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 2018: Session 1: July 9 - 20 Session 2: July 23 - August 3 Session 3: August 6 - 17. 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 on April 18th 2018, and during the week prior to camp (July 2, 5, 6 & 7, 2018). 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.
Session 1: July 9 - 20
Session 2: July 23 - August 3
Session 3: August 6 - 17
Bike Week: August 20 - 23