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.