Camp Airy is located in Thurmont, MD which is about an hour from Baltimore or DC, and 2.5 hours from Philadelphia. Camp Louise is merely 20 minutes away in Cascade, MD. In the local area, there are shops like Wal-Mart, Lowes, Sheetz and movie theaters. Camps Airy and Louise is about 30 minutes from Historic Downtown Frederick, which is a popular place for nights off.
Both camps have about 30 renovated and modernized bunks. Counselors get a twin-sized bed, set of drawers, and closet space. In some bunks, the counselor bed is in a separate room attached on the bunk. In our activity departments, equipment and supplies are annually evaluated to be updated or replaced as needed. Whether it’s high quality sports equipment on the field, MacBooks for the studio, waterslides at the pool, or go-karts in the extreme sports department, we stay modern in our programming and facilities. To see a complete list of facilities, visit our landmarks page.
Staff has access to internet, but are asked to only take advantage of it during rest periods and time off. The internet is centralized to one location on camp grounds and password protected.
Being in a small town in the mountains has its perks. However, as a result, we do not have access to public transportation. Both camps provide designated drivers and vehicles to help staff members get around locally. Sign-up sheets allow you to travel with your friends to areas within an hour away, including DC and Baltimore. Exceptions can be made if adequate time to plan the trip is available. Also, you’ll find that staff members with cars will invite you to come home with them on time off.
You will never be asked to drive campers in your car. You may find that it is convenient to bring your car for nights and days off, but you are not required to. You can choose to stay at camp on the time off and spend the time relaxing in the counselor’s lounge. However, if you decide to bring your car, it will be parked in front of the main gates to camp and monitored by security guards. You are not allowed to park inside camp for safety reasons, unless a medical condition requires different accommodations.
Our campers are mostly from the DC/Baltimore area, although many campers also come from neighboring cities like Philadelphia and Richmond. Most are Jewish to varying degrees, but all are welcome.
Camps Airy & Louise are incredibly inclusive, not just about religious identity. We often have international staff members who do not practice Judaism and we welcome that diversity. Camp teaches children to appreciate Jewish values and traditions, which are core to being a good person. We have found that in the past, non-Jewish staff members have appreciated all the Jewish aspects of camp.
Yes. In some cases, we will provide a stipend for selected certifications and skills, including archery, lifeguard certification and WSI.
We thought you’d never ask! If you’re interested in joining our community, submit a staff application form. If we find that your skill set meets our summer needs, you will be called for a follow up interview. You’ll be asked for a background check and two letters of recommendations. Please send additional information to our Baltimore office.