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PO Box 97
14200 Solomons Island Road
Solomons, MD 20688
P: 410-326-2042
F: 410-326-6691

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Camp CMM offers week-long programs for children entering first through ninth grade
led by the museum’s trained interpreters and docents.

Please download your summer camp registration form here.
Please mail to Melissa McCormick, CMM, PO Box 97,Solomons, Maryland 20688 or Fax to 410-326-8217.

The Jr. Docent program requires the following registration forms. Please download Jr. Docent forms here.

The Environmental Institute I program requires the following registration forms.
Please download Environmental Institute forms here.

Call 410-326-2042 ext. 41 with a credit card or mail in registration form with check.
Payment must be received to be placed on a camp roster.

If you bring your registration form in person, please leave it at the
Development Office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Development Office
is located in the white house to the left of the museum's front entrance.

Entering Grades: 1-3 | 4-6 | 6-9

Entering Grades 1 - 3

Kids Kamp- FULL-Call for waiting list.
July 28 – August 1 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Come experience the best the museum has to offer in this action-packed camp. Hunt for fossils on the beach, and participate in a beach clean-up. See the museum from a whole new perspective when you team up for a scavenger hunt. Build your own toy boat and try your hand at operating a radio-controlled boat. Spend a day at the Lore Oyster House learning all about oysters. Get a special behind-the-scenes look at our Estuarium where our animals are cared for and watch a feeding. The final day, take your parents out on the Wm. B. Tennison for a lunch time cruise on the Patuxent River.

FEE: $110 / CMMS members $95.



Pirates & Scallywags Full-Call for Waiting List
June 30 – July 4 9:00 a.m. - 1:00p.m.

Ahoy, Mates! Join our weeklong adventure as part of our scallywag crew. For your week with us, you will wear pirate garb, eat pirate grub and do pirate work. What? Pirates worked? You bet they did. Hunt for hidden treasure; stage a sea battle in the museum’s newly constructed land-locked bugeye, swab the deck and sing sea chanteys; climb aboard to learn about local pirates, and sail the high seas of the Patuxent River on the “Jolly Roger” Dee of St. Mary’s. Arrrgh!

$110 / CMMS members $95.

Entering Grades 4 - 6

The Exhilaration of Otters
July 14 - July 18 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

You might love Bubbles and Squeak, but how well do you really know them? Join us for a week of fun with our resident river otters. Explore their adaptations to our local habitat and find out how they compare to otters around the world. Investigate how they talk to each other; canoe in their habitat and look for some of Bubbles and Squeak’s wild relatives; use your knowledge to design an addition to our museum habitat for our otters to enjoy for years to come! This camp includes two offsite field trips to local nature preserves, hiking and canoeing to see a wetland habitat from an otter point of view.

FEE: $135 / CMMS members $120.



H2O Ocean, Bay, River, Wetlands Camp
July 21 – 25 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Calling all Junior Girl Scouts! The Calvert Marine Museum is offering the Chesapeake Bay Council’s Own H20 Ocean, Bay, River, Wetland patch. Join us for a week of learning about our wetlands, rivers, bay and ocean, the animals that live in each of these environments. Then learn what we can do to help by recycling, practicing water conservation, and learning about the impacts of pollution. Campers will be doing hands on activities as well as water related crafts and games. We will be going on field trips to Flag Ponds Nature Center, Battle Creek Cypress Swamp and a boat trip on The Dee of St. Mary’s to cap off the week.

FEE: $135 / CMMS members $120.

Entering Grades 6 - 9

Build Your Own Canoe Members Only
June 23 – June 28 9:00a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

(Boating Safety Course through Sailing Center Chesapeake)

Build a real boat you can take home! We will teach you to make your own 12-foot plywood canoe. During the week, you will master basic woodworking and finishing skills to make a boat that you can enjoy for years to come. Learn sailing skills when commanding radio-control model sailboats in the boat basin and practice some of the maritime skills needed to catch crabs during a cruise on the drake tail work boat. We’ll take a break from boat building with a lunch cruise with your family members on the Wm. B. Tennison. At the Grand Finale on Saturday, you and the other campers will race your new canoes on the Patuxent River. Your family and friends are encouraged to join us at our own regatta and celebrate with awards.

Students enrolled in this course will have a spot reserved in the Spirit of America Boating Safety Program for middle school students run by St. Mary’s College of Maryland & the Sailing Center Chesapeake and sponsored by the National Water Safety Congress and the Spirit of America Foundation. At the end of this week-long program, participants will receive the State of Maryland boating safety certificate. For more information and to download enrollment forms, visit

Open to members only. FEE: $270 for the two-week experience; scholarships available from the Conant Fund for eligible applicants. Call for information.



Jr. Paleontologists
July 7 – July 11 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Become a junior paleontologist, and hunt the 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. Work on reconstructing a modern skeleton to compare with ancient fossils. Keep a field journal, complete with your own drawings and observations. Visit area beaches to hunt for fossils.

FEE: $135 / CMMS members $120.

Location: Cove Point Lighthouse / Calvert Marine Museum.



Environmental Institute I
July 28 – August 1 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Environmental Institute I is designed for young people who have a strong curiosity about the natural environment and want to learn more through hands-on experience. The Calvert Marine Museum and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Studies Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL) work together to offer this exceptional opportunity. Participants will talk with CBL scientists who have collected base data on the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay for over 30 years. They will review the trends, and then do water sampling and analysis to see how their results match up. They will map the shoreline from aboard the skipjack Dee of St. Mary’s and visit a shoreline restoration project at Cove Point and a living shoreline. The institute will conclude with team presentations for friends, parents, and colleagues about their findings.

FEE: $75.
Participation in Environmental Institute I is based on a competitive application process and is limited to 12 participants. The tuition is subsidized by a grant from the Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust. For information and a copy of the application: Download here.

Calvert Marine Museum / Chesapeake Biological Laboratory.



Environmental Institute II
August 4 - 8 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Environmental Institute II students will explore a key indicator of Chesapeake Bay health: the oyster. The skipjack Dee of St. Mary’s serves as the classroom and will convey the group to a number of sites related to this study, including an oyster hatchery At Morgan State University’s Patuxent Environmental and Aquatic Research Laboratory (PEARL) to learn about the oyster life span. We will work with local watermen to experience harvesting oysters, visit the Lore Oyster House to learn about the oyster’s journey from the oyster bed, to the processing plant, to the table. Students will sail the Dee of St. Mary’s to Point Lookout State Park for an overnight camping experience and sail back the following day. The goal of the program is to have students understand the environmental challenges facing the Chesapeake Bay, and develop their own action plans for addressing those challenges. The institute concludes with student presentations of their findings.

FEE: $150. Environmental Institute II requires successful completion of Environmental Institute I and is limited to 12 participants. The tuition is subsidized by a grant from the Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust.

Calvert Marine Museum / Chesapeake Biological Laboratory / Dee of St. Mary’s.



Jr. Docent Boot Camp - By invitation only

June 30 – July 3

This program involves a two year commitment from middle school students to learn how to be museum docents. The program kicks off with a weeklong “boot camp” where each cohort gets initiated into the behind-the-scenes workings of a museum. To be considered for the Jr. Docent Program, click on the link at the top of this page to access criteria and application procedures.

FEE: $25 to cover materials, badge, and T-shirt.

Entering Grades: 1-3 | 4-6 | 6-9