EXPLORATION CAMPS

Exploration Camp Week 4

July 1-3, 2024

Exploration Camp has so much going on this week!  Daytrippers embark on three epic adventures, and five on campus tech programs running, as well as Digital Photography!

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.

REGISTER

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.

What to Bring

  • Water Bottle
  • Nut Free Snack
  • Sweatshirt
  • Label everything with your camper’s name

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

What to Bring

  • Water Bottle
  • Nut Free Snack
  • Sweatshirt
  • Label everything with your camper’s name

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

Become a master amusement park designer as we create LEGO Amusement Thrill Rides. Students will use STEM principles to create and modify Merry Go Rounds, Teacups Rides, Tilt A Whirl, bumper cars and more Before each lesson will use gears and motors to learn about mechanical devices such as levers, wheels, and axles. In the afternoon, students will create their own mini movie set, learn the parts of a story and create an animated movie using LEGO mini figures and other objects. The students will also learn how to edit their films, attach music, and add titles/credits using Professional Stop Motion Animation software.

Our camps are one week long, and each class lasts six hours. We offer various programs for children of all ages to ensure that everyone learns something engaging and age-appropriate.

During the week, kids will work in small groups. Our teachers will lead the groups in guided STEM-related building projects. During STEM builds, kids will experience the engineering process of designing, building, testing, and modifying their creations. They’ll encounter obstacles and have to think critically to overcome them with their builds. Our dedicated teachers are there every step of the way, helping kids discover their passion. Each day of camp offers something new and exciting. By the end of the week, your child will have participated in activities that stimulate creativity and passion for discovery! Each of our LEGO building projects encourages creativity and teamwork. Our classes range from structured group builds to free building time. By the end of the week, we’ll have done a little bit of everything!

What to Bring

  • Water Bottle
  • Nut Free Snack
  • Sweatshirt
  • Label everything with your camper’s name

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

Join us as we design, build, modify, and program robots that interact, perform complex tasks and respond to challenges. Students will partner up and use LEGO® Robots to compete in challenges Swept Away, Warbots and wiffle ball challenges. In addition, students will use Minecraft to complete tasks such as building mazes filled with traps and defenses to protect them from arch enemies. They will learn to use Command Blocks and Redstone to create traps and other obstacles. In the afternoon, students will create their own mini movie set, learn the parts of a story and create an animated movie using LEGO mini figures and other objects. The students will also learn how to edit their films, attach music, and add titles/credits using Professional Stop Motion Animation software.

Our camps are one week long, and each class lasts six hours. We offer various programs for children of all ages to ensure that everyone learns something engaging and age-appropriate.

During the week, kids will work in small groups. Our teachers will lead the groups in guided STEM-related building projects. During STEM builds, kids will experience the engineering process of designing, building, testing, and modifying their creations. They’ll encounter obstacles and have to think critically to overcome them with their builds. Our dedicated teachers are there every step of the way, helping kids discover their passion. Each day of camp offers something new and exciting. By the end of the week, your child will have participated in activities that stimulate creativity and passion for discovery! Each of our LEGO building projects encourages creativity and teamwork. Our classes range from structured group builds to free building time. By the end of the week, we’ll have done a little bit of everything!

What to Bring

  • Water Bottle
  • Nut Free Snack
  • Sweatshirt
  • Label everything with your camper’s name

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

Begin your rise to the top of the charts with digital music production! Just like today’s top artists, you can design your own beats or remix a mashup of your favorite songs to become a digital composer and sound engineer.  In this course, students will learn to produce digital music, record sound, make sound effects, and mix their own tracks. No prior music experience is necessary. Student-created soundtracks will be available on a password protected website to share with friends and family.

Find your voice and leave your mark on the world! Whether you are six or sixteen, it’s time to start a career as the next YouTube star. Explore the variety of content and personalities that exist on YouTube and how to find your own niche. Learn the Dos and Don’ts of the platform and how to practice good digital citizenship. Develop your on-camera presence, your own channel branding, and professional editing skills. Take home a plan for launching your own channel with the content created in class! Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family.

What to Bring

  • Water Bottle
  • Nut Free Snack
  • Sweatshirt
  • Label everything with your camper’s name

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

Have you ever wanted to be a Photographer? Well, this is your chance! In this afterschool class, we’ll learn the basics of photography in all of its forms. We’ll learn about Composition, Lighting and other core strategies that allow professionals to take incredible photos. We’ll also get to take pictures of campus, go on nature tours, and even create beautiful creations for local businesses!

Welcome to Vineyard App Camp! We are thrilled to have your child join us for an exciting and enriching experience this summer. As the regional director, I wanted to take a moment to introduce you to our program and share some important information.

Vineyard App Camp is designed to ignite your child’s creativity and passion for technology in a fun and supportive environment. Depending on the camp, your child will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of design, photography, Dungeons and Dragons! (My personal favorite) and even Cyber Security.

Our team of experienced instructors is dedicated to providing a safe and engaging learning environment for your child. Whether they are a beginner or have prior experience, our curriculum is structured to accommodate all levels of proficiency. We believe in hands-on learning and encourage collaboration among campers to foster creativity and problem-solving skills.

During their time at Vineyard App Camp, your child will not only gain valuable technical skills but also develop essential teamwork and communication abilities. We are committed to nurturing their growth and helping them build confidence in their abilities.

Thank you for entrusting us with your child’s learning journey. We look forward to a fantastic summer filled with innovation, creativity, and fun!

Warm regards,

Michael Gonzalez,
Regional Director

What to Bring

  • Each camper must bring their own Phone or Tablet with camera
  • Water Bottle
  • Nut Free Snack
  • Sweatshirt
  • Label everything with your camper’s name

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

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Tripping Camps

We’re having a Boston-themed exploration this week!

What to Bring

  • Bathing suit
  • Water Bottle
  • Hat
  • Sunblock
  • Nut Free Lunch and Snack
  • Towel
  • Campers can bring money in the case of snack and souvenir shops.
  • Please label everything with your camper’s name

Day

Date

Activity

Waiver

Monday

July 1

Tuesday

July 2

Wednesday

July 3

Lunch Time!

Camp Lunch is Awesome!

This week, lunch is on us!  All campers in on-campus programs will be given lunch each day.

All campers still need to bring a nut-free snack each day.

This Week's Lunch Choices:

Hot Choices: Hot Dogs, Breaded or Grilled Chicken Sandwiches, Veggie Burgers

Cold Choices: Turkey and Provolone Wrap, Turkey Sandwich, Sunbutter and Jelly Sandwich

All lunches served with choices of whole fruit, chips, dessert and water.

Nutritional and Allergy information can be found on the Sage Dining site. Gluten free options are available.

The Google lunch order form will be emailed exclusively to families who have campers in on-campus programs on Friday, June 21, 2024.

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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!

Add camp store funds
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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 at the Family Drop Off location on Monday mornings starting at 8:45 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.