Afterschool Program

Beyond the Bell is an afterschool activities club for middle school aged teens looking for a safe environment to do their homework, hang out with friends, and enjoy structured activities. 

Aquatics Programs

Recreation operates three year-round indoor pools at Lackey High School, North Point High School and Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center Center at St. Charles High School. During the summer months, we also operate outdoor pools at La Plata High School, McDonough High School, and Thomas Stone High School. All pools are open to the public for recreational swimming with daily admission, punch cards, or memberships available. We offer numerous programs including swim lessons, pool rentals, water aerobics, lifeguard training, and more.

Community Centers

The school based Community Centers offer citizens a variety of social, educational, and recreational programs designed to best meet the needs of community members of all ages.  The centers are home to a wide variety of programs including:  arts and crafts, dance and exercise/fitness programs, afterschool programs, summer camps, community programs, special events, and many sports programs and activities.

Discount Tickets

Discount amusement park tickets are available for purchase through the Recreation Registration Office April-August.   Tickets are available for the following Amusement Parks: Kings Dominion, Busch Gardens, Busch Gardens Water Country, Six Flags Maryland, Six Flags New Jersey, Hershey Park, Dutch Wonderland and Sesame Place. Prices for tickets are typically discounted 10-15% off the regular gate prices.

Elite Gymnastics and Recreation Center

This state-of-the-art facility provides an unequaled facility for instruction in gymnastics and dance. Classes range from beginner to advanced, and pre-competitive and competitive teams through 10 levels under the guidance of the USA Gymnastics Jr. Olympic Program. Many general recreational programs are also offered throughout the year.

Indoor Sports

Recreation offers a noncompetitive youth basketball and soccer program. Adult basketball and volleyball leagues for women, men, and co-ed are also offered. Adult basketball leagues are offered during the winter.


Special Olympics

Special Olympics Maryland and the Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism, in a joint partnership, offer a year-round program for athletic conditioning, training, and competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities who are at least 8 years of age. Currently, Special Olympics Charles County offers a chance for athletes to compete in 11 Olympic-style sports throughout the year.  Volunteers and coaches are always needed to assist with programs and events.

Trips & Tours

Recreation offers a variety of trips and tours throughout the year. There are many different types of trips offered; bus trips, overnight trips, senior citizens trips, and fly away trips.  Destinations can take you regionally, nationally, or around the world. View our current destinations to begin planning the trip of your dreams.

Online Registration

is available for most programs

Online Registration