Sprouts Camp

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Ages 4-6

*must be 4 years old by the first day the child is enrolled in camp

Our Sprouts Campers will spend their days enjoying a combination of teacher led activities and unstructured, creative playtime. We will hold chickens, feed weeds to the sheep, pick cherry tomatoes in the garden, and dig for worms. Sprouts campers will go on short hikes in West Rock Park, wade in the stream, picnic under shady trees, make nature art projects, mix up potions in the mud kitchen, and learn silly camp songs. Just like the older camp groups, Sprouts Campers will also build forts in the woods, cook with food from the farm, enjoy campfires and campfire cooking, and catch frogs and other creatures at the wetland.

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, however we know that some children may be used to an afternoon nap and may need some quieter activities for a bit in the afternoon.

Which camp should I choose for my 5 or 6 year old?

Sprouts Camp has a lower child to staff ratio than each of the other camp options for 5 and 6 year olds (one adult AND one counselor for every 8 children in Sprouts Camp, or one adult AND one counselor for every 12 children in each of our other camps). Sprouts Camp is based out of a classroom, and most other camps are based out of our small cabins in the woods. This air conditioned classroom home base provides a calm setting for starting our days (but like other camps, Sprouts Camp is primarily outside during the day). Sprouts Campers do all the activities that the older groups do, they are just staffed and structured to be enjoyed by our youngest campers!

Sprouts Camp is our only camp choice for 4 year olds, and it is usually the best choice for 5 and 6 year olds who have never attended a summer camp before, who have not yet started Kindergarten, or who are shy about warming up to new situations. Each week typically sees mixed enrollment from children ages 4 – 6 and it is not likely that a child will feel “too young” or “too old” for the group – we have enough staff to diversify activities to make sure all children are engaged, challenged, and having fun! Please inquire if you’d like to talk about which camp might be best for your child.

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 6 – 10, 2020
  • Session 2: July 13 – 17, 2020
  • Session 3: July 20 – 24, 2020
  • Session 4: July 27 – 31, 2020
  • Session 5: August 3 – 7, 2020
  • Session 6: August 10 – 14, 2020

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!

  • Financial aid is available. Apply online HERE