CAMP PROGRAMS

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If you would like to learn more about a specific camp, feel free to contact us!


Backyard Explorers - ages 3 - 4 yrs. www.butlercamp.org
A wonderful blend of outdoor activities and classroom time helps our youngest campers complete each day at Butler Camp excited but not exhausted. Hikes, songs, storytelling, creeking and baking are interspersed with a schedule of art, games, soccer and daily swimming. Having three counselors for a group of 22 “Explorers” will give your camper the particular care and attention to provide fun with safety.

Young Adventures - ages 5 - 6 yrs. www.butlercamp.org
Each two-week session will include a variety of outdoor and classroom activities such as hiking, cooking, “talent shows”, and creeking. Groups of 24 campers will be guided by three counselors as they enjoy a busy day that includes art, games, soccer and daily swimming.

Outdoor Adventures - ages 7 - 10 yrs. www.butlercamp.org
These growing elementary age campers will have a variety of land and water activities to fill their two-week sessions.

Certified instructors will help each counselor with a group of 15 campers as they experience archery, canoeing, creeking, fishing, hiking, ropes course (games and climbing) and tubing. Socializing with camp buddies, while they swim, create artwork, and participate in Capture the Flag and other group games, is an important ingredient of the Outdoor Adventures program. The soccer coach will lead our “OA” campers through soccer drills, skills and games during the session, with an emphasis on fun. A perennial favorite with these Butler Campers is the “Evening Cookout” held on the second Tuesday of each session (weather permitting). On the last day of Sessions 1, 2, & 3 campers will participate in the thrills and fun of “Butler Olympics”; our “Butler Extravaganza” will close out Session 4 with special activities and games.


Extreme Adventures - ages 10 - 12 yrs. www.butlercamp.org
This exciting program for older campers will include an overnight camping experience each session (the second Tuesday, weather permitting) along with popular “extreme” activities such as caving, mountain biking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and tubing. Occasionally, other activities are substituted or added to a session as weather or conditions require, or just for fun! Bowling, ice skating and laser tag are some of the alternative activities.

Each session will begin with team building and learning climbing skills on our ropes course. Extreme Adventures counselors are experienced with helping these campers feel comfortable with new adventure activities. “Challenge by Choice” is a fundamental tenet of the camp’s adventure program. Counselors offer campers both instruction and encouragement as they tackle new challenges. The “EA” staff will help their group of campers learn basic survival skills by explorations into wooded areas and on the overnight trip. As always, one of the favorite parts of this program, with both campers and counselors, is the lively conversation as they travel on the bus, go bowling, or sit around a campfire at night.


Equestrian Camp - ages 6 - 12 yrs. www.butlercamp.org
These horse-loving campers will spend half the day riding and participating in equestrian activities, and the other half of the day busy with swimming, art and games. In addition to riding lessons that will be held in either the indoor or outdoor rings on campus, these young equestrians will also enjoy a trail ride during their session. The last day of each session, campers will participate in the fun competition of a “Games Day”. There will be no riding on the last day of each session. Parents who would like to visit and see their campers progress are invited to email the Equestrian Director, Colleen, at [email protected] to set up a time to come to Butler.

The Equestrian staff will teach their groups of young equestrians the fundamentals of horse care and equestrian terminology. Certified instructors provide the riding instruction. This program is designed for new through beginner canter riders (see the FAQ section for more details about riding levels).


Young Olympians Equestrian Camp - ages 12 - 16 yrs. www.butlercamp.org
Young Olympians is for canter to experienced jumper riders. Interested campers between the ages of 12 – 16 years-old, but are not yet at this level of riding, should contact the Equestrian Director, Colleen Coughlin ([email protected] or 301-977-6669) to discuss admission to this program.

These YO campers will spend most of the day engaged in horse-related activities, and during the session enjoy pool time as well as art and games on occasional days. In addition to mounted lessons, an important part of the equestrian experience at Butler Camp is “on the ground” instruction. Caring for the horses, grooming, feeding, cleaning tack, maintaining the stable area and gaining additional information about horses and their care are all part of summer “horse” fun. The Equestrian Director will also take these YO campers on a field trip during their session to expand their knowledge and experience with horses.

JV Counselors-in-Training - ages 14 - 16 yrs. www.butlercamp.org

The JV Counselor program for 14 to 16 year-olds is offered during Sessions 1 through 4. JV Counselors are under the direction and guidance of a Program Director who meets with them throughout the day to assist them in their training process. The Director will instruct them on their duties, the requirements of their role as assistants to camp staff, “debrief” with them daily to assess their job performance and resolve any challenges in their work. The Director will try to place the JV counselor within the Butler Camp program of their choice.

These young counselors in training will participate in team building activities on our ropes course during the session and also have one unique “adventure day” (whitewater rafting, rock climbing, caving, etc.) with their group of “JV”s (TBD each session). Applicants for this program must submit a brief essay stating why they would like to work at Butler Camp as a JV Counselor and mention the activity area where they would most like to work. JV Counselors will be able to earn a minimum of 20 SSL hours per session. Spaces are limited, so apply early!

Our youngest campers will continue with a variety of outdoor and indoor activities, including soccer, art, songs, hikes, creeking, “story time” and daily swimming. Groups of 20 campers will be guided by two counselors who will continue providing care and support for these young children as they enjoy our last week of camp.
Our HodgePodge adventurers will experience their favorite outdoor activities from the summer during this one-week session: ropes course, soccer games, art, fishing, hiking and creeking. Two counselors will lead a group of 15 campers as they enjoy one last week of “hodge-podge” fun.

Our oldest campers will travel by van to participate in various adventure activities such as rock climbing, mountain biking, caving, whitewater rafting, backpacking, aerial adventure park and more. These campers MUST BE AT CAMP ON TIME (by 9:00AM) or risk being left behind. There will be no PM bus service for these campers. They will be picked up every evening at Butler. Counselors will advise the campers when particular clothing is required. Be sure that your camper arrives in the morning with sun screen/bug repellent already applied!

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Camp Session Dates 2017

June 19-June 30
July 3-July 14
July 17-July 28
July 31-August 11
August 14-August 18 (Please note: one week session)
August 21-August 25 (Please note: one week session)

Extended Day

Early AM Care – $100 per session
Extended PM Care – $200 per session
HodgePodge Session – Early AM Care – $50, Extended PM Day – $100
AM – $15 per day
PM – $25 per day
9:00 AM – 3:15 PM
9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Early AM Care: 7:45 AM – 9:00 AM
Extended PM Care: 3:15 PM – 6:00 PM

Please Note: Payment is due when dropping off or picking up your child.