Sprouts & Shoots: Ages 4 – 6 (Kindergarten Age)

As parents ourselves, we understand that choosing the right camp for your young camper can be stressful – especially when it is their first-ever camp experience.

How do you know they will be well cared for?

MKDC is owned and operated by a certified teacher with over 15 years experience in the classroom (who is also mom to 5 & 3 year old boys). We know what is developmentally appropriate and how to stimulate young minds while also making them feel safe – physically and emotionally.

We choose all our staff very carefully, but when it comes to those who will be looking after our smallest campers, we’re even more picky. Lower-camp staff have additional qualifications that make them perfect for handling our favourite little people – such as co-op experience in elementary classrooms and/or ECE training.

The Sprouts/Shoots schedule has shorter activity periods and more frequent breaks than our older campers. Our youngest campers also have low-impact activities (story time, lego, etc) strategically built into their schedule, to them time to rest and regroup.

Many parents of four year old Sprouts campers choose MKDC as a “warm-up” before starting school, because of our structured schedule and positive group atmosphere.

Your young camper will participate in a wide range of activities to spark interest and imagination while developing strong bonds with his/her counsellors and fellow campers. Our Dreamworld timeblock was created so that staff can facilitate camper-led play.

Our low camper to staff ratio means that campers receive lots of individual attention, making our Sprouts & Shoots program the perfect place to experience camp for the first time.

Frequently Asked Questions from Sprout Parents

Q: Is this program accommodating for children who are shy/nervous?

A: Yes! This is definitely a great program to help socialize a shy child, especially before they start kindergarten. Many of our 4 year old campers come to us before they start school to help get them used to a group atmosphere, especially since our group size max is 12 campers – much smaller than what you will find in a typical kinder classroom. Our Sprouts cabin is only for ages 4-5 so they won’t be intimidated by older kids, and our staff to camper ratio caps out at 1:6, so they get lots of individual attention. (This ratio does not even include our Leaders-In-Training and Co-Op students, who also help out in the cabins, so the actual ratio is more like 1:4)

Get a virtual tour

Request more information and we’ll send you access to our Virtual Brochure – a visual walkthrough of our entire program. (A great way to talk about camp with your future camper!)
Note: The virtual brochure does not yet feature the Seedlings program.

Q: Can my child get reminders to go to the bathroom? I’m worried he/she will forget or be too shy to ask to go.

A: Don’t worry! We’ve done this before. 🙂 In the Sprouts cabin, we know that camp can be a really exciting place and no one wants to miss out on the fun. That’s why we take the WHOLE cabin on a washroom break before lunch and both snack times, ensuring that campers have many reminders to visit the facilities.

Maple Key Day Camp is a day-only camp
with an overnight feel in Perth, Ontario, Canada.