A weekly, half day (8:45 – 12:30) program
Eligibility: Children ages 3 – 4. (We also accept 5 year olds for the first week of the program).
The Sprouts program was created in 2010 by Director Mark Taylor’s wife, Jan Goddard-Taylor. Jan has her BS in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University. With their daughter entering preschool, Jan realized the need to create a preschool camp environment offering both Sewataro’s mission and superb facilities to these youngest of campers.
The Sprouts program refines the larger mission of Sewataro to meet the developmental needs of preschoolers. Children are engaged in activities developed to foster collaboration, creativity, team-building, and observation of the natural world around them. Programming is thoughtfully planned with the goal of providing a bridge for preschoolers into their first camp experience.
The outstanding outdoor surroundings combined with specialized camp programming allow children the gift of play and the space to deeply engage with each other and the outdoors. In turn, children develop self-confidence as they flourish with the success and joy found in their first camp venture.
Open House: There is a special Open House for Sprouts campers on Sunday, June 10th from 1:00 – 2:00pm.
2017 Head Counselors
Joining us for her first summer at Sewataro (but no stranger to kids or camp), Kristen is looking forward to joining the crew at Sprouts! “My two boys (ages 9 and 7) have been attending Camp Sewataro since 2013, and my older daughter started in 2014. Kate (my Sprout) and I have been hearing about how amazing Sewataro is for years, and have gotten a taste of the magic at Overdays. We can’t wait to participate in all of the fun, especially the swimming, fishing, and camper car wash this year!”
Originally from Fairport, NY, Kristen did her undergraduate degree at Colby College, majoring in Sociology and Economics, and subsequently graduated from Boston College with a PhD in Sociology. Kristen attended many day camps as a child, including Girl Scout camp and various sports camps, and was a resident camp counselor at Cape Cod Sea Camps for two years (where she met her husband in 2002!).
Kristen loves spending her summers outside with her kids – running “Camp Drummey” ;-) – and has always wanted a chance to go back to work as a camp counselor! A self-professed “terrible” juggler, Kristen is nevertheless excited to “entertain” the Sprouts campers and participate in “all of the incredible activities at Camp Sewataro”!
Returning for her third summer at Sewataro, Lauren is looking forward to being back with Sprouts. “I enjoyed it very much last year! It is a lot of fun to see the excitement and growth that occurs in such a short period of time as some of the children take on their first camp experience, or come back due to their positive experience the previous summer.” Lauren originally hails from Acton and will be graduating from Keene State College in May with a double major in Elementary Education and Psychology. She has had the opportunity to student teach in both kindergarten and third grade classrooms, and plans to attend graduate school next year. In her free time, Lauren enjoys ice hockey, yoga, being outside and spending time with her friends and family.
|8:45-9:00||Arrival/Free Play (Sprouts Pavilion)|
|9:00-9:25||Opening Circle, Songs, etc. (Sprouts Circle of Stones)|
|9:25-9:45||Sprout Activity* (Alba’s Garden and Field)
*nature walk, gardening, performance, group games, etc.
|9:45-10:30||Sports||Drama||Music & Movement||Adventure||Fishing|
|11:15-12:00||Swimming (Beach at the Pond Supervised by Red Cross Certified Lifeguards)|
|12:00-12:30||Closing Exercises (Sprouts Pavilion)|