Spring Explorers | Springfield College

Get involved with Spring Explorers

Spring Explorers will allow our youth to participate in a variety of activities that promote character development and establish lasting friendships. 



Student participating in Spring Explorers

Registration will open at 9 a.m. on March 6, 2024



Spring Explorers, April 16-19, 2024

Day Session (Ages 5-13) $225 

Our Day Session runs Tuesday through Friday, with the day beginning at 8:45 a.m. and ending with pick-up at 4:00 p.m. East Campus provides optional early and late care services at no additional cost. Early care begins at 8:30 a.m., and late care extends to 4:30 p.m. Participants are required to bring their own snacks and lunches.

During the day, participants will experience a variety of activities that include participation in the challenge course, archery, boating, and an open block.

The Challenge Course (ropes)

Small teams of participants work together toward a common objective and learn problem-solving skills while developing their leadership abilities. Individually, participants will have the opportunity to challenge themselves and expand their comfort zones through the high ropes course.


Using traditional recurve bows, participants have the ability to develop their archery skills. Most participants find archery to be more difficult than expected. However, after some one-on-one instruction, participants quickly find themselves becoming extremely proficient within a short amount of time. Quiet concentration and calculated adjustments are interrupted by the thrill of hearing the arrow slap the target.

Small Craft (boating)

East Campus has a fleet of canoes and kayaks ready for any adventure that Watershops Pond may hold. All boating staff members have completed industry-recognized standard training to ensure safety and maximize individual learning.

Open Block - Arts, Crafts, and Games

During a certain block in the day, the staff are responsible for planning and presenting activities for the group. These activities may include arts and crafts projects or outdoor games. Staff members work with the participants to determine their interest in possible activities and assist with the process of group consensus and decision-making.


Registration Information

Please follow the steps outlined below to register your child:

  1. If you already have an account, please login to your household account. If you are a first-time user, please create a household account. Be sure to then add all members of your household into the account. 
  2. Select the appropriate age group and complete the checkout process. 
  3. Download the Spring Explorer Information Guide, as well as the required forms located below to complete the registration process. 
  4. Fill out the required forms and mail them to the office by April 1. 

Additional Registration Information

Payment Information

  • All payments will occur online at the time of registration.
  • The full balance will be due at the time of registration.
  • Further billing and refund information will be available in the Spring Explorer Information Guide.

Age Requirements

In order to be enrolled, your child must be that age on the first day of the program. There are no exceptions. If your child does not meet the age eligibility requirement East Campus reserves the right to withdraw your child.

Prorated Sessions

If you choose to enroll your child in Spring Explorers but only send them for some of the days, that is allowed, but it will not be prorated.

Withdrawing from Spring Explorers

If you need to withdraw your child, please email aveatch@springfield.edu. There is a $50 non-refundable fee for withdrawing. Additionally, if you request to withdraw fewer than two weeks from the start of the program, there is no refund. If applicable, you should receive a refund check within two to three weeks of submitting your drop request. See our refund policy in the Spring Explorers Information Packet.

Waitlist Information

If the program is full, you can select the option to place your child on a waitlist. If a slot becomes available, we will contact you via email. Once you have been notified, you will have 24 hours to accept the slot via email. Please note that no waitlist acceptance can be made verbally. If you do not accept it within the 24-hour timeframe, the slot may no longer be available to your child.


Once you have registered your child, please print off the Spring Explorer Information Packet, which provides additional information on East Campus, as well as information regarding all forms, refund policies, late fees, participant pick-up policies, and billing information.

Below are the remaining forms that are required to complete the registration process. Please fill out the forms and send them to the following address.

Springfield College
Attn: East Campus
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109

Also make sure to include a copy of your child's most current immunization records, as well as their most recent physical exam when submitting your paperwork. All forms must be on file prior to your child starting their Spring Explorer session.

Students carry at canoe down to Watershops Pond as part of Spring Explorers
Canoeing on the lake

Spring explorers will spend time on Watershops Pond learning how to canoe.

Children hula hooping at East Campus as part of Spring Explorers
Break out the hula hoop

Arts, crafts, and games involve plenty of fun activities, such as hula hooping. 

Child exploring archery at Spring Explorers at East Campus
Aim high

Spring explorers can develop their archery skills through some one-on-one instruction.

Student on challenge course at East Campus
Challenge yourself

Explore our low and high challenge courses, which allow small teams to work together and exhibit their leadership skills and individual participants to challenge themselves.

Kids playing as Spring Explorers
Fun and games

During certain blocks in the day, staff members will plan and present activities for the group, which provide the perfect opportunity to play together as a team.