Are you ready for the return of our Summer EDventure Camp? We are!
Below are the dates for our 2022 summer day camp and some of the featured activity possibilities (we are still ironing out plans for even more fun this summer). Specific dates of each main activity will be updated throughout the remainder of the school year. Check back often!
We are extremely excited to offer our 14th Mohr's Explorers EDventure Camp! This day camp, which will run June 20-July 15, is an exceptional opportunity for your child -- we will set out on a different "EDventure" each day, exploring many of the city's other boroughs along the way, including some unique locations off the beaten path. Central Park is the backdrop for some of the afternoons, where we try to explore areas of the park we cannot normally reach during after-school time.
As things start to take shape throughout the spring, a few more of our bigger activities may be added, some with dates, where applicable. But please remember...this is EDventure Camp! If every single day is specifically planned out, it ceases to be an EDventure. (The tentative days of each activity will be announced by e-mail to all participants later.)
Each week will have a day of all-time favorite activities and a day with a surprise activity...
- CLASSIC EXPLORERS DAY: We take Central Park by storm, hitting all of our favorite locations to squeeze in as many of our all-time favorite and most popular games and activities as possible. In Week 3, we'll be doing many of our "Lost Classics," which are games and activities that everyone has loved over the years, but for whatever reason, have not made it into our after-school line-up for at least a year.
- WILDCARD DAY: Each week of the camp features one of these fun days as well, where no one, except Mike, knows what we are doing for the day. Explorers' staff members don't know, parents don't know and our Explorers don't know! We have had some incredible Wildcard EDventures in the past and we will continue bringing the fun on these surprise days of camp.
- BEACH DAY, CONEY ISLAND, BROOKLYN: We will take advantage of this underrated beach, where we will build sand sculptures, play beach games, go swimming (for those who want to) and have lunch at the original Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs. Also, time and weather permitting, we may hop on a ride or two and/or play a few carnival games. One possibility, the historic Wonder Wheel, is "150-feet high, weighing 200,000 pounds and holding 144 people at once -- built in 1920...No visit to Coney is complete without a turn on the WHEEL." -- from the Wonder Wheel website. If it rains, we may go to the New York Aquarium instead, if we are unable to bump it to a different day during this week of camp.
- THE PROSPECT PARK ZOO: Along the Discovery Trail, one of many awesome exhibits, "...planted pathways wind through lush gardens, marshes and scrubland, where red pandas, otters, prairie dogs and kangaroos live. Young trailblazers can experience firsthand various types of animal habitats, locomotion and senses." - from the Prospect Park Zoo website. Did you know that the Red Panda is featured within the logo for Mozilla's web browser. The Red Panda's nickname? A "Fire Fox." If it rains, we may go to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and/or the Brooklyn Museum of Art instead.
FISHING DAY: We traditionally have a fishing day on the last day of camp out in one of the boroughs, but we are going to do one in Central Park this week as well!
This activity is tentatively scheduled for Friday, June 17.
- FORAGING WITH THE "WILDMAN": We will learn about edible and medicinal wild vegetables, herbs, greens, fruits, berries, nuts, seeds and mushrooms with NYC's favorite naturalist, "Wildman" Steve Brill. We will meet Mr. Brill in Central Park, for the first time since 2014, as he takes us all throughout our amazing home turf where we will hike, learn...and eat! For more information about the "Wildman," click here. This activity is scheduled for Tuesday, June 28.
- SCOTT'S PIZZA TOUR: Scott Wiener is NYC's favorite pizza connoisseur, who has hosted thousands of pizza tours around the area since 2008. We will be with him on a Private Pizza Walk in a yet-to-be-determined area, learning about pizza history and pizza infamy! Stops include at least three pizzerias, each of which specializes in a different stage of pizza's development, from a lowly Neapolitan street food to a celebrated American staple. We will spend time with the owners and pizzaioli (pizza makers) at our stops and he says there are always surprises along the way. For more information about Scott, click here. This activity is scheduled for Thursday, June 30 and we are limited to a maximum of 21 participants.
*** PLEASE NOTE: There will be no camp on Monday, July 4. ***
- YANKEE STADIUM TOUR: We can hardly contain our excitement for this inside glimpse of The Stadium! This amazing tour includes visits to the Yankee Stadium Museum, dugout, clubhouse (when available), historic Monument Park and other highlights of this cathedral in the Bronx. We also typically spend part of the day in some of the new parks around the Stadium, such as Macombs Dam Park, where we can run the bases on the footprint of the original Yankee Stadium! This activity is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, July 6.
- HIKING DAY: We embarked on more of a scavenger hunt-style hike throughout upper Manhattan the last time we did this in 2019, with a lot of stops and starts, and ended up hiking "only" 6.25 miles, a bit off the 2017 record of 10.79 miles. That one might be unbreakable, but we are scouting out some ideas for this summer to give it a shot. We have averaged about 8.5 miles over the last 5 hikes and everyone who has ever attended has completed it like the true Explorers they are! If tradition serves, there will likely be ice cream at the end of it all! The big hike is traditionally on Friday.
- BEACH DAY: We normally do not have too many kids in Week 4 who were with us in Week 1 and those who are still with us usually don't mind a second trip. So we're going back to Coney Island! See above for details.
FISHING DAY: This has long been a camp tradition the last day of camp and this year, we may even trek to a new fishing spot somewhere throughout the city, so stay tuned!
This activity is scheduled for Friday, July 15.
- WATER DAY: We typically try to find a cool place on one of the hotter days with a lot of sprinklers and spend part of that day splashing around and having fun. Parents will be notified ahead of time if we plan to do this, but rest assured, even if we don't schedule in a specific day for it, most days when we happen upon some sprinklers, we tend to take full advantage for at least a few minutes!
- GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL TOUR: We may save this for a rainy day and if so, we will be taking an insider's tour of this incredible NYC landmark, which turned 100 in 2013. The tour focuses not only on the history and architectural highlights of the Terminal, but provides little-known secrets and anecdotes as well. Our Explorers will never see Grand Central with the same eyes again!
OTHER DETAILS AND INFORMATION:
- The dates are June 20-24, June 27-July 1, July 5-8 and July 11-15. You do not have to enroll for all four weeks; we realize summer begins at different times for all of our Explorers. (Please note, we will not be in session on Monday, July 4.)
- The day camp will run from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.
- Pick-up & drop off will be at the SE corner of Central Park, at Columbus Circle and Central Park West. Right across the street from the big globe.
- The day camp is for boys and girls, ages 5-12. However, younger children may have a harder time with some of the social distancing requirements and all of the hiking, so please keep that in mind. All participants must be bathroom independent and we cannot accept anyone younger than 5 this summer.
- All participants bring a packed lunch and water (unless otherwise notified on special days).
- Most of the necessary travel is via subway. Not only is it better for the environment, it is also safer and faster, allowing us more time for what we are here for - the fun!
- The cost for one full week of camp is $695. The price is $1,290 for anyone who signs up for two full weeks and for anyone enrolling for more than that, it will be $1,875 for three weeks and $2,375 for all four. If we are not full, daily drop-ins will be available as well ($150/day). Please note that because July 4 falls on a Monday, Week 3 of this camp will be just 4 days and the cost is $560. If this week is included with any other weeks of the camp, then the discounted rates will be $1,170 (for Week 3, plus one additional week) or $1,750 (for Week 3, plus two additional weeks). We do not accept credit cards, but details for electronic payments will be included in your payment e-mail. Those who wish to pay by check, please make them payable Mohr's Explorers, LLC.
- This is a small camp with limited enrollment and we are unable to provide any financial aid or sibling discounts.
- All full-week participants will receive one Mohr's Explorers item (in the past, it has been a t-shirt, lunch tote, etc.) Multiple-week participants always get at least one bonus item!
- Masks are now optional while we are outdoors, but all participants will still need to bring a face covering in case it becomes necessary. We will need them on public transportation and possibly for an activity with a lot of close contact, for when using the park restrooms or any other scenarios that may come up.
- We will continue to practice social distancing throughout the day as much as possible. Those who have a difficult time with this may be asked to wear a mask at certain times.
Registration is currently open and will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. To pre-register, just e-mail Mike to save your spot. After that, please complete the online registration form (link below) and submit payment to secure your child's enrollment. Registration is not official until the form and full payment are received.
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If you have any questions, or if you wish to enroll your child, please contact Mike.
Full refunds will be issued for cancellations prior to June 6. After that, 75% will refunded, if we are notified at least seven days prior to the start of your scheduled week of camp. Fees are non-refundable with less than seven days notice, regardless of the reason for withdrawal. There are also no refunds or credits for absences or dismissal and we cannot offer make-up days from one week to another.