EXPLORATION CAMPS

Exploration Camp Week 5

July 8- 12, 2024
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.

Have you ever wanted to play the nationally-known game Dungeons and Dragons? Stretch your imagination telling stories with your friends, and build useful creative skills? What about play the game they do in Stranger Things? Well this is your chance! In this class, we’ll be exploring collaborative storytelling through Dungeons and Dragons. Along the way, we’ll develop social and emotional skills that will serve us well outside of the RPG.

What to Bring

  • Water Bottle
  • Nut Free Lunch and Snack
  • Sweatshirt
  • Please 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 for our half day cooking camps- the best of both worlds.   Spend half the day in the kitchen, and half the day sampling all that camp has to offer- swimming, sports and games, arts and crafts, and more! 

Week 5: Calling all Chocolatiers! Join us as we transform our kitchen into a chocolate factory and whip up classic and unique chocolate treats, both savory and sweet. From white chocolate to dark chocolate, sprinkles to candies, we’ll use all of our favorite flavors to create beautiful creations. Grab a friend and bring your culinary creativity!

What to Bring

  • Water Bottle
  • Nut Free Lunch and Snack
  • Sweatshirt
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Sunblock
  • Hat and Sunglasses, if preferred
  • Please 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 Lunch and Snack
  • Sweatshirt
  • Please 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 Lunch and Snack
  • Sweatshirt
  • Please 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

Channel your inner Master Builder and create your very own LEGO amusement park thrill rides where Everything is Awesome! Before each LEGO brick creation, staff will discuss key engineering and physics concepts with the children and how they relate to our LEGO rides. Students will build LEGO brick cars using axles, gears, pulleys, battery packs, and motors. In addition, children will code their LEGO builds using a drag-and-drop-based interface using Bluetooth technology. 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.

What to Bring

  • Water Bottle
  • Nut Free Lunch and Snack
  • Sweatshirt
  • Please 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 robot races, mazes 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.

What to Bring

  • Water Bottle
  • Nut Free Lunch and Snack
  • Sweatshirt
  • Please 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

Two great programs this week with our partner, Black Rocket.  We’ll do one program in the morning, and one in the afternoon- a full day of learning and fun! 

AM Program: A.I. Adventures – Intro to Machine Learning

Explore the world of artificial intelligence to design fully interactive games and experiences using cutting-edge technology. This program combines artificial intelligence with coding to create an unforgettable learning adventure. Students will construct machine learning models that use image and text recognition within block-based coding software to build a portfolio of projects. Student-created projects will be available on a password-protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

PM Program: Video Game Animation 

Bring your animations to life with design tools used by real game developers! Create sophisticated sprite animations using simple-to-learn techniques that you can use in any 2D editor. Squash, stretch, and shade your creations to make your characters pop! Students do not need any prior experience in game design, animation, or sketching. Student-created games will be available on a password-protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

What to Bring

  • Water Bottle
  • Nut Free Lunch and Snack
  • Sweatshirt
  • Please 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

Unleash Your Creativity with Sewing! Join this exciting Sewing class to design and create unique projects. Beginner or experienced, you’ll develop essential sewing skills and unleash your imagination. No experience or special materials needed, we’ll provide everything. Discover various techniques, stitches, and decorative embellishments. Craft stylish garments, accessories, and home decor items. Combine learning with fun and become a sewing enthusiast. Enroll now and explore the exciting possibilities of this timeless craft. Get ready to stitch, create, and unlock endless creativity!

Presented with our program partner Vinyard App Camp.

What to Bring

  • Water Bottle
  • Nut Free Lunch and Snack
  • Sweatshirt
  • Please 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

Check out our schedule below- this will be your camper’s best week ever!

What to Bring

  • Bathing suit
  • Wet Shoes
  • Water Bottle
  • 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 8

Tuesday

July 9

Wednesday

July 10

Thursday

July 11

Friday

July 12

Lunch Time!

Camp Lunch is Awesome!

Skip the packed lunch hassle and let us deliver a hot or cold lunch to your camper.

The deadline to add lunch is Friday, June 28, 2024 at 4:00 pm. Log onto your parent account to add lunch.

Campers who purchase lunch still need to bring a nut-free snack from home.

This Week's Lunch Choices:

Hot options: Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Cheese Pizza

Cold options: Grilled Chicken Caesar Wrap, Ham 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 purchased lunch on Monday, July 1, 2024.  A gentle reminder: Senior Campers and LIT l’s should opt for a cold option on Wednesdays.

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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.