Our Staff

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ALPHONSE LITZ, DIRECTOR

Alphonse has been an elementary public school educator and administrator in Concord, Massachusetts, and Boston for more than 20 years. A central underpinning in both his teaching and administrative roles has been student-centered, project-based curriculum. He has promoted and developed programs based on the philosophy that children learn best through experience. As a classroom teacher he always made space for a woodworking shop. Boston Explorers is a natural extension of his wide-ranging interest in Boston history and the city’s natural resources. The camp was founded on the belief that kids come to “own a place” by experiencing it. As a Teacher Leader he was among a select group that led the nationally renowned, staff-governed Mission Hill K-8 Pilot School. He is committed to social justice and equity in our community.

 
 
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SAKURA TOMIZAWA, ASSOCIATE TO THE DIRECTOR

Sakura joined Boston Explorers in January 2018 to assist Alphonse in the year-round operational, administrative, marketing, and programming needs of the organization. Before joining Boston Explorers, Sakura graduated with a B.A. in Writing & Rhetoric from Syracuse University, where she held administrative and leadership roles in multiple campus organizations. However, it was her years of meaningful experiences as a camp counselor/youth leader in her home city of Worcester, MA that cemented her passion for urban youth development.

 
 

Counselors

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

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.

"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

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2019 Counselors

And why they work with kids

AMARJ ALEXANDRE    “To leave an impactful impression on them like Alphonse did to me.”   This will be Amarj’s seventh year at Boston Explorers; he is Boston Explorer’s first person to experience Boston Explorers as a camper, LIT, and senior staff! When he’s not at Explorers, he is a student at Framingham State University. His favorite game is Connect Four, he loves pretzels, and fun fact: he is a dancer.

AMARJ ALEXANDRE

“To leave an impactful impression on them like Alphonse did to me.”

This will be Amarj’s seventh year at Boston Explorers; he is Boston Explorer’s first person to experience Boston Explorers as a camper, LIT, and senior staff! When he’s not at Explorers, he is a student at Framingham State University. His favorite game is Connect Four, he loves pretzels, and fun fact: he is a dancer.


BREE HASSELL    “They keep me grounded and remind me who I really am.”   Meet someone who wrote a script for a movie! Bree is Play Works coach at the Henry Grew during the school year. Her favorite game is Four Square, she loves exploring Lake Titichuate, and her go-to snack is gummy worms.

BREE HASSELL

“They keep me grounded and remind me who I really am.”

Meet someone who wrote a script for a movie! Bree is Play Works coach at the Henry Grew during the school year. Her favorite game is Four Square, she loves exploring Lake Titichuate, and her go-to snack is gummy worms.


HENRY NOVAK    “To help kids become their best selves.”   This year will be Henry’s sixth year at Boston Explorers. During the school year, he is a Play Works coach at Orchard Gardens. An avid biker, Henry’s favorite place in Boston is East Boston, he loves kickball, and his go-to snack: cookies!

HENRY NOVAK

“To help kids become their best selves.”

This year will be Henry’s sixth year at Boston Explorers. During the school year, he is a Play Works coach at Orchard Gardens. An avid biker, Henry’s favorite place in Boston is East Boston, he loves kickball, and his go-to snack: cookies!


KAT WALKER    “It’s a judgement-free zone with freedom to be yourself.”   During the rest of the year, Kat teaches 5-7 grade at the Neighborhood House Charter School. She loves a good game of Connect Four, peanut butter and fluff, and something others find surprising about her: she played lacrosse for 15 years

KAT WALKER

“It’s a judgement-free zone with freedom to be yourself.”

During the rest of the year, Kat teaches 5-7 grade at the Neighborhood House Charter School. She loves a good game of Connect Four, peanut butter and fluff, and something others find surprising about her: she played lacrosse for 15 years


MILTON GORDON    “To give back to the community.”   Following a year with City Year, Milton recently finished his freshman year at Roxbury Community College. You can find him playing strategy games, snacking on goldfish crackers, or at his favorite exploration at Forest Hills Cemetery. He also loves old music!

MILTON GORDON

“To give back to the community.”

Following a year with City Year, Milton recently finished his freshman year at Roxbury Community College. You can find him playing strategy games, snacking on goldfish crackers, or at his favorite exploration at Forest Hills Cemetery. He also loves old music!


TREON COOPER    “They remind me that kindness is what really matters.”   In addition to the counselor role, Treon will also be supervising the LITs. Treon is a special education teacher at Neighborhood House Charter. He loves some old-fashioned freeze tag, nutter butters, and his favorite Boston exploration is Thompson Island.

TREON COOPER

“They remind me that kindness is what really matters.”

In addition to the counselor role, Treon will also be supervising the LITs. Treon is a special education teacher at Neighborhood House Charter. He loves some old-fashioned freeze tag, nutter butters, and his favorite Boston exploration is Thompson Island.


INTERESTED IN BECOMING A COUNSELOR OR TEACHER?

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.

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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 “Your Choice” 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 five 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 required session dates for Summer 2019 are from July 8th–August 16th. In addition to the regular camp session, there may be opportunities to work additional hours during Bike Week (August 19-23) and other special events throughout the year.

All counselors are required to attend orientation: June 8, July 1, 2, and 3.

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