*must be 4 years old by the first day the child is enrolled in camp
Our youngest campers will spend their days enjoying a combination of teacher led activities and unstructured, creative playtime. We’ll learn to hold a baby chicken, bring food scraps to the piglets, and pick cherry tomatoes in the garden. Sprouts campers will go on short hikes in West Rock Park, wade in the stream, picnic under shady trees, make nature art projects, and learn silly camp songs.
Special themed days might include a daytime camping adventure with a campfire, marshmallow roasting, fort building, and time for creative play in Common Ground’s cabins in the woods and a Garden Tea Party Day with snacks made by campers with fresh foods from the farm.
Favorite activities usually include lots of music and stories, water games, creative play in the mud kitchen, fort building, and cooking with food from the garden. Specific activities follow the cycles of farm and forest, and each week is a unique adventure, so Sprouts campers may be signed up for any number and combination of sessions.
Our Sprouts Camp teachers are professionals who have lots of experience with early childhood education. The teachers are joined by a college-aged intern, high school student counselors, and several junior counselors, so we have lots of hands available to help our youngest campers navigate the farm and forest. Please see the “Frequently Asked Questions” page for more details on the qualifications of our camp staff.
Sprouts campers do not have an afternoon nap time, but quieter activities are available as a choice after lunch for those who may need it.
Camper/Staff ratio: One adult camp teacher and one camp counselor for every 8 children (4:1 child to staff ratio,not including interns or Junior Counselors).
All campers receive a camp tshirt and water bottle. Camp hoodies are available for purchase when you register (optional).
Time: 8:30 – 3:00 (extended day available from 7:30 – 8:30 AM and/or 3:00 – 5:30 PM)
- Session 1: July 1 – July 12, 2019 (This is a two-week session. CLOSED July 4 )
- Session 2: July 15 – July 19, 2019
- Session 3: July 22 – July 26, 2019
- Session 4: July 29 – August 2, 2019
- Session 5: August 5 – August 9, 2019
Fee: $375 per week
Interested in multiple weeks? Check out Ecology Camp (ages 5-12) — six weeks of adventures with a consistent peer group, plus field trips and special events!
- We accept Care4Kids.
- Financial aid is available. Apply online HERE