Lower camp consists of two divisions, Turtles (entering Pre-K and K) and Freshman (entering 1st and 2nd Grade)
Our lower camp groups typically consist of approximately 15 campers with 3 counselors that are dedicated to the group all day and all summer long. Groups are gender specific and based on the grade children are entering in September, with the exception of our youngest group of campers (the Purple Turtles) which is a co-ed group. Typically counselors are gender-matched though we do find that our boys benefit from a female counselor presence in their group alongside male staff. Counselors that work with this age group all have a specific interest in working with young children and are trained and closely supported by certified by early childhood educators and experienced teachers.
Our lower campers at Everwood experience a wide range of activities that have been adapted to ensure they are age-appropriate. Programs are led by specialists with specific experience in the area of instruction and support by our general counselors. This includes activities such as fishing, canoeing, sports, ropes course, nature and exploration, Dance, yoga, arts and crafts and so much more.
As campers arrive to camp they are greeted by camp staff and guided to their designated group meeting spot in our assembly area. Attendance is taken, lunches collected, and counselors set the stage for the day. Camp Directors lead the morning assembly with special announcements, traditions, and flag raising. Campers then walk with their counselors to put their bags in their cabins and head to their first period activity!
Our lower campers engage in a variety of developmentally appropriate sports activities. From soccer, to basketball, street hockey and beyond, equipment and instruction is tailored for this age group. Experienced coaches and specialists lead these activity periods with support from our camp counselors to create an inclusive activity period for all campers involved.
Our lower campers have the opportunity to explore both performing and creative arts through a wide variety of arts activities. From drama, dance and gymnastics to traditional camp crafts, the opportunities for creative development are infused with nature and exploration of our incredible camp facility. Arts activities are lead by specialists with specific training and expertise in their area and supported by our camp counselors.
Every Day at Everwood brings with it new adventures, including a host of unique, wacky, exclusive daily special events that only happen on the Everwood campus. For our lower campers, special event activities include messy art, Jell-o Tug-of-war, Capture the Flag and more. All special event activities are adapted for full participation of this age group.
Campers bring a peanut and tree-nut free* lunch Monday-Thursday and we provide a Kosher BBQ lunch on Fridays for all! We also provide two peanut and tree-nut free snacks each day. We are an allergy-friendly facility.
After lunch our entering preschoolers and kindergarteners rest and relax for a short story time with their counselors inside their air conditioned bunk. Our 1st and 2nd and graders will head on out for another one of our various group activities on campus.
All of our lower campers get to participate in an American Red Cross based swim lesson daily. All campers are tested and placed in an appropriate swim group based on their skill level. Our lessons are taught by WSI certified lifeguards and supported by our camp counselors, ensuring growth and development in swim skills. (this one should defintitely link to another page on swim instruction)
All of our lower campers have a period each day where they can choose if they want to swim or play on the beach with friends, or both! It’s a great open free play time! Our lifeguards closely supervise swim areas while our camp counselors play with our campers in the water ensuring low adult to camper ratios and close monitoring of all swimmers. Campers will stay in shallow water, unless they have demonstrated a specific set of skills proving they can swim in deeper swim areas (American Red Cross Level 3).
Our lower campers experience all of the adventure that our bigger kids do. Adventure activities include canoeing, fishing, ropes course, and exploring the woods and water around us. In addition, our lower campers get to jump and bounce on our inflatable water obstacle course known as “The Wibit” each week.
Lower Campers gather with their group at the end of each day for some reflection and fun camp traditions including performances, singing camp songs, and playing games. Counselors spend time talking with the group about their social and emotional accomplishments related to our Everwood 5 Star Points. A few campers in each group are given our “5 Star Camper award” and a coveted “Warm and Fuzzy” to take home.