There are tons of wonderful specialty camps or traditional summer camps. But Gatorland Day Camp? It’s unlike any that we’ve heard about in the Greater Baltimore area…
Why? Because kids choose their own camp adventure. Every day.
Offered by St. Paul’s School for Girls (SPSFG), each camp day starts with community time. During that session, campers learn about their different activity options that day (and they have the opportunity to visit three stations during three different blocks of time). Activities differ each day, but the thematic environments stay the same. There is always something offered in visual arts, science/tech/engineering/math, sports, digital arts, engineering and the oh-so-popular wild card.
Wild card: think grab bag… this could be “go on a walk,” cooking, yoga, or ice cream making.
“We really put a a great deal of energy into the different activities offered each day,” said Julia Liebermann, who directed the camp last year.
The co-ed camp is offered to rising kindergartners through 8th grade and kids across all ages spend the day together in their chosen environments. Campers aren’t just learning about time management through their autonomy; they’re learning about responsibility as older campers help the youngest (affectionately called ‘swamplings’).
“Parents love that their kids are in a safe, fun environment… but also that they have autonomy,” said Shannon Duckett, Director of SPSG Summer . The camp has become so popular with area parents that they’ve added a fifth week this summer. Camp is offered from 9 AM – 3:30 PM, July 17th – August 18th. Before and after care is available for an additional fee.
Each day culminates with another community session. Community is a huge part of the camp structure, similar to how St. Paul’s School for Girls orchestrates during the school year.
“We really are building on the SPSFG mission,” said Shannon. At the heart of the mission? Nurturing intellectual curiosity and creativity.
Of course, to do that, you need to give kids space to choose. That’s what Gatorland is all about.
Curious? Learn more about Gatorland Day Camp.
This article is sponsored by Gatorland Day Camp. We think their camp model is really (cool)!