Camp BeeTree is an intergenerational week-long camp for children who have completed Kindergarten through Grade 5. The camp is held the second week of July at the Church and the BeeTree Preserve, a 260 acre hiking, picnic, and open space facility in Parkton, MD. Children, youth, and adults join together for a VBS-type experience from 8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. each day. The BeeTree Preserve borders the Torrey C. Brown Trail (formerly the NCR Trail) and contains two covered pavilions, bathroom facilites, and a cemetary/meditation area. A design team consisting of church staff and members plans a fun and inspiring program for children, who are assisted by 20 youth Counselors In Training (Grades 6 and up). A much-loved tradition for youth is a voluntary fellowship/ work camp to ready Camp BeeTree. This optional program is offered as an all-day program on the Saturday before camp starts. Separate registration forms and information will be sent upon selection as a Counselor in Training (CIT).
Campers are grouped by age/ grade level and are led by adult teachers assisted by youth CITs. Parents are encouraged to volunteer.
Sample daily schedule: The end of camp on Friday will be celebrated with a camper-led service, snowballs and water-slide fun!
8:15 a.m. Camper arrival, meet with groups
9:00 a.m. Board buses, travel to Camp BeeTree
10:00 a.m. Telling Tent: Bible stories/ folk tales/ dance/movement
10:45 a.m. Snack
10:55 a.m. Stream Walk: Refreshing fun in BeeTree Run - bring your swimsuit & water shoes!
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.: Lunch
12:15 p.m. Crafts: Bean Bag Buddies, Mosaic Pictures, Stenciled Scarves, Butterfly feeders.
1:15 p.m. Games/ Recreation on the field.
2:15 p.m. Closing activities in the Upper Pavillion
2:45 p.m. Leave on buses for TPC, dismissal at 3:15 p.m.
3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. After care for children enrolled in after care program.