We are currently planning to have overnight camps in 2021, pending final decisions from state and county executives due to the pandemic. We are currently planning for only 50% capacity for all programs and each program will run as it’s own cohort (group) doing all camp activities together and keep distance from other cohorts on site as much as possible.
** All offsite trips and trips or activities with outside vendors are subject to change based on current COVID-19 levels within our community.
***Housing can also be subject to change heading into a week to reduce risk based on summer patterns with COVID-19.
Adventure campers will make new friends, grow in community through team-building, hike through beautiful woodlands, perform in a talent show, and paddle down the Potomac River. A visit to historic Harper’s Ferry will be determined per COVID. Middle and High School campers will soar on our new multi-traverse aerial park while all ages will have a chance to enjoy the zipline and climbing tower. Traditional camp activities like swimming, arts and crafts, archery, group games, cookouts and campfires add to the fun while Bible study and worship help campers develop a relationship with Christ in a safe and encouraging environment.
All Adventure Elementary campers will sleep in the Lodges. Middle School campers will be in cabins or lodges depending on the week. High School adventure campers will be in Shelter houses, tents or hammocks while they enjoy cookouts, star gazing and evening campfires.
American Sign Language Camps
Elementary: Grades 2-6
Middle: Grades 6-9
High School: Grades 9-12
American Sign Language Camp features ASL immersion opportunities for signers at any level, from beginners to fluent signers. Campers will also participate in swimming, hiking, arts and crafts, and more and learn about God’s love through daily religious education lessons and chapel. Some grade levels overlap so parents may choose which level is best for their camper.
Deaf and hearing campers in the High School Deaf/ASL camp will share lodging and all daily activities. They will live together in the Shelter houses, which are more rustic housing, where they will enjoy dinner cookouts, star gazing, and evening campfires.
Alumni Adventure (Ages 18-20 & Out of High School)
New this year! Alumni Adventure will be an opportunity for campers past to rediscover their love of Manidokan. You will see old friends, meet new ones, and connect with your faith while sharing the best of what Manidokan has to offer. You will have the ability to give input to the activity schedule and a chance to design your camp experience from all that Manidokan and the surrounding area has to offer. First time campers are always welcome, bring your friends!
Best Week Ever – Leadership Track
Grades 10-12, by application only
Step 1: Applications to be posted Feb. AND Obtain a Pastor’s Reference here
You will receive a message from Pastor Chris Bishop then once approved:
the Best Week Ever leadership program is for high school aged campers who show interest and ability in Christian leadership. Leadership campers will work closely with the Best Week Ever directors and counselors to plan, serve and lead a variety of activities for the campers. This is a great opportunity to get hands on leadership experience in preparation for other leadership roles in the church or camp setting.
Here is a message from Pastor Chris Bishop about this program:
The goal of this week is to provide a great week of camp for everyone by serving one another, growing in faith and leading well. A few characteristic we seek in a great student leader are:
- Communication skills – If you have questions or concerns or ideas tell Pastor Chris as we all work together to make camp the best week for everyone.
- Servant Leadership – You are a big part of what makes camp special. Your willingness to serve first and put the camper’s experience first is amazing, even more so when you set aside personal preference or convenience.
- Team-member – There is a whole team here with you! Knowing when to work hard and when to relax can help your week go well.
- Open to try new things – We want you to grow as a disciple, leader and person. This means that we will ask you to try new things but know that we all learn together in a safe environment.
While the list above is not complete it is a good summary of the team’s expectations of our Student Leaders, if you feel excited about joining our team then we encourage you to apply. It is the hope of the Best Week Ever team that you will grow as a leader through training, conversation and hands-on experience.
There are a limited number of positions. Applications will be reviewed by the Best Week Ever leadership team before final confirmation is given. If you register without an approved application from Pastor Chris then you might be asked to choose a different program.
Canoe & River Adventure Camp
Spend your week at Manidokan exploring the beautiful rivers and creeks that surround camp! Canoe campers will spend most of each day in either a canoe or kayak, sleep in Manidokan’s BRAND-NEW hammock shelter, and cook campfire meals! Evenings will be filled with fun games and activities. This camp is designed for kids with adventurous spirits and open minds. Can you picture it…camping out next to the river, eating delicious campfire meals, swimming and floating, and of course epic water games! Caom enjoy the great outdoors at Camp Manidokan!
Directed by Leigh Zimmerman.
Outdoor Wilderness Leaders (OWL)
This week is for campers who love the outdoors and want to know more about how it all works and what it is like to lead at camp! Learn level 1 leadership skills in hiking and stream studies, fire-building, river trips and more. Enjoy a behind the scenes view of what summer staff do each day including safety preparations and behavior mangement with some on-the-job style training and feedback from staff mentors. Celebrate with an overnight at Antietam Campground as you complete 15+ hours of a service-learning component and learn more than you imagined about yourself and others! This week prepares campers ages 16-17 (or rising high school seniors who are 18 years of age) for volunteering an additional week at Manidokan as an Outdoor Wilderness Leader (OWL).
Directed by Liz Andrews.
Elementary: Grades 2-6
Middle: Grades 6-9
High School: Grades 9-12
Get ready for the most fun week of the summer! Campers will participate in swimming, hiking, arts and crafts, and more, while they learn about God’s love through daily religious education lessons and chapel. Deaf Camp is designed for Deaf and hard-of-hearing campers who communicate primarily in American Sign Language. Some grade levels overlap so parents may choose which level is best for their camper.
Deaf and hearing campers in the High School Deaf/ASL Camp will share lodging and all daily activities. They will live together in the Shelter houses, a more rustic housing, where they will enjoy dinner cookouts, star gazing and evening campfires.
Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Campers will have the opportunity to “explore” all Manidokan has to offer and learn more about the gifts and blessings God has given them. Many of our adventures include river trips, team challenges, and beautiful hikes including Sawmill Creek and a visit to Harper’s Ferry along with traditional activities like campfires, s’mores, archery, crafts, gaga ball, 9 square, a talent show, and our enjoy our new hammock pods! Older campers will soar on our aerial park with quick jump and zipline. Camper groups will choose a daily “Explore More” activity! All Explorer campers live in cabins or lodges.
This week in partnership with Mt. Carmel UMC, Frederick.
Hearts for Horses
GIRLS Grades 8-12
In this female event, campers will experience three district horse-lover activities. A visit to Elk Mountain Trails will excite returning campers to see horses they know from previous summers including a 1-year old foal. A short trail ride is planned with a local ranch. Finally, volunteering for a local horse facility will teach campers what kinds of ministry and service opportunities horses can be a part of. Group time at camp will include swimming, ziplining, boating, campfires, Bible Study, talent show and worship. Relaxing paint-night and campfire gatherings will round out evening activities. Camper will stay in the cabins and meeting house.
Directed by Sabrina Merrill
This camp is for teens who love to play in the dark. We will play into the night by zip-lining with headlamps, night hiking, and enjoying the stars. Then we’ll turn life around and sleep during the day, like many nocturnal animals at camp. In addition to Bible Study, we will have some solo fireside or candlelight worship as well as activities with all of camp, like Mission Night and Talent Show! We expect to include an offsite guided trip to a cave and midnight bowing, COVID allowing. This group of campers will sleep in a lodge.
Directed by Andy Jones.
Middle School Missions
Join this adventure-based camp to get a taste of Missions as Faith and Justice. After a playful start with team-building, campers will put their team to the test and complete 16-20 hours in hands-on mission this week. We’ll explore areas of Justice in housing, food scarity, our environment, and social/systemic racism with plans for on and off-site projects, based on COVID safety. Thrills of zip lining, rafting, water games and campfire cooking will also be a part of their week. Small group time will help campers process why/how we as Christians serve others and what that has to do with faithful living. Campers will live in the cabins and meeting house.
This event is a partnership with Bethesda UMC and Pastor Scott Bostic.
With just 2 nights away from home this summer, Mini Camp is the perfect opportunity for campers who are not quite ready for a full week away from home, but still want a taste of what camp has to offer. Hiking, rafting, crafts, s’more’s, worship, and more await campers of this partial week experience.
Grades 6-9, 9-12
Take your Camp Manidokan experience to the NEXT LEVEL! Rustic campers will sleep in hammocks or tents, hike, cook campfire meals, build strong relationships, canoe and camp overnight on the C&O Canal, and learn outdoor living skills! All this in addition to low ropes team-building, an aerial park 35-feet in the air, and a nearly 900 ft. zipline! Who could ask for more? This camp is designed for kids with adventurous spirits and open minds. Come live in the great outdoors at our NEW Rustic camping location!
Middle School Rustic – August 1-6 – Directed by Maggie Jones
High School Rustic – July 18-23 – Director TBD
Family Camp Mini-Weeks
Offered twice this summer!
June 20-23 3 nights and 9 meals $280 per person for the first two people, additional family members $250 each, for up to a total of 6 people
July 5-7 2 nights and 7 meals $225 per person for the first two people, additional family members $200 each, for up to a total of 6 people
This laid back family event is an all-inclusive family getaway! It is an excellent introduction to camp and a way for the whole family to experience camp together! Each family group will have a bedroom with their own private bathroom and up to 6 beds. With a focus toward our elementary and younger youth, advetnures like family games and art projects, river-rafting, and campfire snacks will be intertwined with swimming, short hikes, climbing wall, zipline and more. Enjoy family-based devotions and outdoor worship. All activities are in a choose your own pace adn adventure format. Camper stay in parent’s custody and families can choose naptime, crafts, or hikes anytime that meets their personal needs.
Directed by Rev. Kirstin Shrom-Rhoads, Manidokan Director
2021 Schedule at a Glance
*Based on grade entering Fall 2021
June 16 – 19 (Wed – Sat)
Alumni Adventure (Ages 18-20 & Out of High School), $290
June 20 – June 23 (Sun – Wed)
Family Mini (Grades 3-12 with Families), $280 per person*
*further discounts in full description
June 27 – July 2 (Sun – Fri)
Best Week Ever Leadership (Grades 10-12) $385
Middle School Mission (Grades 6-8) $510
Adventure Camps (Grades 3-5, 6-8) $485
July 5 – 7 (Mon – Wed)
Mini Week (Grades 3-5) $245
Family Mini (Grades 3-12 with Families), $225 per person*
*further discounts in full description
July 5 – 9 (Mon – Fri)
Canoe Camp (Grades 8-12) $440
Outdoor Wilderness Leaders (Grades 9-12) $430
July 11 – 16 (Sun – Fri)
Explorer (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) $485
July 18 – 23 (Sun -Fri)
Adventure Camp (Grades 3-5, 6-8) $485
Hearts for Horses (Grades 8-12) $585
Rustic Camp (Grades 9-12) $485
July 25 – 30 (Sun – Fri)
Deaf Camp (Grades 2-6, 6-9, 9-12) $485
American Sign Language (Grades 2-6, 6-9, 9-12) $485
August 1 – 6 (Sun – Fri)
Late Night (Grades 8-12) $530
Rustic Camp (Grades 6-9) $485