Frequently Asked Questions

Summer Knights seeks to offer a positive camping experience for all students. Please note that Summer Knights is not equipped with therapeutic or rehabilitative programs and may not be able to accommodate students with significant physical, emotional or behavioral difficulties. Please reach out to our Summer Knights Director to determine if Summer Knights can meet the needs of your student.

Summer Knights Mission:

Summer Knights mission is to cultivate discovery and creativity by encouraging the exploration of academic, athletic and enrichment endeavors in a safe and fun learning environment.

Registration Fee:
There is no additional registration fee for Summer Knights!

Enrollment and Fees:
Each camp is priced individually. We encourage families to enroll in both an AM and PM program, however you may select a single camp if you prefer. For students enrolled in an AM and PM program, we do offer a supervised 30-minute lunch break before escorting campers to their second afternoon camp.

Payment | Refunds | Cancellations:
Program fees are payable at the time of registration either with a credit card or electronic check. Please contact us if you are interested in a payment plan option. Full payment must be received by May 31, 2022 to reserve your spot. 

Campers may withdraw from a program and a refund will be issued in the form of check (less a $75.00 withdrawal fee) until May 31. Program fees will NOT be refunded after May 31.

If you need to cancel, please contact Summer Knights to discuss transferring into a different program before canceling.

Program fees will be fully refunded if SMR does not run the program. Families will be notified two weeks in advance if a program has to be canceled.

For more information, please contact our summer programs office at

How long is registration open?
Camp registration is open until the Thursday before camp begins, or until the camp is full, whichever comes first.

Do you offer before/after care?
We offer an early morning (7:30-9:00 a.m.) and late afternoon (3:30-5 p.m.) activity camps. Space is limited. Please contact the Summer Knights team if you are interested in these options at

Do you accept walk in registrations?
Yes, if space allows. However, a camper must be able to submit all medical forms, including the emergency medication authorization form which requires a physician’s signature, before the camp begins. Walk In registrations will be assessed a $20 late fee.

How do I contact a Summer Knights Staff Member during the camp day?
Please email or call 301-475-2814 ext. 443.

SMR reserves the right to take photo/video of your child and use them in future St. Mary's Ryken marketing.

Medication Policy:
Per the Maryland Department of Health, the only medication allowed at camps are emergency medications (EpiPens and Inhalers). Parents must provide an authorization form, which must be completed by a students primary health care provider in advance. Forms should be submitted to Summer Knights for approval the Wednesday before the first day of camp. Please contact the Summer Knights Director for questions or clarification regarding the medication policy

Download the Medical Administration Authorization Form

What ages do your camps accommodate?
All of our camps have varying age ranges. Please see each specific camp to determine the range for the program. Please note all ages are listed for students rising grade, (the grade that he/she will be in for the 2022-23 school year).

What about camp shirts?
Camp shirts are included in the price of registration! We do our best to accommodate the size indicated on your registration.

What about inclement weather?
Safety is our top priority at Summer Knights. We follow state mandated protocol for inclement weather. If there is inclement weather, outdoor camps will be moved indoors. If for any reason camp needs to be canceled, families will be notified via email, text message and updates will be posted on the on the Summer Knights web site. To opt-in to receive text messages from SMR, text Y or Yes to 67587. 

Is financial aid available?
Sorry, not at this time. But, we do offer coupon codes and discounts. Keep an eye out for the ValPak coupon in the mail March - May! 

What should my child wear?
Campers should wear comfortable and appropriate clothing. Information about specific clothing for your camp will be emailed prior to the start of camp. Campers should wear closed toed shoes, flip flops are not permitted.

What should my child bring to camp?
An email will be sent home in advance with this information. Students should not bring expensive electronics or other items. Summer Knights is not responsible for lost or damaged personal items.

Does my student have to attend SMR?
No! All of our camps are open to all members of the Southern Maryland community.

What does a typical day look like:

7:30 - 9 a.m. Early Morning Activity Camp
8:30 - 11:30 a.m.- AM camp
11:30 a.m. - Noon - Supervised lunch break (campers provide their own lunch)
Noon - 3 p.m. - PM camp 3:30 - 5 p.m. Late Afternoon Activity Camp 
Note: Some camps start as early as 7:30 a.m. You may also choose to attend a morning or afternoon camp only.

Camps are held Monday-Thursday.

Where do I drop-off or pick-up my child?
Instructions regarding specific pick-up and drop-off locations will be emailed to you prior to your child's week of camp.

On the first morning or afternoon of camp, all campers must be checked in by a parent/guardian. All other days, the child is allowed to be dropped off. For pick-up, all parents/guardians must park and sign the student out. Campers may not leave camp and go directly to the parking lot to be picked up at the end of the day. This policy is for the safety of our campers and will be strictly enforced.

For more information, please contact our summer programs office at or call 301-475-2814 ext. 443.