Eagles Explorations

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Eagles Explorations is a summer long full day program designed to be a well-rounded and exciting experience. Each week’s session begins a different theme. That means your child can attend all eight sessions and always be challenged in a new and fun way! Blending learning and play, these programs offer a structured balance of activities to bring out your child’s creativity, intellect, and athleticism as they enjoy making new friendships!​

Check out our Facebook Page to see the slideshows and videos!

Activities are taught by experienced teaching professionals and other qualified counselors with expertise in the subject matter of that session. Counselors will guide, teach, nurture and encourage campers in developing new interests, improving self esteem, and in creating a greater respect for others. Whatever exciting activity is happening, campers will meet the challenge with confidence and enthusiasm. ​

SWIMMING
Once a week, the Eagles Explorations group travels to the Severna Park Community Center to swim in the pool. Since the facilities are indoor it’s always fun—rain or shine. NOTE: Children in the Discoverers age group will remain at AACS to participate in a water day program on campus.​

FRIDAY CELEBRATIONS
To wrap up camp every Friday, we welcome all family and friends to experience what the campers have been talking about all week. Slide shows, video productions and award programs are presented at 3:15 pm in the Kerr Center for the Arts auditorium. 

Eagles Explorations must comply with regulations of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Information on these regulations can be obtained by calling 410.266.8422

TUITION AND DISCOUNTS

EAGLES EXPLORATIONS TUITION IS $300 FOR THE WEEK.
As there is no camp on Thursday and Friday, July 4-5, the three day week of July 1-3 is $240.

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT
Register by March 31, 2019 and receive a $25 early bird discount for each child per week of camp ($100 non refundable deposit, per camper per session, is due with registration). The early bird discount will not be transferred from one week to another if the transfer is made after March 31, 2019. 


SIBLING DISCOUNT
For every session that you register more than one child in Eagles Explorations, you will receive $25 off the second, third, and each additional child. The sibling discount will be applied by the Summer Programs office after you register. 


AACS STUDENT DISCOUNT
All students enrolled at AACS for the ’19-’20 school year will receive a $25 discount per week. Contact the Summer Programs office for details on how to obtain the discount. 


PRORATING
Contact the Summer Programs office if you would only like your child to only attend a portion of the camp week. Half day tuition, 9:00am – 12:00pm or 1:00pm – 4:00pm, is $165 for the week. Daily rate is $80 per day. These rates will only be applied if arrangements have made prior to the start of camp. 

EAGLES EXPLORATIONS WEEKLY THEMES

Each week’s session begins a different theme which will keep campers entertained and excited! Every Friday, we host an end-of-session activity which will be challenging and fun! We incorporate theme-related projects, as well as daily counselor skits and contests, to build up to this activity and it always brings lots of laughs.

June 17 – June 21: Beach Bash                                                        Character Trait: Love              
Everyone LOVES the beach!   Love is the Fruit of the Spirit this week. Each day will consist of crazy fun water games on the beautiful athletic fields, so a bathing suit and change of clothes will be needed each day.  Not a fan of getting wet?  No need to worry, hanging out and soaking up the sun is always a fun alternative.  The Friday Field Day will be a wet and wild afternoon on the beach. Love and happiness everywhere!! (Chapel and Bible Theme Topic: Jonah and the Big Fish) ​

June 24 – June 28: Looney Cartooney                                        Character Trait: Joy and Peace                 
 A wide variety of age appropriate cartoon television shows and movies will be brought to life through art projects, songs, activities, dress, and funny skits! Campers are always encouraged to participate in theme related dress up, especially on Friday for the whirlwind of excitement and laughter where campers will recreate scenes from a host of cartoons! (Chapel and Bible Theme Topic: Joy in Jesus)

July 1  - July 3 (No Camp July 4-5): Christmas in July           Character Trait: Patience
Who said that Christmas can only come once a year? Join us for a week of wintery activities in the heat of the summer! Together, we will have snowball fights, create a winter snowstorm, tube and slide and so much more! You’ll be feeling the Christmas spirit in summer! (Chapel and Bible Theme Topic: Summer Nativity)

July 8 – July 12: Salute to Service                 Character Trait: Goodness and Cooperation
You will not want miss out on this week dedicated to all of our First Responders and Service Men and Women.  We will feeding our community by partnering with Food Link of Maryland and raise funds for a  Local Charity (TBD).  Eagles Explorations is donating $25 from every registration received to go towards feeding those in need in our community; furthermore, we will have a competition between our campers, who will be on Team First Responders or Team Armed Forces to see who can raise the most funds for our selected charity. The Friday Field Day will consist of campers working together to complete challenges to rescue food in order to place in their personally decorated box, which will be delivered to local communities and we will tally up the donated money raised to see which team gets to turn the Camp Director into a human ice cream sundae!! (Chapel and Bible Theme Topic: The Great Commission)

July 15 – July 19: Star Wars                                                     Character: Faithfulness
Are you prepared to embark on the greatest adventure ever seen in a galaxy long ago and far away?  Campers begin the week as Padawans who are preparing to begin their Jedi training through daily activities. The Field Day on Friday will put these Padawans to the test to see if they will become new Jedi Knights but WATCH OUT, for the evil influences of, dun-dun-dun, the Sith! (Chapel and Bible Theme Topic: David and Goliath)

July 22 – July 26: Carnival                                        Character Trait: Gentleness and Self-Control
Fun carnival games during the week will get campers ready for an action-packed afternoon of carnival games, stations, candy, and craziness. The last day of this camp is done right as we end Eagles Explorations with a bang! Families are welcome to come and attend the carnival in the indoor turf arena beginning at 1:00pm. (Chapel and Bible Theme Topic: The Lions Den)

ABOUT YOUR EAGLES EXPLORATIONS GROUPS

Your child will automatically be placed into one of the following groups based on age. Throughout the day, the groups will stay together as they enjoy all the fun and excitement offered at their level.Discoverers (ages 3 ½ to 5)
Flyers (ages 6 to 7)
Voyagers (ages 8 to 9)
Pioneers (ages 10 to 11)
Trailblazers (ages 12 to 13)
CIT (ages 14 to 16)


DISCOVERERS OVERVIEW
Discoverers are guided in a safe and nurturing environment while participating in a mix of fun and exciting activities. This group is a structured program designed to give young campers a taste of what our older campers experience. Activities include story time, playground fun, physical education, arts and crafts, science, wrestling room, water games, toy time, Bible, theme, and video.  

FLYERS OVERVIEW
Flyers are challenged each day with a balanced mix of active learning and play under the leadership of an experienced team of teachers and counselors. Activities include story time, playground fun, physical education, wrestling room, science, arts and crafts, drama and improv, Bible, video, theme nature walks, and water games.

VOYAGERS OVERVIEW
Voyagers are the “on the move” campers. Campers will be engaged in various activities throughout the day under the leadership of enthusiastic counselors. Activities include physical education, wrestling room, science, arts and crafts, drama and improv, Bible, video production, photography, theme, nature walks and water games. 

PIONEERS AND TRAILBLAZERS OVERVIEW
Campers will be engaged in various activities throughout the day under the leadership of enthusiastic counselors. These groups are “on the move” including all the activities of the Voyagers as well as being challenged with Adobe Photoshop and archery. 

COUNSELORS-IN-TRAINING (CIT) OVERVIEW
Anyone interested in attending the CIT program must first fill out an application.  Contact the Summer Programs Office to obtain the application. The CIT program is designed for teens interested in working with children and developing leadership skills, while gaining work-oriented experience. The program provides a CIT the opportunity to train under experienced staff while assisting in the day to day operations of the camp. CIT's will meet daily with the CIT leader for planning, team-building exercises, and leadership training sessions. Time will also be spent observing and assisting counselors as they lead campers, and as the program develops, leading campers with their own games. CIT's will sign up by the week for $150, which includes lunch each day and Wednesday field trip costs.                                                                                       

Note: CIT's who have already completed 6 weeks with a minimum score of 360 out of 450 on  their evaluation report from the CIT Coordinator should contact the Summer Programs Office for information on how to be grandfathered into the previous cost structure.

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTIONS

PHYSICAL EDUCATION 
Campers will learn and play one sport per week as they are engulfed in the joys of athletics and competition while gaining the benefits of physical activity. The sports played will include soccer, basketball, baseball, kickball, badminton, volleyball, and team handball. For questions on which age group will playing which sport during a specific week, contact the Summer Programs office.

ARTS AND CRAFTS

Each week will focus on new projects, many of which will relate to the theme of the week, including painting and drawing, sculpting with paper mache, jewelry/accessory making, art around the world, and other projects to bring out a camper’s inner creativity.  

SCIENCE
Each week campers will conduct fun experiments and hands-on projects as they explore science in a variety of ways.

DRAMA AND IMPROV 
Who’s Line Is It Anyway meets Eagles Explorations in this activity located in our amazing Kerr Center Auditorium. This will be a fun time of creativity and laughter as campers perform on the big stage!

BIBLE
This class will focus on our weekly character traits, the Fruit of the Spirit, as listed on the Summer Programs Schedule on pages 4-5. This will be a leader driven time with games, songs, stories, Biblical teachings, and open discussion. This is a time of fun and fellowship where we want to share about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and teach valuable life lessons. At no point do we want your child to feel uncomfortable or forced to believe what we discuss.  

THEME
Dedicated to the theme of the week, campers will prepare for the Friday field day through games, projects, and activities!

TEAM BUILDING
NEW for this year, campers will engage in various types of challenges and activities that will be used to enhance social relations and define roles within a team. Groups will problem solve, play group games against themselves and other groups within the camp. Counselors will supervise and maintain positive interaction amongst peers when competing so that campers will understand how to have the right attitude whether you win or lose a game.

PHOTOGRAPHY
Campers will take pictures and learn about aspects specific to photography such as lighting and angles. Photographs from this group are always presented to the entire camp at the end-of-the-week slideshow. 

Check out our Facebook page to see the slideshows and videos from last summer!
VIDEO PRODUCTION
Campers will develop, choreograph and produce a music video, camp newscast, or another creative production. From start to finish, campers will star in these mini productions which are shown at the end-of week celebration.

WATER GAMES

Each week campers will participate in games, races and relays involving water to cool down in the summer heat. Sprinklers, slip and slide, water balloons and other creative activities are all part of the fun. 

PHOTOSHOP

Pioneers and Trailblazers will have time in the computer lab learning about Adobe Photoshop as they work with their own photos and images to design individual masterpieces.  

ARCHERY/OUTDOOR ADVENTURE
Pioneers and Trailblazers will learn the basics of archery and will participate in fun challenges and end-of-the-week tournaments. NEW this year for all age groups, campers will be able to; explore, challenge themselves and learn fun outdoor games and challenging activities like orienteering which will teach the campers how to navigate a course while using a compass or going nature walks to find hidden treasure! Parents will be notified in advance of this unique opportunity so that campers can come prepared with an old pair of sneakers or water shoes