Our Story: More than 40 Years of Summer Camp Fun

We started as a small 10-children summer enrichment program for Butler Montessori. Now we're a caring camp community of more than 200, offering daily small-group experiences. From the very beginning, we've focused on nature, our beautiful 22-acre campus and amazing outdoor adventures. 

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Being a counselor is a huge responsibility but it is so rewarding to connect with campers and be outdoors. 

~ Chris T., 2020 Camp Counselor

Butler Camp is a nature-focused summer camp located on a beautiful 22-acre campus in Darnestown, MD

Some call Butler Camp a hidden gem because although it's close to the Kentlands and Gaithersburg, it's nestled on a large campus backing to Seneca Creek State Park. It feels like a nature escape! Minutes from I-270, it's convenient for families who want their children to have a fun summer along with the health benefits of being in nature. It's the perfect combination of a small-camp experience with big adventures and fun. That's why our campers return year after year!

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What Parents Need To Know

Butler Camp: Over 40 years of fun!

Butler Camp began a little over 40 years ago when Butler Montessori acquired its current campus in Darnestown, Maryland. With a beautiful 22-acre piece of land and an active equestrian community, the school started offering horseback riding lessons and summer nature explorations like creeking and hiking to students. Outdoor team-building structures and leadership training were added and gained popularity. Word spread of this caring and nature-focused camp, and the camp grew steadily every year. Now, even though we have a community of 200, we still focus on small-group experiences and know every camper and family. It's a home away from home for many of our campers and staff.

About Amy Hughes, Camp Director 

Hi, I'm Amy Hughes, Butler Camp Director. I joined the team at Butler Camp in 2019 as Camp Director. I have a great passion for the outdoors and  experiencing nature everyday. By sharing this joy of being in the great outdoors with campers every year I hope that it instills a lifelong love of the outdoors. Our children are the future stewards of our environment and the deeper their connection to the world, the more invested they become.

As a mom of two children and a seasoned camp and operations director, I know how to create a fun AND safe environment for kids. I always tell parents that while their kids are at Butler Camp, I treat them like my own. I want to create safe, fun adventures for them. I want them to grow and learn and enjoy nature. I want them to come home with amazing stories and fabulous camp memories. That's why I'm passionate about creating a camp experience that includes highly trained staff members, comprehensive safety protocols, fun adventures that kids love, and educational opportunities that aren't boring. 

Butler Camp is a small, caring community focused on offering outdoor nature adventures, wilderness and leadership skill-building and classic camp experiences for campers ages 4.5 to 16. 

Parents are often looking for that perfect camp to send their child to - one that the parent feels is safe, welcoming and caring and that the child finds fun and engaging. Butler Camp offers families the complete package. A caring and well-trained staff as well as interesting and educational adventures for campers. 

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