The goal of our Navigator activities is to help children to build individual life skills, stay active, practice the Tools and Keys, and improve their social pragmatics. Each period begins with re-explanation of the expectations for each activity area, instructions, and checking for understanding. At the end of the period, campers and staff discuss the Tools they used to participate and any Keys they practiced. Campers go to each activity in small, co-ed groups who travel together with a set of counselors. Campers never transition between activities on their own.
Navigators choose their activities in 3- or 4-day bundles, which allows them to spend more time in areas of interest to them and undertake projects that last more than one activity period. There is plenty of staff support for campers as they choose activities, and on the opening day of their camp session, all campers travel around to each area for a brief introduction and preview of the area's projects for the session.
Some recent Navigator Bundle choices have included:
- Marvelous Masks - Create your own masks and do a short performance with them!
- Bonkers for Boating Games - play some of your favorite land games on water!
- Terrific Tool Boxes - be a pro carpenter and build your own tool box to take home.
- Camping Pro - learn how to set up camp and follow trails while hiking with the Xplore staff!
- Time Travel: Ancient Egypt - Learn about mummies, hieroglyphs & pyramids...and make your own!
- Starfish TV - help us make a Starfish movie by narrating and filming your favorite parts of camp.
- Stringtastic - show off your string and yarn skills while making bracelets and cats' eyes.
Additionally, as part of our camp philosophy, all Navigators participate in swim lessons daily until they reach an intermediate swim level and can pass a deep water safety check.
Navigators offers our highest level of structure and is 1:1 at all times. With rare exceptions, most Navigators are paired with a staff buddy for the twice-daily Free-Plays. Bunking for this age group is generally based on social and chronological age, emotional and behavioral factors, camper/staff matching and many other factors. During some sessions, as appropriate, our oldest Navigators (age 13) may be bunked with our youngest OCPs (age 14).