United Methodist Summer Camps in the Baltimore-Washington Conference

Camp this summer at a UM camp!

West River Center

Grades 1-12

Change your child’s life through camp at West River Center. Our day camps and week-long residential Christian camps both have the perfect balance of fun, friends, and faith that your child will never forget. Our goal is for your child to learn something meaningful about themselves, feel the love and support of the community around them, and be inspired to live an authentic Christian life.

Get a week away and enjoy all that West River offers: swimming, boating, climbing, music, games, and much more!  One-week residential camps are offered for entering third-graders to adults.  Half week offering are for younger, first time campers while Grandparents Camp is a multi-generational unique event.

For information about camps at West River Center, located at 5100 Chalk Point Road, West River, MD 20778, click HERE!

Manidokan Camp and Retreat Center
Grades 2-12

Manidokan is a magnificent 426-acre site located in southern Washington Country, MD, overlooking the Potomac River. It is bound on the east by Elk Ridge and on the west by the river and the C&O Canal. The Center lies on the historic Harpers Ferry Road, between Sharpsburg and Sandy Hook.

The week-long residential Christian camps at Manidokan have the perfect balance of fun, friends, and faith that your child will never forget.

For information about camps at Manidokan, located at 1600 Harpers Ferry Road, Knoxville, MD 21758, click HERE!

Camp Harmison

Harmison is a beautiful 50-acre natural woodland site in the picturesque mountains of Eastern West Virginia along Sleepy Creek. There is a large recreation field, children’s playground, campfire circle, hiking trails and fishing.

Harmison offers day camps during summer, as well as CAMP JOY, a Christ-centered mission of the Hancock United Methodist Church. There are retreat facilities and tent/RV sites for family, scouting, or other group camping. 

For information about camps at Camp Harmison, located on Harmison Lane in Berkeley Springs, WV 25411, click HERE!

West River Mini Camp
Grades 2-4

Mini Camp at West River, for children in grades 2-4, represents a fantastic introduction for young campers. The shortened week helps immensely with children and parents who are still getting used to the idea of being away for a few days.

Lead by folks with gifts for early childhood education, and a special empathy for the difficulties overnight camps can present. Your child will get a chance to do most of the major camp activities, and experience what West River has to offer, all in just a few energy- and excitement-filled days.

Staff and volunteers from Emmanuel will be volunteering at West River Mini Camp at the July 11-14 session.

For information about all BWC Retreat and Camping Ministries, click HERE!

Camperships (camp scholarships) are available to help send children to camp. Contact the church office at 301-725-5200 or office@eumclaurel.org for details.

Here are some important links for further reading and exploration:

  • For an excellent article on the benefits of attending a summer camp, click here.
  • For more information on Baltimore-Washington Conference’s Retreat and Camping Ministries, click here.
  • To explore West River’s program offerings, click here.
  • To explore Manidokan’s program offerings, click here.
  • To explore Camp Harmison’s program offerings, click here.