Programs & Themes

The UMBC Summer Day Camp has a plethora of weekly programs and activities aimed at delivering both fun and learning opportunities for kids.

Week 1 – Retriever Welcome – June 13th -17th

Meet True Grit, UMBC’s mascot! This week will feature UMBC themed trivia and scavenger hunts across the UMBC campus. Campers and counselors will also play recreational and intellectual games, such as Ship, Sand, Shore, and Simon Says.


Week 2 – Sports Extravaganza – June 20th -24th SOLD OUT – WAIT LIST is available

Show off your favorite sports gear and participate in sports trivia. This week will feature various Counselors vs. Campers sports challenges! As we continue to encourage our campers to be active, they will be able to try out different sports, such as pickleball, frisbee, soccer, and wiffleball. Have fun with fitness challenges and a Ninja Warrior obstacle course!


Week 3 – Under the Big Top – June 27th- July 1st SOLD OUT – WAIT LIST is available

Come one, come all! Campers will participate in carnival games where everyone’s a winner! This week will feature giant board games, sweet treats, and a photo booth. Campers will also have an opportunity to show off their silly side by participating in Wacky Tacky Day.


Week 4 – Stars & Stripes – July 5th-8th SOLD OUT – WAIT LIST is available

Wear your favorite red, white, and blue all week long while playing camp games such as Uncle Sam Says, Red, White & Blue tag, and a patriotic scavenger hunt around the RAC. This week campers can enjoy winning prizes at Fourth of July bingo and relaxing with red, white, and blue popsicles!


Week 5 – Fantasy Week – July 11th-15th SOLD OUT – WAIT LIST is available

Explore different realms of beloved characters this week through arts and crafts and other activities. Campers will spend each day in a new world, including popular fairy tales, cartoons, wizards, Jedis, and superheroes. Whether it be through trivia, making slime, or dressing the part, let your imagination run wild!


Week 6 – At the Beach – July 18th-22nd SOLD OUT – WAIT LIST is available

Time to soak up some sun! This week will feature a Hawaiian shirt day, sponge relays, and a camp-wide water balloon toss competition. Campers can participate in tie-dyeing their camp shirt during arts and crafts! A pool party featuring music, snow cones, and water games will highlight the week.


Week 7 – Science & Conservation – July 25th-29th SOLD OUT – WAIT LIST is available

Explore science and conservation all week long through interactive experiments, educational sessions, and nature walks. Campers will also enjoy potting seeds, building with Legos, and an egg drop competition. Get ready to get your hands dirty with Cup o’ Dirt at snack on Friday!


Week 8 – Color Wars – August 1st-5th  SOLD OUT – WAIT LIST is available

During this widely anticipated week, campers and counselors will be split into two teams, Black and Gold, to compete for the coveted trophy! Each day campers and counselors will compete in competitive recreational and intellectual games. Although this will be a competitive week, counselors and staff will continue to place a strong emphasis on sportsmanship, respect, and fair play.


Week 9 – UMBC’s Got Talent – Aug 8th-Aug 12th SOLD OUT – WAIT LIST is available

Campers and counselors will be preparing for the summer finale, UMBC’s Got Talent and an Art Show, while still enjoying great fun and games. Parents will be invited to the great performance on Friday. This week will also feature a staff and counselor talent exhibition where campers can explore a variety of talents, such as goal-keeping, dunking a basketball, and art.