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   Camp Brown
43900 Camp Brown Road NE
Scotland, Maryland 20687
Tel: 202-540-2307
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  Contact Info:
  In Season Administrative Address:
  4103 Benning Rd., NE
  Washington, District of Columbia 20019
  Tel: 202-397-2582   Fax: 202-399-7945
  Camp is available for off season rental
Type: Residential
Focus: General
Activities: Baseball, Bicycling, Cheerleading, Ping Pong, Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball, Computers, Leadership, Drawing/Painting, Camping/Camp fire, Hiking, Team Building, Aquatic Activities, Basketball, Boating, Football, Rowing, Softball, Track and Field, Academics, Enrichment, Arts & Crafts, Adventures, Go Karts, Talent Show
Age Range: 7-12
Gender: Coed
Camp Capacity: 300
Accreditation: ACA
Director: Shelore Fisher
Sponsoring Org: Metropolitan Police Boys and Girls Clubs, DC
Founded: 1937
County: St. Mary's
Nearest Large
Leonardtown, MD
Camp Description:
Camp Ernest W. Brown is owned and operated exclusively by the Metropolitan Police Boys Clubs of Washington, DC. It is located in Scotland, Maryland, in St. Mary's County near Point Lookout, about 80 miles south of Washington, DC. Camp Brown encompasses 168 acres along the widest section of the Potomac River. The Camp was established in 1937 and for its entire history has enabled the Clubs to provide a week of respite, learning, and recreation for thousands of boys and young ladies who reside in the District of Columbia. The vast majority of the campers are African-American youngsters from low-income, inner-city families. Often, the trip to camp is their first experience of traveling outside the city and into the countryside.
Each summer from the middle of June to late August, 1,000 to 1,500 kids between 7 and 12 years of age escape the heat and trauma of inner-city life to enjoy a week-long adventure at Camp Brown. The youngsters experience the joy of a relaxing, water-front setting along with a program of highly structured, closely supervised activities. The curriculum covers a variety of topics that nurture and reenforce self-awareness, self-esteem, character, and constructive decision making.
Campers stay in wooden cabins equipped with bunk beds. They eat their meals in the modern, fully-equipped Marriott Mess Hall, meet and attend workshops in the Recreation Hall, and play on the spacious waterfront grounds, ballfields, and fitness course. The in-ground pool provides a cool diversion and opportunity for supervised swimming lessons. A small lagoon provides a protected boating area for watercraft safety lessons and fishing. Children also take advantage of the 50' fishing pier for practicing their angling skills or just enjoying the breezes from the Potomac River.
Currently, Camp Brown is undergoing a major renovation. The first phase of which, a new recreation hall, has been completed. Other renovations include replacing the 44 cabins, renovating the toilet facilities and bathhouses, refurbishing the kitchen, and adding all new heat/air conditioning units and insulation. A major capital campaign is underway to raise funds for the rehabilitation and upgrade of Camp. If everything moves according to plan the rehabilitation and upgrading projects should be completed in two to three years.
Sessions (costs are in the local currency of the camp):
Session Name Start           End           Cost
week-long residential camp 06/24/02 08/16/02 $75