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

As a parent, 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 olds). 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. Most of our 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 create programming tailored specifically to their campers’ interests.

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)

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.