Camp Attaway is a three-week summer day camp program for children with emotional and behavioral disorders. Held in Howard County, Maryland, the Camp offers a variety of activities designed to ensure a safe, therapeutic, and most importantly, fun-filled days for children, as well as a weekly support and education group for their parents. Activities include: swimming, sports-lite, cooperative games, rock climbing, arts & crafts, nature and drama. We create a safe environment with a 2:1 ratio of campers to staff at all times.
To nurture the mind, the body, and the spirit of children who are missing out on fun, friendship, success, and achievement because of difficulty managing their emotions and behavior.
Highlights of the Year
2017 will forever be a water shed year for Attaway and in the Spring we were able to move into the Howard County Non-Profit Collaborative that serves as an incubator for non-profits here in Howard County and is part of a an expanding centralized resource campus for county residents in need. Thanks to the efforts of many dedicated individuals, encompassing over two decades of work—the dream of a Non-Profit Center finally became a reality. Many thanks are owed to County Executive Allan H. Kittleman, Howard County Housing Commission, the Howard County Council, and Joan Driessan, for supporting this far-reaching project. The ability to collaborate with other non-profits, share resources and state-of-the-art technology, and space at a low cost means Attaway can better leverage limited resources and impact more lives.
This past summer, Attaway was honored to host several special guests at camp including County Executive Allan H. Kittleman, who returned for his annual visit to Attaway, as well as Greg Kahlert from the Kahlert Foundation, and Dr. David Cooper, who back some 23+ years ago helped Dr. Lieberman to found Camp Attaway.
Attaway also continues to make major strides in accomplishing the objectives laid out in our Strategic plan, Vision 2021, including a significant expansion of our Board of Directors. We are very pleased to highlight the latest additions of five board members:
- Karen Cherry, Vice President, Office Leasing, The Howard Hughes Corporation
- Chimaobi Chijioke, Director of Customer Care at BG&E
- Jennifer Ferguson, Project Management Practice Architect, TEK Systems
- Elizabeth Homan, Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing at Howard Community College, and
- Jaime W. Luse, Partner, Tydings & Rosenberg, LLC.
These new board members bring expertise that will expand our board in diverse areas. All agreed to join the Attaway family because they want to make an indelible mark on the lives of children and their families.
We are also humbled and honored to report that the Howard County’s Citizen Services Board, at its 16th Annual Successes for Children event, selected Camp Attaway to receive the evening’s highest accolade, the O’Donnell Family Award, given each year “in recognition of extraordinary commitment to providing caring, outstanding and effective direct care to the children and youth.” A grateful Attaway parent had nominated Camp Attaway for consideration for a Citizens Services Award, and of all the individuals and organizations recognized by the County for excellence, Camp Attaway was selected for the top honor.
Location for Summer Programming
We are happy to report that we executed a formal partnership with the Howard County Public School System & Jeffers Hill Elementary. We are excited to once again have our summer programming based at the spacious centrally located lovely home in Columbia at Jeffers Hill Elementary. We are fortunate to return to Jeffers Hill Elementary where Principal Maisha Strong, Vice Principal Brian Vanisko, and staff always give us a very warm welcome. There are many perks to being located at Jeffers Hill Elementary, but walking to the pool is at the top of the list for Attaway campers!