Policy change for 2024: Waterford Camps are reserved for members of the school community, namely current students, those entering next fall, children and grandchildren of summer faculty, children of alumni, children of waterford.org employees.

Wildebeests Day Camp, PK3/PK4

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Wildebeests – A Day Camp for Kids entering PK3-PK4

Designed by a team of experienced teachers here at Waterford, Wildebeests Day Camp is an all-day, multi-sensory program, where campers who are 3 to 4 years old experience the outdoors daily, learn through nature explorations, STEM, music, dance, art, sports, story time, water games, and carefully conceived, self-directed play.

The activities of each week are tied to a unique, exciting question, are led by qualified teachers, and are assisted by energetic, young interns. The children will return home full of facts, ideas, songs, craft projects, and stories to share.

In addition to the daily activities, there will be a field trip to a local park each week. Over the course of the summer the campers will do many activities in the nature zone and on the playground, see how the park changes over time, and come to make it their own. 

It is essential that students in Day Camp be potty trained, and able to manage all bathroom needs on their own.

Our Wildebeests program is set up to be a half day every day, but if your PK child needs a full-day schedule, please select “Wildebeests Plus” in the session options after each week for which you register. This afternoon extension will include nap time/quiet time, free play with friends inside and out, more craft projects, and a closing gathering with the older day camp groups.

Before and After Care also available at registration.

Weekly Themes

Day Camp Themes

Prehistoric Life

Week 1
(June 17-21)

Wonders of the Wasatch

Week 2
(June 24-28)

Adventure under the Sea

Week 4
(July 8-12)

Life Finds a Way

Week 5
(July 15-19)

Go West!

Week 6
(July 22-26)

Explore the Outdoor Classroom

Typical Daily Schedule

9:00amArrival, gather, play in outdoor classroom
9:45amLearning Activity A/Field trip (Fri)
10:45amSpecialist/Learning Activity B rotation/water games (Wed)
11:40amClosing circle

Camp Details

Bring a sack lunch; snack provided by us

Drop-off point B on the campus map. The west doors to the Lower School, 8:45-9:00. Look for the green signs.

For day camp, campers should come with a backpack containing a refillable water bottle, a nutritious lunch, a swimsuit and towel (on Wednesday, for water games), sunscreen, and bug spray (optional). They should also wear their camp t-shirts (passed out on their first day) for our Friday field trips. Make sure you label everything!

$255 per week for 1/2 day. $495 for full day.

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2024 Program Dates

Week 1 (June 17-21)
Week 2 (June 24-28)
Week 4 (July 8-12)
Week 5 (July 15-19)
Week 6 (July 22-26)

Explore the outdoor classroom

Waterford is excited to share the Outdoor Classroom, a Certified Nature Explore Classroom, which fosters highly effective, nature-based outdoor learning, and has been nationally recognized by Dimensions Educational Research Foundation.