General Information

Hours and Directions


Camp Hours*:
(Unless otherwise noted in the camp description)
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.

Please note: For full-day campers registered for a morning and an afternoon session, there is a supervised lunch time from 12:00 to 12:30 pm.

Extended Care Hours*:
Before Care ― 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
After Care ― 3:40 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Camp Office Hours*:
Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Health Office Hours*:
Monday ― 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday ― 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

*There will be no camp sessions or office hours on Thursday, July 4, or Friday, July 5, 2019.


From Washington
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.

From Baltimore
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 and Pick-Up

Drop-Off on Mondays :

  • Campers may be dropped off between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. on Mondays only. Any camper arriving prior to 8:30 must be signed into Before Care. (see Extended Care for rate information)
  • 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).
  • Counselors will be available to escort you to your camp. If your child is attending a different camp in the afternoon, they can also show you that location for pick-up at the end of the day.
  • The camp nurse will be available to speak with you about any issues or collect any medications.
  • If your camper is registered for the afternoon only, counselors will greet you at our Welcome Station next to the main parking lot at 12:25 p.m. where you can pick up your family code and then be taken 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 Before Care. (see Extended Care for rate information)
  • Campers registered in the afternoon only should arrive at their designated camp locations no earlier than 12:30 p.m.

Pick-Up / Family Codes:

  • Campers age 3.5 through rising fifth grade must be signed out each day by a parent or guardian. You will also need to give the counselor your four-digit family code assigned on the first day you attend camp.
  • As a convenience, we provide one code for the entire family that remains the same throughout the summer. If you plan to have someone else pick up your child, you are responsible for giving them the code. Anyone picking up without a code will be directed to the camp office. If you lose your code, please contact the camp office for assistance.
  • 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 where they will need to be signed out.
  • Campers registered for the afternoon only or full day who are not staying for After Care should be picked up promptly at 3:30 p.m. Campers not picked up by 3:40 p.m. will join After Care and charges will apply. (see Extended Care for 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. Self-Sign-Out campers will be released from camp at 3:30 and will no longer be supervised by staff. They may not remain on the Key School campus unless accompanied by an adult. If you are running a little late but will arrive by 3:40, notify the camp office by 3:20 so your child can wait with their counselor. If you are going to be later than 3:40, your child will join After Care and charges will apply. Campers without a Self-Sign-Out form will need to be signed out as described above.

Lunch and Snacks

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. Traditional and Club SciKidz campers will have lunch with counselors in classrooms. 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. All lunches are supervised by counselors and staff.

  • 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 to make sure they are nut-free.
  • 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.

Lunch Program:

  • Click here for instructions about how to set up an account and place lunch orders.
  • If you have ordered through our lunch program before, click here to place lunch orders.
  • Orders must 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.
  • Refunds will not be issued for lunches missed if the camper is absent.
  • Lunch should not be ordered for campers only coming for a half day camp or campers participating in full day camps that leave campus including Daytrippers, Hiking and Climbing and Mountain Biking.

The basic cost for lunch is $6.00 The menu below will remain the same each week.

  • Sammy's Cheese Pizza (1 slice) with chips, fruit, cookies, and water or juice
  • $2.00 for additional slice of pizza
  • 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
Wednesday (except July 4)
  • 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

What to Wear & Bring

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.
  • Snacks for morning and mid-afternoon.
  • Lunch for full-day campers not purchasing lunch through our Lunch Program.
  • 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.
  • Cell phones - If you choose to allow your child to bring a cell phone to camp, we ask that the phone remains in the campers backpack throughout the day. Campers are not allowed to use their phone to take photos without prior permission from their counselor.
  • Summer at KEY will not be responsible for loss or breakage of any items brought to camp.

Traditional Campers

  • 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.
  • 3 1/2 and 4 year old campers can bring a pillow and blanket for rest/quiet time. These can remain at camp all week but must go home on Friday.
  • 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.

Health Information

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, seizures, bee sting 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, 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
Fax: 443-926-9394

All Camp Forms

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Summer at KEY
Attn: Jane Flanagan
534 Hillsmere Drive
Annapolis, MD 21403