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What makes Mazemakers unique?
At Mazemakers we emphasize community, authorship, and challenge. Participants choose their own courses and projects, challenging themselves and each other in cooperative problem-solving and trust activities. In addition to shaping classes and activities, young people take a central role in developing their community over the course of the summer. Each group of Mazemakers create a community constitution, outlining their vision for the session, as well as the characteristics and actions necessary to achieve it. This kid-authored process provides participants an opportunity to take the lead in building respect, intellectual vitality and imagination in the community in which they belong.
What is a "typical" day at Mazemakers?
Mazemakers begin and end each day in circle, a home base for the session. Circle is a chance for Mazemakers to check in, play games, sing songs, tackle a puzzle and preview the day ahead. After circle, Mazemakers have their first of five classes, followed by snack and two more classes. At midday, Mazemakers have Swim Free, where they have the option to swim or participate in one of the daily club offerings. Past club options have included: outdoor games, drama/improv, music, game show and board and card games. In addition to swim, there is always at least one outdoor and/or athletic club option available. After Swim Free, Mazemakers eat lunch together and play games outside. The afternoon is comprised of two more class periods and an afternoon circle, followed by dismissal.
What are the special activities known as “Challenges,” and what role do they play in the program?
Challenges are large-group collaboration activities in which the community must solve a complex problem through leadership, cooperation, and teamwork. Challenges form an important component of the Mazemakers program, helping to build leadership skills and strengthen community. There are usually 2 to 3 Challenges per session. On Challenge days, classes are either shortened or suspended, depending of the level of challenge and the length of time needed to solve it.
Are the courses divided by age group?
Many classes at Mazemakers are not grouped by age, resulting in a unique experience in which young people of all ages work together on any given project or activity. As the community is comprised of young people entering 2nd through 8th grade, we continually assess our course curriculum to ensure that we meet the needs of all ages. Rising 7th and 8th graders are offered the option of enrolling in Mazeblazers, a leadership development course specifically designed for our oldest campers.
Is the program both boys and girls and what is the approximate breakdown?
The program is coed. We attempt to have a good balance of both boys and girls, and usually succeed. We are committed to mixing genders in every way that we can, and also encourage age mixing when appropriate. We can all learn from each other.
What qualifications does your staff have? 
The most important part of the Mazemakers program, bar none, is our devoted, talented, and experienced staff. Principally, our counselors are professional educators and college students, with both classroom and summer program experience. In addition, each summer we have several high school students in training positions.
   While we welcome new staff members every year, many of our counselors originally came to Mazemakers as participants, and so have been in the organization for several years (some as many as ten years or more). This is testimony, of course, to their dedication and love for the program; but it also makes for a well-trained staff, familiar and experienced with the Mazemakers philosophy and practical approach to education and community building. From summer to summer, we have a staff return rate of more than 80%.
   Each summer, our entire staff goes through an intensive orientation and training process during the week before the program opens. This process covers everything from curriculum design to classroom management, conflict resolution to leadership development, health and safety protocols to teamwork strategies. And throughout the summer, our weekly evening staff meeting always includes continuing "professional development" on these and other issues.
    All of our staff members undergo a thorough CORI/SORI check.
Does Mazemakers provide lunch?
Yes. The food service professionals at Meadowbrook provide a well-balanced, nutritious lunch. Each day, menu choices include fresh entrees and some sandwich/salad alternatives. We also provide a morning snack and juice. Any young person with special dietary needs or preferences may bring their own lunch. There is no additional charge for lunch.
How far is the Campus from 128?
We are approximately 5 minutes from Exit 24 (Route 30) and Exit 26 (Route 20).
What is your Non-Discrimination Policy?
Non-Discrimination Policy

The Meadowbrook School/Mazemaker program admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin, to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, religion, or disability in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the School’s non-discrimination policies, including its Title IX policy:

Name: Pam Scafati
Title: Senior Director of Communications
Telephone Number: 781-314-9267
Email Address: pscafati@meadowbrook-ma.org

For assistance related to Title IX or other civil rights laws, please contact OCR at OCR@ed.gov or 800-421-3481, TDD 800-877-8339.
Click here to read our policy.