After school Adventures at Brighter choice
IMPORTANT: This program is offered ONLY to students who attend BCCS
Dates: September 11, 2023 - June 26, 2024
Hours: Dismissal-6pm Monday-Friday
Traveling is one of the best ways to learn. During Afterschool Adventures, we travel the world through hands-on experiences and a one of a kind enrichment curriculum. As part of this experience, our explorers relate back to their own culture and heritage to discover what makes them a unique global citizen. At the end of the year, Explorers will have visited the great wonders of the world, tasted food from around the globe, played games from other countries, and learned to view themselves as an integral part of the continued growth of our global community. Our aim is to instill a genuine love of exploration, adventure, and learning.
Afterschool Adventures is in session only on the days when your child’s school is in session.
Explorers daily enrichment classes
Kid-led free-choice activity stations
Dedicated homework time
Wholesome and hearty snacks
Service learning projects
DOE half days (as can be accommodated by host school)
Caregiver-friendly office hours
Sample Daily Schedule
2:20pm-2:35pm Classroom pick-up
2:35pm-3:00pm Snack & community circle (snack provided by World Explorers)
3:00pm-3:45pm Outdoor play
3:45pm-4:45pm Homework help/indoor play
4:45pm-5:30pm Explorers Enrichment Class
5:30pm-6:00pm Special-interest stations, games, free play, and dismissle
Extended 1/2 day Schedule when applicable
12:30pm-1:00pm Community Circle
1:00pm-1:30pm Mid-day Snack (provided by Explorers)
1:30pm-2:30pm Outdoor Playground
3:15pm-4:00pm Special-interest stations & free play
4:00pm-4:20pm Late afternoon snack
4:20pm-5:30pm Explorers Enrichment activity
5:30pm-6:00pm Special-interest stations & free play/games
Release some STEAM as we explore cultures through the lens of science, technology and engineering.
Let your imagination be your guide as you develop your reading, writing, and performance skills through global myths, folktales and legends.
Bon appetite! Explore a culture through one of its most social activities-cooking and eating!
Master traditional arts and crafts techniques through the exploration of materials and process, all while developing an appreciation for art around the world.
Shake, rattle and roll! Get ready to sweat as you use your body to explore music, dance, sports and games
Steps for enrollment
Wait for your invoice and welcome letter from the Explorers Support Team. Receipt of your program deposit and any necessary payment confirms your child’s registration.
You can make changes to you enrollment during the two change periods: 12/1-15, 2022 and 3/1-15, 2023
Drop-off / Pick up ProceduresSign in/out attendance procedures. Sign-in/Sign-out is done by the adult dropping off or picking up using the mybrightwheel app. Each authorized adult will receive a unique 4-digit pin (which can be changed through the Edit Profile section of the app). Adults will sign in or out by scanning the QR code on the door and entering their pin. During drop off, adults will be prompted to answer two quick COVID-19 screening questions. Drop-off 8:00-9:00 am The earliest explorers can be dropped off is 8am. We request that all explorers are at our location by 9am. Pick-up Procedures Pickup is at 3:30 pm. For families who enroll in aftercare pickup is anytime from 3:30-6 pm at the same location as drop-off. As stated above, all parents and authorized adults should come knowing their 4-digit PIN and with the mybrightwheel app installed on their smartphone.
Daily MenuBreakfast Oatmeal or grits and fresh fruit Morning Snack Pretzel sticks w/ sunbutter and applesauce Lunch Cheese quesadilla with rice & beans and fresh fruit Afternoon Snack Fruit/veggie & yogurt smoothie Late-Stay Snack Veggie Straws or Popcorners
What if my explorer is a picky eater?We will send out a weekly menu to all camp families. We encourage children to try our foods and always encourage healthy habits. If your child is a picky eater, we suggest nut-free healthy snacks to supplement, if necessary.
Can explorers bring outside food?Yes. You are welcome to pack your explorer a lunch. Note that we are a nut free facility and do not allow nuts of any kind.
What should my explorer bring to camp?Hat (recommended for sunny days) Sunscreen **Please apply before coming to camp. Water bottle Extra set of clothes, if necessary **recommended for younger explorers
Is there anything my explorer should NOT bring?Crocs and flip-flops are NOT allowed in camp! We’re very active and explorers can easily slip or trip on them. Shoes must have ankle straps. Personal toys are discouraged. Electronics such as video game devices are not allowed. Personal cell phones must be kept in explorers backpacks. Please do not send your explorer with money. We cover all trip expenses and do not visit souvenir shops. explorers will not need money for any reason unless explicitly noted in the itinerary details of the weekly email.
Camp GroupsWe keep a 1:6 adult to explorer ratio on trips with children ages 6 and up, and a 1:5 adult to explorer ratio on trips with children ages 4 and 5. Our homebase ratio is 1:10. We assign our explorers into smaller groups based on this ratio. This increases our group’s safety by providing the ability for super quick head counts on our excursions and also allows the children to bond with their counselor in a smaller, more intimate setting. Our explorers are broken into four age groups to ensure that each explorer enjoys experiences appropriate to his or her age. We also recognize the benefit of co-mingling between ages and occasionally do group activities with mixed age groups. • Jr. Backpackers is for Pre-K 4s entering Kindergarten 2024-25. These are campers born in 2019. The program focuses on play-based learning and introduces explorers to a variety of new skills and mediums while maintaining an age-appropriate structure. • Backpackers is for entering 1st-2nd graders 2024-25 school year. These are campers born in 2017 and 2018. Backpackers focuses on introducing explorers to various interests and skills in a structured environment while still encouraging freedom of exploration. • Trailblazers is for entering 3rd-5th graders 2024-25 school year. These are campers bon in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Trailblazers focuses on allowing explorers to further develop their personal interests and to pursue their passions by growing their confidence and independence. We try our best to divide our smaller camp groups with the following priorities in order: 1. A child’s established connection with an adult counselor 2. A child’s age 3. Parent’s request for a specific group 4. Our identification of new and existing camp friendships While we do organize explorers into smaller groups, our explorers enjoy ongoing flexibility to engage and interact with all of the explorers in their larger group, despite their small group designation. Many of our workshops and organized activities are designed for the group as a whole as well as time on the bus, during lunch, and playground. You can think of our groups as the desk groups in a typical elementary classroom setting. We’re all in class together with the benefit of added attention for each smaller group. **Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, age groups may remain separate for the duration of their time at camp, with no co-minging.
Age GroupsCamp groups (with the exception of Clubhouse Explorers) are organized by the entering grade for the 2024-25 school year Clubhouse Explorers preschool ages 2-4 Jr Backpackers rising kindergarten Backpackers rising 1st-2nd grade Trailblazers rising 3rd-5th grade
Camp KitAll explorers must wear our signature camp shirt and carry our purple backpack everyday. One kit is included for the summer season which includes two camp shirts and a backpack. Additional t-shirts are available for purchase. ***A water bottle is required
Water DayOn water days explorers should come well-sunscreened with water resistant sunscreen on all exposed areas and dressed in a bathing suit with dry camp clothes on top. Girls should wear a bathing suit under their dry shorts/skirts and a camp shirt. Boys should wear swim trunks and a swim shirt under their camp shirt. Please provide a towel and dry underwear/clothing for your explorer to change into. Label all items with explorers first and last names.
Can I request my child be paired with a friend?We try our best to accommodate group and friend requests. Please make any requests 1-2 weeks in advance. Note that same day friend requests may not always be possible.
What if my child cannot attend camp, how should I notify you?If your child will be unable to attend a day of camp please send a message to our staff through the Brightwheel parent communication app. You may also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 855-687-6923 x 0 as soon as you are aware of the absence.
What if I am running late to pick up my child?We understand things happen and offer a 5-minute grace period. Please let us know if you are running late by reaching out to your child's counselor via the Brightwheel App. After the grace period the late fees as outlined in the Summer Camp Parent Guide will be applied to your account.
Do you offer makeup days?Due to the nature and structure of our programs, we do not offer any make up days. We are flexible with rescheduling, however, so please call 855-687-6923 if you would like to reschedule a week of camp.
What happens in the case of severe weather (i.e. heat warning, thunderstorms)?"Depending on the nature of the weather, on field trip days that are outdoors camp will find an alternative trip location. On water days or field days we may stay indoors at our camp location if deemed necessary. We follow heat advisory recommendations from the Dept of Health. For typical rain days that do not include severe weather we will try our best to continue our trip as planned. Parents will be notified via email or Brightwheel text message of any itinerary changes or delays.