EXPLORATION CAMPS

Exploration Camp Week 6

July 15-19, 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.

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 6: Tasty Tales. It’s time to cook with our favorite books! Join us for a tasty culinary adventure inspired by our favorite storybooks. Your chefs will be excited to learn hands-on cooking techniques, try delicious and nutritious ingredients and read great books. Grab a friend and let’s get cooking!

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

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 addition, students will use Sandbox games to design and create their own castle with secret passageways, towers, moats, secret traps to catch intruders trespassing. 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 Animation software.

This camp is presented with our program partner LetGoYourMind.

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 the afternoon campers will build Rebel bases on hostile worlds filled with traps and defenses to protect them from the Empire. Later they will take on the role of the Empire and attack each other’s bases to test their defenses. Children will learn how to camouflage their base into its surroundings (using hidden doors and other techniques), as well as how to use special codes to create traps and other defenses against the Empire.  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 Animation software.

This program is presented with our partner, LetGoYourMind.

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

Interested in drawing, art, or design? In this class, you’ll learn how to use your doodling skills for real, by doing design projects for local nonprofits or small businesses. You will learn how to make professional posters and art that people want to pay for, and you’ll ultimately design posters and ads for real organizations with good causes. Our students’ work has been used in ads and online Instagrams posts by the Special Olympics, Martha’s Kitchen, and local shelters.

This camp is presented with our 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

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

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.

This camp presented with our 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

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: Smash Brawler: Make Your Own Platform Fighter Game!

If you love games like Super Smash Bros™, you will love this class! Using professional development software, customize your own 2D brawler game and configure your own characters. Learn how to balance multiplayer gameplay by modifying variables & editing scripts. Then challenge your classmates to compete on the platform level you designed. Smash Brawler games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family.

Pm Program: 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.

This camp presented with our partner, Black Rocket.

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

What to Bring

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

Things to pack:

  • 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 15

Tuesday

July 16

Wednesday

July 17

Thursday

July 18

Friday

July 19

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, July 5, 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 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 purchased lunch on Monday, July 8, 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.