EXPLORATION CAMPS

Exploration Camp Week 2/2A

June 17 and 18, 2024

Dive into the virtual world of Esports competition, where strategy and skill meet in thrilling gaming challenges. New England Fishing Academy will be taking a group to serene waters, aiming for the catch of the day. Finally, our adrenaline-fueled adventurers aim to conquer rugged trails and scenic routes on mountain bikes! With a blend of digital excitement and outdoor exploration, these activities promise non-stop fun and unforgettable memories at Exploration Camp!

Everything you could need to know about camp is in our handbook.  Please read carefully.
Family Handbook

Drop Off Location: Please use the interactive map below to find out where your camper should be dropped off.

Please look for the colored pins on the map, and colored flags at camp to find your camper's drop off and pick up.

Orange

Camp Chris Lower Camp, Family Drop Off, Eagles MultiSport & Sport Specific Camps

Blue

Camp Chris Upper & Senior Camps, LIT programs, Exploration Camps, Early Morning/Extended PM programs

Yellow

Camp Chris Chipmunks & Chickadees & Middle Camps

Magenta

Prep for the Prep, Aspire Academic & Enrichment Camps

Green

Nurse Med Drop Off Tent (Monday and Friday only), Visitor & Staff Parking

Drop Off Time: Starts at 9:00 am*
Pick Up Time: 4:00 pm*

*Extended Day options are available, starting at 8:00 am until 5:00 pm. Registration must be made in advance.

Your welcome email contains a unique Pick Up Pass.  Show this pass for a quicker pick up experience. Individuals who do not show the correct pass will be asked to verify their pickup with identification that matches the approved pick up person on the child’s CampBrain account. Click here for more information on authorized pick ups. 

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Need to pick up early or drop off late?

We offer two Early Pickup times at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm. Please contact the Camp Office at 978-774-1427 in advance to arrange for an early pickup.

Drop Offs after 9:15 am should be brought to Memorial Gym. We will escort your camper to their program as staffing allows.

Please see our handbook for our policies on late pickups.

Is your camper going to be absent? Please call the Camp Office.

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Only campers who have registered for transportation can access bus transportation.  Spaces are limited- please visit our register link below to add bus registration.  Bus registration closes on the Monday before your camp week starts.

Please see our Family Handbook for bus rules and expectations.

Bus stops do not have restroom facilities. Please encourage your child to visit the restroom before you leave.

Please check your child in with the Summer at St. John’s Counselor every day before departing the bus drop off area.

When picking up, please be prepared to show ID or Pick Up Pass every time.  If you are late to pick up, the bus will move on to the next stop with your camper on board.

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Every Camper
Should Bring


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1. Water Bottle

We have hydration stations all over camp filled with ice cold water. Please LABEL your water bottle in case it gets separated from your camper.

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2. Sunblock
Ensure your camper arrives with sunblock already applied each day. Don't forget to pack extra for reapplication throughout the day. A hat and sunglasses provide additional protection against the sun's rays.
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3. Nut Free Snack & Lunch
To keep food fresh, pack lunch and snacks in an insulated container along with an ice pack. Even if you buy lunch, your camper needs a snack. All lunches and snacks must be nut free!
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Lost & Found is located in the Camp Office in Memorial Gym.  You can visit anytime from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Please park in the visitors lots and walk in.  

This Weeks Camps

See what camps are happening this week along with pertinent information for each.

New England Fishing Academy – No programming Wednesday June 19.  Master anglers Chris Margraf and Craig McLaughlin are ready to guide campers in a variety of waterfronts, hoping to catch the ‘big one!’.  The schedule will change daily based on weather, but all campers should expect to be off campus all day, everyday.

Campers should wear adventure ready clothing and sturdy footwear and bring a rain jacket.  Hat and sunglasses are advised, as is a bottle of bug spray

Campers do not need to bring any of their personal fishing equipment, but can do so if they choose – no knives, please.  New England Fishing Academy takes no responsibility for lost or damaged equipment.

All campers should bring lunch and snacks, and two full waterbottles in a backpack.  Campers are welcome to bring a small amount of cash in case of pit-stops for ice cream!

What to Bring

  • Nut free lunch and snacks
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Sunblock
  • Sun Hat
  • Bug Spray
  • We provide fishing gear, but campers may bring their own.  Please, no knives. Hooks must be secured for transport.

Your email will tell you if you signed up for any options: Extended AM/PM, Lunch or bus

Mountain Biking  – No programming Wednesday 19 June.  St. John’s Prep biking coaches Jackson Heath and Jason Fitzgerald are ready to guide bikers around local trails!  All campers should bring their bike on Monday morning, dropped off at the Spring Street Parking Lot (marked green on the interactive map).  All riders must wear a helmet, and any other safety gear as desired. 

Campers should wear adventure ready clothing and sturdy footwear and bring a rain jacket.  Hat and sunglasses are advised, as is a bottle of bug spray.

All campers should bring lunch and snacks, and two full water bottles in a backpack.  Campers are welcome to bring a small amount of cash in case of pit-stops for ice cream!

On Friday June 21, the group will go to Highland Mountain in NH – more information on this will be sent during the week of camp.  Campers will rent a bike from Highland, as well as all safety gear.  Caregivers can pick bikes up on Thursday or Friday – whichever is easier!

 

What to Bring

  • Bike dropoff is in the Spring Street Parking Lot on Monday starting at 8:30am
  • Campers should bring a helmet and all preferred safety gear
  • Bike-mounted water botttles or wearable hydration pack
  • Sunblock
  • Nut free lunch and snacks

Your email will tell you if you signed up for any options: Extended AM/PM, Lunch or bus

Esports Apprentice: Streamers and Gamers with Black Rocket

Esports Apprentice – Streamers and Gamers

Whether you want to be the next pro gamer, streamer, or gamecaster this course will teach you the basics to get started! No longer just a hobby, esports is the fastest-growing career for the next generation. Over 400 million people watched YouTube videos and Twitch streams of video game competitions this year alone! In this course, students will develop game-play skills and compete using Black Rocket’s Esports games and apps, learn how to produce commentary for live tournaments, use professional streaming software, and most importantly practice online safety. Student recordings will be available on a password-protected website to share with friends and family. Videos will not be broadcast publicly but will be shared with all students in the class. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. 

What to Bring

  • Refillable water bottle
  • Nut free snack
  • Light sweatshirt

Your email will tell you if you signed up for any options: Extended AM/PM, Lunch or bus

Lunch Time!

Camp Lunch is Awesome!

This week- lunch is on us!  All campers on campus will get camp lunch.  Mountain Biking and Fishing will still need to bring their own lunches.

Campers will still need to bring a nut-free snack from home.

This Week's Lunch Choices:

Monday: Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Veggie Burger, Hot Dog, Turkey and Provolone Wrap, Ham Sandwich, Sunbutter and Jelly Sandwich, French Fries

Tuesday: Caesar Salad, Cheese Pizza, Pepperoni Pizza,Turkey and Provolone Wrap, Ham Sandwich, Sunbutter and Jelly Sandwich

All lunches served with choices of whole fruit, chips, chocolate chip cookie and water.

Nutritional and Allergy information can be found on the Sage Dining site.

The Google lunch order form will be emailed to eligible campers on Friday, June 7th.

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Camp Store

Campers entering Grades 2 and up will visit the Camp Store.  Here, they can indulge in purchasing camp merchandise, snacks, and refreshing beverages.  The Camp Store is cashless- campers purchase items using their Camp Store funds allocated through their CampBrain account.  

We also have an online Camp Store for camp merch- you can order in advance, and we'll deliver while your camper is in camp, or you can pick up at the camp office.  This is a great option for your Lower Camp or Exploration camper!

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Dressing for the Weather

At camp, the fun never stops, whether the sun is shining or raindrops falling.   We provide indoor spaces and fun alternatives in case of rain, but do need to go outside to transition between activities.  If the weather forecast calls for rain, please pack a rain jacket (no umbrellas, please!) and a sweatshirt- most indoor spaces are air conditioned.
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The Camp Health Office is staffed with nurses and health assistants.  You can reach them through our Camp Office at 978-774-1427  or campnurse@stjohnsprep.org with any questions you have.  A few reminders: 

  • Campers' medications should not go in backpacks, but should be dropped off at camp at the Medical Drop Off Table in the Spring Street lot on Monday mornings starting at 8:30 am.
  • Medications for campers who ride the bus need to be signed in with the Summer at St. John's Counselors riding the bus on Monday morning.
  • Please see our Family Handbook for details on medications and when you should keep your camper home from camp.
  • Please make sure that your camper's medical forms are all up to date and uploaded in our parent portal.