Explorer Camp

Join us for our third year of Explorer Camp at the Saints Summer Experience - exclusively for 5th - 9th grades!

Camp directors Megan Whitacre and Toby Lowe also teach in the middle school and have once again whipped up a smart, fun and engaging array of camps. And this year, Explorer Camp meets all nine weeks, with four opportunities to earn a Scouting Merit Badge!

Campers will engage in fun learning experiences each day until noon. Send a lunch - they'll eat at noon and then board a SA bus and head to the Briarwood Pool in Jackson to swim and hang from 1 - 3pm. The bus will drop After Care Campers on the South Campus and then head back to the North Campus for all remaining campers to be picked up by 3:30pm.

For an additional charge, we offer Early Bird drop off starting at 7:30 a.m. and After Camp Care is available on the South Campus until 5:45pm.

List of 9 items.

  • Week 1: So You Want to be a Spy…

     
    This week, campers will try their hands at spycraft - including codebreaking, gadget invention, agility training, and more!

    Explorer Camp meets at the North Campus in Ridgeland, runs 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and costs $250.00 per week. 

    Campers will start out at the Middle School each day, learning about and engaging with the week's theme. At noon, they'll eat lunch and then board a bus headed for the Briarwood Pool in Jackson. They'll have two hours of swim/hang time (with certified lifeguards on duty) and will then have the option of heading to the South Campus for After Camp Care until 5:45 p.m. or going back to the North Campus to be picked up by 3:30 p.m.

    After Camp Care runs until 5:45 p.m. on the South Campus and can be added for an additional $60.00 per week.

    We also have an Early Bird drop off option on the north campus - you can drop off as early as 7:30 a.m. for an additional $15 per week.
  • Week 2: Papercraft (Scouting Merit Badge Week!)

     
    It’s the oldest trick in the book - making books! Campers will practice making their own paper and trying different kinds of handmade book binding.
    Scouts can earn their "Pulp & Paper" or "Book Artist" Merit Badge this week!

    Explorer Camp meets at the North Campus in Ridgeland, runs 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and costs $250.00 per week.

    Campers will start out at the Middle School each day, learning about and engaging with the week's theme. At noon, they'll eat lunch and then board a bus headed for the Briarwood Pool in Jackson. They'll have two hours of swim/hang time (with certified lifeguards on duty) and will then have the option of heading to the South Campus for After Camp Care until 5:45 p.m. or going back to the North Campus to be picked up by 3:30 p.m.

    After Camp Care runs until 5:45 p.m. on the South Campus and can be added for an additional $60.00 per week.

    We also have an Early Bird drop off option on the north campus - you can drop off as early as 7:30 a.m. for an additional $15 per week.
  • Week 3: The Art of Rhetoric

     
    Inspired by the TED talks we see online, campers this week will create and present short talks - where they are the experts! Over the course of the week, we will plan, practice, and learn about different rhetorical tricks and skills that create an attention-grabbing, compelling presentation. This will culminate in students hosting their own TED talk for the adventure campers to attend.
    Explorer Camp meets at the North Campus in Ridgeland, runs 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and costs $250.00 per week.

    Campers will start out at the Middle School each day, learning about and engaging with the week's theme. At noon, they'll eat lunch and then board a bus headed for the Briarwood Pool in Jackson. They'll have two hours of swim/hang time (with certified lifeguards on duty) and will then have the option of heading to the South Campus for After Camp Care until 5:45 p.m. or going back to the North Campus to be picked up by 3:30 p.m.

    After Camp Care runs until 5:45 p.m. on the South Campus and can be added for an additional $60.00 per week.

    We also have an Early Bird drop off option on the north campus - you can drop off as early as 7:30 a.m. for an additional $15 per week.
  • Week 4: The Explorer Camp Life

     
    Campers will design and script and produce their own podcasts on topics of their choice. Students will work using editing software and practice their interviewing and speaking skills.
    Explorer Camp meets at the North Campus in Ridgeland, runs 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and costs $250.00 per week.

    Campers will start out at the Middle School each day, learning about and engaging with the week's theme. At noon, they'll eat lunch and then board a bus headed for the Briarwood Pool in Jackson. They'll have two hours of swim/hang time (with certified lifeguards on duty) and will then have the option of heading to the South Campus for After Camp Care until 5:45 p.m. or going back to the North Campus to be picked up by 3:30 p.m.

    After Camp Care runs until 5:45 p.m. on the South Campus and can be added for an additional $60.00 per week.

    We also have an Early Bird drop off option on the north campus - you can drop off as early as 7:30 a.m. for an additional $15 per week.
  • Week 5: Geocaching (Scouting Merit Badge Week!)

     
    There are treasures hidden all around us! This week, campers will engage in the world of geocaching. We will learn about maps and GPS tracking, discover the geocaches in our area, and perhaps even create our own.

    Scouts can earn their "Geocacher" or "Geocaching" Merit Badge this week!

    Please note that this is a short week. Camp does not meet on Thursday 7/4 or Friday 7/5.

    Explorer Camp meets at the North Campus in Ridgeland, runs 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and this week costs $150.00.

    Campers will start out at the Middle School each day, learning about and engaging with the week's theme. At noon, they'll eat lunch and then board a bus headed for the Briarwood Pool in Jackson. They'll have two hours of swim/hang time (with certified lifeguards on duty) and will then have the option of heading to the South Campus for After Camp Care until 5:45 p.m. or going back to the North Campus to be picked up by 3:30 p.m.

    After Camp Care runs until 5:45 p.m. on the South Campus and this week can be added for an additional $36.00.

    We also have an Early Bird drop off option on the north campus - you can drop off as early as 7:30 a.m. for an additional $9 this week.
  • Week 6: Escape!

     
    Escape rooms involve a series of puzzles that participants trapped inside need to solve in order to get out. This week, we will try our hands at designing and implementing an escape room for our fellow campers, learning about logic and puzzles along the way!

    We will take a field trip this week to an actual escape room! More details to come.


    Explorer Camp meets at the North Campus in Ridgeland, runs 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and costs $250.00 per week.

    Campers will start out at the Middle School each day, learning about and engaging with the week's theme. At noon, they'll eat lunch and then board a bus headed for the Briarwood Pool in Jackson. They'll have two hours of swim/hang time (with certified lifeguards on duty) and will then have the option of heading to the South Campus for After Camp Care until 5:45 p.m. or going back to the North Campus to be picked up by 3:30 p.m.

    After Camp Care runs until 5:45 p.m. on the South Campus and can be added for an additional $60.00 per week.

    We also have an Early Bird drop off option on the north campus - you can drop off as early as 7:30 a.m. for an additional $15 per week.
  • Week 7: Movie Magic (Scouting Merit Badge Week!)

     
    Hello, Hollywood! Campers this week will explore the art of movie-making and animation, as well as careers in the film industry. Students will produce a short film of their own design.

    Scouts can earn their "Movie Making" or "Digital Movie Maker" Merit Badge this week!

    Explorer Camp meets at the North Campus in Ridgeland, runs 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and costs $250.00 per week.

    Campers will start out at the Middle School each day, learning about and engaging with the week's theme. At noon, they'll eat lunch and then board a bus headed for the Briarwood Pool in Jackson. They'll have two hours of swim/hang time (with certified lifeguards on duty) and will then have the option of heading to the South Campus for After Camp Care until 5:45 p.m. or going back to the North Campus to be picked up by 3:30 p.m.

    After Camp Care runs until 5:45 p.m. on the South Campus and can be added for an additional $60.00 per week.

    We also have an Early Bird drop off option on the north campus - you can drop off as early as 7:30 a.m. for an additional $15 per week.
  • Week 8: Let's Go Fly a Kite!

     
    This week we will learn all about aviation! Campers will examine the science and history of flight, and attempt to build their own miniature flying machines.
    Explorer Camp meets at the North Campus in Ridgeland, runs 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and costs $250.00 per week.

    Campers will start out at the Middle School each day, learning about and engaging with the week's theme. At noon, they'll eat lunch and then board a bus headed for the Briarwood Pool in Jackson. They'll have two hours of swim/hang time (with certified lifeguards on duty) and will then have the option of heading to the South Campus for After Camp Care until 5:45 p.m. or going back to the North Campus to be picked up by 3:30 p.m.

    After Camp Care runs until 5:45 p.m. on the South Campus and can be added for an additional $60.00 per week.

    We also have an Early Bird drop off option on the north campus - you can drop off as early as 7:30 a.m. for an additional $15 per week.
  • Week 9: Thinking By Design (Scouting Merit Badge Week!)

     
    If at first you don’t succeed… Campers this week will practice their design thinking skills to learn how to fail forward and keep trying! We will work through engineering challenges and, with prototypes and tests, develop new inventions.

    Scouts can earn their "Engineering" or "Think Like an Engineer" Merit Badge this week!

    Explorer Camp meets at the North Campus in Ridgeland, runs 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and costs $250.00 per week.

    Campers will start out at the Middle School each day, learning about and engaging with the week's theme. At noon, they'll eat lunch and then board a bus headed for the Briarwood Pool in Jackson. They'll have two hours of swim/hang time (with certified lifeguards on duty) and will then have the option of heading to the South Campus for After Camp Care until 5:45 p.m. or going back to the North Campus to be picked up by 3:30 p.m.

    After Camp Care runs until 5:45 p.m. on the South Campus and can be added for an additional $60.00 per week.

    We also have an Early Bird drop off option on the north campus - you can drop off as early as 7:30 a.m. for an additional $15 per week.

South Campus | PK-3 to Grade 4

4120 Old Canton Road | Jackson, Mississippi 39216
Tel 601.987.9300 | Fax 601.987.9324

North Campus | Grades 5 to 12

370 Old Agency Road | Ridgeland, Mississippi 39157
Tel 601.853.6000 | Fax 601.853.6001