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SummerQuest Weekly Themes

Our goal is to get children outside, using creativity and curiosity to foster individual development, community, and personal connection to nature.



Week 1: Master the ElementsA great power threatens the Crane Estate and it’s up to you to stop it. You will have to work together to master each of the elements through hands-on investigation and team challenges. Only when you have harnessed these powers and understood how they shape the various environments of the Crane Estate will you be able to unite the four elements and protect the lands together.

Week 2: Superheroes at CraneGet out your capes, superheroes! This week Captain Crane needs YOU to assemble a super team to protect the estate from danger. Work together to discover super creatures with amazing strength, perfect camouflage, superhuman flexibility, and more as you explore the environment like never before. Maybe you’ll even discover your own superpower at the same time!

Week 2: Week on the Water Option (Ages 10-14 only)In this special option for our older campers, we’ll focus in on the element that surrounds 3 sides of the Crane Estate: water! Campers will be dropped off directly at the boat dock every morning and spend the day exploring by kayak. See the back dunes of Castle Neck, land on Choate Island, navigate through tidal creeks in the Great Marsh, and learn to see the ocean in a whole new way!

Week 3: Crane SurvivorsThis week we find ourselves lost far from civilization in a wild coastal landscape. We will need to work together to find fresh water, build a shelter, and find food to eat. Will we have what it takes to survive? We’ll explore the untamed coast to learn the secrets of survival, blaze a trail through the uncharted forests to test our tracking and mapping skills, and use games and crafts to unlock the art of camouflage. Can you help your team make it out alive?

Week 4: Coastal DetectivesCalling all beach combers and budding coastal naturalists! This is a week of investigation and discovery as we get hands-on with coastal ecology. Use your powers of observation and imagination to see the beach and marsh as never before while you work with your group to solve daily coastal mysteries that will help you learn about our coastal environments.
*Kayak Questers will get dropped off at the boat dock 2 out of the 5 days and spend the morning kayaking Essex Bay, Castle Neck, and the Great Marsh! Option for ages 10-14.

Week 5: Wizardry for MugglesBe transported to the world of Harry Potter for a week of imagination, investigation, and creativity! Once the sorting hat has placed you in a Cranesmeade House, you will work together with your housemates to earn points while completing challenges in the magical disciplines of transfiguration, charms, herbology, and fantastic beasts. Will your house have what it takes to win the coveted Cranesmeade Cup?

Week 6: Marine ManiaHave you ever wondered what lives in the sand or what kinds of fish and animals call the Crane Estate home? This week we make full use of our perfect position on the Great Marsh and legendary Crane Beach to dive into the study of ecology – how animals and plants live in their environments. Take a walk in a hermit crab’s shell and see what it takes to survive in these rugged and beautiful places.
*Kayak Questers will get dropped off at the boat dock 2 out of the 5 days and spend the morning kayaking Essex Bay, Castle Neck, and the Great Marsh! Option for ages 10-14.

Week 7: Explore, Create, Inspire!Get ready to get inspired this week as we open our eyes to see the art all around us and challenge ourselves to create something new every day. Admire the design of a spider web, see how many colors you can find in one hike, mimic a bird’s song, and try new arts and crafts inspired by nature. We are all artists here!

Week 8: The Great Crane ExpeditionAre you ready, explorers? The land of the Crane Estate is vast and uncharted and calling for exploration! Each day presents the opportunity for an adventure to a different, faraway land. But there are problems and pitfalls along the way that must be solved before the expedition can continue. You will need all the skills of your expedition party to press on to the far reaches of the World of Crane, identify plants and animals, and map these new lands. Adventure awaits!

Week 9: Crane InvestigatorsCalling all super-sleuths! Dust off those magnifying lenses, we’ll need everyone to work together with their sharpest powers of observation to solve the case that has mystified the Crane Estate. There are riddles to be answered, tracks to be followed, and clues to find. Will we be able to put it all together in time to catch the culprit before they strike again?

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SummerQuest Parent Testimonials

Rory loved his 3 weeks at SummerQuest. We will definitely sign him up again for a few weeks next year. We understand this was very challenging for the staff and counselors, but they helped make for a fantastic, and almost normal experience – something that was even more needed after months of zoom school and not much of an opportunity to share time with peers and great counselors. Thank you! Thank you!

– Camp Parent

My daughter loved camp! Given the restrictions and the closure of the camp she normally attends, we had to scramble to find another open and safe option. We are Trustees members and I was so happy when I got word that some of your camps would be outside and still running. I don’t usually consider SummerQuest because we are in Salem and Ipswich feels like a trek. Realistically, the drive isn’t bad and it was always a nice relaxing way to start the morning/afternoon. My daughter, an only child, has been stuck with us since March (since the school closure) and it was starting to show how much she missed being around other kids. When we picked her up on that very first day, she couldn’t stop talking! It was as if she was lit up! As the days progressed, her enthusiasm for camp only continued. She was definitely sad to say goodbye on her final day. Thank you so much for providing a camp option this year that had safety protocols that helped us feel comfortable sending her to camp at all this year. We have seen a significant benefit to her being out of the house and with other children in such a beautiful and enriching setting. Thank you! Thank you!

– Camp Parent

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