Sessions, Fees, Info & and Policies
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 25–June 29
Get Aviation: July 2–July 6 (NO camp July 4)
Get Outdoors: July 16–July 20
Get Building: July 23–July 27
Get Robotics: July 30–August 3
Get Outdoors: August 13–August 17
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.
Get Going Exploring!
A little bit of this, a little bit of that...a whole lot of fun!!!
June 25–June 29
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 of each Get Going Camp: Outdoor Adventure, Aviation, Standard, and Robotics, and Building.
Get Going Aviation!
Up, Up and Away
July 2–July 6
Explore the field of aviation and aeronautics! Campers will learn to fly airplanes using real 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 Going Outdoors!
Archery, Environment, Fishing, Games, Swimming
July 16–July 21 and August 13–August 17
Love being outside? This is the camp for you. Campers will travel by van to a 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 Going Building!
Robotics, Engineering, Kinex
July 23–July 27
Do you like to build things? You'll love Get Going Building with 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 Going Robotics!
Imagine, Explore and Invent
July 30–August 3
Looking for something unique and absolutely cool this summer? How about learning 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 Going Kids—9 am to 3:45 pm for ages 8 to 12
- Each Child: $460** (no camp July 4: $360/week)
- Lunch for each child: $37/week** (no camp July 4: $29/week)
- Transportation for each child: $55/week** (no camp July 4: $45/week)
- Weekly extended day care: $50/session (AM or PM) $100/both sessions (AM and PM)
Refer new families and receive $10 off for each week of camp the referring family registers for.
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 pm 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.
- Andover—Merrimack College, church parking lot
- Georgetown—route TBA
- Lynnfield—Middle school off Main Street (about 1 mile from I95)
- Malden—route TBA
- Marblehead—Marblehead High School
- Melrose—Grassy Knoll, across from Melrose High School
- Middleton—Fuller Meadow Elementary School
- Newburyport—route TBA
- North Andover—route TBA
- Reading—Coolidge Middle School
- Salem—O'Keefe Center parking lot (Salem State University)
- Swampscott—Tennis court parking lot at the Middle School (old high school)
- Wakefield—Lake Quannapowitt, near playground driveway diagonally across from Gingerbread Co.
PLEASE SPECIFY CHOICE OF PICK UP/DROP OFF LOCATION IF DIFFERENT FROM RESIDENTIAL CITY LISTED
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 1, we cannot refund payments, issue credits, make changes, switch weeks or cancel obligations.
Remaining camp payments are determined by the amount of weeks enrolled.
- Your balance will be billed June 1 if you register for 1-2 weeks of Camp Christopher
- Your balance will be billed in 2 equal payments on June 1, July 1 if you register for 3-5 weeks of Camp Christopher
- Your balance will be billed in 3 equal payments on June 1, July 1, August 1 if you register for 6-8 weeks of Camp Christopher
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 participation. 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.
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, Twitter, and Instagram), 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.
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
- On rainy or cool days, please send in a light jacket or sweatshirt and long pants
- Water bottles
- Leave valuables at home!