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.

 
 

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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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?

Summer sessions and orientation dates for Summer 2019 TBD.