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Young Judaea Sprout Brooklyn Day Camp

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Young Judaea Sprout Brooklyn Day Camp

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  • Review from the 2023 Summer Camp Survey

    Location: Red Hook How old was your child when they attended camp this summer? 5 Review: My 5 year old had a great experience at Sprout. The camp has a huge variety of activities and does an amazing job making it really feel special like camp with lots of camp spirit. There’s lots of Israeli dancing and a camp sound track which lets camp continue at home too. My son loved cooking, martial arts, water play. What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Downside is that swimming was offsite this year (2023) and swimming lessons were only 2x a week.
  • Review from the 2023 Summer Camp Survey

    Location: Red Hook (BASIS school) How old was your child when they attended camp this summer? 5 Review: My child loved Sprout ! There’s great camp spirit. The activities are interconnected and varied. He loved robotics, cooking, music, and learning about Judaism, Israel and Hebrew. What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? daily, nearby swim would be great ! (Right now it’s twice a week by bus).
  • Review from the 2023 Summer Camp Survey

    Location: Basis Independent School (Red Hook) How old was your child when they attended camp this summer? 7 Review: We loved Sprout Camp. A variety of activities including swim lessons, caring counselors, and very convenient bus service.
  • Review from the 2023 Summer Camp Survey

    Location: Redhook How old was your child when they attended camp this summer? 5 and 8 Review: The space was great because it was at the BASIS school in Redhook. The camp was extremely organized. We use the bus service which was fantastic. There is a Jewish culture element but it’s not “religious”. There is a lot of Israeli song and dancing which my kids where not that into but tolerated. Due to the lifeguards shortage, the camp had to find a Plan B to continue swimming, which worked out fine my kids love swimming. I will say, though that the camp excuse towards younger kids like 3,4, 5 year olds… not as many older kids go but it’s still totally age appropriate for them. Amazing staff. Amazing communication.
  • Review from the 2023 Summer Camp Survey

    Location: Red Hook How old was your child when they attended camp this summer? 4.5 / entering K Review: My kid loved this camp. He especially enjoyed dancing, robotics, nature, cooking, and learning Hebrew. Lots of variety in activities too. The bus was a good experience for him and it was nice to meet other parents at the bus stop. Overall communication (and photos) from the camp is great but I didn’t hear a lot specifically about my kid’s experience, which is tough when younger kids won’t tell you much. I couldn’t really figure out if the social dynamics in his group were working for him or not. It was a true Jewish camp experience and we joked that he became fully Israeli this summer. He is already looking forward to going back. What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Without use of the public pool, they swam two days/week offsite and I felt the lessons could’ve been better (didn’t get a lot of communication about them either). Hopefully the city changes their policies so swim returns multiple times weekly. Also would like to see them do more sports, my kid said there was a lot of sitting around activities.
  • Review from the 2023 Summer Camp Survey

    Location: Red Hook How old was your child when they attended camp this summer? 5 Review: I really can’t rave enough about this spirited and well-run camp! As a sleepaway camp veteran this felt a lot like a sleepaway camp in terms of its spirit (“ruach”). The programming is so thoughtful (including for kids who are sporty and not sporty), the director is superb, the communications clear and frequent, counselors very caring and engaging, operations are flawless. My son came home each day tired from the day and excited for the next day! He loved the Israeli elements and they do a great job in instilling cultural pride. The bus experience was fun and efficient. I wouldn’t hesitate to send my son back next year. In fact he already asked if he can return again! What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Nothing ! Really this is a wonderful camp.
  • Review from the 2023 Summer Camp Survey

    Location: Red Hook How old was your child when they attended camp this summer? 5 Review: Great experience all around.
  • Review from the 2023 Summer Camp Survey

    Location: Red Hook How old was your child when they attended camp this summer? Nearly 6 Review: My kid loved this camp, with a great and reliable bus service from Bed-Stuy, tons of waterplay and swim lessons, very vocal and communicative leaders, theme days, and plenty of Jewish education embedded into the program. Parents invited to join on Friday afternoons for Shabbat which was really special. I'm very pleased with the entire experience.
  • Review from the 2023 Summer Camp Survey

    Location: Red Hook (Basis Independent School) How old was your child when they attended camp this summer? 6 and 8 Review: My kids LOVE Sprout! Due to some changes in the NYC public pool permits, swim is held at an offsite location 2x/week. They do outdoor water play (water slide etc) which works great for my kids who already have strong swim skills. They loved the range of activities - robotics, cooking, gardening. It is a Jewish camp that does celebrate Shabbat on Friday so be comfortable with that.
  • Review from the 2022 Summer Camp Survey

    Location: Red Hook How old was your child when they attended camp this summer? 6 Review: My son attended for two weeks. We signed up at the last minute after some other plans fell through and he had a great time even though it was a short stint. They used the Basis Brooklyn school in red hook for the facility. The counselors made him feel welcome and he loved the water slide. There was bus service that was staffed with multiple counselors. We were very pleased. Great communication from camp too. Would you like to add anything related to COVID and how the camp handled it? Vaccination is required.
  • Review from the 2022 Summer Camp Survey

    Location: Red Hook How old was your child when they attended camp this summer? 4 Review: This is a wonderful spirited program with terrific leadership and counselors. Our son looked forward each day to the program which seemed to be well structured and infused Jewish values and Israeli culture (dance, music, Hebrew) without being doctrinaire for a Reform family like ours. Communication from the camp was tops starting with the highly responsive director, and the support model really impressive, including a unit head who got to know each kid in her 4 groups and even a social worker who checked in with families. Although it was a very long day for our 4 y/o given bus and travel it was a fun enriching day and we had a very happy camper. What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? At first the bus was not a good experience for our kid who was really nervous having never ridden a bus. After feedback from the families the bus counselors were more attentive to the needs of very young kids. I’d suggest putting a more senior experienced counselor on the bus. We also would have appreciated a daily schedule to help our kiddo prepare mentally for the day. Would you like to add anything related to COVID and how the camp handled it? I wish they had done more. Masks were optional, even among kids too young to be vaccinated — and my child rode the bus each morning with one on but invariably came home without it. It’s hard to be mask optional and also they never asked parents of the child should be masking. Bus counselors didn’t consistently mask either. There were no required Covid tests either — just recommended — and no daily symptom check. It felt very lax — too lax — to me relative to other places.
  • Review from the 2022 Summer Camp Survey

    Location: Red Hook, Brookyn How old was your child when they attended camp this summer? 4 Review: My kids have so much fun at Sprout. It's a Jewish-based camp, and very well-rounded. They love playing Gaga and other sports (dodgeball, kickball, etc.). They have swim lessons and also water play (inflatable waterslides are just one example) and are in the water 4/5 days if not 5/5. My kids consistently love the dances and songs they learn. There are special days with visitors (exotic farm animals; musicians, for example) and regular ("so much fun") science sessions (making oobleck and lemon volcanoes, etc). Campers also learn about social justice and Israel. The staff is highly responsive, too. Would you like to add anything related to COVID and how the camp handled it? This year masks were optional. Campers had to test at home before starting a new camp session.
  • Review from the 2022 Summer Camp Survey

    Location: Red Hook How old was your child when they attended camp this summer? 5 Review: Sprout is a wonderful Jewish camp catering to kids all over Brooklyn! This was my son's 2nd summer there, and we hope to continue going in future years. They have bus service, with tons of kids from the Park Slope area. They bring in counselors from Israel, to teach the kids dance, and language. The camp offers swim, waterplay, sports, arts and crafts, science, and all the fun stuff you'd expect. Plus, they had a professional staff photographer take beautiful photos daily, both this and last summer. I was so spoiled with great photos and Instagram Stories glimpses into camp life. Highly recommend! This camp is so on top of it, my son had a fantastic time there! Would you like to add anything related to COVID and how the camp handled it? The camp has very appropriate COVID-related policies.
  • Review from the 2022 Summer Camp Survey

    Location: Red Hook, Brooklyn NY How old was your child when they attended camp this summer? 5 Review: This was a really great, traditional "camp" (think lots of camp cheers/dances/spirit, games like dodgeball, etc. etc.). Lots of outdoor water play (not just a sprinkler, but, like, massive inflatable water slides brought in etc etc). My kids particularly loved the science activities where they did things like make slime. The camp has a social worker on staff to bring any concerns to - my child had a fear of swimming and they handled it well. Communication from the camp was great and it felt small and like people really knew our kids. My kids are often homebodies who are loathe to try new things, but they came home asking how many days until camp starts next summer! What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? More swimming -- this year, because camps weren't allowed to use city pools, they contracted with a private pool and bussed kids there. But prek/k kids only went once a week, which is not enough. They also only let us know at the last minute that swim would be once a week. My kids did not mind and had a great time, but as a parent I really wanted my kids to improve their swimming this summer.
  • Review from the 2021 Summer Camp Survey

    Name of camp: Sprout Brooklyn Location: Red Hook, Brooklyn How old was your child when they attended camp this summer? 5 Review: Camp was filled with spirit, fun, and education. My kid(s) loved dance, science, robotics, nature, water play, camp songs, and Jewish components like learning Hebrew words and about holidays.
  • 2019 Summer Camp Review

    Age: 5.5y Review: We all love Sprout Brooklyn. Hebrew immersion day camp in Red Hook that uses BASIS Independent school as a home base. They use the Red Hook pool, and Coffey Playground (via bus). Some of the counselors are from Israel and the rest are from Brooklyn. Everyone works well together and the camp is run by an amazing and organized, caring team of professionals. Kids can be bussed to camp for an additional fee, or you can take them on your own (via car or MTA bus). Kids have cooking, robotics, arts and crafts, singing, yoga, and Israeli dance, sports and just regular, good old play.
  • 2019 Summer Camp Review

    Age: 4 years old Review: Sprout does a very nice job at this camp. There is swimming every day, and the counselors are all very caring, involved and enthusiastic. This is my daughter's 2nd year and she consistently loves going. Looking forward to when she is older and gets to go on day trips and over night camp.
  • Hebrew Summer Camps for 5yrs old

    I recommend Sprout Brooklyn too! My son (5 years old) will be going back for his 3rd consecutive summer. There is an Israeli counselor in each group who speaks exclusively in Hebrew to the children. They have music, art, cooking, do sports and recess outdoors, and swim 4X/week. There is a great camp-wide spirit of community.
  • Hebrew Summer Camps for 5yrs old

    Sprout Brooklyn is amazing! Highly recommended
  • Hebrew Summer Camps for 5yrs old

    I think we will be sending our almost 5 year old to Sprout Brooklyn this summer - my older daughter went years ago and had a great time there! I hear nothing but good things and I know and very much respect the director. I believe they are offering multiple info sessions in Brooklyn in the next few weeks so perhaps you could attend one to hear more? I would suggest being directly in touch with the director, Elyssa Gaffin
  • Review from the 2017 PSP Summer Camp Survey

    My son loved this camp. They swam 4X/week in the Red Hook pool, and had art, nature, music, dance, and yoga classes. The counselors were wonderful, especially the Israeli counselors who spoke exclusively in Hebrew with the kids. If you could change anything, what would it be? I didn't receive much communication about what goes on at camp. Most kids take the bus there, and as a result the actual goings on felt a bit mysterious. We got a daily email summing up what each age group did that day in a sentence. Age of child: 3.5 Based on a Summer 2017 experience
  • Review from the 2017 PSP Summer Camp Survey

    This is a Jewish day camp, with lots of art, dance, and a very good swim program. My children have been extremely happy there, and the camp seems to prize kindness. There are not many field trips, which I liked. The kids take the bus there and back every day, but it is a fairly short ride since it is only to Red Hook and back. If you could change anything, what would it be? The camp is at the Basis School, and the kids take school buses to the Red Hook Pool and to the park. I wish there were a better "campus" but that is very hard to find in Brooklyn! Age of child: Age 6; age 4 Based on a Summer 2017 experience
  • Review from the 2017 PSP Summer Camp Survey

    This is my son's 3rd year at the camp and I think this has been his best summer. He loves swimming and the other regular activities (park time, art, yoga, singing, cooking, etc), he likes that now he is older he has electives (so far soccer and chess) and there are some occasional trips (Shipwreck mini golf and a indoor trampoline park in NJ). This year he also likes learning Hebrew words. What I also love is how incredibly organized and amazing the administration is from communication to hiring wonderful staff. Age of child: 7 Based on a Summer 2017 experience
  • Summer Camp Survey 2016

    Age of child: 4 Review: She loved it. She had an amazingly fulfilled summer. She loved her counselors who all seemed incredibly well trained and caring. She came home using Hebrew words and singing songs in Hebrew. There was a wonderful connection made between their activities and Jewish values. What would you change about the program, if anything? She had scheduled swim lessons 4 times a week, but sometimes one of her swim days would be rained out or the red hook pool would close unexpectedly, she would then still have her non-swim day off, but I wish they could have been more flexible with the schedule so she could make up her swim day on her usual off day. I know this may not be possible with the scheduled time at the pool but it would have been nice since some weeks she was only able to swim 3 days a week.
  • Summer Camp Survey 2016

    Age of child: 5.5 (entering 1st) Review: Sprout Brooklyn is truly a magical place. The programming is very high quality, intentional, age appropriate and fun. Our daughter is tough to please in situations like this and was worried about the bus ride as she is used to walking places and being dropped off, but within days was extremely comfortable with the warm and very well trained and supervised staff. The amount of different activities that they offer every single day is incredible and she came home singing new songs and raving about new dishes she had cooked or begging to go to the pool to practice her swimming more. With no hesitation we intend to send our younger daughter who will be going into Pre-K next summer. Sprout Brooklyn is a gem in a sea of mediocre summer programs that occupy instead of enrich children's time.
  • Review from 2015 Summer Camp Survey

    Age of Child: 3 Likes: My daughter had an amazing experience. This was her first summer going to an all day day-camp and the staff was excellent at helping her with the transition. This was the first year the camp run, it is part of the bigger Young Judaea Sprout Lake sleep away camp. She came home being able to use Hebrew words and sing songs in Hebrew. She bonded immediately with her counselors and the other campers. It is a small camp and I liked that they did some things together as an entire camp so she got to see what the older kids were doing and learn from them as well. She had instructional swim almost every day outside. Everyone was so warm and welcoming, it felt like a being part of a community from the beginning. What would you change? nothing Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend Do you have any other information to add? Next year it is going to be run out of the BASIS school in Red Hook.
  • Review from 2015 Summer Camp Survey

    Age of Child: 4 Likes: Amazing program, counsel ours were wonderful. Small groups, intensely personal What would you change? Nothing Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend

 

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