Camp Update - May 28, 2020
We are pleased with Governor Hogan's decisions to allow summer camps to open. We are evaluting the guidelines from the State as well as the CDC. We are working to ensure we follow the guidelines and still make camp a safe and memorable experience for your child(ren). Unfortuantly becuase of the current guidelines, we will be unable to provide bus transporation. We will make further announcements as soon as we have more information.
Because of the guidelines, we will be operating with significantly reduced capacity and expect registration to fill up quickly. We suggest you sign up early.
2020 - Celebrating 42 years!
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2020 camp season is for 7 weeks - June 22nd – August 7th
1st week - June 22 - June 26
2nd week - June 29 - July 3
3rd week - July 6 - July 10
4th week - July 13 - July 17
5th week - July 20 - July 24
6th week - July 27 - July 31
7th week - August 3 - August 7
The 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 a mini-golf course. Campers enjoy swimming twice daily in out 1,200 square foot pool with a bathhouse. Also located on the grounds is an old barn with a milk house, now used for art and crafts. Ballfields, shaded areas, horseback riding ring, tack room, as well as 40 acres of woods with trails and creeks throughout the camp property.
The camp is open for seven weeks from Monday, June 22 through Friday, August 7, 2020. The 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. Extended Day Program is offered at camp from 7:00 am - 9:00 as well as 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm daily.
Circle D Farm was purchased by the Dowd family in 1953 and operated as a dairy farm. In 1979, the Summer Day Camp started, with the remainder of the farm used for cropland 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 a 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 to 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 activities are scheduled for campers base on their 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 bathhouse. All campers participate in a swimming test on their first day of camp. Children that are less confident in their ability are kept in the shallow-end (3') that is under the lifeguards' 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 child's name on their 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. Horse sessions are scheduled a couple throughout the week for the campers.
MINIATURE GOLF at Circle D. A six-hole miniature golf course is available for campers to enjoy.
ARTS & CRAFTS are fun for campers of all ages. This program is scheduled a couple of times per week.
Clothing & Equipment
Campers should wear washable play clothes, marked with their names, and sturdy shoes that tie, Velcro 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 the camp.
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, please let Circle D Farm know. We will do our best to accommodate each request.
Transportation Update - May 28, 2020. We will not be able to provide bus transportation due to the current CDC guidelines.
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. Families can pick the best bus stop for them when they register on Camp Docs website.
If a camper is not going to attend camp on a particular day, we ask that you notify the camp office.
Campers and Counselors follow a 40-minute 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 marked with the child’s name (NO large lunch boxes please-due to space limitations).
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY - Same as Monday
THURSDAY - Not necessary to bring a 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 refrigerated 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 you to register early. There are no allowances made for absences unless approved by the Camp Director. The safety of campers is of the utmost 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.
2020 Camp dates: June 22nd – August 7th
Single Camper $320.00 per week
Family Plan ** Family plan applies to families sending two or more children to camp the same week(s)
1st child - $320.00 per week
Each additional child - $280.00 per week
Tuition payments should be made on the Camp Doc website. Bus Transportation from pre-determined locations, family cookout lunch on Thursdays, camp T-shirt, milk at lunch and all other camp activities 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 daycare in the past. Please check with your tax advisor.
Federal Tax I.D. # 52-1143442
To Register -please click the link below.
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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 Directors at 301-854-6651 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We pride ourselves in being responsive to the needs of our campers and their families.
Circle D Farm Summer Day Camp
15535 Carrs Mill Road
Woodbine, MD 21797
Tim Dowd, Director
Kate Dowd, Assistant Director