SUMMER CAMP

Go See NYC!

SUMMER 2020 itinerary

No sleep till...Brooklyn! Explore the best that Brooklyn has to offer! Make new memories with old favorites like the Brooklyn Children's Museum.

 

 

 

AGES:

Kindergarten to 7th Grade

Best of Brooklyn

6/22 - 6/26  Week 1

Come on Down and spend the week playing your favorite board games, Pokemon and Bakugan. Get your game face on and get ready for our Beyblade tournament!

AGES:

3nd - 7th Grade

Game Mania

7/6- 7/10 Week 3

Curtain up! Find your spotlight as you learn what it takes to be a star! Explorers will be introduced to the world of acting, singing, dancing and design in preparation. for our own musical at the end of the week. 

 

 

AGES:

1st - 4th Grades

Broadway Stars I

7/13 - 7/17 Week 4

Curtain up! Find your spotlight as you learn what it takes to be a star! Explorers will be introduced to the world of acting, singing, dancing and design in preparation. for our own musical at the end of the week. 

 

AGES:

1st - 4th Grades

Broadway Stars II

7/20 - 7/24 Week 5

We’ll spend the week playing some of our favorite sports and displaying our spirit all over camp! Be ready to play basketball, flag football, soccer, baseball, kickball and many other fun sports.

 

AGES:

1st - 4th Grades

Outdoor Adventures:

Sports Of All Sorts

7/27 - 7/31 Week 6

Have you ever dreamed of being a star? Lights, camera, action! Find your moment in the spotlight while we create our own movie trailers! 

 

AGES:

Kindergarten

Movie Stars

8/3 - 8/7 Week 7

We’re going behind the scenes in this movie-making exploration. Find your moment in the spotlight as we create our own short films.

 

 

AGES:

3rd - 4th Grades

Movie makers: You’re the star!

8/3 - 8/7 Week 7

If you can dream it, you can build it! Explorers will be challenged to see what their imaginations can create. A trip to the Lego store that will encourage the Explorers to dream big!

 

 

AGES:

Kindergarten

TinkerLab

8/10 - 8/14 Week 8

Join our team as we partner up with local Brooklyn eatery Daleview Biscuits and Beer for a deep dive into the restaurant industry. Campers will learn all about the fermentation process and brew and bottle their own root beer recipe. Cooking lessons will include food safety, safe knife and equipment handling skills, meal preparation and presentation.

 

AGES:

5th - 7th Grades

Culinary arts:

Let’s run a restaurant!

8/10 - 8/14 Week 8

Welcome to Jurassic Park! Investigate how dinosaurs roamed the earth millions of years ago, and why they no longer exist today. Examine life-sized skeletons at the Museum of Natural History and dig up some fossils like an archeologist.

AGES:

Kindergarten

Dino Investigators

8/17 8/21 Week 9

Grab your shovels! Explore the mysteries of these prehistoric giants by digging through mysteries at the Museum of Natural History.

AGES:

Kindergarten

Dino Detectives

8/17 8/21 Week 9

Wild out! Fur, feathers, and scales abound as we learn all about animals and habitats in our zoological study. We’ll investigate wildlife at Prospect Park zoo.

 

 

AGES:

Kindergarten to 7th Grade

Walk on the Wild Side

6/29 - 7/3 Week 2

Splish, splash, we’re having a water bash! Bring your suits for gallons of water play in NYC!

 

 

 

AGES:

Kindergarten

Splish Splash

7/13 - 7/17 Week 4

Become a star as you develop more advanced skills in acting, singing, dancing and design in preparation for our own musical.

 

 

 

AGES:

5th - 7th Grades

Broadway Legends - Bravo! II

7/13 - 7/17 Week 4

Become a star as you develop more advanced skills in acting, singing, dancing and design in preparation for our own musical.

 

 

AGES:

5th - 7th Grades

Broadway Legends - Bravo! II

7/20 - 7/24 Week 5

We’ll spend the week playing some of our favorite sports and displaying our spirit all over camp! Be ready to play basketball, soccer, baseball and other fun sports.

 

 

AGES:

1st - 4th Grades

Movie makers:

You’re the star!

7/27 - 7/31 Week 6

We’re going behind the scenes in this movie-making exploration. Find your moment in the spotlight while we create our own commercials.

 

 

AGES:

1st - 4th Grades

Movie makers: You’re the star!

8/3 - 8/7 Week 7

Explore the Great Outdoors! Grab your map and compass and learn some wilderness skills with NYC Park rangers in some of NYC’s best woodland park escapes.

AGES:

3rd - 4th Grades

Outdoor Adventures:

Wilderness Training

8/3 - 8/7 Week 7

We’re cooking up delicious treats and sweets this week while touring the world. We will learn all about different foods from countries all over the world and get a chance to be a food critic at our local Dekalb Market.

AGES:

1st - 4th Grades

International Foodie

8/10 - 8/14 Week 8

Grab your shovels! Explore the mysteries of these prehistoric giants by digging through mysteries at the Museum of Natural History.

 

AGES:

Kindergarten

Dino Detectives

8/17 8/21 Week 9

Grab your shovels! Explore the mysteries of these prehistoric giants by digging through mysteries at the Museum of Natural History.

AGES:

Kindergarten

Dino Detectives

8/17 8/21 Week 9

Boom! Pow! Krak! We’re getting super! Learn superhero skills and enjoy a visit to the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store to stock up on our hero necessities. Every hero needs a secret identity and we'll help you find it with our mask and cape making workshop.

 

AGES:

Kindergarten to 2nd Grade

Superkids!

7/6- 7/10 Week 3

Surf’s up! Grab your bathing suit and a towel because it’s time to get wet! We will spend the week having fun in the sun, sand, and water with trips to some of New York’s best sprinklers.

 

AGES:

1st - 4th Grades

Water Thrills: Wet N’ Wild

7/13 - 7/17 Week 4

Places, everyone! Learn what it means to be a star! Our Broadway Babies will be introduced to different ways of storytelling and performing. We will focus on the basics of performing on stage and our week will end with a mini performance to showcase what we’ve learned!

 

AGES:

Kindergarten

Broadway Babies

7/20 - 7/24 Week 5

We’ll spend the week playing some of our favorite sports and displaying our spirit all over camp! Be ready to play basketball, soccer, baseball and other fun sports.

 

 

AGES:

Kindergarten

Sports Of All Sorts

7/27 - 7/31 Week 6

Our campers will explore Governors Island daily. It' s filled with opportunities for discovery and adventure. Grab your map and compass to Join our Co-founder Keyanna on a great hike!

 

 

 

AGES:

5th - 7th Grades

Outdoor Adventures:

An Oasis and Adventure at Governors Island!

7/27 - 7/31 Week 6

Grab your map and compass and learn some wilderness skills with NYC Park rangers in some of NYC’s best woodland park escapes.

AGES:

1st - 4th Grades

Outdoor Adventures:

Wilderness Training Explore the Great Outdoors!

8/3 - 8/7 Week 7

Are you ready to take on sports in an extreme way? Join us for a week of sporting adventures. 

 

 

 

AGES:

5th - 7th Grades

Outdoor Adventures:

Extreme Sports

8/3 - 8/7 Week 7

Ready, set, invent! Learn all about how to turn wonderful, creative ideas into actual inventions! We will explore all about design at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, and maybe even see a robot or two!

AGES:

1st - 4th Grades

Inventor’s Lab

8/10 - 8/14 Week 8

Visit your all-time favorite places including the Backpacks and Binoculars: Ultimate Playground Tour in Central Park!

 

AGES:

1st - 4th Grades

Ultimate Kid Favorite:

Level Up - Jump and Jive!

8/17 8/21 Week 9

Grab your shovels! Explore the mysteries of these prehistoric giants by digging through mysteries at the Museum of Natural History.

AGES:

Kindergarten

Dino Detectives

8/17 8/21 Week 9

 

AGE GROUPS

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Ages: Preschool

CLUBHOUSE

EXPLORERS

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Ages: Kindergarten

JUNIOR

BACKPACKERS

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Grades 1-2

BACKPACKERS

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Grades 3-4

TRAILBLAZERS

 

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Grades 5-7

 PATHFINDERS

Included for all ages

EXPLORERS KIT

 
 

LOCATIONS

Fort Greene

36 St. Felix Street

June 22, 2020 - September 4, 2020
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Ages 2 - 12
Cost: $650/week

Crown Heights

Location TBA

June 22, 2020 -

August 28, 2020
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Ages 2 - 12
Cost: $650/week

Boerum Hill/Carroll Gardens

P.S. 261 | 314 Pacific St.

July 6, 2020 -

August 21, 2020
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Ages 2 - 12
Cost: $650/week

Prospect Heights

Location TBA

July 6, 2020 -

August 21, 2020
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Ages 2 - 12
Cost: $650/week

 

Summer Camp Enrollment GuidE

Registration Process

1. Log into your CampSite account or click “Create New Family Enrollment

2. Select the “Enrollment” tab to view current registrations or to register for additional programs

3. Select Enroll for 2020 under the child you’d like to register for all Summer 2020 programs

4. Select Enroll for 2019 under the child you’d like to register for any programs during the 2019-20 school year September-June (Current school year break camps)

5. Select “Add Option” next to all programs for which you'd like to register

6. Proceed with checkout

Age Groups:

  • Clubhouse Explorers preschool ages 2-4

  • Jr Backpackers entering kindergarten

  • Backpackers entering 1st-2nd grade

  • Trailblazers entering 3rd-4th grade

  • Pathfinders entering 5th-7th grade

01 Weekly Itinerary

***Jr Backpackers, Backpackers, Trailblazers, Pathfinders

 

Monday Field Day/In-The-Field Challenges Kicks off the week with themed games and activities in a park

Tuesday Field Trip or Workshop

Wednesday Water Day - Trip to a splashground

Thursday  Field Trip or Workshop

Friday Field Trip or Workshop

02 Drop-off / Pick up Procedures

Drop-off 8:00-9:00 am

The earliest campers can be dropped off is 8am. We request that all campers are at our location by 9am.

 

Drop-Off Procedures

All parents and authorized adults will receive a unique 6-digit PIN.  This PIN will need to be entered on our iPad at drop-off and at pick-up.    

 

Pickup is anytime from 4-6 pm at the same location as drop-off.

 

Pick-up Procedures

As stated above, all parents and authorized pickups should come with their 6-digit PIN in order to securely sign-out their child.  

03 Water Day

On water days campers should come well-sun screened 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 camper to change into. Label all items with campers first and last names.

 

***all age groups will be visiting one of New York City’s numerous splashgrounds each Wednesday during most weeks.  During “Shipwrecked!” and “Sun ‘n Surf” weeks, Backpackers, Trailblazers and Pathfinders will be traveling to Far Rockaway Beach.  

04 Camp Kit

All campers 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, a backpack, and binoculars. Additional t-shirts are available for purchase.

 

***A water bottle is required

06 Camp Groups

We keep an exceptional 1:5 adult to camper ratio on trips and 1:10 adult to child ratio in our location. We assign our campers 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 2020-201. The program focuses on play-based learning and introduces campers to a variety of new skills and mediums while maintaining an age-appropriate structure.

 

• Backpackers is for entering 1st-2nd graders 2020-21 school year. Backpackers focuses on introducing campers to various interests and skills in a structured environment while still encouraging freedom of exploration.

 

• Trailblazers is for entering 3rd-4th graders 2020-21 school year. Trailblazers focuses on allowing campers to further develop their personal interests and to pursue their passions by growing their confidence and independence.

 

• Pathfinders is for entering 5th-7th graders 2020-21 school year. Pathfinders camp is designed to engage and challenge the body and mind while building courage, strength, intelligence, perseverance, and confidence through outdoor adventures, extreme sports, and team-building challenges.

 

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 campers into smaller groups, our campers enjoy ongoing flexibility to engage and interact with all of the campers 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.

07 What should my camper bring to camp?

• Hat (recommended for sunny days)

• Sunscreen **Please apply before coming to camp.

• Water bottle

• Emergency medications, if required

• Extra set of clothes, if necessary **recommended for younger campers

08 Anything campers shouldn’t bring

Crocs and flip-flops are NOT allowed in camp! We’re very active and campers can easily slip or trip on them. Shoes must have ankle straps.

 

Personal toys are discouraged. Electronics are not allowed.

09 Can I request my child be paired with a friend?

We try our best to accommodate group and friend requests. Please make any requests in advance. Note that same day friend requests may not always be possible. For more information about how we create our camp groups, see our policies regarding our ratios and groups system under Camp Groups. 

10 NUTRITION

Sample Menu

Breakfast

Pancakes with maple syrup, turkey sausage and fresh berries

 

Morning snack

Pretzel sticks with hummus

 

Lunch

Turkey pepperoni & cheddar sliders, clementines, and organic corn tortillas

 

Afternoon snack

 

Assorted organic melon and Explorers Signature Trail Mix

11 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 e-mail info@backpacksandbinoculars.com as soon as you are aware of the absence.  

12 What if I am running late to pick up my child?

We understand things happen and offer a 10-minute grace period. Please let us know if you are running late by calling our main line +1 (855) 687-6923. After the grace period a $10 late fee will be added for each additional 10 minutes. You may use a card, check, or cash.

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