Our Story: 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.Register Now
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!Save Your Spot
Butler Camp: 40 years of fun!
Butler Camp began about 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 two years ago 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.
Tour our camp!
Visit our 22–acre campus and imagine your child here this summer. Tours are available M–F between 9am–4pm.
We look forward to seeing you then!Schedule A Tour