As always, Washington Township Park's Explorer Camp remains committed to maintaining a safe, clean and healthy environment for our staff and campers. In partnership with the American Camping Association (ACA),we are closely monitoring information about COVID-19 and are actively discussing the latest updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For More information about our safety precautions, go to the bottom of this page.
Come join the fun at Explorer Camp this summer! Explorer Camp is an all outdoors camp for kids 5 years old who have started kindergarten to age 13. Camp is run out of the Chickadee shelter, located next to the playground in the upper park. The summer is comprised of eight themed weeks of camp and counselors plan activities throughout the day based on the theme. Counselors do their best to stick to the following station categories while planning activities; sports, health and wellness, crafts, nature, science and large group. Campers will travel to each station throughout the day. Structure and planning are very important but we also believe in letting the kids use their imagination. If the kids come up with a fun and safe activity that the counselors agree on....... we are doing it! As parents ourselves, we believe that the kids are structured and scheduled all school year long. Camp is a place to explore, imagine and be a kid. In a world of technology, there is nothing wrong with just being a kid. Camp will consist of our Camp Director and Lead Counselor in addition to our qualified counselors who are all CPR and First Aid Certified to care for your child. To ensure proper supervision and age-appropriate activities, campers will be divided into groups by age. Campers are all together at several times throughout their day for large group activities. We have a 1:10 counselor to camper ratio.
Registration Opens March 1 Camp Dates June 1-July 29th.
Enroll for individual days, half days, by the week or the whole break. The choice is yours! You can register for as many days or weeks as you would like. Some registration restrictions will apply during the Governor's or local Health Department's stages. Half Day-$15 (choices available- 7am-12pm or 1pm-6pm) Single Full Day-$30 Weekly Rate-$150 Registration is open until 8pm on Friday for the following week of camp. A $5 fee will be added for each late registration day. The Camp Director can deny late registration due to lack of staff and supplies. Extra's Added During Registration: $4 Lunch: Lunch choice of various deli meats on white or Hawaiian roll, pb&j fresh fruit, fruit cup, bag of chips, yogurt tube, carrot sticks or other raw veggies, and a juice box. $10 Extra Camp shirt ( each new camper will receive 1 free shirt) Campers may also wear any bright blue shirt of their own.
Cancellation Policy Please notify the Camp Director in writing at least 10 business days ahead of time if you plan on not having your camper attend the day(s)/week(s) for which they are currently enrolled for a full refund. If you cancel your registration with less than 10 business days you will not receive a full refund. Anyone who cancels after the 10 day minimum has the option to receive a household credit to use towards future camp days with permission from the Camp Director. Requests for a camp credit must be made at least 24 hours before your child misses a registered day of camp. Late Pick-Up Fee If it becomes apparent that tardiness is a recurring issue during pickup, the Director will notify you to discuss late fee assessments. Parents will be charged $1 per minute should late pickups continue. In the event of 5 or more late pickups the Camp Director can request removal from camp. Late pick up is after 6 pm for full day.
Week 1 June 1-4- Schools Out For The Summer Start the first week of summer right! Reunite with your camp friends and favorite counselors, wade in the creek, gaga ball, 9 square in the air and more. All the things you missed since last summer! Week 2 June 7-11- Camping Adventure Learn all about the fun of camping and being outdoors by pitching a tent, building a bonfire, roasting marshmallows, hiking, fishing, kayaking, skipping rocks, & playing in the creek. Week 3 June 14-18- Off the Wall Sports Join us for a fun week of new sports as well as the classics with paint ball, Nerf guns, badminton, bumper balls, lacrosse, football, basketball, volleyball, and cheer. Week 4 June 21-25- Summer Fun with STEM More information to come Week 5 June 28-July 2- Ninja Warriors Daily Ninja Warrior challenges on our updated park obstacle course & new slack lines with a mini zip line. Week 6 July 5-9- Happy 10th Birthday/Spirit Week Explorer Camp turns 10 years old this summer! Come celebrate with us with daily party activities and spirit themes. Week 7 July 12-16- Camp Wars Campers will be completing in fun challenges against each other and our counselors with classic field day games like tug of war, relay races and pie eating contests. Week 8 July 19-23- Splish Splash Campers will close out the summer with lots of water activities each day including our famous foam machine and water slide down the big hill.
Camp Daily Schedule
Drop-off/Pick-up @ Chickadee Shelter Upper Park
7:00am - 9:00am Drop-off, Free Time
9:00am - 9:30am Morning Meeting
9:30am - 10:15am Morning Rotation 1
10:15am - 11:15am Morning Rotation 2
11:15am - 12:15pm Morning Rotation 3
12:15pm - 1:15pm Lunch/Free-Time
1:15pm - 2:15pm Afternoon Rotation 1
2:15pm - 3:15pm Afternoon Rotation 2
3:15pm - 3:30pm Afternoon Snack
3:30pm - 4:30pm Afternoon Rotation 3
4:30pm - 6:00pm Pick-up, Free-Time
What to Bring
Packed lunch if not purchasing one
Backpack to hold belongings
Refillable water bottle
Change of clothes
Swimsuit and towel
Plastic bag for wet clothes
Flip-flops for splash pad only
Do NOT bring personal toys or electronics
What to Wear
Closed toe shoes
Comfortable play clothes
Weather appropriate apparel
Sandals can only be worn at the splash pad
Camper Health Guidelines
Campers and Staff will receive a daily symptom screening before entering camp.
If a camper develops a fever of 100 degrees or higher or consistent cough during the camp day a parent will be notified immediately to come pick the camper up. The camper may return after being symptom free for 72 hours.
Parents are responsible to let the Camp Director know immediately if their child has symptoms or has been diagnosed with a Communicable Disease.
Camp will provide contact tracing in all camps. Campers will be assigned to pods of 10 or less campers. Due to varied weekly camp attendance, pod groupings are subject to change from day to day, although our goal is to keep groupings as consistent as possible.
Camp staff will care for minor bumps and bruises and notify parent/guardian immediately through our online Injury Report sent by email.
Parent/Guardian will be notified immediately if a camper becomes ill or sustains an injury of a serious nature.
Please do not bring your child to camp if they feel ill, or have had a fever, coughing, vomiting or diarrhea.
A child must be fever and cough free for 72 hours and 24 hours for vomiting and diarrhea.
Please do not bring children who have lice or are injured to the extent to where they cannot participate in activities without the possibility of further injury.
Prevention at Camp From COVID 19: We will be implementing several new policies to assure that we are doing everything in our power to lessen the spread of germs at camp. All campers and staff will be required to wear a cloth face covering at camp when physical distancing is not feasible. Drop off: Parents will be dropping off using our new drive through service. Cars will pull up to the drop off tent by the grassy area across from the playground where a counselor will come to your car window and ask the parent/guardian questions about fever and cough. Counselors may check the campers temperature using a forehead thermometer. Campers will then split into small groups of 10 or less for activities in the grassy area instead of playing on the playground like past years. Smaller groups and social distancing will be a priority. During lunch: Campers will stay with their groups of 10 and have a picnic style lunch through out the park with their counselor. Each camper will be supervised with hand washing before they eat. Lunch time will also be cleaning time to sanitize all equipment that has been used by staff and campers including the shelter and bathrooms. Pick up: Pick up will occur just like drop off at the grassy field where we can we spread out. Parents will pull up to the tent and a counselor will get your child, sanitize their hands and load then into your car. Everything that was touched by campers and staff during the day will be sanitized and ready for the next morning.
Counselors will be given a bin that is designated for their group with all the supplies that they need for the daily activities. The supplies will only have contact with that group and then sanitized periodically throughout the day. Camper Restrooms will be cleaned 3 times per day. Campers will not use the park drinking fountain but rather have their water bottles refilled by their counselor with bottled water. Campers will be asked to wash hands a few extra times during the day. CDC hand washing steps will be placed on the walls in the bathrooms for campers to follow. Counselors will have hand sanitizer on them at all time. Staff will monitor campers looking for signs of illness and will notify the appropriate personnel if a child develops a constant cough, shortness of breathe or appears to have a fever. In the case of inclement weather, campers will be spread out between the Chickadee and Eagle Shelter as well as the Red Barn and Pavilion Center. Staff will engage in enhanced cleaning procedures during the camp day as well as cleaning shelter surfaces and playgrounds weekly for additional prevention.
MISSION In 2011 Avon Kids Camp, now named Explorer Camp, was established as a nonprofit day camp for kids in Washington Township and the surrounding community for ages preschool to middle school. We believe that the camp experience is essential to every child’s growth with the positive impact of unstructured play, being physically active and in nature. We provide an inclusive space where campers can find their place in nature, explore, take risks, embrace their unique selves, grow relationships with peers and staff, learn new skills, build resilience and be inspired at camp.