The number one responsibility of Boston Explorers counselors is to develop strong, positive relationships with campers.

“The counselors were cool, they enjoyed being around us and we were like family…that you learn new things, explore Boston and make new friends.”
— Ahsad, camper
“The counselors take time to get to know every kid and they always make time for you.”
— Laneah, camper
“Boston Explorers counselors are cool and they are really cooperative with us kids. It’s a place where you can have fun while being safe.”
— Tiffany, camper

Our counselors are young adults who help plan and lead the activities and excursions, teach campers skills and serve as role models. With one counselor for every six kids, campers get personal attention. Camp counselors go through a rigorous interviewing and screening process. They are selected on the basis of experience working with children, positive attitude, interest in the urban outdoors, friendliness and character. We look for a diverse group of counselors who have a strong work ethic, demonstrate leadership and maturity and truly enjoy the company of children.

Check back here soon to meet our summer 2017 counselors!


We can't think of a better way to spend the summer. Gain experience working with children while you explore Boston, learning more about the city and yourself. Read the FAQ to learn about being a Boston Explorers counselor. And, contact us if you have any additional questions.


Frequently Asked Questions

+ Why work with Boston Explorers?

Boston Explorers counselors have as much an opportunity as children to explore the city and learn about and experience in depth some of the behind the scenes and special places in the city. In a world where children’s out-of-school time is often highly scripted and regulated, Boston Explorers provides counselors with an opportunity for freedom and spontaneity while supervising and mentoring youngsters.

+ What is a typical day like?

The camp day for children is 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (counselors arrive half an hour earlier and stay half an hour later). We start and end the day at base camp, the Rafael Hernandez School at 61 School Street in Roxbury. When children arrive the counselors help them settle in and participate in a variety of “Do Now” activities of their choosing such as gimp, drawing, games and outside play, followed by a morning meeting that welcomes children and frames the activities for the day. Unless there is a full-day excursion scheduled, children participate in a variety of hands-on and elective activities on site. Campers have a hand in preparing and serving two snacks, plus lunch, daily. The day ends with a closing circle back at the base camp where campers debrief and share highlights of the day.

+ What are the age groups of campers?

Campers range in age from 7 to 15.

+ What to wear?

When thinking about attire, keep in mind that campers look up to counselors. Counselors are role models whom campers will often try to emulate. Each counselor will be given three Boston Explorers t-shirts that they are required to wear every day. For safety, closed-toe footwear with socks is mandatory.

+ What are the dates?

The camp has three two-week sessions in summer 2017: Session 1: July 10 - 21 Session 2: July 24 - August 4 Session 3: August 7 - 18. There may be additional opportunities for counselors to participate in the post-camp Bike Week as well as other programming that happens outside of the summer camp sessions.

+ What are the dates? Are there other required dates?

Yes. There will be a counselor orientation during the week prior to camp (July 5 - 8, 2016). There will also be an orientation day that takes place either April 18, 19 or 20. Date and time to be decided no later than March 1. Attendance at all orientation sessions is mandatory and required for employment as counselor. All training dates will be paid and lunch/snack will be provided.