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. 

April 16-19, 2018
Registration opens Feb. 21, 2018, at 9 a.m.

Student participating in Spring Explorers

Program Offerings

Day Session (Ages 5-12) $175 

Day Session runs Monday through Thursday, with the day beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending with pick-up at 4:15 p.m. East Campus provides optional early and late care services at no additional cost. Early care begins at 8 a.m., and late care extends to 5 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, Project WILD, boating, and arts, crafts, and games.

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.

Archery

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 Lake Massasoit may hold. All boating staff members have completed industry-recognized standard training to ensure safety and maximize individual learning.

Project WILD

Project WILD is an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program emphasizing wildlife. The goal of Project WILD is to assist participants of any age in developing awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment to result in informed decisions, responsible behavior, and constructive actions concerning wildlife and the environment. 

Arts, Crafts, and Games

During certain blocks in the day, the staff are responsible for planning and presenting activities for the group. These activities typically include interesting arts and crafts projects, as well as many fast-paced 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.


Adventure-based Program

Our adventure-based program will allow participants to increase their current knowledge and skillset through outdoor adventures. Odyssey will be open to 14 participants.

Odyssey Session (Ages 12-16) $250 

This program will allow participants to explore a variety of outdoor activities that may include activities such as flat-water paddling, mountain biking, rock climbing, and hiking. There will be two days on site and two days off site for participants to increase their outdoor skillset. This program will follow the hours of operation of the day program except for the overnight, which will be Wednesday into Thursday.

Students carry at canoe down to Lake Massasoit as part of Spring Explorers
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Canoeing on the lake

Spring explorers will spend time on Lake Massasoit learning how to canoe.

Children hula hooping at East Campus as part of Spring Explorers
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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
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Aim high

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

Student on challenge course at East Campus
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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
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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. 

Registration Information

Registration will begin on Feb. 21, 2018, at 9 a.m. Space is limited!

  • Click on the registration link.
  • Select your session and complete the checkout process.
  • You will enter your child’s username and password that you have used to enroll in Spring Explorers and/or Camp Massasoit. If you misplaced your password, request a new one; do not create a new account. All participants must have their own account.
  • Double check your confirmation email to ensure you selected the right session.
  • Click on the link in your confirmation email, or download the Spring Explorer Information Guide, as well as the remaining required forms located below. 
  • Fill out all the required forms and mail them to the office by the deadline.
  • Pay any outstanding balances by the deadline (you can make as many payments prior to that date).

Payment Information

  • All payments will occur online with a minimum of a 50 percent deposit required at the time of registration.
  • All outstanding balances are due by the deadline.
  • To make a payment for an outstanding balance, log in to your child's account and then go to "My Account" and "Pay Balances."
  • Further billing and refund information is available in the Spring Explorer Information Packet.

Additional Registration Information

Age Requirements

In order to be enrolled in any of our camps, your child must be that age on the first day of the session you are requesting. For example, if your child is interested in the Odyssey session, but turns 12 on the second day of the session, s/he is not eligible for that program. If you are requesting the day session for your child, they must be at least 5 on the first day of the session. There are no exceptions. If your child does not meet the age eligibility requirement for the session s/he is enrolled in, East Campus reserves the right to withdraw your child.

Prorated Sessions

If you choose to enroll your child in a session but only send him or her to some of the days, that is allowed, but it will not be prorated.

Withdrawing from a Session

If you need to withdraw your child from a session, please email aveatch@springfield.edu. There is a $50 non-refundable fee for withdrawing from a session. 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 a session 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.

Forms

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.

Parent Information Guide