Mt. Airy, Ellicott City and all of the Columbia area. Circle D is flexible, but time and bus sizes do not allow for door to door service, so we must utilize nearby pick up points, such as schools. A pick up schedule will be mailed when registration is received –if work location is a factor, place a note with the work address included with registration form.

If a camper is not going to attend camp on a particular day, we ask that you notify the camp office. 

Before and after care is available at camp. Before care begins at 7:00 am and after care is offered until 6:00 pm. Please contact us for more information.


Campers and Counselors follow a 40 minute period schedule. Each day is a different day.

MONDAY - Camper arrives at camp with lunch, swimsuit (can be worn under clothes to camp), towel and tuition (if not previously paid). Lunches should be clearly marked with child’s name (NO large lunch boxes please-due to space limitations and loss). 

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY - Same as Monday

THURSDAY - Not necessary to bring brown paper bag lunch. Circle D will host a family cookout. Campers families welcomed to join (girls eat at 11:50 am, boys eat at 12:30 pm). Cookout includes hotdogs and hamburgers along with chips. Of course, we can prepare vegetarian burgers or other dietary menu items.

FRIDAY - Contest day (notes will be sent home on Wednesday describing contest of the week such as: Halloween Day, T-shirt Day, and Hat contest, etc.)

Lunches are kept in a refridgerated walk-in. There are no provisions on the premises for food preparation except Thursday cookouts. Sodas and snacks can be purchased during lunch each day at our snack bar. 2% milk is provided daily for FREE. Water is available at water fountains all day long!


Campers can register for any number of weeks, from one to seven weeks. Enrollment is limited and we encourage to register early. There are no allowances made for absences unless approved by the Camp Director. The safety of campers is of the upmost importance at all times. If the camper requires any special needs please consult with the directors. The director reserves the right to immediately remove any destructive, disruptive or unmanageable camper from any activity. If appropriate, the director reserves the right to terminate the camper’s session.

2018 Camp dates: June 18th – August 3rd


June 18, 2018 – August 3, 2018

Single Camper


**Family Plan**

1st child $295.00
Each Additional Child $260.00

The week of July 4th (No camp on July 4th)

Single Camper

The week of July 4th **Family Plan**
1st child $260.00
Each Additional Child $220.00
**For families sending two or more children to camp during the same week**



Tuition is due by Monday of each week. Tuition may be paid in advance via mail and may be paid in full. A one- time registration fee of $40.00 per camper is due with each registration form. Bus Transportation from pre-determined locations, family cookout lunch on thursdays, camp T-shirt, milk at lunch and all other camp activites are covered in the cost of tuition. A T-shirt or other item will need to be provided when we do Tye-Dye.

Camp Tuition has been considered child care in the past. Please check with your Tax advisor.

Federal Tax I.D. # 52-1143442


We accept cash and checks. Please make checks payable to Circle D Farm Summer Day Camp. Should you need a reciept, please ask while camp is in sesson.

To Register

A one-time registration fee of $40.00 is required with each camper’s application. The $40.00 fee is your deposit and is in addition to the weekly tuition fee.

The $40.00 registration fee covers the cost of a camp T-shirt, which each camper receives on the first day they attend camp and administrative tasks. The registration fee is not refundable after June 1st. All camper registrations at Circle D Farm must be approved by the Camp Director. If you have any questions, please contact the Summer Day Camp Director at 301-854-6651 or We pride ourselves in being responsive to the needs of our campers and their families.

Feel free to download our registration form and bus schedule.

Circle D Farm Summer Day Camp
15535 Carrs Mill Road
Woodbine, MD 21797
Fax: 410-489-3624
Tim Dowd, Director  
Kate Dowd, Assistant Director