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Charles County Public Schools offers summer camps, programs for students in kindergarten through 12th grade

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is offering several summer camp offerings for students. Enrichment camps, academic and athletic programs, and career exploration are on the horizon for the warmer months.

Summer Enrichment camps

Summer enrichment camps for students in kindergarten through eighth grade will be held in two sessions — June 24 to 28 and Aug. 5 to 9, Monday through Friday. The morning sessions will be held from 8:30 to 11 a.m. with the afternoon session from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Camps for students in Grades 1 through 8 will be held at Mattawoman Middle School and Berry Elementary School. Camps for students bound for kindergarten in the 2024-2025 school year will be held at Berry.  

Summer enrichment camps for students in first through eighth grades are interest-based and include those focused on music, sports, STEM, crafts, arts, reading and other subjects. CCPS is offering two free summer enrichment camps for students in Grades 1 through 8. To register for enrichment camps for students in Grades 1 through 8, visit

Due to repairs scheduled for Mattawoman’s gymnasium’s floor, any enrichment camp that would take place in the gym will be held at Berry. All other enrichment camps for Grades 1 through 8 will be held at Mattawoman.

Kindergarten camps center on introducing students to routines and what to expect when they start school — and there will also be fun activities too. CCPS is offering one free kindergarten camp to a student who is registered to attend a CCPS kindergarten program. To register a child for a spot in a kindergarten camp, visit

AlphaBEST, a service CCPS contracts with to provide before and aftercare for students between the ages of 5 to 12, will be available for a fee between camps from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. More information about the service will be listed on the Summer Camps 2024 page as is becomes available. Children who are not enrolled in AlphaBEST but attend morning and afternoon camps, must be picked up from camp in-between sessions.

Mattawoman is at 10145 Berry Road in Waldorf. Berry is at 10155 Berry Road in Waldorf.

AP Boot Camps

CCPS students in Grades 9 through 12, can prepare for high school with Advanced Placement (AP) Boot Camps. The boot camps are held at Mattawoman from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 3 p.m., June 24 to 28, and Aug. 5 to 9. Mattawoman is at 10145 Berry Road in Waldorf.

CCPS students in Grades 9 through 12 must be enrolled in AP course(s) for the 2024-2025 school year at their high school to receive two free camp AP boot camp sessions. For descriptions of AP courses offered at the boot camps, visit AP Boot Camps page on the Summer Camps page. To register, visit

For more information about enrichment camps, kindergarten camps and AP boot camps, contact Kristen Modes at or Chrissy Trest at

Summer camp waitlists

Some camps will have waitlists for students who do not secure a spot at a camp.

Please note, students placed on a waitlist are not guaranteed a spot at a camp.

Career Exploration camps

Career Exploration Camps — previously called Career and Technical Education (CTE) Exploration Camps — for CCPS students who will be in seventh and eighth grades in the 2024-2025 school year will be held in July over three separate sessions at North Point High School.

The free camps offer students an opportunity to learn more about CTE programs offered at North Point and the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center, as well as those that are housed in all CCPS high schools. The camps are set for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The sessions will be held: 

  • July 8 through 11.
  • July 15 through 18.
  • July 22 through 25.

Field trips will be held during the camp. Students will also learn about the Early College Program at the College of Southern Maryland the Dual Enrollment program and apprenticeship opportunities. Shuttle transportation to and from hub locations will be available, and lunch will be provided.

Preference will be given to students who have not attended the CTE Exploration Camps in the past. Space is limited, and is on a first-come, first-served basis. A waitlist will be created. The camps are free, and families will choose one week for their child to attend. Each session will have 100 students. The deadline to apply is May 3, or until all registration slots are filled. To register, visit North Point is at 2500 Davis Road in Waldorf.

For more information about Career Exploration camps, contact Rebecca Brandt

Science Center camps

STEM Drop-In Day Camps are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 17, 18 and 20 for students who will be in Grades 4 through 8 in the 2024-2025 school year. Campers will explore various STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — content and themes each day, with projects that can be finished in one day. The nonrefundable tuition is $50. To register and get more details, visit

The James E. Richmond Science Center will hold a free Junior Space Entrepreneur Program for high school students who will be sophomores, juniors and seniors in the 2024-2025 school year from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 1 to 14. The program, in partnership with the Space Foundation, is designed to prepare students to work in STEM-based fields and companies by providing an immersive educational experience. For more information, visit

A free STEAM camp for CCPS students who will be in Grades 4 through 8 during the 2024-2025 school year will be 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Aug. 5 to 9 at the science center. The camp emphasizes STEAM — science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Students will learn about basic coding and how to apply it, participate in a patient zero biology challenge, write a space symphony and learn about environmental stewardship. Space is limited and waitlisted students are not guaranteed a spot. To learn more and to register, visit

The science center is located at St. Charles High School in Waldorf at 5305 Piney Church Road.

Lackey Summer Youth Camp

The Lackey Summer Youth Camp, held at Henry E. Lackey High School, provides supervised activities in soccer, touch football, basketball, floor hockey, swimming, kickball, Wiffle ball and other games. CCPS employees receive a 50% discount on the cost of the camp for their children. The camp is held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. or 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, from June 13 to July 5. The camp will be closed on June 19 and July 4.

The camp is open to children entering second grade in the fall of 2024 to age 13. To register, visit the Lackey Summer Youth Camp page at the CCPS Summer Camps website.

For questions about the Lackey Summer Youth Camp, contact Amy Robinson at or 301-753-1753, Ext. 702.

Nanjemoy Creek Summer Camps

The Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Educational Center holds camps focused on outdoor activities. More information will be available about the camps on the Summer Camps page at  

CCSO Sports Camps

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) and CCPS are partnering to offer sports camps to students interested in football, baseball, soccer and basketball. Most camps are offered to students in Grades 5 through 8, with the soccer camp geared toward girls in Grades 2 to 5. The camps are free to students with limited space available at registration. Lunch will be provided to campers. Parents must let organizers know of any allergies and dietary restrictions their children may have prior to the start of camp. To learn more about the CCSO camps, including times, dates, locations, age ranges and registration links, visit the CCSO Sports Camps page at the Summer Camps page at

For an overview of all CCPS summer camps, visit the CCPS Summer Camps 2024 webpage at

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 27,765 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 38 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial M. Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

CCPS provides nondiscriminatory equal access to school facilities in accordance with its Use of Facilities rules to designated youth groups (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts).