First Time Campers

With over 40 years experience in overnight camping we understand that making the decision to send your child to overnight camp is not an easy one. We know that each child develops at their own pace and is ready for this experience at a different time. For this reason, we provide 2 shorter options for our younger campers to get acclimated to the camp experience. We provide:

  • One week trial (2nd -4th graders only) – Taste of Sprout Lake
  • Two week Experience (2nd -4th graders only) – Nitzanim
  • *NEW FOR 2019 – (1st-3rd graders only) – Sprout Rookie Program

Our Taste program (1 week) and our Nitzanim program (2 weeks) operate as its own aidah (group). They stay in the same bunks and participate in activities together. Taste campers able to extend from 1 week to 2 weeks, but will not be able to extend after 2 weeks. In addition, Nitzanim will not be allowed to extend to a full session. At the end of the programs, we will have a special closing event for the short session campers, and they’ll be ready for a full session at Sprout Lake the following summer!

New for 2019, we are offering a Rookie Camp for campers entering 1st-3rd grade. This program will give campers the ability to try out Sprout Lake for an amazing 3 day, 2 night experience. Campers will live in a bunk, get to participate in  special activities, and get a sampling of all of the programs offered at Camp Sprout Lake! For more information on this brand new offering for 2019, please email us at

We also offer the our traditional 3 1/2 week experience, full session for 2nd – 8th graders.

We have a number of things we will do especially for first time campers to help you and your child:

Before camp starts:

  • We can set up a meeting or a playdate with another new or returning camper
  • Parents and campers are invited to watch our virtual open house together, which take place every 2 weeks.
  • We invite you to take a tour of camp, we offer them on select Sunday’s throughout our summer season and a few times during the year.
  • Call or email our office with questions! Someone from our staff will gladly help you!

During camp:

  • On opening day please join us for our Parent Orientation.
  • We have a “Camp Mom” for questions regarding how the campers are acclimating.
  • Through your camp account you will see pictures that are uploaded daily, and videos that are uploaded 2-3 times a week!
  • All first time parents will receive a phone call regarding their campers’ experience during the first week of camp.