Camp Make a Difference 2017

Fun, Entertainment and
Service to the Community!

Grades 6-9
June 19 - July 21
(5 separate one-week sessions)

  • June 19 - June 23
  • June 26 - June 30
  • July 3 - July 7
  • July 10 - July 14
  • July 17 - July 21


Camp Make A Difference is a unique combination of recreational and volunteer experiences designed to give every child an opportunity to make new friends, have fun and make a difference in our community while enjoying summertime activities.

Each week, campers will participate in a minimum of four volunteer projects while learning about service opportunities for youth in Howard County. But we don’t forget about the fun – campers swim twice per session, play games and enjoy a Friday Field Trip. 

Learn more and register by viewing the Columbia Association Camps page:



Previous Years of Camp Make a Difference

In past summers middle school students participated in service projects at senior centers, Howard County Conservancy, Days End Farm Horse Rescue, Community Action Council of Howard County’s Community Garden, Success in Style, and CA Watershed along with learning Hands-Free CPR. Over a three-week period, campers provided more than 325 hours of service to our community.

From mulching and weeding to sorting clothes and entertaining seniors, campers made a difference in Howard County, as well as enjoyed visits to theme parks and making new friends.

Campers gained insight not only about the variety of ways to volunteer and practiced new skills, but also learned how non-profit organizations benefit our community.  

“Thank you for pulling potatoes, beets, zucchini, squash and for WEEDING!  You all are incredible and I had so much fun this morning!!  I was able to bring 64 LBS to the food bank!  Thank you for picking all of it!" - CAC Volunteer Coordinator

Listen to what campers said in their own words in this excellent video from HoCoMoJo. Also, read campers' responses to several camp survey questions in the left column.