*There will be no Residential Express Camp sessions for the 2021 summer*
Express camp lasts approximately one-half week (starting either on Sunday afternoon and ending on Wednesday morning or starting on Wednesday afternoon and ending on Saturday morning). Campers stay long enough to learn the rhythm of the activities at Camp Christopher and to begin making friendships that they can return to summer after summer.
Express Camp is also an excellent option for the camper who has a busy summer schedule. A hectic schedule of academic or sporting activities during the summer can make scheduling a full week at Camp Christopher difficult. The Express Camp program can still provide those campers the opportunity to return to a place they love and be a part of the fun!
We know that children learn from their peers and role models who surround them. At Camp Christopher, we facilitate this learning in a safe and healthy way. Living together day in and day out provides an immersion experience that cultivates in campers the ability to know one another on a deeper level, to share varied strengths, offer encouragement, lend support, and gain the tremendously valuable experience of living in and taking pride in the work of the group.
Supportive young adult role models who encourage positive values such as sportsmanship, collaboration, kindness, and harmonious co-existence supervise cabins. Cabins move throughout the day, led by the cabin counselor and department staff. From each cabin emerges a unique personality comprised of equal parts, strong friendship, laughter, and fun.
We take great care in making cabin assignments. We place children in cabins with others of similar age so that their interests may be complementary and can promote one another’s social development. Two to three counselors reside within each cabin to provide adequate support and supervision throughout the session.
Our counselors enjoy success when they have created an environment within the cabin that empowers campers to accept challenges, experience leadership, and forge friendships that last a lifetime.
Camp Christopher is a co-ed environment. We are proud of the comfortable family atmosphere we have created in which brothers and sisters may share in the camp experience together. Our cabins are assigned by gender, and throughout the day, campers remain with same-sex bunkmates as they follow their schedule. But Mass, evening activities, and special events typically involve all campers.
These mixed-gender activities allow both sexes to interact with one another while young adult role models provide the oversight to ensure positive and appropriate behavior from everyone.
A $100 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration.
We no longer require the physician’s authorization medical form except for campers with diabetes or epilepsy/seizures/convulsions.
Session 1: Mystery Week
Enjoy a week of mystery and intrigue as you try to solve some of Camp’s greatest puzzles. Cabin themes and evening programming will center around, putting your inquisitive skills to the test. Channel your inner Sherlock Holmes and get ready for some fun!
Session 2: Entertainment Week
Lights, Camera, Action! Enjoy a week of camp infused with your favorite songs, movies, and television shows. Cabin/group themes and large group programming will be based on themes from the most popular movies and television shows of today and the past. Get ready for stardom!
Session 3: Holiday Week
Don’t you wish every day was a holiday? Well, for this week at camp, it will be! Cabin/group themes and large group programming each day will be based on your favorite holidays. Whether you are looking to celebrate Christmas in July, or want the 4th of July to never end, this is the week for you.
Session 4: Myths & Legends
One of Camp Christopher’s greatest traditions over the years has been the stories and legends that are passed down from generation to generation. This week will have large group programming and cabin themes celebrating that legacy, as well as some of our favorite myths and legends from books, movies, and television shows.
Session 5: Exploration Week
Channel your sense of adventure and enjoy a week of broadening your horizons at camp. Large group programming and cabin themes will be centered on the idea of exploring new areas and skills while celebrating great feats of exploration from the past. Camp may have been around for over 90 years, but there are always new limits to explore!
Session 6: Wild West Week
If you have ever dreamed of being a cowboy or rustling some cattle, this is the week for you. Large group programming and cabin themes will celebrate the American West and the people that inhabited it. Toss on a cowboy hat and saddle up!
Session 7: Challenge Week
Our last week of camp will feature challenges and competitions, both big and small. Campers will have a chance to participate in a variety of group programs that challenge them both physically and mentally. There will be something for everyone to enjoy during our first Challenge Week!
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Interested in counseling services but unable to meet face-to-face? We have services by computer, smartphone or calling directly.
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