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Squirrel's Nest

ages 3-4

This is where it all begins! Specifically designed for our youngest campers, the Squirrels Nest is tucked in a safe, secure area located next to The Village. More structured than our older age groups, these budding artists are guided through a variety of new and enhanced interactive activities that foster their curiosity, discovery and creative expression. Squirrels also have opportunities to participate in our special evening performances alongside fellow Villagers and Artisans!

Arts & Crafts
Each morning and afternoon, the Squirrel’s Nest offers a structured art project that explores a variety of mediums such as paint, clay, or paper college. Campers use their imagination to create their very own masterpiece!
Dance
Lively songs, dances, and costumes encourage campers to move to the music! Each week, the Squirrel’s visit our Artisan Dance and Folk Dance stages for extra special dance games and activities.
Story Time
Fairytales, adventures, and silly characters - during circle time each day, the Squirrels use their imagination while listening to our staff of lively storytellers.
Dress Up & Drama
Using costumes, puppets, props, and their imaginations, our Squirrels have ample opportunities for pretend play with friends. Our Squirrels also have the opportunity to participate in our weekly all-camp performances (with the helping hand of a Squirrel’s Nest staffer to join them on stage). If your Squirrel is interested in being in a Willowbrook play, please click the link below for more information.
Sing-Alongs
Whether it’s with Squirrel’s Nest staff or a visit from our beloved Artisan Music Specialist, Silly John, little campers learn camp sing-along favorites. These performances are loved by all!
Nature Walks
Our Squirrels love exploring the beautiful setting of Brown’s Ferry Park on their group nature walks! Campers often stop to collect pine cones, draw with sidewalk chalk, and learn about our local flora and fauna.
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Sample Daily Schedule

8:30 - 9:10 am
9:10 - 9:30 am
9:30 - 10:30 am
10:30 - 11:10 am
11:10 - 11:30 pm
11:30 - 11:45 pm

11:45 - 12:35 pm

12:35 - 12:45 pm

12:45 - 1:00 pm
1:00 - 1:30 pm
1:30 - 2:00 pm
2:00 - 2:10 pm
2:10 - 2:30 pm

2:30 - 2:40 pm

2:40 - 2:45 pm

2:45 pm

—   Check-in - Welcome and Guided Free-Choice Activities
—   Circle Time: stories, songs, and other activities
—   Morning Project time 
—   Clean up, bathroom break, and snack time

—   Activity outside of the Nest (nature walk, visit an Artisan tent)
—   Bathroom & water break

—   Lunch and half day camper pick up (includes all 3 year olds) 

—   Circle time: stories, songs, and other activities

—   Bathroom & water break
—   Outside Activity (nature walk, sprinkler trip, dance, chalk)

—   Afternoon Project time

—   Bathroom & water break

—   Guided free choice activities

—   Area clean up 

—   Closing Circle time: end of day story, songs, and sharing 

—   Camper pick up

Potty Training & Bathroom Facilities

Our little ones must be full potty trained in order to attend camp. There is a porta potty located in the Squirrels Nest for these young campers only, equipped with a child-size toilet seat and footstool. Squirrels Nest staff accompany 3-4 year old campers to the restroom facilities and remain outside the porta potty in case of emergencies but campers must be self-sufficient in toileting.

 

Is my child ready for Squirrel’s Nest?

At Willowbrook, our goal is to ensure each camper has the best experience possible.  We feel this to be especially important for our youngest campers, as spending time away from family can be a big change for our little ones. Although our program is specially tailored for 3 and 4 year olds, we find the children who have the best experience in the Squirrel’s Nest are individuals with previous experience in preschool or daycare programs.  This is especially true with our full-day option for 4 year olds. Our staff works very hard to ensure every little Squirrel is well taken care of but we do rely upon our families to know if their child is ready for camp.  If this will be your little one’s first time away from home, we recommend visiting camp for a tour and/or starting with the half-day option to see if they are ready for this fun new adventure. We’re here to help, so please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.