Our Summer Sprout program is designed to bring like minded gifted students together for hands on, engaging student driven activities. Once enrolled, students will share their interests and passions and activities will be created based on their ideas!
The Summer program caps at 16 total campers with 2 camp leaders. We offer half day 8:00AM -11:00AM and full day options 8:00AM-3:00PM. If your half day camper would like to stay for lunch that can be accomodated too. We will meet at different outdoor locations in Chicago and Evanston each week.
Gifted students eligible for enrollment are in grades K-6 (Kindergartners MUST be fully independent and reading). You will need to fill out an application with test scores (NWEA, Neuropsyc, KTEA-3 or KBIT-2 are examples of tests that would help qualify your student), send a teacher observation form, and talk to Judy Wahl, Owner and Program Director before enrolling in the program.
Students in the middle school years 6, 7, &8 are welcome and encouraged to join our program. They will be considered C.I.T.’s (counselors in training) and will be given more leadership responsibilities and they would be given a chance to participate in our activities.
Each day campers will be engaged in social play outdoors through free choice activities, art, imaginative games, card games, or board games. Then they will be led in a student interest activity learning about art around the world, physics, math and art, wonders of the world, pop culture, writing and storytelling and so much more! Our ideas are infinite. Our ideas mostly derive from our students. You will be asked to fill out an interest inventory to tell us what you like to explore!
During our daily activities, the children are being guided to try things outside their comfort zone in a safe way with expert teachers/counselors that understand perfectionism, frustration, impulsiveness, high energy and endless questioning, and intense passions.
If opting for a full day, we will enjoy lunch outdoors and continue on with fun and games like scavenger hunts, capture the flag, tree climbing, fishing (at Lovelace location), arts and crafts and so much more!
Last years activities included some of the following: outdoor sculptures, bird identification, catapults, kites, boats, create your own game with directions, magic, create your own country and government (which turned into a mini UN) lots of arts and crafts, lots of board games. Kids brought scooters, skate boards, roller blades and bikes to the parks too.
Bird Watching and Nature Art
Working on improv skills! So tough but rewarding in the end.
We found common objects and drew around them to create something new and exciting! (more pictures below)