EXPLORATION CAMPS

Exploration Camp Week 7

July 22- 26, 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.

Are you eager to improve your public speaking and argument skills? Join our Speech and Debate class! This course covers speech events, including public address events where you create your speeches on different topics and interpretive events where you perform published material, perfect for acting and theater enthusiasts. You’ll also learn how to craft persuasive speeches and engage in debates on various subjects, enhancing your research, analysis, and communication abilities. This class will boost your speaking confidence and critical thinking, and no prior experience is required – just bring your curiosity and enthusiasm!

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

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: Beats and Jams: Digital Music Makers

Design your own beats or remix a mashup of your favorite songs!

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. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

PM Program: YouTube® Content Creators

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. 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

Join us for our half day Chess camps!  Spend half the day with our chess instructors, and half the day sampling all that camp has to offer- swimming, sports and games, arts and crafts, and more! We offer two tracks, and our talented instructors will assess students to make sure that they are in the right group.

What to Bring

  • Water Bottle
  • Nut Free Lunch and Snack
  • Sweatshirt
  • Swimsuit and Towel
  • Backpack
  • Sunscreen, Hat and Sunblock
  • 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 7: Baking 101. Learn to bake like the pros as we master techniques for handmade breads, pies, muffins, cookies & cupcakes! Each day we’ll learn a new baking skill from cutting butter and sugar to kneading dough. We’ll whip up both savory and sweet recipes to keep your chefs cheering!

What to Bring

  • Water Bottle
  • Nut Free Lunch and Snack
  • Sweatshirt
  • Swimsuit and Towel
  • Backpack
  • Sunscreen, Hat and Sunblock
  • 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

In this co-ed program for students in grades 6-12, participants will learn to create their own beats and record original music. Participants will have access to apple laptops, midi piano controllers, live instruments, a basic DAW (digital audio workstation), and SJP’s  recording studio space, complete with microphones, listening monitors, and a 32 channel Behringer mixer.

Participants are invited to bring their own additional technology, including laptops and preferred DAW, midi controllers, instruments, existing song stems or beats. A range of experience levels are ideal for this creative and student-centered camp. Participants will experiment, explore, create, and share their process and progress in a final sharing session on the last day of the camp, Friday July 26, 2024.  More information on this showcase will be provided after registration.

What to Bring

Participants are invited to bring their own additional technology, including laptops and preferred DAW, midi controllers, instruments, existing song stems or beats.

  • Water Bottle
  • Nut Free Lunch (if enrolled in full day) 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

The Summer at St. John’s Summer Strings & Piano Camp is a week-long, co-ed, 6-12 camp for string players and pianists with a desire to connect with other musicians and level up with new pieces and skills. The camp will be taught by SJP faculty members Diane Hastings.

The main requirement for participation is the desire to gain new skills in a creative and supportive environment. More advanced students will be grouped with specialized activities and repertoire. Less advanced students will be given modifications and preparatory parts to help them succeed at the right pace and challenge level.

The goal of the camp is to celebrate and enjoy playing music with others, and for each student to grow as an individual as well as within a group setting. A final performance at 3:30am on Friday July 26, 2024, will celebrate the achievements of this fun week of music learning!

What to Bring

  • If you play a string instrument, please bring it with you.
  • Water Bottle
  • Nut Free Lunch (if enrolled in full day) 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 the schedule below- this week will be your camper’s best week ever!

What to Bring

  • Bathing suit
  • Wet Shoes
  • Water Bottle
  • Sunblock, Hat and Sunglasses
  • 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 22

Tuesday

July 23

Wednesday

July 24

Thursday

July 25

Friday

July 26

Lunch Time!

Camp Lunch is Awesome!
This Week's Lunch Choices:

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 12, 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.

The Google lunch order form will be emailed exclusively to families who have purchased lunch on Monday, July 15, 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.