How can I access the
private pages of the SCA web site?
Click the word "resources"
above for information about how to see the private section of the
site. You will need an SCA e-mail account; there are instructions
at "Resources" as to how to obtain one.
What day does the pool
What are the pool hours?
Usually, the target date is Memorial Day Weekend, and the hours
are 11:00 am to 7:00 pm daily. But check out the Pool
Committee's page and the Calendar for updates.
What day does the Community House open
for the Summer Program, and what are the hours?
Check out the Community
House Program Committee's page and the Calendar.
How do I reserve the Community House
or Chestnut Cabin?
Contact the Community House Committee at CommHouse "at"
scientistscliffs.org, or the Chestnut Cabin Committee at Chestnut
"at" scientistscliffs.org. To see a calendar of scheduled
events at either location, please see the Events
page. To learn more, please see the committee web pages: Chestnut
Cabin Committee or Community
Could the SCA Office
help me find property for sale or rent in the Cliffs?
The SCA Office is not a real estate agency and does not keep formal
records of who is selling property or renting out cabins. There
are several realtors in Calvert County with the expertise to help
Where can I build my
If you are interested in building a boat locker, you need to contact
the Beach Committee
Chairperson. The Beach
Committee will help you determine a suitable location and provide
you with standards for construction of the boat locker.
How does one go about
getting SCA vehicle passes and boat stickers, and who needs them?
All vehicles belonging to an SCA member or their dependent children
are required to post an SCA sticker. Other individuals listed under
the family name in the SCA directory may also obtain an SCA sticker.
Persons who are renting (long term) a cabin in the
Cliffs are required to have SCA renters stickers on each vehicle
registered in their name.
Boats registered to SCA members or renters are required
to have an SCA boat sticker attached to both the boat and trailer.
Guests who park their vehicles at any of the SCA
Common areas (beach, community house, chestnut cabin, etc...) are
required to display a SCA Visitor Pass on their dashboards.
Vehicle stickers, boat stickers and visitor passes
can be obtained at the SCA Office. The office is open Monday - Friday
from 8 AM until Noon. If you are unable to stop by the office during
these hours, you may send the vehicle information (owner's name,
year, make & model of vehicle, and the vehicle tag number) to
the office either through regular
mail or e-mail
and we can send you the stickers that you require. If you are requesting
boat stickers, we need the make and length of the boat and if you
have a boat trailer, we also need the trailer make and the tag number
on the trailer.
I have a tree that
I want to take down or needs to be taken down; how do I go about
getting permission to do it?
Trees located on private property may be removed with the permission
of the owner; however, most of the Scientists' Cliffs community
is located within the "critical area" and a permit is
required by Calvert
County Planning and Zoning (410-535-1600). Permits are usually
granted quickly for trees that are hazardous to structures or utilities.
Trees located on SCA Community property may not be removed without
permission from the SCA Community Manager or Board of Directors.
If you would like to "trim" trees to improve your view,
please discuss the matter with all adjacent property owners and
then contact the SCA office for approval.
What is the policy and
procedure for SCA trash pick-up?
SCA trash pick-up is conducted every Monday and Thursday, regardless
of bad weather or holidays. Recycled materials are only picked up
on Mondays. Please remember to bag all household garbage, and provide
"animal-proof" containers for curbside storage. If you
need assistance with removal of large items such as appliances,
please contact the SCA office and we can arrange for assistance
Unfortunately, we do not at this time have a program for yard waste
removal. Please do not expect SCA staff to remove leaves, brush
etc. Contact the SCA Office for guidance.
did Scientists' Cliffs begin as a community?
In July 1935, Flippo and Annie
Gravatt purchased their first 238 acres of land in the unusual Calvert
Cliffs setting. They began development that fall with the construction
of Chestnut Cabin, which was completed in the spring of 1936.
Where did it get the name
In the fall of 1935, a number of colleagues,
mostly scientists, joined the Gravatts for a day of picnicking at
the new site. In speeches and a dedication, because of their desire
to create a retreat and meeting place for scientists, Flippo and
others called the place "Scientists' Cliffs." (Annie called
it "Flippo's Folly" and this name stuck in good humor
for a time.)
When did it get organized
Other cabins were built and
rented immediately. The colony began to grow in earnest when the
first purchaser arrived in 1936. A year later an association of
homesite owners was formed, the Scientists' Cliffs Association.
It was incorporated under laws of Maryland and a constitution and
bylaws were adopted in 1938.
How can I get a scientistscliffs.org
A new benefit of membership is a permanent
If you already have e-mail, you can have your scientistscliffs.org
e-mail forwarded to your current address.
Click on Scientists'
Cliffs e-mail to sign up.
Who created this web
That depends. Do you like it?
Okay. Contributors include the entire membership of the Communications
Committee as well as artist Mary Ellen Didion.
I'd like to add a question
to this page. How do I suggest a new FAQ?
To ask your own
question, or recommend a question for this page, please contact
the webmaster "at"