Catoctin Quaker Camp
This article includes a list of references, related reading or external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations. (June 2013) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
The topic of this article may not meet Wikipedia's notability guideline for events. (June 2013) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (February 2010) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
Catoctin Quaker Camp (CQC) is a small Quaker residential-wilderness summer camp located near Frederick, Maryland operated by Baltimore Yearly Meeting. It caters to both Quaker and non-Quaker children between the ages of 9–14, organizing them by age into "units," or groups of campers who share cabins and go on trips together. During their time at camp — two to four weeks — children are taught Quaker values of simplicity, equality, and peace, and the benefits of living in an intentional, child-centered, loving community.
Each session consists of eight days in-camp alongside two three-day trips, which often take the forms of 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, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. In-camp activities include swimming in the lagoon (nicknamed the "goon"), 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 as well as geological rarities such as Catoctin Greenstone, which can be found in the walls of the main lodge. The large preserved beams and rafters of the lodge are made from American Chestnut trunks formed before the chestnut blight.
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.