Camp Sessions, Fees, Info & Policies

Sessions, Dates, Hours, Extended Day

Full-Day Camp
9 am to 3:45 pm • Monday through Friday
Ages 5 to 12

Campers must be five years of age before they start camp and 12 or under the first day of camp. See descriptions of activities on the tab below!

Week 1: June 26 - June 30
Week 2: July 3 - July 7 (NO camp July 4th)
Week 3: July 10 - July 14
Week 4: July 17 - July 21
Week 5: July 24 - July 28
Week 6: July 31 - August 4
Week 7: August 7 - August 11
Week 8: August 14 - August 18

Get Going Kids
9 am to 3:45 pm• Monday through Friday
Ages 8 to 12

Campers must be eight years old before they start camp and 12 or under the first day of camp. See descriptions of activities on the tab below!

Get Exploring: June 26 - June 30
Get Aviation: July 3 - July 7 (NO camp July 4th)
Get Filming: July 10 - July 14
Get Outdoors: July 17 - July 21
Get Building: July 24 - July 28
Get Robotics: July 31 - August 4
Get Creative: August 7 - August 11
Get Outdoors: August 14 - August 18

Extended Day Option

For an additional weekly charge (per AM session, per PM session or both AM and PM sessions), extended hours are available from 8 am to 8:45 am and/or from 4 pm to 5 pm. All campers must be picked up promptly by 5 pm.

Classic Day Camp Activities

A typical day at Camp Christopher includes a wide range of fun activities!

Outdoor Activities: Archery - Badminton - Baseball - Basketball - Bean Bag Toss - Bocce - Camper's Choice - Touch Football - Street Hockey - Four Square - Disc Golf - Kayaking (11 & 12 yr. olds only) - Kickball - Lacrosse - Ladder Ball - Newcombe - Parachute Games - Soccer - Speedball - Speedminton - Swimming - Tenniball - Tennis - Volleyball - Gaga Dodgeball

Indoor Activies: Arts & Crafts - Basketball - Bingo - Rock Climbing - Board Games - Camper's Choice - Charades - Dodgeball - Freeze Dance - Game Room - Scooter Hockey

Get Going Kids Camp Activities

Get Exploring!

A little bit of this, a little bit of that...a whole lot of fun!!!
June 26-June 30

Do you like variety?? Having a difficult time choosing one of our exciting camps??  Then why not start off the summer with a week of Get Exploring!  A week long full day camp that gives you the chance to enjoy one full day from all of the Get Going Kids Camps we offer (Outdoors camp, Aviation camp, Standard camp, Robotics camp and Filming camp)

Get Aviation!

Up, Up and Away
July 3-July 7

Explore the field of aviation and aeronautics! Campers will learn to fly airplanes using the SJP flight simulators. We'll visit an airport to see and learn what goes on "behind the scenes." Our exploration will touch on the history and principles of flight, instrumentation, navigation and careers in the aviation industry. A visit to the New England Air Museum at Bradley Field in Windsor, CT is also included in this fascinating camp of exploration!

Get Filming!

Scripts, Props, Editing and more
July 10-July 14

This exciting workshop will teach beginning filmmakers about the process of filmmaking, from creating script ideas to the final production. We will write a screenplay, direct actors, find props, scout locations, explore different sound levels plus lighting, and edit our work. Videos will be edited on the school's laptops using iMovie editing software.

Get Outdoors!

Archery, Environment, Fishing, Games, Swimming
July 17-July 21 and August 14-August 18

Love being outside? This is the camp for you. Campers will travel by van to a variety of freshwater spots to fish for a variety of species. Anglers will receive instruction on all aspects of fishing. If spending a summer afternoon on the water sounds like fun, this is the place for you!

Campers will also explore the natural world in our own backyard. We will employ a variety of field study techniques to learn, firsthand, about different ecosystems and the organisms that inhabit them. There will be a special focus on factors that threaten the health of these places and others like them.

There will be plenty of time for outside games and swimming, so bring your bathing suit! Campers will be tired at the end of the day and eager to come back for more!

Get Building!

Robotics, Engineering, Kinex
July 24-July 28

Do you like to build things? You'll love Get Building! This full day camp includes workshops on robotics, engineering, art, and Kinex.

Campers will explore the world of robots using Lego Mindstorms NXT. They will learn about the different parts of the robots and how they interact through a series of build and test projects. Multimedia facilities will aid the campers on their journey.

Hands-on engineering will be the focus of projects like bridge building. Campers will work in small groups to complete goals, learn basic engineering practices, and practice basic tool use. Design it, build it, test it!

Get Robotics!

Imagine, Explore and Invent
July 31-August 4

Want your child to do something unique and absolutely cool this summer? How about having them learn how to build and design Robots using Lego Mindstorms NXT sets.

Your child's natural curiosity and ingenuity will help them envision possibilities and develop innovative solutions to difficult technology problems. It will challenge your child with authentic, hands-on explorations and then provide support as they engage in: Questioning*Exploring*Imagining*Designing*Constructing*Inventing*Testing*Observing*Learning*Failing (and trying again!)

No prior experience with robots is necessary, campers will be taught everything they need to know. Campers will learn basic robotic design, programming principles and concepts, while having fun!

Get Creative!

Filming, Drama, Writing, and Art
August 7-August 11

Campers will also explore building through the world of Kinex. Campers will work on individual projects, and as a team to construct a 6-foot ferris wheel using more than 8,000 pieces! Kids will love the hands-on nature of this activity.

We'll explore the creative side of building through art with specialized instruction and individualized art projects throughout the week.

Let your creative side go wild as we explore individual creativity in art, drama and writing. Using the popular Kinex, campers will apply a variety of concepts to create their own individual projects, and then join a team to design and construct something larger! It's creative and hands-on! Get Creative! also includes a drama workshop and plenty of time in our art studios, where campers can make their very own creations. We'll take advantage of the Prep's computer labs to explore creative writing and expression.


Full-Day Camp—9 am to 3:45 pm for ages 5 to 12
  • Each child: $335/week**(no camp July 4th: $270/week)
  • Eight week campers: $2,500
  • Lunch for each child: $35/week**(no camp July 4th: $28/week) 
  • Transportation for each child: $55/week**(no camp July 4th: $45/week)
  • Weekly extended day care: $50/session (AM or PM) $100/both sessions (AM and PM)
Get Going Kids—9 am to 3:45 pm for ages 8 to 12
  • Each Child: $450**(no camp July 4th: $360/week)
  • Lunch for each child: $35/week**(no camp July 4th: $28/week)
  • Transportation for each child: $55/week**(no camp July 4th: $45/week) 
  • Weekly extended day care: $50/session (AM or PM) $100/both sessions (AM and PM)                                                               

Hot Lunch

A hot lunch program is offered for an additional weekly (only) fee. Campers participating in the hot lunch program have a choice of several selections daily**hot dog, hamburger, cheeseburger,chicken nuggets, chicken caesar wrap, macaroni & cheese, cheese pizza** All lunches are served with 1% milk, fresh fruit and homemade potato chips. A sample menu will be posted in the main lobby of the camp entrance.

**Enrollment for the hot lunch program is weekly and must be received by the Monday prior to the week attending camp.**


Transportation is offered weekly (only) for an additional fee and will be provided by a school bus at a central pick-up spot, near your home or work. You will receive an email by 5:00pm on the Wednesday before your child attends camp to notify you of the estimated pick-up and drop off times, as times and stops vary from week to week. (bus stops may be subject to change) Please notify the camp office in writing as soon as possible, about any change in transportation needs. We will continue to provide the best and safest transportation possible within the confines of state regulations. For that reason, campers are not allowed to walk from camp or a bus stop, and can only be released to their parent/legal guardian, unless other arrangements have been made by the Camp Director. 

**Enrollment for transportation is weekly and must be received by the Monday prior to the week attending camp.** (Transportation is not available for extended day care)


  • Melrose—Grassy Knoll, across from Melrose High School
  • Wakefield—Lake Quannapowitt, near playground driveway diagonally across from Gingerbread Co.
  • Reading—Coolidge Middle School
  • Lynnfield—Middle school off Main Street (about 1 mile from I95)
  • Swampscott—Tennis court parking lot at the Middle School (old high school)
  • Salem—O'Keefe Center parking lot (Salem State University)
  • Marblehead—Marblehead High School
  • Middleton—Fuller Meadow Elementary School
  • Andover—Merrimack College, church parking lot




A non-refundable deposit of $50 for each registered week must accompany each child's application. Please keep in mind that a camper's place is reserved for the entire period of enrollment. To provide the service that we promise, Camp Christopher obligates itself for the entire season's expenses. As a result, after June 1st, we cannot refund payments, issue credits, make changes, switch weeks or cancel obligations.

Payment Schedule

Remaining camp payments are determined by the amount of weeks enrolled.

Your balance will be billed June 1st if you register for 1-2 weeks of Camp Christopher

Your balance will be billed in 2 equal payments on June 1st, July 1st  if you register for 3-5 weeks of Camp Christopher

Your balance will be billed in 3 equal payments on June 1st, July 1st, August 1st if you register for 6-8 weeks of Camp Christopher

Medical Forms

By state law, all emergency contact forms, signed physicals, immunizations, and medication administration forms must be received by the Monday prior to the week your child attends camp to allow participatation. Any/all medications must be dropped off/picked up by parent.

Camper Age Policies

Full-Day Option, Ages 5 to 12: All campers must be five years of age before they start camp and 12 or under the first day of camp.

Get Going Kids Camps, Ages 8 to 12: All campers must be eight years old before they start camp and 12 or under the first day of camp.

Photograph Policy

Photographs taken during camp may be used for informational and marketing purposes, both in print, on the web and social media (including, but not limited to Facebook and Twitter), at the discretion of the Camp Director.

Equal Opportunity Policy

St. John's Preparatory School/Camp Christopher is committed to providing an equal opportunity to its students, campers, employees, and to eliminate discrimination when it occurs. St. John's Preparatory School/Camp Christopher does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, genetics, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, or veteran status. Moreover, the school/camp will not ignore any form of discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment, nor will St. John's Preparatory School/Camp Christopher condone any form of retaliatory activity against any person who brings a complaint of discrimination or harassment or who cooperates in a complaint investigation.

What to Bring to Camp

Here's a handy list of what to bring to camp. Be sure to mark all clothing with your camper's name and age!

  • Bathing suit
  • Hat
  • On rainy or cool days, please send in a light jacket or sweatshirt and long pants
  • Sneakers
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Water bottles
  • Leave valuables at home!
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