What are the goals for kids at Boston Explorers?
What makes Boston Explorers different from other summer programs?
How will a typical day work?
Unless there is a full-day excursion scheduled, children participate in a variety of hands-on and elective activities on site. Children 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 children debrief and share highlights of the day.
How are the counselors selected?
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 who truly enjoy the company of children.
Prior to the program sessions, counselors are required to participate in a week-long orientation and First Aid training program. All Boston Explorer staff and volunteers are checked for Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI).
How do children get to Boston Explorers?
What are children required to bring to camp?
- water bottle
- Comfortable clothes that might get dirty or wet
- Sweatshirt, fleece or jacket
- Sneakers (no sandals)
- Bathing suit and towel
- Sunscreen (we also provide this)
- Rain jacket (we go out even when it’s drizzling or raining)
What tools and/or safety precautions will be in use?
Children will use a variety of small hand tools (hammer, screwdriver, clamps, etc.) and tools with blades and points (saws, drills, knives). With one adult for every five children we make sure there is always an adult close by to provide instruction, supervision and assistance. We use safety goggles and other protective wear.
Rowing is under the supervision of fully trained and certified instructors.
All swimming activities are under the supervision of certified lifeguards.