Adventure Camp in Germantown

The Bretton Woods Adventure Camp is a fun, active, educative, one-of-a-kind camp for youth ages 6 to 15. An environmental education component is embedded in a safe but challenging week of hiking, canoeing, fishing, rapid swimming, tubing, nature craft building, zip lines and rope-courses. State qualified and vetted staff provide a safe, fun and educational experience for all our participants.


Camp Dates, Rates & Registration

Session             Dates
1June 17 - June 21
2June 24 - June 28
3July 1 - July 5 (Camp is held all 5 days)
4July 8 - July 12
5July 15 - July 19
6July 22 - July 26
7July 29 - Aug 02
8Aug 5 - Aug 9
9Aug 12 - Aug 16
10Aug 19 - Aug 23

Cost Per Week

Members: $395

Non-Members: $485

Bus service is available for an additional $80.

Before & After Care

  • Drop Off begins as early as 7:30 A.M and Pick up as late as 6 P.M.
  • M-F A.M. only - $100 (Cereal Included)
  • M-F P.M. only - $75
  • Both A.M. and P.M. - $160

Example Adventure Camp Day

9:30 Arrive at Bretton Woods with a Welcome/Gathering

Adventure Campers immediately meet up and receive a welcome and introduction from staff
9:45 Divide into groups and begin activity
Groups are divided up by age. Each group focuses on a different activity each day; by the end of the week, all groups will have done all activities.
10:00 Morning Activity
Example: Canoeing group learns about parts of a canoe, canoe safety, and introductory paddle strokes through games and stories led by the canoeing instructor. Counselors assist with one-on-one help and teams of campers practice canoe skills.
12:00 Lunch at a fun location!
Our staff uses lunchtime as an opportunity to spend time with campers in order to build community and friendships amongst the camp groups.
12:45 Game/Regathering 1:00 Afternoon Activity
Example: Based on skill and comfort levels of the campers, the instructor will lead campers to explore additional areas in their boats or lead the campers in canoe based games aimed at building more skill.
4:00 Snack
4:30 Depart from Bretton Woods Recreation Center


What to Bring

Lunch and Snacks

Bretton Woods Recreation Center provides each camper with a nutritious lunch and an afternoon snack. Please do not let children bring their own food to camp as there are many children with allergies. If you have questions or would like an exception please contact the Camp Director.

What should my camper bring?

  • Come dressed in Active Outdoor Clothing (e.g. swim trunks and a water shirt with closed-toe water shoes. Crocs and flip-flops are not appropriate, however, old tennis shoes that can get wet and muddy are appropriate)
  • Carry a Backpack with the following:
    • Water Bottle
    • Sunscreen
    • Rain Gear/Jacket
    • Towel
  • Optional Items:
    • Change of clothes
    • Hat

What should my camper wear?

  • Loose fitting/comfortable clothing
  • Tennis shoes or closed-toe water shoes

What should my camper NOT bring?

  • Electronic equipment
  • Valuables
  • Crocs or Flip-flops
  • *Bretton Woods is not responsible for lost or damaged items*


Water safety during adventure programs?

Our staff is trained in water safety and rescue and campers each wear a PFD (life vest) during all adventure camp water activities excluding those in the BWRC Pool. (While using the Bretton Woods Recreation Center Pool, PFDs are not required for individuals because certified life-guards are on duty.)

How are the groups organized?

The groups are divided up by age in order to give each camper the appropriate level of challenge and personal attention to thrive.

How many staff work with each group?

The staff to camper ratio is at least 1:6 in our groups. Each group is led by an trained Instructor with the help of other counselors.

After arriving at Bretton Woods, is there additional transportation to activities?

There is no additional vehicle transportation used to get to and from any activity. Bretton Woods is located within walking distance of a wide selection of hiking trails and bodies of water for our programs. Our campers explore Bretton Woods Recreation Center Property, local park land and National Park land under the leadership of our staff.

Drinking water?

Water is available all day in every activity to refill your camper’s reusable water bottle! We require all campers to bring a refillable water bottle to camp and we transport large coolers of ice water to our program locations to make sure all campers stay hydrated.

Do you provide food?

Yes. Bretton Woods Recreation Center provides each camper with a nutritious lunch and an afternoon snack.

Activity Descriptions and Locations


Locations: Potomac River, Seneca Creek, and the C&O Canal National Historic Park. Skills: Paddling, steering, parts of a canoe, and understanding water navigation. Other activities during the day include lunch on the water, canoe based games, and playing and swimming in the water with PFD (life jackets) on at all times. Lunch is eaten in an interesting and adventurous location (e.g. on an island in the river or on a creek bank)

SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding)

Locations: Potomac River, Seneca Creek, and the C&O Canal National Historic Park. Skills: Paddling, balancing, steering, parts of a paddle and paddleboard, understanding water navigation. During the SUP day, campers will play games on the water and swim (all while wearing PFDs). We break for lunch on the water or on the nearest island.


Locations: Potomac River, Seneca Creek
Other activities during the day include playing and swimming in the water with PFD (life jackets on at all times)
Lunch is eaten in an interesting and adventurous location (e.g. on an island in the river or on a creek bank)

Primitive Skills

Locations: On the Bretton Woods Recreation Center property in the woods and grasslands
Skills: Fire Building with flint rocks and steel, Cordage making, Tracking Animals, and Shelter Building Lunch is located on the Bretton Woods property in the woods.

Ropes Course

Locations: The Bretton Woods Recreation Center on-site woods ropes course
Activities on the course include zip lining, 65-foot giant swing, low ropes team challenges, environmental education, and stream exploration
Lunch is located on the Bretton Woods property in the woods. Hiking


Locations: Bretton Woods Nature Trail, Blockhouse Point Conservation Park, and Seneca Creek Greenway Trail
Activities during the hike include forest-based games, nature crafts, history facts, and scavenger hunts Lunch is on the trail


Non-Bus Riders

Morning drop off time is 9:30 am at the picnic pavilion near the tennis courts at Bretton Woods Recreation Center. Pick-up time begins at 4:15 pm at the swimming pool. There is a 30 minute grace period until 4:45 pm for pick-ups. After this time you will be charged a fee for additional daycare. Please sign out your camper(s) upon pickup

If special drop off or pick up arrangements are needed, please contact the camp staff no later than noon that day.

Bus Riders

The bus begins its route from the IMF to BWRC and has several stops along River Road. See the schedule for locations and times. It is advisable to be at least 10 minutes early to the bus stop for both pick-up and drop off as the driver cannot wait beyond the scheduled pick-up time. The bus will stop at all the regular bus stops.

Please be present to meet your camper when they are dropped off. If no one is waiting for your camper, he/she will be taken to the IMF to wait for a parent or guardian. For all campers arriving at the IMF, pick-up by parents must be made by 5:55 pm or you will be charged an additional fee for aftercare.

Bus Delays/Changes

If the bus is significantly delayed, call the BWRC camp office at 301-948-3357 x 1319. If a permanent change is to be made to your junior’s bus stop, please notify the camp office via email at 24 hours prior to the bus change.


The CIT program is available for children ages 13-15. CIT’s are required to submit the same forms as other campers. Please select "yes" when asked about being a CIT in the questions section during the enrollment process. In addition, they must write a letter at least two paragraphs in length and upload it to the Forms tab on the Parent Dashboard. The letter must answer the following questions:

  • Tell us about someone who has been a leader and role model for you in your life.
  • What are specific traits he/she has that you feel make him/her a strong leader?
  • What are some ways you feel you would be a good leader and role model for campers?
  • What are you most excited for about summer camp?

Health and Safety (New content below; please replace with the following content)

Tetanus shot dates and Immunization forms are not required for campers who live in the United States, a United States Territory or the District of Columbia. Campers who live outside these areas, will have to provide immunization records. Please mail, deliver, or e-mail all forms to the camp office at

  • Important medical information must be reported on the camper health history form. Important information includes, but is not limited to allergies, medications, and pre-existing conditions. Please direct any questions pertaining to medical information to the Camp Director. A registered nurse will review all medical information and disseminate the information to the Camp Director and staff.
  • Bretton Woods Recreation Center will follow inclimate weather procedures to maintain a low risk and comfortable environment for our campers and staff.
  • To ensure the safety of our campers, the Camp Director and General Manager reserve the right to set behavioral rules and standards for campers to follow and reserve the right to dismiss campers based on behavior.

Refund Policy

All cancellations are subject to a 5% administrative fee (calculated using the total refund amount). Cancellations received after May 31 will also incur a $100 cancellation fee per child per session. 


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