Applying to Camp:
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.
Please see our acceptance policy on the Session Info page for more information.
Paying for Camp
Go to our session info page for current camp fees, click on the Camp Fees tab.
- 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.
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.
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to leave during the season for an infraction of a camp rule or for unacceptable behavior or if a child is voluntarily withdrawn.
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.
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
If you have more questions about this process, please contact the Program Manager at 301-774-7663.
What to Bring to Camp
Every camper needs a mattress for sleeping in camp on metal (spring) or wooden bunk beds. My favorite camp mattress is a “tri-fold mat” available online, seasonally at Costco, etc. Air mattresses are usually not durable enough because they can be punctured. They also do not fit the bunks. 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!
Parent Handbooks along with all other necessary forms can be downloaded from the session info page.
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.
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.