AFTER SCHOOL LOGISTICS

MARCHE DE NOEL

Do you love to create? We are busy gathering inspiration and materials for our five-week expedition, beginning in France and traveling through the grand holiday markets of Europe– playing lively games and making heartfelt gifts for loved ones along the way.  

We’ll create great surprises, treats and concoctions for the people we most appreciate- baking and beading, dicing and drilling, wrapping and writing  messages of gratitude.

By the end, each adventurer will have five fabulous treasures– wrapped up and ready for delivery!

WHERE & WHEN

Once a week, every Wednesday OR every Thursday

All Programs held at 129 Miller Ave, Portsmouth

Campers in 2nd-5th grades:  2:45 – 5:00pm

CITs in 6th-9th grades: 2:45 – 5:30pm

LHS students: Free transportation is available at school dismissal time.  CITs from PMS walk or ride the three blocks from school.

If you’re coming from further afield, arrival time may be adjusted to accommodate.  

Wednesday Program Dates

November 10

November 17

(No session on November 24)

December 1

December 8*

* Early Birds program available on this Portsmouth schools early release day, Wednesday, December 8. See details below.

December 15- Save the date!

Parents are invited to join our amazing kid-led finale. Details to come!

Thursday Program Dates

November 11**

**No school on November 11th, Veterans Day. Camper & CIT drop off begins at 3:00pm.

*Early Bird Program is available beginning at 12:00pm and will include an additional creative project in our holiday gift-giving theme. See Early Bird Details below.  

November 18

(No program on November 25)

December 2

December 9

December 16- Save the date!

Parents are invited to join our amazing kid-led finale. Details to come!

Details

ARRIVAL

  • Little Harbour School: We meet those who attend Little Harbour at dismissal for the walk to our headquarters. John can be found standing on the sidewalk near the playground with a flag. Please have your child meet us there, dressed for the weather. It’s wise to let your child’s teacher know to dismiss them as a walker so they can meet Planet Rangers after school. We inform the front office of the same information.
    • If your child is going to miss a Planet Rangers day for any reasonbe sure to let us know so we’re not waiting for them at dismissal. John’s cell is (603) 957-0074.

 

  • Portsmouth Middle School:  CITs walk or bike the three blocks from school to Planet Rangers HQ at dismissal time.

 

  • All Other Schools: Many campers and CITs come to us from other great Seacoast schools. If that’s you, kindly drop your child at PR headquarters (address below) with our staff anytime between 2:45 and 3:15. If we are helping to coordinate carpool transportation, contact us by email to confirm arrangements.

EARLY BIRDS

When Portsmouth schools early release days happen on a program day, we now offer a super fun Early Birds program to cover the extra time kids have between the school’s noon dismissal days and our 2:45 program start time. If you would like your child to join the Early Birds on this session’s Portsmouth schools early release day (December 8) let us know. The cost is $25 per day. Arrival instructions are the same as above.

SNACK IN THE BISTRO

We provide a hearty European snack at the start of each program day. It’s a good way to start our time together and a chance for kids to get to know their CITs and other campers… while trying some tasty food!

DEPARTURE

Campers finish at 5:00, CITs at 5:30pm. Pickup is at the pumpkin church hall in Portsmouth. The address is 129 Miller Avenue. Although we’re usually deeply into the current day’s adventures and reluctant to cut it off, we do make a concerted effort to be done within 5 minutes of that time.

A typical afternoon at Planet Rangers (If there is such a thing!)

At Planet Rangers, our mission is to grow great qualities in kids.  Each afternoon is carefully crafted with enough structure to make kids feel secure and enough creative freedom that they can get really inspired by the topic and their community. It’s a chance to shift their mindset after any day at school.
Magic, fun, camaraderie and adventure abound as campers and CITs alike stretch their comfort zones, learning about their selves and the amazing world around them. You can expect to greet happy energized kids each day at pick up- full of stories for the ride home!

  • Each week, campers and CITs arrive at Planet Rangers HQ from many directions within a half-hour window.  Whether they’ve walked, biked or carpooled to Planet Rangers, they get a great feeling as soon as they walk through the door, knowing that friends, adventures, and a hearty snack await.
  • After a family-style snack with their color team, campers and CITs enter the theme of the day, meeting new characters, working on projects, and truly becoming part of the story in hands-on ways.
  •  At the end of the day, when campers head home, CITs stay to help clean up, re-set the spaces we’ve used and debrief the day in a targeted leadership development meeting. The questions asked and guidance shared give CITs perspective on their progress as a leader and help them grow even more the next week.
  • On the last day, parents are invited to attend a culminating finale event. Campers and CITs are so eager to showcase what they’ve learned during the 5-week session and teach it to others in loads of fun ways.  We hope you can join– and enjoy a little of the Planet Rangers magic yourself!

Just like the kids we serve, we’re learning and growing all the time too!

If you have feedback, questions or ideas that would improve the Summer Rangers experience for your child, please let us know.

We’d love to hear from you!