Woodworking, art and building projects, cooking, documenting explorations with ipads, “smart games” and puzzles—creative and purposeful play is what we do! Children are encouraged to explore, create, to try new things. While they walk from place to place, there are choices they get to make. With one counselor for five campers there are opportunities for breaking off into smaller groups to pursue other explorations.
Using cooking utensils, building a charcoal cooking fire, holding a hammer, learning to use a ruler or straightedge and level are everyday activities. Our aim is to provide meaningful work applications—versatile and multifaceted tasks that have a lifelong impact.
Freedom, Choice and Spontaneous Play
So much of a child’s free time is managed and directed by in-school and extracurricular activities. At Boston Explorers, children have time—and the choice—to play. Their imagination is the conduit to all forms of unstructured play and camp projects.
Rowing across Boston Harbor. Walking to the T. Climbing the hills on the Boston Harbor Islands. Games of basketball, tag, and football could break out at any time. Need we say more?
Building character is an essential part of the camp program. It takes grit to persevere, to try new things and recover from a setback; emotional intelligence to gain support and alliances; self-control to maintain balance and confidence.