Specialty Camps

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These programs are designed for campers who are looking for a concentrated 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 orginizations 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.

  • Monday-Friday
  • 1  week sessions
  • All Day 9:00am-3:30pm
  • Explorer groups include 1 off-site overnight.

 2017 Themes

Week 4:  Vet School Camp (July 17-July 21)

(Entering Grades 5-8)

Join naturalists from SSNSC to learn basic animal care skills and explore the world of veterinary science.  Campers will learnabout animal anatomy, gain important observational skills using tools such as microscopes and stethoscopes, help prepare food for the Science Center animals and work collaboratively to solve veterinary mysteries.  Includes an off-site fieldtrip to the New England Wildlife Center.

Week 6: Explorers:  Marine Biology (July 31-August 4)

(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.

Week 8: Explorers:  Survival Skills (August 14-18)

(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 Purgatory Chasm State Reservation and  on an overnight in Myles Standish State Park where you can test your new skills.  Tents and meals on the overnight are provided.

Week 10: Minecraft Mania (August 26 – September 1)

(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 10: Minecraft Mastercrafters (August 28 – September 1)

(Entering Grades 4-8)

An advanced Minecraft program where educational gaming and hands-on science and engineering projects meet. Focus on energy, powering mechanisms, and using redstone to build and design your way through the tricky labyrinth.  This camp is supported by the imaginative creators at Wicked Cool for Kids.




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