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

SummerQuest sessions are organized around
“quests” that inform the week’s schedule. Specific activities and challenges are tailored to each age group and stage of learning, so while the Quest remains constant, the approach for each age group will be different. Please note that some favorite quests are offered twice throughout the summer—though the theme will be similar, activities and locations will vary enough to make each session fresh and exciting!

Seacoast Safari | June 26-30
Our safari will take us along the shores of Steep Hill Beach, where an exotic assortment of plants and animals waits to be discovered. We’ll explore the tide pools at the mouth of the Ipswich River and the wrack line at the edge of the dunes. Catch-and-release will help us better observe creatures up close, and we’ll create field guides and fish prints to record for all time the species we find.

Crane Castaways and Camp Out! | July 5 - July 7**
Shipwrecked by a crashing storm, a band of castaways is struggling to establish a beachside settlement along the wild fringes of the Atlantic coast. We’ll build shelters in the Pine Grove, forage for wild edibles to stave off starvation, and learn the survival skills we’ll need to thrive far from civilization.

**This quest includes the opportunity for campers and their families to sleep out in the Pine Grove on Friday night. Castaways campers are free; additional Family Members: $25 per person/Nonmembers: $35 per person. Supper, s’mores around the campfire, a night hike and a light breakfast on Saturday morning included. Please note: space is limited for this quest week.

Wizardry for Muggles | July 10-14
Immersed in the imaginative world of Harry Potter, we’ll spend this week discovering the unique magical powers that we may not even know we possess. We’ll find creatures that can teach us the art of transfiguration, hunt for sorcerer’s stones on the beach, track giants in the enchanted forest, conjure healing potions from wild edibles, and learn to defend ourselves against the dark arts. We’ll end each day with a rousing game of Quidditch on the bowling green.

CSI: Crane Scene Investigators | July 17-21
A mystery is brewing on Castle Hill. We have only a week to figure out the facts of the case, so bring your detective skills and your sharpest powers of observation. Together we’ll search the property for clues to solve what could be the crime of the century!

Craniacs GO! | July 24-28
Agawama, Corneliard, Pinceter, Pilarro, and many other Craniacs have been discovered lurking around the Crane Estate! Join us as we explore the ecosystems where they thrive. We’ll attempt to discover and capture the Craniacs, adding them to team collections, and adapting their special powers and knowledge to serve us during the week’s Craniac Competition.

Crane Castaways | July 31- August 4
Shipwrecked by a crashing storm, a band of castaways is struggling to establish a beachside settlement along the wild fringes of the Atlantic coast. We’ll build shelters in the Pine Grove, forage for wild edibles to stave off starvation, and learn the survival skills we’ll need to thrive far from civilization.

CSI: Crane Scene Investigators | August 7-11
A mystery is brewing on Castle Hill. We have only a week to figure out the facts of the case, so bring your detective skills and your sharpest powers of observation. Together we’ll search the property for clues to solve what could be the crime of the century!

The Amazing Race Through Time and Space | August 14-18
This weeklong race across the Crane Estate property requires skill, stamina – and a knack for thinking out of the box. Transported back to the 1600’s on Day One, we’ll start the week in an Agawam summer camp along the shores of Steep Hill Beach. The 1700’s will bring us to the farming community on Choate Island; the 1800’s are full of adventures: the British fire on Castle Hill, a canal is built from Fox Creek to Chebacco River, and the famed “Summer of the Mittens” cools us off. The 1900’s bring the era of the Crane Family and the Roaring Twenties. We must find clues to unlock the secrets of the past and conquer the challenges set before us as we race through the centuries back to 2017, and finally back to SummerQuest before the week ends!

Survival! Into the Wild! | August 21-25
Left to fend for ourselves in the wilds of the Crane Estate, we’ll need to work together to learn what it takes to survive. How can we find fresh water? Where can we build a shelter that will keep us dry? What is edible in this place? We’ll explore the tide pools, the dunes, and the Pine Grove to observe predator/prey dynamics up close, and test our chances of survival with tracking activities and camouflage games.

STEWARDS SPECIAL SESSIONS:

WEEK ONE: (August 7-11) The World of Boats!
THIS SESSION INCLUDES AN OVERNIGHT CAMP OUT
Parents drop off at Lowell’s Boat Shop at 9AM. The Trustees van will transport campers to the Crane Estate for afternoon swim and Camper’s Choice activities. Parents will pick up at Crane at 4PM.

This session includes woodworking demos and skill building at Lowell’s Boat Shop, the oldest continuously operating boat shop in the United States. Campers will build their very own pond yacht model with traditional hand tools (and a few modern power tools as they are used in traditional boat construction). We’ll row a surf dory on the Merrimac, visit the Essex Shipbuilding Museum, and camp out at the Crane Estate – in addition to many other exciting and adventurous activities! We’ll end the week with a Mighty Merrimac Model Boat Regatta so that campers will have the chance to race the boats they’ve built.

WEEK TWO: (August 14-18) The Great Rowing Adventure!
THIS SESSION INCLUDES AN OVERNIGHT CAMP OUT
Parents will drop off at start points and pick up at stop points.
We’ll start the week at Lowell’s Boat Shop to learn rowing techniques and water safety – and then we’re off! This session is all about the journey, and what we see and learn along the way. We’ll row a surf dory down the Merrimac, stopping at various points of interest, until we reach the Crane Estate. There will be an overnight camp out in the Pine Grove, a jaunt to Essex for ice cream and a tour of the Essex Shipbuilding Museum, and an exploration of Choate Island.

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