Have you ever wanted to be an adventurer and explore really cool places in the city?

week2and3Would you like to go to the tops of tall buildings, row boats in the Boston Harbor, explore secret spaces, build things with your hands and have the freedom to roam around? Would you like lots of time for free play and to decide the activities you like to do?

Then Boston Explorers just might be the camp for you.

Boston Explorers is a unique summer camp where kids work with their hands at woodworking, photography, art, cooking and more. We also go on exciting explorations in the city, like to the Boston Harbor Islands and other cool places. And our campers say we have the best food for lunch and snack!

Boston Explorers is not like school where you just prepare for tests–it’s about four things:  we make things with our hands, we explore Boston, we have fun, and we are kind to everyone. Boston Explorers is an amazing place for kids.Brandon, Camper
At Boston Explorers I learned that I could make friends easily.Tarin, Camper
Boston Explorers is way different from other camps because they don’t do boring things repeatedly. We do something different every day.Christian, Camper
At Boston Explorers, everybody is really kind, it’s easy to make friends and the counselors are really cool. I’m going to miss [everyone]!Jae-Mario
I won’t ever forget the jokes!Isabella, Camper
You create better bonds with different types of kids.Ashad, Camper
I want Boston Explorers to last all year.Mable, Camper
I loved the Public Garden because it was peaceful and Spectacle Island because it was relaxing. At Boston Explorers everyone is welcoming, cheerful and friendly.Zaira, Camper
My favorite time was when we explored Boston on bicycles.Alaine, Camper
One of the best things about Boston Explorers is that we can be ourselves.Miles, Camper
You get to see all around Boston and visit new places and it’s just fun and they don’t give you homework.Arvin, Camper
The counselors take time to get to know every kid and they always make time for you.Laneah, Camper
[I liked] the boat rides—with the wind on our faces and blowing our hair.Patrick, Camper

 SUMMER IN THE CITY: What We’ll Do & Where We’ll Go

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  • Swim and do water activities around the city
  • Eat really good food that we make ourselves (cooking on a grill, making ice cream and smoothies)
  • Have two days of adventure and fun on the Boston Harbor Islands
  • Get time for free play, games and activities (that kids choose, not adults)
  • Go on cool adventures and explore Boston (tops of buildings, secret spaces, and nature in the city)
  • Explore some of Boston’s amazing historic neighborhoods
  • Go on urban scavenger hunts
  • Use hammers, saws and wood burning tools to build projects
  • Work on special projects involving photography, art and iPads
  • Row in boats in the Boston Harbor or on the Charles River
  • Returning Explorers (ages 13-14) will have an opportunity for an overnight camping trip on Boston Harbor Islands

Check out some of the places we’ll visit:

Everything Boston Explorers do is accessible on foot or by train (the T).


How old do I have to be?

Campers must be going into the fourth thru eighth grade in the September following camp. Typically, most campers are ages 8-14.

Where is the camp? How do I get to camp?

The camp is located at the Union United Methodist Church at 485 Columbus Avenue in Boston’s South End. We call this our “base camp” where we start and end every day.

Families are responsible for transporting children to and from camp.  The camp is within easy walking distance of Mass Ave and Back Bay T stations on the Orange Line. Click here for directions.

What do I need to bring?

We’ll provide a Boston Explorers towel and water bottle. You will need to bring:

  • Backpack
  • Comfortable clothes you don’t mind getting dirty or wet
  • Sweatshirt, fleece or jacket
  • Sneakers (No sandals)
  • Bathing suit
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain jacket (We go out even when it’s drizzling or raining.)

How much does it cost?

Camp tuition is $1,000 per two-week session and includes:

  • Lunch and two snacks everyday
  • Ferry tickets and admission fees for special places
  • Boston Explorers t-shirt

Financial Aid is available for all families who qualify.

Who works there?

Most of the staff comprises college students who grew up in Boston or the surrounding area. Counselors are hired because they want to work with young people and are excited about exploring Boston with campers. Learn more about the staff at the Staff page.

Where do campers come from?

Campers come from all different neighborhoods in Boston and the surrounding area and represent many different cultures, backgrounds, races and religions.