Our Mission is for urban youth to explore Boston, inspire one another and engage their curiosity.
We emphasize the natural process of play and creativity, drawing on a kid’s sense of wonder to discover their neighborhoods in new and different ways. A skilled staff leads the way, but kids take command of the explorations with their enthusiasm and imagination.
A day at camp is made up of two essential components. Every day children will explore a different part of the city from a different perspective, on foot, by bike, boat and T. And, every day campers will work with their hands, with woodworking tools building projects of their own design; or, on art projects guided by a staff member, but driven by the child.
At Boston Explorers, the city is our campground. In an inter-age, electronic-free setting, children make their own choices and have time to play and use their imaginations. In a world of often highly scripted and programmed play, at Boston Explorers we follow a child’s interests to help frame daily activities and explorations. Our goal is to inspire a sense of civic engagement, adventure and curiosity that will last a lifetime.
We start and end the day at Base Camp (Rafael Hernandez School). When children arrive, counselors welcome them and take the child’s lead and participate in a variety of “Your Choice” activities such as art, building, 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 exploration scheduled, children participate in a variety of hands-on and elective activities on site followed by afternoon excursions. The day ends with a closing circle back at Base Camp where Explorers debrief and share highlights of the day. Campers are well supervised throughout the day. We maintain a staff-to-camper ratio of 1:6.
Boston Explorers is licensed by the City of Boston Board of Health and complies with all regulations and safety standards for MA Recreational Camps for Children.
Join us this Summer!
Session 1: July 8 – July 19
Session 2: July 22 – August 2
Session 3: August 5 – 16 (wait list only)
Bike Week: August 19 – 22 (wait list only)