Summer camps for kids and teens,
located in Waltham, MA

Explorers (Grades 8-9)

EXPLORERS offers even greater adventures for campers who have completed 8th or 9th grade. This program is for those who are looking to spend extended time away in nature and adventure to places like Rhode Island, Cape Cod, and New Hampshire. Explorers is the advanced group of the Adventures program. Potential adventures include white water rafting, waterfall rappelling, high ropes courses, stand-up paddle-boarding, and biking. Each session includes multiple nights of camping each session (three during the first week and four during the second week), making it ideal for campers who love to spend time under the stars. While camping, they will be exploring new areas, preparing their own meals, and enjoying nights by the campfire.

Note: Camping is a required component of the Explorers session, as such, there is not an on-campus alternative. Hiking, biking and kayaking / canoeing will also take place during each session. Campers must be able to bike up to 10 miles. Please ensure that your camper is comfortable with these activities before signing up!

Drop-off and pick-up will occur at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall every day, except when campers are away for their overnight trip. Drop-off runs from 8:15am - 8:40am. The camp day runs from 8:55am - 3:25pm. Pick-up runs from 3:30pm - 4:00pm. When a group leaves for a camping trip, it returns in time for dismissal on Friday. Bus and Extended Day options are also available!

Sample Schedule

  • Connect with counselors and group
  • Swim test
  • Food shopping
  • Travel to Truro, MA
  • Camp overnight at North of the Highlands campground
    • Please note that the first week of each session only includes three nights of camping.
  • Bike on the Cape Cod Rail Trail 
  • Walk the Provincetown Causeway
  • Camp overnight at North of the Highlands campground
  • Beach day at Race Point Beach 
  • Visit Welfleet Drive-in Movie Theater
  • Camp overnight at North of the Highlands campground
  • Take a class at the Sacred Surf School
  • Explore downtown Provincetown
  • Camp overnight at North of the Highlands campground
  • Return to CH-CH
This is intended to give an idea of the general type of adventures that the Explorers group will experience. Plans for the Summer 2023 sessions will be different!

2023 Camping Locations

Session 2 (July 10 - July 21): Rhode Island

Session 3 (July 24 - August 4): Cape Cod, MA

Session 4 (August 7 - August 18): New Hampshire

Camping is a required component of the Explorers session.
For three or four nights, groups will be sleeping in tents and working together to prepare and cook their meals.