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Camping Program Committee

The Camping Program Committee works with the Camp Program Manager to organize and operate the Yearly Meeting's entire camping program. This includes the three residential camps, Catoctin, Opequon, and Shiloh, as well as the Teen Adventure Program.

The BYM Camps website is available here.

The camping program has begun a process of discernment regarding the future growth and development opportunities for the program. As a part of that process, a request was shared with the Yearly Meeting asking for input on the process. Click here to download the document that was shared.

Click to see the complete description of the Committee as it appears in the current Manual of Procedure.

Each fall, the Camping Program and Camp Property Management Committees publish the annual camp newsletter, The Firecircle. Electronic copies of recent editions are available online here.

The Camping Program Committee has adopted an Anti-Racism Statement.

Listed below are the current members of the Committee.

Brooke Davis, co-Clerk
Richmond Friends Meeting
Julie Taylor, co-Clerk
Sandy Spring Friends Meeting
Rebecca "Becca" Bacon
Young Adult Friends
Anna Best
Richmond Friends Meeting
Deidre Citro
Patapsco Friends Meeting
JoAnn Coates-Hunter
Frederick Friends Meeting
Jennifer Collins-Foley
Annapolis Friends Meeting
Karen Daniel
Frederick Friends Meeting
Robert Finegar
Sandy Spring Friends Meeting
Cory Joseph
Goose Creek Friends Meeting
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Kellett
Frederick Friends Meeting
Jacalyn "Jackie" Kosbob
Goose Creek Friends Meeting
Elizabeth "Betsy" Krome
Williamsburg Friends Meeting
Brian Massey
Shiloh Quaker Camp
Nicole "Nikki" Richards
Young Adult Friends
Elizabeth "Betsy" Roush
Sandy Spring Friends Meeting
Nora Swift
Shiloh Quaker Camp
Justin Sykes
Shiloh Quaker Campe
Julie Taylor
Sandy Spring Friends Meeting
Jesse Austell
Teen Adventure Director
Rosalie "Rosie" Eck
Teen Adventure Director
Dyresha Harris
Catoctin Director
Khalila Lomax
STRIDE Coordinator
Brian Massey
Camping Program Manager
Hope Swank
Shiloh Director

Opequon Director

BYM Camps Anti-racism Statement

BYM Camps strongly affirms the declaration by Baltimore Yearly Meeting as an Anti-Racist Faith Community. We support the Black Lives Matter Movement protests and uprisings against police brutality and all systemic racism against Black people. We know that the system of racist structures and beliefs making the BLM movement necessarily goes far beyond policing. It is up to all of us to rout out those influences wherever they reside in ourselves and the organizations in which we participate.

Baltimore Yearly Meeting Camps are made up of campers and staff of many backgrounds, socio-economic levels, gender identitiesy, sexual orientations, faiths, and racial and ethnic identitiesy. We strive to create an inclusive community that holds all members in the Llight as we work, play and enjoy time in nature together. We believe camp provides a unique opportunity for young people who might not otherwise meet to share a unique experience of joy, wonder, vulnerability, and empowerment together as they connect with each other. We acknowledge that BYM Camps have historically been white institutions and that outdoor education and recreation spaces have a history of inequality and underrepresentation.

We endeavor to become a more inclusive and equitable organization in which we amplify the voices of people of color among us and help to actively confront racial bias within ourselves and our community. Some of the things we have done to work towards these goals include continuing education, responding to feedback from our camp families and seeking to include more campers of color in our programs. For more than 10 years we have partnered with STRIDE to sponsor campers of color and challenged socio-economic status. In this same time period, Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity training has been part of pre-camp activities for counselors and staff in order to help work toward these goals. We acknowledge that these steps are only a beginning and that there is more that BYM camps can do to become an anti-racist organization.

BYM Camps strongly affirms the declaration by Baltimore Yearly Meeting as an Anti-Racist Faith Community.  We support the Black Lives Matter Movement and protests and uprisings against police brutality and all systemic racism against Black people. We know that the system of racist structures and beliefs that makinges the BLM movement necessary, goes far beyond policing. It is up to all of us to rout out those influences wherever they reside in ourselves and the organizations in which we participate.

We recognize that we are an organization that is predominantly white, and because of thattherefore we need to work harder to reach our goal of being inclusive, open, accepting, and inviting to campers, staff, and volunteers of all backgrounds. We wish to disrupt and challenge the notion that it is acceptable for  outdoor space and outdoor recreation to be a space aof white privilege. We also recognize that our camps each reside within specific geographical communities and that we can take action within those towns and districts to work towards true equity and justice in those broader environments in which BYM Camps are located. We are dedicating time to review our practices and to improve our programming, and we welcome dialog and feedback as we continue to grow.

Camping Program Committee Annual Reports

Camping Program Committee Interchange Reports

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