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Welcome to our vibrant, diverse, and youth-centered community. Below you will find our summer calendar and session information for all BYM Camps programs. Please take note of our Sliding Scale Tuition system, and our deposit policies.

2023 Summer Camp Dates

  • Catoctin, Opequon,
    & Shiloh
  • Session One:
    July 1 – July 15
  • Session Two:
    July 16 – July 29
  • Session Three:
    July 30 – August 13
  • Kindling Session A:
    July 1 – July 8
  • Kindling Session B:
    July 30 – August 6
  • Teen
    Adventure
  • Main Session:
    July 1 – July 23
  • Session Two:
    July 16 – July 29
  • Session Three:
    July 30 – August 13
  • Kindling Session A:
    July 1 – July 8
  • Kindling Session B:
    July 30 – August 6

*Kindling Sessions are offered for first time 9 or 10 year old campers at Catoctin, Opequon, and Shiloh. They’re very much still full blown overnight camp programs, geared toward letting your family see if our programs are the right fit for your camper. Returning campers and campers 11 years or older are not eligible for Kindling Sessions.

If you have any questions about the summer calendar, deposits, tuition, or financial aid, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Camp Tuition Rates

We offer Sliding Scale Tuition so that every child can attend BYM Camps!

For the 2023 Summer, our Sliding Scale Tuition will range from $1500 per week to $500 per week. It is our commitment that no child will be turned away due to their family’s financial situation.

The Sliding Scale Tuition Levels for 2023 are as follows:

  • 1-week
    “Kindling” Session*
    at Catoctin, Opequon, or Shiloh
  • A: $1500
  • B: $1250
  • C: $1000
  • D: $750
  • E: $500
  • 2-week
    Standard Session
    at Catoctin, Opequon, or Shiloh
  • A: $3000
  • B: $2500
  • C: $2000
  • D: $1500
  • E: $1000
  • 3-week
    Session
    at Teen
    Adventure
  • A: $4500
  • B: $3750
  • C: $3000
  • D: $2250
  • E: $1500
  • 4-week
    Double Session
    at Catoctin, Opequon, & Shiloh
  • A: $6000
  • B: $5000
  • C: $4000
  • D: $3000
  • E: $2000

Deposits, Cancellations, & Refund Policies

Before May 15: $250 deposit is required upon registration.

After May 15: full tuition is required upon registration.

  • Deposits are non-refundable, unless you are requesting reduced tuition through the Sliding Scale or other means.
  • Unpaid balances for any and all family members must be reconciled in order for a camper to be registered.
  • No tuition reduction will be made for a late arrival or an early departure.
  • Payment can be made by credit card through our online registration system, or by check through the mail.
  • Registration cancellations made before March 15 are eligible for a tuition refund, except for the non-refundable deposit.
  • Families are responsible for the full amount of tuition if a cancellation is made after March 15, except in cases of severe illness, injury, family emergency, or other extenuating circumstance.
  • Families who request reduced tuition through the Sliding Scale have two weeks from confirmation of their rate to accept and confirm registration, or to withdraw their registration and receive a refund of the deposit.
  • There will be no refund if a camper is asked to leave during the session for an infraction of a camp rule, for disruptive behavior, or if a camper is voluntarily withdrawn.

How to Register

Registration for Summer 2023 opens on January 15th.

Getting started…

New Families – Welcome!
To register, you’ll need to make a new online account in our registration portal.

Returning Families – Welcome back!
Use your existing account in our online registration system.

All camp and session selections, most registration forms, and all tuition payments can be done through your online account. If you are unable to complete any part of the registration process, contact us immediately and we will support you.

Your camper’s registration is complete when:

  • All of your account information is up-to-date and accurate
  • You have selected a camp and session for your camper
  • All registration forms are completed (returning families must review and re-submit these forms each year)
  • You have made the minimum deposit payment of $250 per camper.
  • You have received a confirmation email indicating that the process is complete. If you do not see an email with 24 hours, please email or call (brianmassey@bym-rsf.org, 301-774-7663) and we will check on the status of your registration.

You’re registered! What now?

Here are a few things to keep in mind, and a few ways to stay connected until camp begins:

  • You will start receiving The Spark, our newsletter for parents and families. That will include summer announcements, updates, reminders, and other necessary information that’ll help you and your camper prepare for camp.
  • The full balance of your tuition is due by May 15, prior to the start of camp. You may make payments of any amount at any time between when you register and the tuition deadline. You are also able to set up an automatic payment plan within the registration system.
  • Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for an easy and fun way to get announcements and updates about BYM Camps.
  • The Family Handbook and Packing Lists will be sent out prior to camp. You may also view our handbooks and packing lists on this page.

Questions?

Whether this is your first summer as a part of our community, or if you’re a long-time member, we want the registration process to be as seamless as possible.

If you ever have any questions or need any help with your camper’s registration, please feel free to email us or call us and we’ll do everything we can to get your camper to camp!


Sliding Scale Tuition

Sliding Scale? How does it work?

The full cost of camp for each camper is represented by Tuition Level A, so if a family is able to pay that amount, we strongly encourage them to do so. The true cost represents what is needed for BYM Camps to pay our staff fairly and justly, to preserve and maintain our properties, and to invest in the long-term health of our program.

With that said, our Sliding Scale Tuition system is based on the principle that a family’s financial commitment should be proportionate to its financial resources. If you are excited about your child attending a BYM Camp, if you think they’d benefit from our vibrant, diverse, and youth-centered community, but you can’t afford to pay at the highest tuition levels, we strongly encourage you to register them right away! Then, within our registration system, you can access and fill out our Sliding Scale Tuition Family Worksheet. The Family Worksheet is a simple form that helps us determine a family’s Sliding Scale Tuition rate. Tax returns are not requested nor required. BYM Camps will review the Family Worksheet and confirm your Sliding Scale rate within 7-14 days.

Families that register for camp and fill out the Family Worksheet are under no financial obligation until their Sliding Scale Tuition rate is confirmed and accepted.

If I pay in full, am I underwriting Sliding Scale Tuition for a family in need?

Absolutely not! To ensure that this process is fair and equitable for every family, families that pay in full are not asked to pay more than their fair share of camper tuition costs. Tuition Level A represents the full cost that is required to operate our camps each year and to invest in their long-term maintenance and quality. Tuition Level B represents what is required to operate our camps each year, but does not include investment in long-term maintenance and quality.

For families that pay at all other levels, BYM Camps actively fundraises to offset all tuition reductions provided through our Sliding Scale. It is our commitment that no child be turned away due to a family’s inability to pay.

Do I need to fill out a Sliding Scale Tuition Family Worksheet?

No, filling out the Family Worksheet is optional. If you choose not to complete the Family Worksheet, you can simply choose to pay at Tuition Level A or Tuition Level B when completing your camper’s registration.

Does Sliding Scale Tuition affect the quality of experience offered at BYM Camps?

No, not at all. Because we actively fundraise to ensure equity and access to BYM Camps, our programs and activities are structured as if each family was paying full tuition. This enables us to provide a high-quality experience for all campers attending BYM Camps, creating an environment of true equality, regardless of a camper’s or family’s financial situation.

What happens if a family wants to fill out a Family Worksheet for more than one child?

That is fine! There is space on the Family Worksheet for you to identify the number of children that you’re hoping to send to camp, along with their names. This will be factored into the Family Worksheet review process and Tuition rate confirmation. Again, it is our commitment that no child be turned away due to a family’s inability to pay.

What should I do if I receive a Sliding Scale Tuition rate that is still not affordable for me to send my child to BYM Camps?

If you receive a Sliding Scale Tuition rate that you do not feel is affordable, we welcome you to contact our Program Manager, Brian Massey, to further discuss tuition and how we can make it work. Brian can be reached at brianmassey@bym-rsf.org or 336-301-5210. Once again, our commitment is that no child be turned away due to a family’s inability to pay.

How can BYM Camps offer Sliding Scale Tuition?

BYM Camps is a program of the Baltimore Yearly Meeting Religious Society of Friends, also known as Quakers. The larger communities of both BYM and BYM Camps are committed to creating an environment of both equality and equity, not letting financial barriers get in the way of a child’s access to BYM Camps. It is through the generosity of our vast network of alumni, stakeholders, community partners, and friends, and through their belief in the power and importance of our camps, that we are able to offset the reduced tuition costs provided by our Sliding Scale.

We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to experience our vibrant, diverse, and youth-centered community, to both find themselves and be themselves, to gain a lifetime of lessons, confidence, and connection, all at BYM Camps.

Are there Sliding Scale Tuition payment plans available?

Yes! Upon receiving and accepting your Sliding Scale Tuition rate offer, you will login to the registration system and either pay in full or set up a payment plan that works for you. All payments must be made by May 15th, unless arranged otherwise with the Program Manager.

Gender-Inclusive Summer Camp

All of the BYM Camps are gender-inclusive, and our community (and by extension, our registration system) is not divided by an individual’s sex assigned at birth. Instead, we support each community member to be in housing that most aligns with their gender identity. BYM Camps includes non-binary and transgender staff and youth, and we work to model inclusivity in many ways, and invite all community members, as they feel comfortable, to share their gender pronouns. BYM Camps is a community where campers and staff use the full spectrum of gender pronouns and identify with the full non-binary spectrum of gender.

To learn more about what gender looks like at BYM Camps, in our Family Resource Center.