Catoctin Quaker Camp (CQC) is a small, Quaker, residential, wilderness summer camp operated by Baltimore Yearly Meeting for Quaker and non-Quaker children aged 9-14. Catoctin is located off of Old Mink Farm Road, on Catoctin Mountain, near Frederick, Maryland. Children come to camp for two- or four-week sessions. The camp focuses on Quaker values of simplicity, equality, and peace, and the benefits of living in an intentional, child-centered, loving community. Campers are organized into age and ability appropriate cabin groups called units.
Each session is comprised of a number of days at camp as well as two, short, three to four day trips, often canoeing, backpacking, rock climbing, tubing, or participating in various other outdoor activities. Oldest campers participate in a ten-day-long trip, aptly named "The Ten Day", which is a journey into the mountains of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. In-camp activities include swimming in the lagoon, arts and crafts, chores, games, sports, Quaker worship at the fire circle, singing, and other arts activities.
The camp property, owned by Baltimore Yearly Meeting since the mid 1950s, is protected by a conservation easement with the state of Maryland. It is home to several rare plant species.
Baltimore Yearly Meeting has been operating summer camps in the region since the 1920s. Other camps currently operated by BYM include Shiloh Quaker Camp, near Charlottesville, Virginia; Opequon Quaker Camp, near Winchester, Virginia; and the Teen Adventure Program, near Lexington, Virginia.
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