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School Break Camp takes kids on exciting excursions throughout all five boroughs, experiencing NYC the best way possible - as a kid! We offer care on school closures and holidays for most public, private, and charter school calendars. Tuition includes child-care coverage from 8:00-4:00, as well as breakfast, lunch, snack and excursion fees. After Camp care is available from 4-6pm for additional price.


Our school break camp days are now split into two categories: Extreme ADVENTURE and Extreme CHILL. On Extreme ADVENTURE days our explorers will travel via school bus to exciting excursions, including Legoland, Field Station Dinosaur, the Liberty Science Center and beyond! On Extreme CHILL days, our explorers will have a relaxing and yet enriching break from school at our new 485 Atlantic location. Our day of chill will include all meals, snacks and plenty of opportunities for play and discovery.  Some CHILL days may also include a nearby walking trip or a special guest visitor.  


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Camp Itinerary For Ages K-5th Grade

  • Drop-off / Pick up Procedures
    Sign 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 Camp Schedule
    Please find the daily camp schedule for the School Age Camp Group: Monday-Thursday: Each camp week, our campers spend time rotating between our Explorer Pad discovery rooms and work with their counselors and fellow campers to learn how to use the tools and resources available in each pad, complete special projects, and share their work with the camp community on Thursdays! During Each Block period, campers will have the opportunity to explore different discovery rooms, 8:00 - 9:00 AM: Arrival 8:30 AM: Breakfast 9:00 -9:30 AM: Group Meetings 9:30 - 11:00 AM BLOCK 1 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM BLOCK 2 (snack offered 11:00 - 11:15) 12:30 - 1:00 PM: LUNCH 1:00 - 2:00 PM: OUTSIDE/GYM TIME (Water Games on Wednesdays) 2:00 - 3:30 PM BLOCK 3 * 3:30: Pickup or continue to Aftercare *3:00 - 3:30 PM Community Share on Thursdays Fridays On Fridays we will hit the road for an exciting adventure day! 8:00 - 9:00 Morning drop off & Free play 8:30 AM: Breakfast 9:00 - 9:30 Morning Check-in and Trip Prep 9:30 - 10:30. Travel to trip location 10:30 - 12:30 Friday Adventure trip activity 12:30 - 1:00 Picnic lunch 1:00 - 2:00. Continue Adventure trip activity 2:00 - 2:30 Trip wrap up and prepare for travel 2:30 - 3:30. Bus travel back to home base 3:30 Pickup or continue to Aftercare
  • Late Arrivals and Early Pickups
    Please be sure to notify your campers counselors or site supervisor via Brightwheel of any expected lateness and absences. Please note that our program operates on a set schedule, and it can be extremely difficult for the counselors to accommodate chronic late arrivals. Parents are requested to have their children at the camp no later than 9:00 am. 9:00 am is the start of the camp day and is an integral part of their instruction. On-time arrivals also ensure your child will settle into the routine more quickly. Campers who do not arrive by 9:00 am will not receive breakfast. We understand that schedules shift and you may need to pick your camper up earlier than the 3:30 end of the camp day. Families who wish to pick up their camper prior to the camp dismissal time may do so no earlier than 12:30pm (Monday through Thursday). There is no early pick up offered on Friday Adventure days since the campers will be traveling during the camp day. Campers will not return to the camp site until 3:30pm on Adventure days. If you wish to pick up your camper early please notify your site supervisor via the Brightwheel app. We do not offer prorated tuition rates for families who wish to pick up early.
  • Daily Menu
    Breakfast 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
  • What should my child wear to camp?
    All campers must wear their World Explorers orange t-shirt while attending the summer camp program. Campers will receive two camp shirts on their first day of attendance. Families may purchase additional shirts on our website.
  • 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 Groups
    We 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 Groups
    Camp 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 Kit
    All 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 Day
    On 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 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. A $10 late fee will be assessed for every 15 minutes past the 3:30/6:00 pm dismissal time. 3:30-3:35/6:00-6:05 pm is a grace period you can pay the late fee with exact cash or Venmo
  • 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.
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