Bar-T first welcomed kids and their families into the Bar-T Ranch Summer Camp in 1961 and we are proud of the positive impact that we have had on generations of area families over the last 50 plus years. Today, Bar-T has expanded well beyond the grounds of the Ranch Summer Camp to provide area families, individuals and businesses with unique experiences by offering the very best in after-school childcare, summer day camps, outdoor education, corporate team building and events.
Our mission, our philosophy and the Bar-T culture all guide our staff to respect each of the kids and adults that participates in our programs as individuals, working to provide meaningful choices throughout all aspects of our programs. We go beyond creating environments that help to ensure both physical and emotional safety by listening, showing respect and helping each member of our community remember that they are of great worth.
Bar-T Kids Club began in the Fall of 1985 when one of the Ranch’s neighboring elementary schools reached out in search of a new approach to before & after school care. Bar-T’s owners, Joe and Nancy Richardson, accepted the challenge and quickly created an environment in which the children could participate in activities that were fun, educational and enriching. They didn’t want anyone to feel sorry for children who needed to attend an after-school program. Instead, they worked on designing a program that was more club-like during the off school hours and one that children looked forward to joining.
The newest member of the Bar-T family is our Mountainside Challenge & Retreat Center and Summer Camp which was launched in 2006 as a premier destination for school groups, private groups, corporations and individuals. Mountainside’s environmentally friendly facility is situated on 115-acre of farmland in Urbana, Maryland and is just minutes from I-270.
We appreciate your taking the time to visit us online. We understand that making the right choice for your child, your family or your business is important. We are extremely proud of the programs that we have developed over the years and hope that our website provides you with much of the information that you need to make an informed decision. We encourage you to go beyond the content of our website and contact us to speak with one of our Directors or arrange a visit to any one of our programs to experience firsthand what makes Bar-T a great choice!