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NOTE: We still have room in each week of camp, so it's not too late to sign-up! Daily drop-ins are now fine as well.

Below are the dates for our 2024 summer day camp and some of the featured activity possibilities. We are still ironing out plans for even more fun this summer and specific dates of each main activity will be updated throughout the remainder of the school year. Check back often!


We are extremely excited to offer our 16th Mohr's Explorers EDventure Camp! This day camp, which will run June 17-July 12, is an exceptional opportunity for your child -- we will set out on a different "EDventure" each day, exploring many of the city's other boroughs along the way, including some unique locations off the beaten path. Central Park is the backdrop for some of the afternoons, where we try to explore areas of the park we cannot normally reach during after-school time.

As things start to take shape throughout the spring, a few more of our bigger activities may be added, some with dates, where applicable. But please remember...this is EDventure Camp! If every single day is specifically planned out, it ceases to be an EDventure. (The tentative days of each activity will be announced by e-mail to all participants later.)

ALL WEEKS:

Each week will have a day of all-time favorite activities and a day with a surprise activity...

  • CLASSIC EXPLORERS DAY: We take Central Park by storm, hitting all of our favorite locations to squeeze in as many of our all-time favorite and most popular games and activities as possible. In Week 3, we'll be doing many of our "Lost Classics," which are games and activities that everyone has loved over the years, but for whatever reason, have not made it into our after-school line-up for at least a year.
  • WILDCARD DAY: Each week of the camp features one of these fun days as well, where no one, except Mike, knows what we are doing for the day. Explorers' staff members don't know, parents don't know and our Explorers don't know! We have had some incredible Wildcard EDventures in the past and we will continue bringing the fun on these surprise days of camp.

WEEK 1:

  • THE PROSPECT PARK ZOO: Along the Discovery Trail, one of many awesome exhibits, "...planted pathways wind through lush gardens, marshes and scrubland, where red pandas, otters, prairie dogs and kangaroos live. Young trailblazers can experience firsthand various types of animal habitats, locomotion and senses." -- from the Prospect Park Zoo website. Did you know that the Red Panda is featured within the logo for Mozilla's web browser. The Red Panda's nickname? A "Fire Fox." If it rains, we can go to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and/or the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
  • BEACH DAY, CONEY ISLAND, BROOKLYN: We will take advantage of this underrated beach, where we will build sand sculptures, play beach games, go swimming (for those who want to) and have lunch at the original Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs. Also, time and weather permitting, we may hop on a ride or two and/or play a few carnival games. One possibility, the historic Wonder Wheel, is "150-feet high, weighing 200,000 pounds and holding 144 people at once -- built in 1920...No visit to Coney is complete without a turn on the WHEEL." -- from the Wonder Wheel website. If it rains, we may go to the New York Aquarium instead, if we are unable to bump it to a different day during this week of camp.
  • FISHING DAY: We traditionally have a fishing day on the last day of camp out in one of the boroughs, but we are going to do one in Central Park this week as well!
    This activity is tentatively scheduled for Friday, June 21.

WEEK 2:

  • MADISON SQUARE GARDEN TOUR: We will get a behind-the-scenes look of this legendary arena during our VIP All Access Tour, commemorating 145 years of Garden history. We will explore exclusive VIP areas, visit the spectacular Chase Bridges, experience the iconic Arena bowl, where some of the world's greatest concerts have taken place, and get a peek at the Knicks' and Rangers' locker rooms. All of this, plus MSG promises "much more for THE ultimate insider's look!" This activity is scheduled for Wednesday, June 26; for those who have not enrolled, we may be limited in the number of participants we can take on this particular day.
  • EXPLORER SPECIAL: We have visited so many of the area parks throughout the boroughs over the years, but we haven't hit them all, so we have one in mind that we are going to try to get to. We will explore everything it has to offer, do fun activities and this group may even be in charge of testing out some potential new activities for future generations of Explorers. Among other things!
  • THE ANNUAL HIKE: Remember when we were checking the air quality index every day? Well, we were right in the middle of it when it was time for last year's Annual Hike and it was not safe to be outdoors. Did we cancel? Nope. Instead, we creatively explored and learned about every nook and cranny that Grand Central Terminal had to offer, resulting in our first-ever indoor hiking day, in which we ended up hiking 9.93 miles! As impressive as that was, it was still a bit off the record of 10.79 miles, set in 2017. That one might be unbreakable, but we'll give it a try this year. We will be in search of Central Park's most important trees all throughout the park. The only question is...will we be able to find them all? We have averaged about 8.7 miles over the last 5 hikes and everyone who has ever attended has completed the hike. If tradition serves, there will likely be ice cream at the end of it all! This activity is scheduled for Friday, June 28.

WEEK 3:

*** PLEASE NOTE: There will be no camp on Thursday, July 4. ***

  • THE CATACOMBS TOUR: This candlelight tour will take the group on a 90-minute excursion throughout the grounds of the Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, introducing us to all of the hidden secrets within, including off-limits areas that are normally unavailable to the public. We'll get to see the inside of the recently restored Basilica and we'll be exploring the Catacomb beneath the church. A truly unique EDventure! This activity is scheduled for Monday, July 1.
  • BROOKLYN, BROOKLYN, BROOKLYN!: It's been awhile since we have tackled this, so we are hiking across the Brooklyn Bridge! We will then explore the nearby parks and piers along the East River for a day of fun-filled EDventures!

WEEK 4:

  • FISHING DAY, PART II: It has been a tradition since the very first camp in 2007 to go fishing during the last week. Depending on where we end up going in Week 1, we may trek to a fishing spot somewhere throughout the city or we may stay where we know we can get some fish in Central Park, so stay tuned! This activity is tentatively scheduled for Monday, July 8.
  • FORAGING WITH THE "WILDMAN": We will learn about edible and medicinal wild vegetables, herbs, greens, fruits, berries, nuts, seeds and mushrooms with NYC's favorite naturalist, "Wildman" Steve Brill. For the first time since 2018, we are going to do this with him in Prospect Park, where we will explore, hike, learn...and eat! For more information about the "Wildman," click here. This activity is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, July 10.
  • BEACH DAY, PART II: We normally do not have too many kids in Week 4 who were with us in Week 1 and those who are still with us usually don't mind a second trip. So we're going back to Coney Island! See above for details.

OTHER POSSIBILITIES:

  • WATER DAY: We typically try to find a cool place on one of the hotter days with a lot of sprinklers and spend part of that day splashing around and having fun. Parents will be notified ahead of time if we plan to do this, but rest assured, even if we don't schedule in a specific day for it, most days when we happen upon some sprinklers, we tend to take full advantage for at least a few minutes!
  • GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL TOUR: We may save this for a rainy day and if so, we will be taking an insider's tour of this incredible NYC landmark, which turned 111 this year. The tour focuses not only on the history and architectural highlights of the Terminal, but provides little-known secrets and anecdotes as well. Our Explorers will never see Grand Central with the same eyes again!

OTHER DETAILS AND INFORMATION:

  • The dates are June 17-21, June 24-28, July 1-5 and July 8-12. You do not have to enroll for all four weeks; we realize summer begins at different times for all of our Explorers. (Please note, we will not be in session on Thursday, July 4.)
  • The day camp will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.
  • Pick-up & drop off will be at the entrance to Central Park, nearest to the corner of Columbus Circle and Central Park West. Right across the street from the big globe.
  • This day camp is for girls and boys, ages 5-12. We do not split the kids up by age; if you sign up with friends, siblings, etc., everyone will always be together. All participants must be bathroom independent and we cannot accept anyone younger than 5.
  • All participants bring a packed lunch and water (unless otherwise notified on special days).
  • Most of the necessary travel is via subway. Not only is it better for the environment, it is also safer and faster, allowing us more time for what we are here for - the fun!
  • The cost for one full week of camp is $695. The discounted rates for multiple weeks are as follows: $1,290 (2 full weeks), $1,875 (3 weeks), $2,375 (all 4).
    • Please note that because July 4 falls on a Thursday, Week 3 of this camp will be 4 days and the cost is $560. The discounted rates for multiple weeks that include Week 3 are as follows: $1,170 (Week 3, plus one additional week of camp), $1,750 (Week 3 plus two additional weeks).
    • This is a small camp with limited enrollment and we are unable to provide any financial aid, sibling or other additional discounts, other than the multi-week discounts mentioned above.
    • Daily drop-ins will be available as well ($150/day).
    • We do not accept credit cards, but details for electronic payments will be included in your payment e-mail. Those who wish to pay by check, please make them payable Mohr's Explorers, LLC.
  • All full-week participants will receive one Mohr's Explorers item (in the past, it has been a t-shirt, lunch tote, etc.) Multiple-week participants always get at least one bonus item!
  • Registration is currently open and will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. To pre-register, just e-mail Mike to reserve your spot. After that, please complete the online registration form (link below) and submit payment (once the payment e-mail goes out) to secure your child's enrollment. Registration is not official until the form and full payment are received.
    • Please note: Anyone who has been in the program this school year and has filled out our form already DOES NOT NEED TO FILL OUT ANOTHER FORM.
registration form


If you have any questions, or if you wish to enroll your child, please contact Mike.


cancellation policy

Full refunds will be issued for cancellations prior to June 5. After that, 75% will refunded, if we are notified at least seven days prior to the start of your scheduled week of camp. Fees are non-refundable with less than seven days notice, regardless of the reason for withdrawal. There are also no refunds or credits for absences or dismissal and we cannot offer make-up days from one week to another.

 

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