Alphonse Litz has been an elementary public school educator and administrator in Concord, Massachusetts, and Boston for over 20 years. A central underpinning in both his teaching and administrative roles has been student-centered, project-based curriculum. He has promoted and developed programs based on the philosophy that children learn best through experience. As a classroom teacher he always made space for a woodworking shop. Boston Explorers is a natural extension of his wide-ranging interest in Boston history and the city’s natural resources. The camp was founded on the belief that kids come to “own a place” by experiencing it. As a Teacher Leader he was among a select group that led the nationally renowned, staff-governed Mission Hill K-8 Pilot School. He is committed to social justice and equity in our community. [Photo: Meri Bond Photography]

Amina Michel-Lord has worked in Boston Public Schools for more than 20 years co-teaching in elementary classrooms and directing after school programs. The summer of 2016 will be Amina’s 5th year with Boston Explorers. She loves watching campers grow within the two short weeks they are with the camp, making friends and gaining confidence in themselves. She brings a wealth of administrative experience to the camp, specializing in communication and public relations. Amina is the liaison with parents and counselors, and draws on her vast organizational skills to plan Explorer field trips and lunch programs. Amina is married and is the mother of 2 children. Her passions include singing, (she is a member of several gospel choirs/groups) dancing and traveling with her family. [Photo: Melvin Guante]

Bob Ditter is a clinical social worker who specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents and families. A nationally recognized trainer and consultant for children’s summer camps since 1982, he has visited over 600 camps, authored four books for camp professionals, and produced 18 staff training DVDs. He is recognized for his work with organizations such as Sea World, the Disney Channel, the Salvation Army, Girl Scouts of America, the YMCA, the American Camp Association, Jewish Community Centers, Camp Fire USA, The Crohns and Colitis Foundation and Children’s Oncology Camps of America. He has appeared on the ABC Evening News with Peter Jennings, Good Morning America and twice on NBC’s Today Show. Sports Illustrated has called him “camping’s most articulate spokesman.” [Photo: Meri Bond Photography]

About Our Staff

Director & Assistant Director:
45 years collective teaching experience

All counselors are teachers or after-school providers


7/8 staff members have been with Explorers three or more years

staffcamperratio1:6 staff to child ratio

Learn more about our counselors.