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Little Adventurers Summer Camp

The Little Adventurers Summer Camp at Mater Christi School is canceled for the summer of 2021.

As you consider your plans for 2021, please review the sample programming below. Little Adventurers is a program available to children aged 3-8-years-old.

These exciting, action-packed, themed summer programs offer something for everyone – from “WALK WITH DINOSAURS” to “MAD SCIENCE”, your camper won’t want to leave! When in operation, camp typically operates from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM, $300/week. There is optional early-drop-off, 7:30-9:00 am, $10/day and/or late pick-up option, 4:00 – 5:30pm, $10/day.

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Session 1: June 22 – 26

First Responders 

This week we will explore our favorite local heroes and learn some of the skills required for each job. We will visit Burlington Police Department, Burlington Fire Department, and UVM Rescue, a state licensed Advanced Life Support ambulance, staffed and operated by the University of Vermont students 24/7. There will be a focus on safety and age-appropriate response in emergency situations.


Session 2: June 29 – July 3

Mad Science

Create some exciting projects and learn about our natural world in the process. We will make Goo, ice cream, and much more! Each experiment will focus on results-based inquiry, helping campers to develop scientific skills that help transform fun into learning. The week will culminate with a trip to Ben & Jerry’s.

Session 3: July 6 – 10

Pirates of the Burlington Bay

Campers will learn about Lake Champlain’s rich maritime history, from French explorer Samuel de Champlain to the Revolutionary War and beyond. We will revisit historic discoveries and discuss the skills required to be successful as a brave explorer.  We will practice tracking and mapping skills, visit Burlington parks, and tour the schooner Lois McClure, a full-scale replica of an 1862-class sailing canal boat, constructed in Burlington, and based closely off of two shipwrecks located just offshore of the city.

Session 4: July 13 – 17

In Search of Champ

This week our campers become biologists as we learn about lake Champlain including the legendary Champ, lake Champlain’s own monster. We’ll also learn how the lake led to the growth of Burlington.  We’ll play games that help us learn about our natural world focusing on local plants, trees, animals and more. We’ll even attend a Lake Monsters game at Centennial Field to see the Champ mascot in action!

Session 5: July 20 – 24

Wild Kingdom

Our campers become junior scientists as they join us as we travel from deep oceans to lush jungles to dry deserts, ending the week on icy mountain tops. In every climate we encounter, campers will be tracking the different animals all while discovering the joys and challenges of living all around the world. We’ll end the week with a closer focus on our own ecosystem with a trip to the ECHO Center to learn about the unique history of the Lake Champlain Basin.

Session 6: July 27 – 31

Walk With Dinosaurs 

Go back in time to when giants ruled the Earth. Our camper paleontologists will learn about dinosaurs and the world they lived in. We will dig for “fossils”, make volcanoes and construct our very own favorite dinosaurs, perhaps even create new ones.

Session 7: August 3 – 7 

Let It Grow

Every summer we like to visit local gardens and growers.  We also grow and cultivate our own veggie garden right here at camp.  During our week together we’ll visit the Intervale growers, research how healthy gardens grow, and learn why trees and plants are important to our world.  We will also study bees and their special world, and learn why their job is so very important for the environment.

Session 8: August 10 – 14

Up, Up & Away 

This week, we suit up for space and air travel. In the Burlington area, there are many examples of aviation. We will learn about the science of flight, and how to identify the aircraft that fly over our camp multiple times a day. We’ll also check out the new jets at the airport and visit UVM’s medevac air ambulance, a collaboration between UVM and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.


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