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Meghan Bowe
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summerquest@thetrustees.org
781.439.5841

Victoria Sindorf
Education Manager
vsindorf@thetrustees.org
978.356.4351 x4052 

The Crane Estate
Attn: SummerQuest
290 Argilla Road
Ipswich, MA 01938

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"[Our son] loved all the mystery surrounding the Harry Potter theme. His favorite day was searching the great house for clues! He also loved potion making and finding letters/maps. Thank you for all the hard work and planning that was put into making the experience magical!" – 2019 Camper Parent

SummerQuest is On for Summer 2020!

Ages 7-15: Limited spots still available, but they’re going fast!
Ages 5-6: Limited spots still available for Periwinkle (half day) program

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2020 Week-Long Sessions for Ages 5–15
7 weeks: July 13–August 28 

Weekly themes (or “quests”) set the tone and structure the programming for each week. Periwinkles, Plovers, and Questers spin off the same quest, with age-appropriate activities and adventures. For these younger campers, most of our quests are story-driven to foster immediate engagement and a sense of connection as the story unfolds through each day’s activities.  

Every week campers visit all areas of the property, although some themes will focus more on certain aspects such as forests or the marsh. There they will engage in hands-on inquiry activities as well as team-building challenges, have daily beach time (depending on the weather), and spend afternoons in Camper’s Choice time.

Quests for Periwinkles, Plovers & Questers

July 13-17: Master the Elements
A 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 (earth, air, water, and fire) 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 land together.  

July 20-24: Superheroes of the Estate
Get out your capes, superheroes! This week Captain Crane needs YOU to assemble a team of super heroes to protect the estate from danger. Work together to discover super creatures with amazing strength, perfect camouflage, exceptional flexibility, and more as you explore the environment like never before!  

July 27-31: Forest Frenzy
The forest is a magical place full of light, shadow, bugs, and birds... and maybe even a mystical creature or two? This week we’re spending quality time among the trees, learning what makes forests so special while using our knowledge and individual abilities for forest frenzy challenges to unlock the secrets of the trees!   

August 3-7: Wizardry for Muggles
Be 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?

August 10-14: Create at the Estate
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!

August 17-21: Marsh Madness
It’s Grrrrrreat! The Great Marsh, that is. This week, dive in to marsh science as you work with your group to investigate and understand what makes a marsh special, who lives there, and why. Be ready to get your feet wet and muddy with plenty of time in the water and on the marsh!  

August 24-28: The Great Crane Exploration
Are you ready, explorers? The land of the Crane Estate is vast and uncharted and calling for exploration! Where in this uninhabited expanse will you find land to build on, resources to use, food to eat? You will need all the skills of your exploration party to press on to the far reaches of the Estate, identify plants and animals, and map this new land. Adventure is out there!

More Information

Photo Gallery

Downloads & Forms

Camp Information
Parent Handbook
Waiver & Release
Scholarship Application
Crane Estate Map

Contact Information
Meghan Bowe
Camp Director
summerquest@thetrustees.org
781.439.5841

Victoria Sindorf
Education Manager
vsindorf@thetrustees.org
978.356.4351 x4052 

The Crane Estate
Attn: SummerQuest
290 Argilla Road
Ipswich, MA 01938

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