Frequently Asked Questions – Camp

Which camp is best for my child?

Camp Comparison
ALL ABOUT OUR CAMPS Ultimate Adventure Camp Rock'n Adventure Camp Adventure Expedition
Age Range 8-10/11-14 10-14 12-15
Zip Line Y Y Y
High Ropes Y Y Y
Climbing Tower Y Y Y
Giant Swing Y Y Y
Low Ropes Y Y Y
Indoor Rock Climbing - Y -
Mountain Biking Y Y Y
Nature/Crafts Y - -
River Tubing Y Y Y
Hiking Y - Y
Geo-caching Y - -
Swimming Y Y Y
Pizza Party - Y -
Picnic/Barbeque Y Y -
Lock-In Overnight* Weeks 1 & 2 Y - -
Overnight Camping - - Y
Olympic Events Y Y -
Night Hike - - Y
Field Games Y Y Y
Cost $425 $425 $495
Early Bird Cost Prior to 4/1 $395 $425 $450
Hours 9am – 4pm 9am – 3pm 9am – 4pm
Pre & Post Camp Care 8-9am      4-5:30pm - -
Pre & Post Care Cost $60 - -
Week 1* 6/19-6/23 - -
Week 2* 6/26-6/30 - -
Week 3 7/3-7/6 - -
Week 4 - 7/10-7/14 -
Week 5 - 7/17-7/21 -
Week 6 - - 7/24-7/28
Week 7 7/31-8/3 - -
Week 8 8/7-8/10 - -

*Lock-In Overnight includes s’mores, camp fire cooking and breakfast & pizza lunch next day

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or call us at 301-725-1313.

Can you tell me about the Terrapin Adventure’s facility and amenities?

Our unique adventure center is on two acres of land. Adjacent to our challenge course we have modern rest rooms and indoor space for lunch and to cool off during hot weather. We use front-suspension mountain bikes and the trails leave right from our base camp for 12 miles to a nearby lake. Geocaching takes place at adjacent Savage Park. We use heavy duty river tubes and all campers get coast guard approved life jackets. Our course is built and inspected by Inner Quest, a founding member of the Association For Challenge Course Technology. We carry general liability, workers compensation, and property insurance up to industry standards.

What kind of background do your camp counselors have?

At TA, our camp counselors are specially trained in helping youths realize their potential in a fun environment. All counselors have background checks and are CPR and First Aid certified, and we always emphasize safety first. We pride ourselves on helping your child expand their knowledge and test their boundaries as they participate in one exciting adventure after another each day. For more details on our team click here (link to our team page)

Why do I need to complete a medical form?

Our adventure camps are for people who want to be active outside. We need to know if there are any special needs that your camper may have. Our camp director will review each form and consult with you regarding any medication/allergy issues your camper may have. All information is kept confidential. Many of TA’s staff have training beyond basic first aide so they are equipped to handle situations on the trail.

How far in advance should I consider booking?

We suggest booking months in advance to secure the preferred date for your camper.  We offer a discount for booking before April 1st.

What kind of physical shape does my child have to be in?

We design our programs to be inclusive. Each camper should be at least 70 lbs. For those not 5 ft. tall, we recommend that you bring your own bike. All our activities are closely supervised and we use a 1 counselor to 6 camper ratio.

What should my camper provide and bring?

We will provide all safety equipment. Dress appropriately for the weather in comfortable clothing that won’t prohibit any athletic activity and could potentially get dirty. Layers are recommended during the cool weather months. Participants must have sturdy, closed toed shoes. No sandals, slippers, or high-heeled shoes. Participants with long hair are recommended to secure it so as to not conflict with the safety systems and equipment. Do not bring any jewelry or valuables on the course, as we will not be responsible if they are lost. Guests are recommended to bring water bottles to stay hydrated on warm days. Campers should bring lunch on days when lunch is not provided.

When should I drop off and pick up my camper?

Please plan on dropping your camper off between 30 and 5 minutes before the start of camp each day. We ask that you be prompt in picking up your camper at the end of the day. Please call us at 301-725-1313 if you are having difficulty on a particular day. We also need to know in advance if someone else is authorized to pick up your child in the afternoon.

How safe are the activities?

Your child’s safety is our highest priority. Our adventure center is designed by Inner Quest, an experienced adventure course builder and one of the founders of the Association For Challenge Course Technology and signed off by a licensed Maryland engineer and designed to exceed any expected stresses. The course has also been inspected by the state of Maryland. Guests are always secured by a safety line and the courses have built-in redundancy. Guides have been specially trained in the use of the equipment, first-aid, and rescue techniques. Each day the courses and equipment are inspected for wear and proper functioning. We regularly inspect all equipment including bikes, river tubes, life jackets, and camping equipment.

What about lunch and snacks?

Each day except as noted on the itinerary, we expect you to provide a non-perishable lunch for your child and any snacks they may need. Each camper should bring a refillable water bottle as it is important to stay hydrated during our active days. During the concluding day, we will provide a pizza party or barbeque celebration and we encourage campers to bring any deserts or treats to share. We will sometimes provide a frozen treat during hot days as well.

Can I take my camera/cell phone out on the course?

No. We keep all campers personal belongings safe during the day, but we do not allow them to bring non-essential items out on our adventures. We will be taking pictures to share with you at the conclusion of camp.

Why do I need to sign a waiver?

Although safety is our primary concern, this is still an adventure center with inherent levels of risk. We want to make sure that you understand what the camp entails and that you agree to participate. Click here to download the Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims, Assumption of Risk Agreement that you will be signing before we can let your camper on the course. Please remember to send it along with registration and medical form prior to camp starting.