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Culinary Summer Camp

Culinary Summer Camp 2024

June 24 - 28, 2024 9:00AM - 1:30PM

Location: Chesapeake Church, Huntingtown MD

The Culinary Teen Summer Camp is a week long, cooking exploration summer camp for teens ages 14-18 with learning differences.

Slice, dice and sauté as you learn to make spectacular foods from around the world alongside our renowned Chef Instructor and 1:1 camp staff for the week!

Campers will be introduced to the fundamentals of cooking and baking as they prepare and taste foods from a variety of cultures.

2024 Camp Information

Who: Teens 14-18 years old with learning differences (including higher functioning individuals with diagnosed learning disabilities, Autism or intellectual and developmental disabilities)

When: June 24 – June 28 9AM – 1:30PM

Where: Huntingtown, MD – Chesapeake Church Campus

Cost: $400 per student 

Includes: 1:1 staff support, culinary tool kit, chef apron & hat, all written materials, collection of camp recipe, daily full 3-course meal, and a family lunch celebration to wrap up the week.

*Limited, need-based scholarships available upon request.

Think your teen would be interested?
Click on the link below for Additional Enrollment Information!

Camp Daily Schedule

(A general ideal of what you expect on a day of camp!)

9AM Check-in and report to our Take-off Hub! This is where we will learn more about the culture and cuisine of the featured country of the day and review what can be expected for the day to come.

9:30AM Land in our International Kitchen where campers will spend their day preparing and plating a full, multi-course meal from scratch. Campers will receive dynamic instruction from our Chef Instructor and 1-to-1 support of our incredible team of Camp Guides.

12:45PM Transport to our International Cafe for an immersive dining experience reflecting the country of the day! This is a time of having a meal in community and recapping daily highlights of the camper learning experience.

1:30PM Student Pick-up. Campers head home to rest up for another great day of camp!

Parent Testimonial

“[My son] had a wonderful experience with the Culinary Summer Camp…It’s so exciting to see my son exhibiting pride in his accomplishments! Thank you so very much for this opportunity and for his wonderful experience!”


2023 Parent 

Meet Our Chef Instructor

We are excited to have Chef Alessia O’Dell teach our 2024 Teen Summer Camp! 

Chef O’Dell is a secondary education Culinary Arts Instructor and is certified in Special Education. Through her culinary training at the Culinary Institute of America and Anne Arundel Community College, as well as years of experience in multiple food service contexts, Chef O’Dell has extensive knowledge of all operations of the food service industry.

Additionally, she works with the American Culinary Federation as an Accreditation Advisor and is an Adjunct Professor at Prince George’s Community College.

FUN FACT: Chef O’Dell’s Great Grandfather was a Master Pastry Chef from Sicily, Italy!

Camp FAQ's

How do I know if my student is a good fit for the program?

Take a look at our Camper Attributes for Success and see how your prospective applicant aligns with them. If you have any questions at all about how your prospective applicant relates to this list, our staff is happy to talk it through with you.

What does the application process look like?

Step 1: Fill out the Culinary Camp Application. Soon after this is submitted, a member of our team will reach out to you to get you more information and answer any initial questions you may have.

Step 2: A member of our team will follow up to notify you of your application status.

Step 3: Fill out the registration form sent to you via email and submit payment.

What is the cancellation policy?

Cancellation Policy: A $100 non-refundable deposit is due upon acceptance, and the balance is due by June 14. Any cancellation within 30 days of camp is eligible to receive a refund with exception of the deposit. 

What does the registration fee cover?

The fee covers the culinary kit, chef apron & hat, all written materials, food, equipment, snacks and cookbook.

Is the Teen Summer Camp a prerequisite for the 10-week Culinary Training Program?

Participating in the Teen Summer Camp is not a prerequisite for the 10-week Culinary Training Program. We do have teens who participate in the Summer Camp who do go on to also participate in the Culinary Training Program, but it is not a requirement. To learn more about the 10-week program, click here.