Boston Explorers combines the best of summer camp—creative, spontaneous play and hands-on activities—with the sights and sounds of the city. Campers ages 7-14 are on the move, visiting historic sites, natural spaces, buildings and waterways.
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.
The 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.
We accept applications for one session per child. Campers must be between eight and 14 years old.REGISTER