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Running Brook Camps Registration for 2019 is now open!
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Summer and vacation camps 
for kids and teens, located in Waltham, MA

Adventures FAQ

Running Brook Adventures offers campers a combination of exciting day trip excursions and overnight camping trips, with the goal of experiencing the fun and excitement of the outdoors in a collaborative group setting.

List of 12 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. What are the camp hours of operation?

    The camp runs from 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day, Monday through Friday during the on-campus portion of the session. When a group leaves for a camping trip, it returns for dismissal at 3:45 p.m. on Friday.
  • Q. What if I need to pick up my child early?

    Early Dismissals from Adventures camp are challenging to coordinate as the groups are off campus until at least 3:15 everyday. Please contact the Adventures Director Sara Berkowitz (sberkowitz@chch.org) if you need to pick your camper up early and she will formulate a plan with you.
  • Q. What are the Extended Day hours?

    We offer both morning (7:15 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.) and afternoon (4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.) Extended Day. Please contact our office with additional questions.
  • Q. What do Adventures campers need to bring to camp each day?

    Adventures campers should bring lunch, snack, large water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray, bathing suit, and towel. As activities change based on weather we ask that campers are also prepared with footwear for any activity (i.e. sneakers, socks and flip flops, water shoes).  In a confirmation packet, you will receive prior to camp, there will be a letter detailing supplies needed for specific activities as well as a packing list for the camping trip.
  • Q. What about lunch?

    Each camper needs to bring her/his own non-refrigerated lunch, drink and snack each day during the day-trip portion of the session. For overnight camping trips, campers need their lunch for the first day of the trip and snack money. The camp supplies the food for the remainder of the trip.
  • Q. Where do the campers go for their day trips?

    The day trip sites are all within a one-hour drive from camp. These may include rock climbing, hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, beach day, high ropes, or community service.  A detailed schedule of activities will be sent via email 2 weeks prior to your scheduled session.
  • Q. Is there an overnight camping component to every group?  What if my child does not want to go?

    If you registered for Voyagers or Explorers, you are signed up for a two-week session, including camping during the second week (Mon-Fri for Explorers, Tues/Wed- Fri for Voyagers). If you are registering for Day Trekkers, please make sure you specified whether you want camping or no-camping (these are two separate groups, camping is Thursday-Friday for the Day Trekkers with camping). The camping trips are typically the highlight of the session and offer awesome opportunities for the campers to really engage in the experience. We work with campers to ensure that they are ready and comfortable with the camping trip. There is not an alternative on-campus plan should they chose not to attend.
  • Q. My camper has never participated in some of the activities before.  Can they still sign up for adventures?

    We love helping campers experience new adventures and step out of their comfort zone. That being said, activities such as hiking and biking require some level of comfort to ensure that the whole group can move together at an appropriate pace. Please contact us before signing up if you are not sure about your camper’s comfort level.
  • Q. What about biking?  Is it mandatory?

    The Voyagers and Explorers sessions all include biking excursions, many of which are during the camping trip. Please reach out to Sara ahead of time if you have any concerns about your child's ability to participate. There is no biking scheduled for Day Trekkers.
  • Q. How many kids go on the trips?  How will I know if the trip will run?

    Each Adventures trip can accommodate a maximum of 13 campers.  There are two staff for every trip.  In order to provide participants with a rewarding group experience, each trip will require a minimum number of campers (typically 8 or more) in order to run. If a trip is going to be cancelled, families of registered campers will be notified by April 1.

Other Questions to Consider to make sure ADVENTURES is the right fit for your camper…

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Is your camper able to handle time away from technology?

    We want campers to “unplug” during our day and overnight trips and ask for your help in enforcing this expectation.
  • Q. Is your camper able to "go with the flow?"

    Though we have a pre-set schedule, it is likely to change based on weather, timing, vendors etc. We ask that kids come to camp every day ready for anything. Although we preview and review plans as much as possible, “ at the moment” changes are inevitable. Also, if there is the time in the afternoon we take campers swimming at many different community locations. The camp pool is being used for swim lessons for the Day Camp, so while we may have the chance to spend an occasional 20-30 minutes there during an end of the day free swim, we tend to seek out alternate swimming spots (pools, lakes etc.).
  • Q. Does your camper need additional support during the camp day?

    We pride ourselves on hiring qualified, caring and experienced staff and aim to meet the needs of all campers. However, our ability to offer significant individualized support for campers can be limited by the structure of our program. Counselors provide frequent check-ins with the group and individually with campers as needed, but we do not have the capacity to stop an activity for a camper who requires a significant level of supportive intervention. If you are concerned about this, please contact Sara ahead of time to see if Adventures is a good fit for your camper. Our Day Camp Assistant Directors support our Adventures Staff while on campus but do not work directly in the program, so even if you have worked closely with one of the Assistant Directors to support your child, please follow up with Sara as well.
     
    We are excited about the opportunity for your camper to be more independent and more empowered in Adventures camp. However, if you have any concerns about your camper's ability to be successful in the program, we want to speak with you before you move forward with your registration.
  • Q. Does your camper love to be active?

    A day of adventures is fast paced, exciting and constantly moving. Campers do best when they are open to being active and trying new things.
  • Q. Does your camper like trying new things?

    In the past, campers have participated in biking, hiking, rock climbing, trampolining, circus arts, beach day, stand up paddleboarding, high ropes course, zip lining etc. We ask that campers participate to their best ability and encourage kids to step out of their comfort zone. In some instances (i.e., rock climbing) they can choose how much they want to do. With other activities, (i.e., hiking or biking) the group needs to be able to stay together, so we expect that kids will have the ability to get to the destination.

RUNNING BROOK CAMPS AT CHAPEL HILL - CHAUNCY HALL SCHOOL


785 Beaver St.
Waltham, MA 02452
Phone: 781-314-0994
Fax: 781-894-5706
Email: runningbrookcamp@chch.org

Director: Jim Bellanca, L.M.H.C.

Office Hours: We are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Please give us a call with any questions that you have, or to schedule a personal tour.