Summer Camp 2018 Registration is closed. Registration for After School 2018-2019 will be posted later this spring. Contact us for more information.

Click below to learn more about these programs:

Wee Explorers

Wee Explorers End of the Year Video - May 2017

Wee Explorers at First Baptist Church of Sylva is a program that serves pre-school-age children in our community.

Our staff is dedicated to providing a creative, educational, loving and Christian environment to each and every child.

Wee Explorers runs during the school year on Mondays—Fridays from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

Wee Explorers Rates:

  • Registration fee: $35 per child
  • Full Price: $250 per month
  • August Tuition Rate: $90.00

After School

Our After School Ministry welcomes children enrolled in kindergarten through eighth grade to come learn bible stories, and make friends. We provide transportation for students who attend Scotts Creek and Fairview Elementary Schools. We follow the Jackson County Schools Smoky Mountain District Calendar. We meet Monday – Friday from 2:30 – 5:30 PM.

Tuition and Registration Fees:

  • One child: $85 per month
  • Two Children: $130 per month
  • Three Children: $195 per month
  • Registration fee: $35 per child
  • August Tuition Rates: One Child: $35.00, Two Children: $70.00, Three Children: $105.00 

The North Carolina Center for After School Programs named us the 2016 Faith Based After School Program of the year.

Summer Explorers Camp

Summer Explorers campers will participate in a variety of activities, including faith development through Bible study and chapel, trips to the pool, library and other various places. 

Summer Explorers Camp registration for 2018 is now closed.

For a preview of the fun we have at 1st Explorers' Summer Camp, check out the video below made by this year's group! 

Summer Explorers Camp 2017


Early Release Care 


We provide care on scheduled early release days. Care will not be provided on days that Jackson County Schools is released early due to inclement weather. 

Early Release Care dates for 2017-2018: 
10/20, 12/20, 3/23

Early Release Care Fees:

  • One Child: $15
  • Two Children: $20
  • Three Children: $30

Spring Break Care 

Spring Break Care is provided during Jackson County Public Schools' spring break from 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM. Parents must provide breakfast and lunch for their children. Students will participate in learning bible stories, playing games and going on field trips.

Spring Break Care dates for 2018: 
March 5 - 9

Spring Break Care Fees:

  • One Child: $100
  • Two Children: $150
  • Three Children: $225

Parents Night Out Care 

We invite you to consider one of our Parents' Night Out dates this semester (see list below). Parents' Night Out is open to children of all ages; just be sure to register in advance so we can effectively prepare.

Fees: One Child: $25.00; Two Children: $30.00; Three Children: $35.00

o   January 12: Dinner will be pizza and fruit! Participants will create snowman mobiles!
o   February 2: Dinner will be spaghetti and breadsticks! Participants will create paper plate heart wreaths!
o   February 16: Dinner will be Grilled Cheese and Fries! Participants will create heart crystals.
o   March 16: Dinner will be Pigs in a blanket and chips! Participants will do marshmallow shamrock stamp painting.
o   April 6: Dinner will be Pancakes and hash browns! Participants will create shaving cream eggs.
o   April 27: Dinner will be Hotdogs and Fries! Participants will create cloud and rain water wind stocks!
o   May 4: Dinner will be tacos! Participants will create piñatas!
o   May 18: We will have a sub bar! Participants will create paper plate umbrellas!

Teacher Workday and Snow Day Care

Teacher Workday care is provided on scheduled teacher workdays from 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM. Parents must provide breakfast and lunch for their children. Students will participate in learning bible stories, playing games and going on field trips.

Teacher Workday Care dates for 2017-2018:
Oct. 5, Oct. 6, Apr. 23

Snow Day Care: 1st Explorers will give its best effort to provide care for school-age children when Jackson County Schools are closed due to snow. However, this care is not guaranteed for every snow day and is unlikely when there is actual snow. The director will make the decision based on weather conditions and staff availability. Parents/guardians will be notified via phone call and social media.

Teacher Workday/Snow Day Care Fees:

  • One Child: $35
  • Two Children: $50
  • Three Children: $75


If you have more questions contact Kelly Brown, 1st Explorers Director, at or 828-339-0130.