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 expeditions with their enthusiasm and imagination.

This coed day camp is especially designed for the unique experience of urban exploration: City sites and thoroughfares, monuments, gardens, and waterways are the campgrounds, the skyline and harbor its backdrop.

A day at camp is made up of two essential creative components. Every day children will explore a different part of the city, from a different perspective—from the tops of buildings, at sea level, offshore, and on foot. And, every day, campers will work with their hands.

Our hope is to inspire a sense of adventure and curiosity that will last a lifetime.



From Alphonse Litz, Director:
Everything I know about woodworking and carpentry began with my father. He was the master of tools and hands-on experience and would often remind us that to learn anything one had to do it. For us, there was a lesson in everything. On family outings no monument, roadside marker, historic house, or nature trail went unobserved. I would draw on my father’s wisdom throughout my teaching career.

Not long ago, toward the end of his life, we uncovered a photograph of my dad when he was 12 years old. He is smiling broadly wearing a navy cap and uniform (bottom row, third from left). The caption reads “S.S.S. Explorer.” He always talked about traveling, about places he had been and destinations still to come, but little did I know that my father had been a bona fide explorer! It also reminds me that while we continue to invent education models and policies, my inspiration continues to be my Dad’s tried-and-true approach: roll up your sleeves and learn something.

Join Us This Summer

Session 1: July 11 – 22
Session 2: July 25 – August 5
Session 3: August 8 – 19

We accept applications for one session per child. Campers must be between seven and 15 years old.

Guiding Principles


Hands-on Learning

Freedom, Choice, and Spontaneous Play



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.

logo2015The Boston Explorers logo symbolizes the integration of the natural and physical elements of the city. It is our version of the Freedom Trail, with specific destinations and unexpected stops—a program that combines definite goals with room for spontaneity.