The Key School has officially earned Maryland Green School Certification by the Maryland Association of Environmental & Outdoor Education. This designation comes after a lengthy application process that required an in-depth review of the School's programs and philosophy as well as substantiation of a sustained dedication to environmental initiatives.
- Hours and Directions
- Drop-Off and Pick-Up
- Lunch and Snacks
- What to Wear & Bring
- Health Information
- All Camp Forms
- Contact Us
Morning Sessions ― 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Afternoon Sessions ―12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Full Day Sessions ― 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted in the camp description
Please note: For full-day campers registered for a morning and an afternoon session, there is a supervised lunch time between the two camps.
Extended Care Hours*:
Before Care ― 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Monday ― 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
*There will be no camp sessions or office hours on Monday or Tuesday, July 3 and 4.
Travel east on Route 50. Take the Aris T. Allen Blvd. Exit 22 (Route 665) to Forest Drive. Bear right onto Forest Drive east. Proceed 2.5 miles to the intersection of Forest Drive and Hillsmere Drive. Turn right onto Hillsmere Drive. Proceed on Hillsmere Drive approximately 1 mile.
Travel south on I-97 to Route 50 east. Take the Aris T. Allen Blvd. Exit 22 (Route 665) to Forest Drive. Bear right onto Forest Drive east. Proceed 2.5 miles to the intersection of Forest Drive and Hillsmere Drive. Turn right onto Hillsmere Drive. Proceed on Hillsmere Drive approximately 1 mile.
Drop-Off on Mondays :
- Campers may be dropped off between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. Counselors will be waiting to greet you at our Welcome Station next to the main parking lot where you will be given your four-digit family code (see below).
- Any camper arriving prior to 8:30 must be signed into our Before Care Program. (see Extended Care for information)
- Counselors will be available to show you to your camp. If your child is attending a different camp in the afternoon, counselors can also show you that location for pick-up at the end of the day.
- If your child has medications to be turned in or if you need to speak with the camp nurse, they will be available at this time.
- If your camper is registered for the afternoon only, you can stop by the camp office as early as 12:20 p.m. to pick up your family code. Counselors will be available to accompany you to your camp.
Drop-Off on Tuesdays - Fridays:
- Campers should go directly to their camps between 8:50 and 9:00 a.m. Any camper arriving prior to 8:50 a.m. must be signed into our Before Care Program. (See Extended Care for information)
- Campers registered in the afternoon only should arrive at their designated camp locations no earlier than 12:30 p.m.
- For safety purposes, pre-school through fifth grade campers must be signed out each day by a parent or guardian. In addition to signing out, you will need to give the counselor your four-digit family code which will be given to you the first day you attend camp.
- For your convenience, we provide one code for the entire family which will remain the same throughout the summer.
- If you plan to have someone else pick up your child, you are responsible for sharing the family code with them. We will let your child leave only with an adult who knows the code.
- If you lose your code, please contact the camp office immediately. We will be happy to help you.
Pick-Up at the End of the Day:
- Campers registered for the morning only should be picked up promptly at noon. Campers not picked up by 12:05 p.m. will be brought to the camp office.
- Campers registered for the afternoon only or full day who are not staying for Extended Care should be picked up promptly at 3:30 p.m. If they are not picked up by 3:40 p.m., they will join Extended Care and charges will apply. (See Extended Care for rate and policy information)
- Campers entering grades 6, 7 or 8 in the fall are permitted to sign out of camp on their own as long as a parent or guardian has completed the Self-Sign-Out Form ahead of time. If you have not completed that form, your child will remain with the Head Counselor until you arrive to sign them out or join Extended Care if not picked up by 3:40 p.m.
All campers should bring snacks for the morning and mid-afternoon if they are staying all day. Campers staying for a full day should also bring lunch if they are not participating in our Lunch Program. Please keep in mind we do not have refrigerators available to store lunches. Non-perishable foods or insulated lunch bags with ice packs are recommended. All lunches will be supervised by counselors. Traditional, Pathfinder and Club SciKidz campers will have lunch with counselors in their home bases. All other campers will be walked by morning counselors to Katharine Hall for lunch at 12:00 p.m. and picked up at 12:30 p.m. by afternoon counselors to go to their afternoon camps.
- Summer at KEY is a "nut-free" camp. No foods containing any types of nuts are allowed. Please carefully check the labels on the foods you send.
- Birthday Celebration Policy: A camper's birthday is very special, and we understand children love to celebrate with friends. If you would like to celebrate a birthday at camp, please do not send in any type of food to share as a precaution for others who may have food allergies. Instead, consider sending in small tokens for your child to share like pencils, stickers, etc.
The Summer at KEY Lunch Program is offered all eight weeks of camp! Lunch orders can be placed starting on March 15—visit the Summer at KEY homepage on or after that date to order. Orders need to be placed four days prior to the service date. For example, if you need lunch on a Monday, your order needs to be placed by end of day the prior Thursday. Please note that we cannot issue refunds for lunches missed if the camper is absent. Be sure not to order lunches for your child if they are in a full day Daytrippers camp or are only coming to camp for a half day of camp.
The cost is $6.00 per lunch. The menu below will remain the same each week. (Summer at KEY is closed Monday and Tuesday, July 3 and 4, so do not order lunch on those days!)
Monday (except July 3)
- Sammy's Cheese Pizza (1 slice) with chips, fruit, cookies, and water or juice
- $2.00 for additional slice of pizza
Tuesday (except July 4)
- Choice of Subway 4 inch Ham and Cheese or Turkey and Cheese sub with chips, fruit, cookies, and water or juice
- $2.50 for additional sub
- Choice of California Tortilla Cheese Quesadilla or Cheeseburger Taco or Mini Chicken Burrito with tortilla chips and salsa, chocolate brownie, and water or juice
- $1.50 for additional Cheeseburger Taco
- $2.50 for additional Cheese Quesadilla or Chicken Burrito
- Chick-fil-A Nuggets (6 pieces) with chips, fruit, cookies, and water or juice
- $2.50 for additional 6 nuggets
- Sammy's Cheese Pizza (1 slice) with chips, fruit, cookies, and water or juice
- $2.00 for additional slice of pizza
All Campers:Please be sure to label everything your child brings to camp to avoid confusion and loss of belongings.*
- Backpack for transporting belongings.
- Tennis shoes or sandals that have a heel strap (no flip flops).
- Comfortable clothing that can get messy. Summer at KEY t-shirts are available to purchase for $10.00 in the camp office.
- Swimsuit, towel, water shoes, and a change of clothes for those involved in water activities.
- Sunscreen (please label). We assume you will have applied sunscreen to your child before they arrive each day. Please review the Sunscreen Policy on the registration form.
- Water bottle. Water coolers will be available to refill bottles throughout the day. Bottled water will also be available for purchase in the camp office for 50 cents a bottle.
- Snack for morning and mid-afternoon.
- Lunch for full-day campers not purchasing lunch through our Lunch Program.
- Morning-only and full-day Traditional campers swim each morning and should arrive at camp wearing swimsuits and sunscreen. Not all campers go to the pool right away, so cover-ups are recommended to make the campers more comfortable. Be sure to send a beach towel and change of clothes.
- Pre-school and Kindergarten campers should have a pillow and blanket for rest/quiet time. These can remain at camp all week.
- Campers may be involved in outdoor water games. Since shoes must be worn at all times, be sure your child wears shoes that can get wet. You may also send in a pair of water shoes to leave at camp.
PLEASE NOTE: In an effort to ensure the enjoyment of all campers, please do not send toys, trading cards, personal gaming systems, or music players with your child. Summer at KEY will not be responsible for loss or breakage of any items brought to camp.
The Summer at KEY Health Office is a place where students who become ill or suffer minor injuries at Camp may briefly rest while a decision is made whether they should remain at Camp or go home. The Health Office is staffed from by a camp nurse [Mondays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on Tuesdays-Fridays from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.]. The nurse is responsible for administering minor first aid to campers, and contacting medical professionals and/or parents in case of serious illness or injury.
From time to time, the nurse must determine whether to send a child home. In such cases the child’s health, as well as the risk to the other members of the Camp community, is considered. When it is determined that a child cannot remain in Camp, the parents, or an alternate person designated on the Registration Form will be contacted and must pick up the child within thirty minutes. For parents and alternates who are unable to meet this requirement, back up transportation plans are essential.
Medication policy: Parents are encouraged to administer medication at home when possible. If any medication (prescribed or over-the-counter) must be taken at Camp, a Maryland State School Medication Administration Authorization Form must be completed and signed by a medical professional and signed by a parent or guardian. Then it should be turned in to the Camp Nurse along with the medication. The only exception will be for the non-prescription medications of acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), and diphenhydramine (Benadryl). The Camp provides students with these medications, when necessary, if permission is given on the Registration Form, which will be filled out as part of the registration process.
Any medication to be given at Camp must be brought into the Health Office in the original container. The medication container should be labeled with the following:
• Name of camper
• Name of medication
• Dosage of medication to be given
• Frequency of administration
• Route of administration
• Name of authorized prescriber ordering the medication
• Date of prescription
• Expiration date (Expired medications cannot be accepted or administered by the Health Office personnel or designate. This includes inhalers and Epipens.)
Campers in grades five through twelve may carry and self-administer inhalers and Epipens, once the Camp Nurse has received the appropriate documentation. The camper’s health care provider must sign the designated space on the Maryland State School Medication Administration Authorization Form (see above).
All medications should be picked up on the camper’s last day of camp. If not picked up within one week of the close of camp, the unused and unclaimed medication will be disposed of properly.
Immunization records: As long as your camper is currently enrolled in a public or private school in the United States, simply supply the name of the school on the registration form. If your child has not yet entered school or is enrolled in a school outside of the United States, a complete immunization record must be submitted to the Health Office as soon as possible. The Camp Nurse must verify that the camper is in compliance with the immunization requirements for Maryland.
If the camper is exempt from immunizations due to medical contraindication, an immunization record signed by a licensed health care provider must be submitted. If the camper is exempt from immunizations due to religious objection, an immunization record signed by the parent/guardian under the religious objection section must be submitted.
Action plans for serious medical conditions: If your child has asthma, severe food allergies, diabetes or any other serious medical condition, the appropriate Action Plan form will need to be returned to the Health Office at least two weeks prior to the start date of their first camp. These forms can be found on our website in "All Camp Forms" in the tab below. The completed paperwork can be emailed to Nurse Katie Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to 443-926-9394, or brought into the camp office. Campers will not be able to attend camp until this information is received.
Contact Information for the Health Office
Direct phone: 443-321-7852