Specialty Camps

Entering Grades 2-8


These camps are designed for campers who are looking for a more in depth focus on a specific area, whether they are looking for in depth experiences in nature or to build upon a current STEM passion. Led by partner organizations and/or SSNSC naturalists, campers spend the week participating in team-building skills through hands-on explorations and STEM activities. While some of the specialty camps take place on site, others involve fieldtrips and offsite overnights.

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Week 3: Ocean Drifters  (July 11-15)

(Entering Grades 6-8)

Through a collaborative project with NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, we will design, build, launch and track an Ocean Drifter. Oceanographic drifters are simple free-floating instruments that transmit their own positions via satellite. We will take a field trip to Woods Hole to meet the scientists behind this exciting project and learn how drifters are used to observe ocean circulation patterns and track currents, lobster egg dispersal and even cold stunned sea turtle stranding.

Week 4: Minecraft Mania (July 18 – 22)

(Entering Grades 2-5)

The game is all the rage, but what does it apply to in real life? We will spend part of our day on the computer in supervised Minecraft construction projects, then step outside and replicate in real life what we did on the screens. This camp is supported by the imaginative creators at Wicked Cool for Kids.

Week 5: Master Minecrafters (July 25 – 29)

(Entering Grades 4-8)

An advanced Minecraft program where educational gaming and hands on science and engineering projects meet. This camp is supported by the imaginative creators at Wicked Cool for Kids.

Week 6: Explorers:  Marine Biology (August 1-5)

(Entering Grades 6-8)

Explorers will take a mid-week field trip to experience the marine environment on the North River from the pontoon boat of The North and South Rivers Watershed Association” as part of their exploration of marine habitats. We’ll discover marine animal adaptations and conduct hands-on studies of marine animal artifacts from our collections onsite, then explore tide pools on the Boston Harbor Islands during our overnight camping experience on Thursday evening.  Tents and meals on the overnight are provided, visit our website for personal items required.

Week 7: Explorers:  Survival Skills (August 8-12)

(Entering Grades 6-8)

Could you survive in the wild? What skills do you need to spend a night in the outdoors without the conveniences of home? Join us as we learn about fire building, shelter creation, orienteering and basic first aid. Includes a fieldtrip to Pergurtory Chasm and test your new skills on an overnight on the Boston Harbor Islands.  Tents and meals on the overnight are provided, visit our website for personal items required.

Week 8:  August 15-19: LEGO Green Engineering

(Entering Grades 3-6)

Design and build machines powered by alternative energy sources. Campers take on engineering challenges to race solar cars, build wind-powered electrical generation facility and enter the human powered vehicle competition. Imagine and build unique and fun LEGO projects.

 

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