(COED, RISING K-8TH GRADE)
The Gatorland Day Camp model and mission is unique with the goal to keep campers safe, engaged, and having fun. Gatorland is all about choice and experiential learning; campers take ownership of their days by choosing from a wide range of exciting and engaging activities in visual arts, science, sports, technology, performing arts, digital arts, robotics, cooking, and more!
“Our boys are LOVING Gatorland Camp. Thank you so so much!” ~ Lucy L.
“I am thrilled to say that [my daughter] is loving camp at SPSG! I just registered her for two more weeks. I also wanted to mention that I really enjoy your summary emails each day. Hearing the details of her exciting experiences is so wonderful and sparks so many family conversations.” ~Jayme K.
“[My daughter] LOVES Gatorland. Everyone is so nurturing and kind to her. She is having so much fun and it makes me so happy. Thank you!!” ~ Kat G.
"[My daughter] described Gatorland as a “dream camp"!" ~ Marjorie C.
“[My daughter] loved every minute of it, thanks! She’ll be back the coming weeks of camp.” ~S. Sinnott
“The kids have had such a great time this week! I’m so glad I signed them up!!! Thanks for making it so awesome!!!” ~Karen J.
“[My son] said that Gatorland won of all the camps this year!” ~ Paige N.
“I just wanted to email You real quick that [my daughter] loved your camp and program so much!” ~ Spencer S.
“I think you know Gatorland has always been a favorite of my kids. As they get older, their tastes change. This year, my kids attended 5 different camps, including Gatorland. These included sports, extreme water camps, adventure camps and still hands down Gatorland was once again their favorite. It is so nice when your kids jump out of bed with excitement on a Monday to go to camp. Thanks for another great year!”
– Jen Q., Gatorland Camper Parent
“I just want to thank you for organizing this great camp. [My boys] say it is their favorite camp! They love it! We will be back next year:)”
– Dalia T., Gatorland Camper Parent
“[My daughter] asked me this weekend if next year she can do all five weeks of Gatorland camp. I think that would be a five star rating from [our] family.”
– Erin H., Gatorland Camper Parent
“Just wanted to say how wonderful camp was. The counselors we're fantastic. [My son] had such a great time just the way summer should be. Please extend my thanks to the staff!” – Amanda C., Parent
Gatorland Day Camp 2018 Info
Hours & Dates
Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Week 1: Monday, July 16-Friday, July 20, 2018
Week 2: Monday, July 23-Friday, July 27, 2018
Week 3: Monday, July 30-Friday, August 3, 2018
Week 4: Monday, August 6-Friday, August 10, 2018
Week 5: Monday, August 13-Friday, August 17, 2018
Cost of Camp
$375 per week
Before Care: 8:00-9:00 a.m., $25 per week
After Care: 3:30-5:30 p.m., $50 per week
Both: $60 per week
Interested in joining our incredible Gatorland staff? If so, please complete this Gatorland Application, attach two reference letters and send to Shannon Duckett, Director of SPSG Summer at email@example.com.
About the Director:
Candice Fisher has been working at camps since she was in high school. She started working as a counselor at Camp Grizzly at age 15 and, from there, worked as a counselor at Camp Jemicy for several years. After Camp Jemicy, Ms. Fisher joined ST. Paul’s School for Girls as a Physical Education Teacher and as an Assistant Director at our Gatorland Day Camp, specifically leading our Leadership Development Program. Last year, Ms. Fisher was promoted to Gatorland Day Camp Director and looks forward to entering her second year leading this incredible program. She believes in camp being fun, safe and engaging for all our campers and ultimately, making memories that last a lifetime.
In addition to her Physical Education teacher role at St. Paul’s School for Girls, Ms. Fisher is also an 8th grade advisor and coach for varsity field hockey, varsity swimming, and middle school lacrosse.
Rising Kindergarteners & First Graders
The Swamplings is a stimulating and engaging introduction to Gatorland Day Camp for our youngest campers. Based in a safe and age appropriate space, this program promises to provide a wide range of imaginative activities designed to encourage a camper’s social, artistic and physical development. Staffed by certified teachers and mature, caring adults, our Swamplings are sure to receive individualized attention throughout their day. Snack and nap/rest time will also be a part of your child’s daily schedule.
Where our Gatorland Day Camp is designed to be a “kids’ choice” program, our Swamplings will be given options for choice on a smaller scale. Arts and crafts, science, story time, technology, cooking, sports, games, and much more will round out a truly wonderful summer experience. To attend Gatorland Day Camp, it is required that all Swamplings are potty-trained.
Rising 2nd-6th Graders
Based on rising grade, these campers will have camper choice each day, as choice and variety drive our camp mission. In these age groups, children will be offered a program specifically designed to develop individual skills and increase general knowledge on an individual basis and in group settings. Each day, after our all camp morning gathering where we play games and have dance parties to kick off our day with high energy and lots of positivity, campers will choose what THEY want to do in all three activity blocks. Each environment will present the activity they are doing for each block, and campers will choose where they want to go. After each block, students will reconvene for snack or lunch and then be presented with ideas for the next activity block. We change them each block so campers have a variety to choose from and can partake in a diverse group of activities each day.
For example, if a camper wants to do sports in activity block #1, art in activity block #2 and cooking in activity block #3, they can. Or if they want to do sports all three blocks, they can. It is a unique opportunity for campers to make their own choices!
Activities include (but are not limited to): visual art, music, sports, cooking, STEM, & technology. Snack, lunch, and recess will also be a part of your child’s daily schedule.
7th & 8th Grade Leadership Development ProgramPurpose of the 7th & 8th Grade Leadership Training
The purpose of the leadership training program is to train individuals for a future staff role at Gatorland Day Camp*, and future leadership roles in the community. This training program will provide our older campers with an opportunity to take leadership roles throughout camp and help support counselors in daily camp activities, giving guidance to our younger campers and helping to foster relationships. In addition, we ensure our leadership development campers have time to “be a kid”, giving them the afternoon activity block to partake in an activity of their choosing and play.
Must be a rising 7th or 8th grade student who is available to attend a minimum of two weeks during Gatorland Day Camp 2018.
- Embody the mission of SPSG.
- Attend morning meetings, group lunches, and after-camp meetings with the program coordinator for skill-development training, feedback and debriefing.
- Exhibit social responsibility; lead by example by making positive choices, and guide other campers in their decision-making process.
- Aid in the supervision and safety of camp participants.
- Help in supporting a fun, safe, and clean environment for campers. This includes maintaining the integrity of the camp rooms, games, and activities by participating in their set up and breakdown.
- Provide suggestions for activities.
- Demonstrate camp spirit and sportsmanship, and encourage others to do the same.
- Help maintain the flow of the camp schedule and group togetherness.
- Help with head counts & bathroom breaks.
- Aid counselors during carpool duty, and interact with parents/guardians during drop-off and pick-up times.
- Other duties as assigned.
Questions? Contact SPSGSummer@spsfg.org.