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Wee Explorers

Wee Explorers at First Baptist Church of Sylva is a Day Care 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. Children spend time learning, playing and growing in Christ every day.

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

After School

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

Tuition and Registration Fees:

  • One child: $85
  • Two Children: $130
  • Three Children: $195
  • Registration fee: $35 per child

*Tuition is due on or before the 5th of each month.
*Scholarships will be available for those who need financial assistance.

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

Summer Explorers Camp

We're excited to announce summer camp information for this coming summer! 
Camp will begin one week following the end of the Jackson County Schools' calendar year and will end one week before Jackson County Schools' calendar year begins in August. 

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. 

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

Summer Explorers Camp, 2016

Summer Explorers Day Camp (K-8) - 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
One Child $650  ($100 dollars of tuition due by March 3rd)
Two Children $1,000 ($200 dollars of tuition due by March 3rd)
Three Children $1,400 ($300 dollars of tuition due by March 3rd)

All payments are non-refundable. Accounts must be paid in full no later than May 26, 2017.

*Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided.

Upon acceptance to Summer Explorers Camp, your family will receive an email confirming your child's acceptance. 

This summer, children will also have the chance to attend an overnight Christian camp experience called PASSPORTkids! in Montreat, NC. It will be held at Montreat Conference Center from July 3rd through 6th.

Campers must be going into the 4th, 5th or 6th grade to attend PASSPORTkids! Camp. 

While at PASSPORTkids! Camp, campers will participate in Bible study, worship, missions and many other fun activities with campers from all over the Southeast!

A deposit of $50 per camper is due on February 17th,
Total cost per camper is $295.

Apply for PASSPORTkids! Camp on our church website here:
*Some scholarships are available.
*This experience is separate from 1st Explorers Day Camp.

For more information about PASSPORTkids!, visit them on the web at


Early Release Care 

We will provide early release care on days school is not closed due to inclement weather.

Early Release Care Fees:

  • One Child: $20.00
  • Multiple Children: $10.00 per child

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 Fees:

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

Parents Night Out Care 

Parents Night Out is provided on select Fridays from 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Participants will play games and create crafts.

Upcoming Parents Night Out Dates: Sept. 9, Sept. 30, Oct. 28, Nov. 18, Dec. 2, Jan. 20, Feb. 10, Feb. 24, Mar. 24, Apr. 21, May 5, May 19.

Parents Night Out Care Fees:

  • One Child: $15.00
  • Multiple Children: $10.00 per child

Teacher Workday 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 Fees:

  • One Child: $35.00
  • Multiple Children: $25.00 per child


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