Every kid can belong here

Parents often ask us whether there will be other kids their age at camp. They want to know that their child will be able to make friends.

A child who arrives in a program only to discover they are the only one in their age range is likely to feel upset, awkward, or even isolated. No child should ever feel that they don’t fit in.

Every child deserves to have a camp program that actually fits their stage of development.

A one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work. That’s why MKDC has a program that is specifically designed to meet the needs of children at every stage of their development.

Grouped by age Elements of Choice Sense of Adventure

It’s easy to make friends, because cabinmates are close in age. Each group doesn’t exceed 12-14 campers.

Campers are offered a choice of activities appropriate to their development.

All-original specialty programming that can’t be beat.

MKDC Kids Choose Their Own Activities

One of the ways that Maple Key builds kids’ confidence is by providing the opportunity for campers to make their own choices, which helps them feel more connected and in control. From our new Dreamworld program, to Choose Your Own Adventure, to our insanely creative majors program, offering lots of choice allows MKDC campers to tailor their experience to their own interests and keep things exciting, especially for campers who attend the whole summer.

Consistent Groupings

The MKDC summer camp program is divided into several different age groups (listed below). These groups stay consistent throughout the summer, which means that campers will form close bonds with their cabin leaders as well as the other members of their cabin group. Each age group follows a schedule specifically for their stage of their development, while providing appropriate levels of choice.

MKDC Age Groups

Sprouts (Ages 4 – 5)

Shoots (Ages 5 – 6)

Saplings (Ages 7 – 8)

Heartwood (Ages 9 – 12)

FIREFLY Leadership Program (13 – 14)

See Also: Special Needs Campers

Campers are automatically placed in the correct age group at the time of registration according to their birthdate. Please note that in the interest of fairness, we cannot accommodate requests to adjust cabin assignments.