About Us

Camp Opportunity is a non-profit organization made up of volunteers that are committed to making a difference inthe lives of at risk children. Our organization started as a one week overnight camp for neglected and abused children and over the years has worked towards being a year-round resource for Maryland’s abused and neglected children.

Camp Opportunity was founded in 1985 by a group of dedicated unpaid volunteers. To this day, it relies almost exclusively on a community of people whose only compensation is the satisfaction of making a difference in the lives of the special children that we work with. In the organization’s early days, the volunteers were primarily from the same community of Dundalk, Maryland and recruited campers from their neighborhoods. Now, our community of volunteers come from all over the country, and the world, including Africa and Australia!

One tenet of the camp program is that the incorporation of certain religious ideas may benefit the campers. As such, the idea of a God or Creator may be introduced into some lessons and each day ends with a prayer of thanks. Nevertheless, we do not proselytize and our community is truly multicultural, nondenominational, and are welcoming to ideas that encourage and inspire campers and staff.


Bill Pennington, Founder
Patti Steinberg, Founder and Director, 1985-2002
Mary Pennington, Co-Founder, and Asst. Director, 1985-2002
Sandi Costick, Chairperson of the board for the first 20 years
Gary Mugridge, Co-Director for first camp to launch program
Evelyn Conrad-Davis, MSW, Researcher