Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions. If you have a question you don’t see listed here, please ask!

Applying to Camp:

Are there still spaces available?

The deadline rolls until all spaces are filled so go online to apply and you will see the available spaces.

You can also call or email the Camp Program Manager at BYM.

Who is eligible for camp? What ages do you serve?

Campers at Opequon, Shiloh and Catoctin are between the ages of 9 and 14. Campers at Teen Adventure and Teen Adventure Leadership Training are 15 and 16 years old respectively although we accept campers who are 17 when the situation warrants.

Do you have to be Quaker?

You do not have to be a Quaker to go to camp. We welcome everyone to our camps! About 45% of our campers are Quakers.  All the camps are operated by the Baltimore Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, which is a regional organization serving individual Quaker Meetings (congregations) in Virginia, Maryland, southern Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC.

What's your acceptance policy?

Briefly, we accept campers in this order: returning campers starting on January 15th and then new campers starting February 1st. We strive for gender and age balance at all the camps and the Directors reserve the right to deny acceptance to any applicant.
Please see our acceptance policy on the Session Info page for more information.

How do I apply to camp?

Use our online registration system. Once you create an account, you will be able to use it again and again, to log in and update your information, and submit your credit card number for payment.

Can I apply online?

YES! We have online registration. Once you create an account, you will be able to use it again and again, to log in and update your information, and submit your credit card number for payment.

If you have problems or questions about applying online, feel free to call or email the Camp Program Manager at BYM.

Paying for Camp

How much does it cost?

Go to our session info page for current camp fees, click on the Camp Fees tab.

Payment Deadlines

  • A non-refundable administrative fee and a deposit is required when you register. The deposit is applied toward your total camp fees.
  • The balance of camp fees is due May 15th.
  • We do not collect any payments at camp. You need to have paid in full in advance or be on a payment plan.
  • Withdrawals of accepted applicants after May 1 will result in forfeiture of the deposit and any fees paid.

Can I pay online? Can I pay with a debit/credit card or bank transfer?

YES! You may apply and pay camp fees online.

Total camper balance must be paid before you bring your child to camp.

As always, you can send a check made payable to Baltimore Yearly Meeting.  Please write your child’s name on the check. Send to BYM, 17100 Quaker Lane, Sandy Spring, MD 20860 and put your camper name on the memo line.

What is the refund policy?

The deposit is not refundable after May 1st. If the application for a prospective camper is withdrawn prior to May 1st, all tuition payments less the deposit will be refunded. After May 1st, no refund is available.

Due to the fixed costs of running a safe and successful camping program, Baltimore Yearly Meeting Camping Program expects families to be responsible for the tuition of their registered child. Exceptions are made only if the camper is unable to attend BYM Camps for reasons of health. In this case, tuition will be held over to be used the following year, less the deposit.  An alternative option is a refund of  half of the tuition (less the deposit).  If you fill the spot your child has vacated, you will be relieved of this financial obligation.

It is not possible to make any reduction for entering late or leaving early, except for withdrawal on account of illness incurred at camp. In that case, a partial tuition credit may be applied for the following year. There will be no refund if a camper is asked to leave during the season for an infraction of a camp rule or for unacceptable behavior or if a child is voluntarily withdrawn.

Is there Financial Aid available?

Yes. BYM Camping Program Financial Aid is available. Aid of this type is dispersed on the basis of declared need. Please do not hesitate to apply for Financial Aid – we want all campers to be able to attend! Please go to the camper registration portal and fill out a financial aid form online.

What's a work grant?

We provide work grant opportunities to help families afford camp and to get necessary jobs covered at camp!

Parents, family members or other adults can work at camp for a week in exchange for a $500 credit toward camp fees.  Many parents return year after year along with their children and find the adult community at camp very enriching. Parents or other adults may work at one camp while their child attends another. For more info on work grants, go to the work grant page.

If you would like a work grant, please register yourself for one on the online camp registration.  All volunteers must consent to a criminal background check in order to be eligible to work/volunteer at camp.

Will I have to complete a criminal background check if I do a work grant or volunteer at camp?

Yes.  All staff and volunteers at BYM Camps will have background checks conducted in order to help assure that individuals with a history of certain criminal activity are not in situations which place children in potentially harmful situations.

Criminal Background checks will be conducted on all employees and volunteers.

Individuals with charges falling within the following categories will not be allowed to work or volunteer at camp:

  • Any type of aggressive incident against another individual
  • Any type of stalking or threatening incident against another individual
  • Any misuse of weapons
  • Any crimes involving behavior toward children, including pornography
  • Any crimes related to production or distribution of drugs within the past
    10 years

If you have more questions about this process, please contact the Program Manager at 717-481-4870.

What to Bring to Camp

What is this about a mattress & how do I go about getting one?

Every camper needs a mattress for sleeping in camp on metal (spring) or wooden bunk beds. Air mattresses are usually not durable enough because they can be punctured. Egg carton type mattresses are readily available at K-Mart, WalMart, etc and you can buy a queen size and fold it over or two twins. We recommend a 3″ – 5″ thick foam pad with a removable vinyl or cotton cover. A good standard size would be 36″ x 75 “. A doubled over full or queen memory foam mattress topper would work.

Foam mattresses can sometimes be found at mattress stores; they may sometimes be found at department stores. Often we’ve found a suitable foam pad at a fabric & craft store.  At these stores you can purchase foam (usually used for making cushions) of various thicknesses cut to any size you need. Click here for more info on where to get equipment we recommend for camp!

Where's my parent handbook?

Parent Handbooks along with all other necessary forms can be downloaded from the session info page.

Can I send food to my camper while she or he is at camp?

DO NOT send food. Food is just as tasty to bears, bugs, and mice as it is to your child. Campers are well fed at camp. Feel free to send comics, art supplies or anything else that might be fun and is inedible.

What equipment do I bring?

Parent Handbooks and Equipment Lists are available for download on the Session Info page (find the handbook/equipment tab). The parent handbook has a packing list for camp.

What time do I drop-off/pick-up my camper?

The residential camps, Opequon, Shiloh and Catoctin drop off times are between 2-4pm on the first day of the session.  Pick up times at the residential camps are between 10am and Noon.  You may come at the start of pick up to join campers at the Firecircle for singing and Meeting.  It’s important to note whether you have a Saturday or Sunday drop off/pick up.  Each session is different.

TA drop off is between 1-3pm on Saturday, the first day of camp, and pick up is between 10:30-11:30am the final Sunday.