Waynflete’s themed K-1 Camps are geared to nurture our younger campers, while encouraging curiosity for our active 5 and 6 year olds. Weekly on-campus K-1 Camp activities are designed around a theme, which the children help develop throughout the week. Children who attend multiple weeks of K-1 Camp will enjoy an ongoing sense of progression, with never a dull moment.
Our knowledgeable K-1 staff team is made up of teachers and counselors who have worked extensively with young children. Each one helps create our unique environment that nurtures each child's confidence, curiosity, and caring for one another. K-1 Camp runs at just the right pace for 5- to 6-year-olds and offers age-appropriate choices for group and individual projects and games, and plenty of outdoor play. As in all of our summer programs, K-1 program directors uphold the school's mission statement, placing emphasis on "playful exploration"!
During Weeks 3, 5, and 7, K-1 campers may alternately enroll in K-1 Eco-Explorers, our outdoor adventure club. The K-1 campers will head out and about each morning for an up-close exploration of various ecosystems: freshwater, saltwater/coastal, estuary, woods, and meadows.Ages: Kindergarten and Grade 1
Times: 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
NEW to camp this summer! View our camp facility - Waynflete's brand new Lower School,
which offers temperature controlled spaces and beautiful views.
8:00-8:30 a.m. Arrival and welcome - free play
8:30-9:00 a.m. Morning circle meeting
9:00-10:00 a.m. Creative construction activity (indoors or outside)
10:00-10:30 a.m. Snack and free play
10:30-11:00 a.m. Personal choice projects
11:00 a.m.-noon Outside free play
Noon-12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30-1:00 p.m. Story corner and quiet activities
1:00-2:00 p.m. Group project or sculpture
2:00-3:00 p.m. Outside free play
3:00-3:30 p.m. All camp meeting
Week 1 (June 10-14)
Start of Summer Camp
Week 2 (June 17-21)
Let the adventures begin! We will explore how each of our senses help us detect clues about the world around us and play guessing games to hone our instincts for discovery. Throughout the week, we will fill our homemade treasure chests with found and created objects. Obstacle courses, scavenger hunts and movement maps will add challenge and active play to our toolbox of problem-solving skills.
Week 3 (June 24-28)
Week 4 (July 1-5) No camp July 4
K-1 campers will celebrate local community, shops, and life in a small city such as Portland. We will create our own small businesses and markets from recyclables. Campers will create a make-believe neighborhood and learn about the people in it.
Passport to Play
Earn stamps in your passport as you collect fun and games from every continent! After a morning yoga adventure brings us to a new country, we will learn greetings in local languages, dance to popular music, read folktales and and play traditional children’s games from all corners of the earth. From making our own soccer balls and Mancala boards from recyclables to playing “Skippyroo” in Australia, we’ll fill our homemade luggage and travel journals with playful memories from our jet-setting adventures!
Week 6 (July 15-July 19)
Sun & Sea: Growing ME
Maine summers have it all! From bright sunny days to cool ocean waves, we are surrounded by nature’s greatest gifts. Through art, science, movement and play we will experience the magic of sunlight and water, and how these two natural resources work together to help plants grow. Young gardeners will learn all about the life cycle of a plant through hands-on exploration of seedlings and local community gardens. On sunny days, we will make solar ovens for toasting mini-smores, trace our shadows and let the sun dry clay creations. Salt crafts, ocean-themed experiments and sea-sponge watercolors will teach us all about saltwater. This week will also include a special trip to a local farm to enjoy the summer’s bounty by picking delicious seasonal berries grown under the summer sun!
Week 7 (July 22-26)
Imaginarium- "Makers" Construction Camp
If you can imagine it, you can create it! We will work with all kinds of unexpected materials to create sculptures large and small. Our favorite imaginary creatures like unicorns, mermaids, gnomes and dragons come alive as characters in our own “land of make-believe” where anything is possible!
In the morning, young players gain skills on the basketball court through fun drills and targeted instruction on ball handling, passing, and shot technique lead up to exciting daily scrimmages. In the afternoon, campers will learn to play games such as Capture the Flag, Stratego, Ultimate Frisbee, Wizards and Gnomes, and Kickball. By the end of the week campers will be choosing which of their favorites they want to play. This camp highlights the important skills of teamwork and sportsmanship.