Philosophy At Hayground, we believe children need to feel ownership of their day and their summer, and to feel they are making choices that matter to them.
The foundation of our daily schedule, then, is choice.
Daily Schedule With the exception of our youngest campers, the Hayground Camp schedule consists of hour-long periods. During each period, campers choose between two or three activities for that hour. This allows for small group settings, and for campers, a sense of choice and self-direction. Campers take snack and water breaks throughout the day and eat lunch at 12:30 p.m.
Half-day program The half-day program, open to all ages, runs from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The half-day schedule consists of three hour-long periods, during which campers have a choice of activities. Campers have snack and water breaks twice a day and eat lunch at 12:30 p.m.
Full-day program The full day program, open to campers age 4-13, runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Full day campers participate in the regular schedule from 9:00 to 1:00; from 1:00 to 3:00, campers are grouped in a mixed-age group (ages 4- 7 or 8 -13) and can choose from various activities for two hour-long elective periods.
Lunch Hayground Camp requires that parents send lunch with their children. Lunches are kept in a refrigerator in the camper’s room. For time and safety reasons, we request that parents do not pack lunches that require heating, or contain peanuts.
Ages 3 & 4
Belugas (age 3) and Sea Robins (age 4)
Hayground Camp's program for three and four year-old campers balances active play with quiet activity. Separated into two single-age groups, our youngest campers engage in non-competitive and cooperation-building activities such as sandbox, block building and playground time, field games, and imaginative play. Other activities include puppet shows, gardening, cooking, story time, gymnastics, music and movement, water play and swimming, and modified, developmentally-appropriate programs in sports, art, and woodshop (ie, "The Joy of Hammering").
Each of these age groups have a high counselor-to-camper ratio, with approximately one counselor for every 3 children. Our head counselors are experienced early childhood teachers, and are assisted by a full staff of seasoned counselors.
The schedule for 3's and 4's comprises 30 to 45-minute time blocks, with opportunity for extended play, and is carefully designed for minimal travel and smooth transitions.
Ages 5 & 6
Dolphins (age 5) and Sea Lions (age 6)
Hayground's five and six year-old program engages the boundless imagination and energy of this age group while providing periods of quiet activity and cooperative play.
The daily schedule for 5's and 6's consists of hour-long blocks, with at least two different choices for each hour. With the exception of woodshop, the full range of camp activities is open to these groups, including: art, music, sports, woodshop, gardening, cooking, swimming, field games and Tonkatown.
Head Counselors for these groups are experienced teachers and returning counselors, and are assisted by a full staff of supporting counselors. The ratio of counselors to campers is approximately one counselor for every 3 to 4 campers.
Ages 7 & 8
Manatees and Seals (ages 7 & 8)
The Manatees & Seals, Hayground's seven and eight year-old campers, consist of one seven year old group ( Manatees ) and mixed-age groups ( Seals ) headquartered in the Kitchen Building.
The daily schedule for these groups consists of hour-long blocks, with at least three different choices per hour. Activities for this age group include art, music, sports, woodshop, gardening, cooking, swimming, field games and Tonkatown. In addition, Seals may participate in the Sailing program and all three groups may participate in the Trapeze program.
Counselors for this age group are experienced teachers and returning counselors, supported by a full staff of assistant counselors. The ratio for this group is approximately one counselor for every 6 campers.
Ages 9 & 10
Sharks (ages 9 & 10)
Hayground's nine and 10 year-old campers, the Sharks, consist of two mixed-age groups headquartered in the Gymnasium.
The Shark's schedule consists of hour-long blocks, with at least two choices of activities per hour. The full range of camp activities is open to this age group, including art, music, sports, woodshop, gardening, cooking, swimming, field games and Tonkatown.
In addition, Sharks enjoy beach trips twice a week, and receive priority for the Sailing and Trapeze programs.
Orcas (11 & 12) and Gators (13)
Hayground's eldest campers, the Orcas and Gators, are a mixed-age group headquartered in our newest building, The Pavilion.
The Orca and Gator's daily schedule is comprised of hour-long blocks, with at least two different choices of activity per hour. Activities include art, music, sports, woodshop, gardening, cooking, swimming, and field games.
As Hayground's senior members, the Orcas and Gators enjoy special privileges such as beach trips twice a week and weekly Friday field trips. Past field trips have included kayaking, mini-golf, movies, an on-campus carnival, and Splish Splash water park. The Orcas and Gators also receive first priority for our Sailing and Trapeze programs, and enjoy special intensive workshops with visiting musicians.
In addition, as future Counselors in Training, those campers who are interested are invited to be a part of our Internship program which affords campers an opportunity to see what it is like to work with younger kids and make magic happen for those younger campers as their counselors do the same for them.