Camp Overlook, Camp Grow and Temple Hall Camp will not be operating this summer due to COVID-19.  Camps are greatly impacted by the prevention guidelines governing safe use by the public and our camp staff including reduced group sizes and social distancing requirements.

Camp Overlook explores the close-to-home natural world with children entering grades K through 11 at Potomac Overlook Regional Park. Our camp staff works hard to create a curriculum that weaves unique activities and investigations with familiar annual traditions. Activities at Camp Overlook are designed to be engaging, challenging, educational, and fun! We highly value and encourage inclusion of all campers in all activities. Engaging activities include stream hikes, aquatic studies, live animal care, swimming, campfires and s’mores, habitat restoration projects, canoeing, scavenger hunts, nature crafts, and much more!

Junior Naturalist, Explorers, Adventure, and Rangers camps all include field trips to other parks. Junior Naturalist Camps have one field trip day during the camp week, while Explorers Camps take two field trips. Adventure Camps and Rangers Camp will take a field trip every day!  Puddle Jumpers Camp, Animal Caretakers Camp, Junior Naturalist ½ day Camp, Park Protectors Camp, Survival Specialist Camp and Nocturnal Naturalist Camp do not include offsite field trips. If you have questions or concerns about any of our field trips, please do not hesitate to contact our camp director at campoverlook@nvrpa.org.

View our camp forms for parents here.

Each of our Junior Naturalists, Explorers, and Puddle Jumpers Camps have also been given edition names to better help staff and parents differentiate between sessions.

CAMP OVERLOOK 

(Please note that these camps will not be offered in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic)

Survival Specialist Camp (10-13 year olds)

 Are you a survivalist? Learn how to track, make campfires and shelters, ID harmful vs beneficial plants and animals, and more in this brand new camp!

Park Protectors Camp (12-16 year olds)

Calling all stewards! Help us preserve our parkland by removing invasive species, working on the trails, doing surveys and more! Great for a resume! 

Rangers Camp (13-15 year olds)

Rangers Camp is a high paced recreation and nature focused camp week. Every day we will embark on a new adventure to a different park and explore the outdoors! Activities may include swimming, hiking, kayaking/paddle boarding, stream hikes, and more!

Adventure Camp (10-13 year olds)

Adventure camp is a high paced recreation focused camp week. Every day we will embark on a new adventure to a different park. Activities may include swimming, hiking, kayaking/paddle boarding, stream hikes, a high ropes course and more!

Junior Naturalist Camp (7-9 year olds)

Junior Naturalists will participate in a variety of activities including outdoor games, arts and crafts, nature hikes, live animal presentations, bug hunts, and a field trip to another park.

Junior Naturalist ½ Day Camp (7-9 year olds)

Junior Naturalist's will participate in a variety of activities including outdoor games, arts and crafts, stream exploration, nature hikes, live animal presentations, bug hunts, and more!

Puddle Jumpers Camp (5-6 year olds)

Puddle Jumpers will participate in a variety of activities including outdoor games, arts and crafts, stream exploration, nature hikes, live animal presentations, bug hunts, and more!

Nocturnal Naturalist Camp (8-10 year olds)

Nocturnal Naturalists will participate in a variety of activities including nocturnal animal study, camera trapping, astronomy, live animal presentations, stream surveys, campfire snacks, and more!

Explorers Camp (10-13 year olds)

Explorers will participate in a variety of activities including outdoor games, arts and crafts, swimming, nature hikes, live animal presentations, bug hunts, and two field trips to other sites.

Animal Caretakers Camp (12-15 year olds)

Animal Caretakers is a new camp that offers campers a unique glimpse into what it is like to be a naturalist! This is a great learning / training opportunity for hopeful volunteers! Campers will participate in a variety of activities including animal feeding, handling, surveying, and more.

Leader-in-Training (LIT) Volunteer Program
Looking to be a future camp counselor? Our LIT program is a great place to start! LIT's must be at least 15 years old. Applications and inquiries to staff must be made by the LIT Applicant, not the parent. Once your application is received, camp staff will schedule an interview with the applicant accordingly. All accepted applicants are required to attend a LIT training session in June (date TBA). 
To apply, please email us at campoverlook@nvrpa.org with your full name, contact information, age, and answers to these 3 questions:

  • What makes you want to be a LIT at Camp Overlook? 
  • What prior experience do you have working with children and with what ages(s)?
  • What is your availability for this summer?