Summer Cooking Camps


What We Do

Young people have fun while learning the basics in how to make a delicious homemade meal: planning the menu, making the shopping list, cooking, eating and cleaning up. We may occasionally visit a farmers market, a farm, bakery or a restaurant kitchen, depending on the interests of the group.

Do you like dogs? If so, you are in luck! Chef Sheila’s family includes Holly, a 12-year-old golden retriever and Ladybug, a 2-year-old Cavachon. Both are friendly and gentle with children and young people.


A maximum of eight young people enjoy lunching on a complete meal that we prepare each day, and campers go home at the end of the week with a cookbook of all the recipes.

This is an unusual camp, because the young people plan the menus that we cook. The venue is Chef Sheila’s home kitchen in the quiet Forest Glen Park neighborhood of Silver Spring, located just inside the Beltway, up the hill from the Mormon Temple.

How to Register

Registrations will be accepted beginning January 31. Any registrations received before January 31 will be opened on January 31 in random order. Check this web page before registering, or contact us via the form below, to see which week(s) have space. You will be notified via email when your registration is accepted.


When – 9:30 am-12:30 pm – Monday through Friday

June 18-22 (ages 8-13)

July 9-13 (ages 8-12)

July 23-27 (ages 10-14)

July 30-Aug. 3 (ages 10-14)

Aug. 6-10 (ages 10-14) Cooking for the County Fair: In addition to planning, cooking and eating lunch each day, young people also bake entries for the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, which begins on Friday, Aug. 10. Last summer, campers’ entries won lots of ribbons.


2909 Woodstock Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910

We are located in the quiet Forest Glen Park neighborhood bordering Rock Creek Park. It’s just inside the Beltway, close to the Mormon Temple.


$375 per week

How to Register

Click here for the 2018 Young Chefs Summer Camp Registration Form.

Please complete one registration and photography/videography release form for each camper. Mail the forms with a check for $375 to:

Young Chefs – Summer Camps • 2909 Woodstock Avenue • Silver Spring, MD 20910

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4 thoughts on “Summer Cooking Camps

  1. Tiona May 30, 2016 / 2:05 pm

    This is an amazing opportunity for little folks. My daughter is always in the kitchen with me and she’s almost 7. She loves learning to cook. Wish the 6-9 group was in August after summer school is over as I’ve already signed up my minions for summer school! Will keep checking back for another future opportunity!

    • sheilacrye February 17, 2017 / 5:42 pm

      Hi Tiona, I’ve just posted the 2017 summer schedule. Hope your daughter will have an opportunity to cook with us this year! –Chef Sheila

  2. Michaela April 18, 2017 / 10:11 am

    Do you offer a cooking camp for kids with food allergies?

    • sheilacrye April 18, 2017 / 2:07 pm

      Hi Michaela, we can accommodate most, but not all, food allergies in our regular camps. For example, if a camper is allergic to peanuts, we won’t cook with any peanut-related products. If your child has multiple food allergies and you know of other children or young people with the same allergies, we could plan a Saturday class or camp especially for them. My fourteen years of experience as a registered nurse helps me share with young people how to create tasty menu plans that avoid foods that are a danger to their health. Write me at to discuss your child’s allergies. Hope we can make cooking camp work out!

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