Calling all community members, youth groups, scout troops, families and friends! Everyone is welcome!! Come help us raise awareness and money for the homeless of Southern Maryland. 100% of money raised will benefit Project ECHO, Inc.
The 7th annual Camp Out for Calvert event, hosted by People on the Go of Calvert County, will take place on Saturday, August 18 and 19th at Kings Landing Park. Participants will raise funds for Project ECHO by having others sponsor them to experience spending the night outdoors. There will be activities going on throughout the afternoon and evening ending with musical entertainment by Southern Maryland accoustic artist, James Cornett, & s’mores around the campfire.
Come hang out with us for the day or stay for the evening to camp! Overnight participants are expected to bring their own camping gear including tent, sleeping bag, camping chair, change of clothing and toiletries. If you do not have a tent or a sleeping bag, please reach out to us as soon as possible so that we may try to work out arrangements for you. Restrooms are available onsite.
Members of People on the Go will be grilling out Saturday evening and will have breakfast Sunday morning. Other participants should plan on bringing their own food, drinks and/or coolers (a grill will be available to use) or you may purchase meals from the camp out sponsor, People on the Go (cash only). The cost is $5 for dinner Saturday evening or $10 for dinner on Saturday, an evening snack as well as breakfast on Sunday. Please let us know ahead of time if you plan on purchasing meals.
There is a $1 per person charge (cash only) imposed by Kings Landing Park to camp for the night and should be paid to camp out sponsors upon your arrival to the park. Remember, this is a fundraising event. There is no minimum amount you need to collect to attend, but everyone is encouraged to raise as many donations as possible to benefit Project ECHO. Donations may be in the form of cash or checks. All checks should be made out directly to Project ECHO, Inc. All donations for Project ECHO will be collected upon your arrival to the park.
We will have the camp site closest to the equestrian ring. When you arrive at the park, follow the "Camp Out for Calvert" signs and make a left when you see the "People on the Go" banner. This will take you to the equestrian area. Registration will take place at the pavilion closest to the equestrian ring. From there, you will receive a park map and be shown where to set up your tent.
Once you have registered, you will receive an email containing an event flyer, all the above info and a sponsorship sheet. Please use this sponsor sheet to record donations for Project ECHO. Collect all donations in an envelope and bring with you to the camp out. All donations should be turned in upon your arrival, along with your $1 camping fee.
We have our camp site reserved at Kings Landing Park starting at 2:00pm on Saturday, August 18th but you are welcome to arrive at any time. From 2-5pm, participants are welcome to take advantage of the wonderful amenities offered by Kings Landing Park at your own leisure - low ropes course, hiking trails, beach, pool, etc. Dinner will be started around 5:00pm at the pavilion by the equestrian ring. Games and activities will be taking place around the pavilion for the rest of the evening, with musical entertainment starting around 7:30pm. Lights out within the park is at 11pm. Breakfast will be served at the pavilion around 7am and participants should be packed up and out of the park by 10am.
Please note: The gate to Kings Landing Park will be locked from 5pm Saturday evening until 8am Sunday morning. Should you arrive to the park after the gate is locked, please contact Crystal Haislip at 240-431-9384 and someone will come let you in.
What is Project ECHO?
Project ECHO, Inc. provides emergency shelter to homeless men, women and children in our community. Since this nonprofit agency opened its doors in 1992, it has offered a safe, drug and alcohol-free environment—24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year.
What is People on the Go?
People on the Go of Calvert is a self advocacy group sponsored by The Arc Southern Maryland. It is local chapter of the statewide self-advocacy group. These advocates believe all people, including those with disabilities should be active participants in their own communities and live self-fulfilling lives. POG helps these advocates speak out & help eliminate discrimination against those with disabilities.
What is The Arc Southern Maryland?
The Arc Southern Maryland is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which advocates for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities living and working in Southern Maryland. The Arc provides an array of services including housing, job placement, and behavioral support services. Their mission is to create opportunities for independence and personal success for people with different abilities in inclusive communities.