Sprouts, Seedlings, Saplings & Pinetrees (K to 5th Grades)
Sprouts, Seedlings, Saplings & Pinetrees are what we call our four groups for elementary age Friends in the Junior Gathering Program. Click the links in the menu below to learn about these groups.
Sprouts, Saplings & Pinetrees spend their mornings and evenings with approximately 15 of their peers, grouped primarily by age. They are lovingly cared for and under the supervision and direction of a handful of adults -- one primary coordinator with 3 to 4 well qualified staff, among which may be a High School Young Friend who is taking the Ministry With Children workshop.
Activities are planned individually by the coordinators and run the gamut from fabric arts to woodworking to instrument making to painting to just about anything you can imagine. They will be singing and dancing and playing outdoors. Generally some of the activities are tied to the Gathering theme and are designed to introduce the children to Quaker Testimonies and values.
The children will be provided a nutritious snack, in the mornings, typically fresh locally grown fruit (when possible), fruit juice, cheese and crackers.
Children in these age groups must be signed in and out of group time each day by a responsible adult. You can rest easy knowing that your child's needs for fresh air, nutritious food and exercise are being met.
“We are very happy with the support, care, love, and activities that we witnessed here.” Sprout parent
Help us prepare to give your child the best possible week by sharing with us:
- dietary needs
- challenges and/or
- recent significant changes in your child's life.
Indicate these on your Parental Release form or by email to email@example.com. You can rest assured that your child is being cared for lovingly as you attend your morning workshop or evening plenary.
Carefully read your confirmation email and the mailing from Junior Gathering in early June. (JG Times & a letter from your child’s group leader).
Check out the Junior Gathering FAQs on our website.
Connect with other parents who have attended Gathering before.
“We were new to Gathering and didn’t know what to expect. My daughter had a wonderful time and made some great new friends.” Sapling parent
Please clearly label anything you wish to take home at the end of the week
- Our Family Place: 1:30 - 4:30
- MultiGen activities
- Field Trips
- Make your own plans
5:00-6:30 PM Dinner
“She made several friends and she is so happy about that. They exchanged email address and hope to see each other next year. Thank you for whatever relationship-building exercises you did to facilitate this.” Pinetree parent
Open House: Sunday evening after dinner or all children up to those who have finished 5th grade ( Acorns, Pinecones, Sprouts, Saplings & Pinetrees). This is a time for you and your child to come and get acquainted with the caregivers / staff and the other children. Coordinators will discuss their plans and expectations for the week. Parents and/or Responsible Parties will be asked to list those adults who have permission to sign out their child. If permission has not been granted, your child will not be released. If you forget to share special needs with us ahead of time, Open House is a good time to share dietary or other needs with the Group Coordinator.
Help us prepare to give your child the best possible week by sharing with us dietary needs, joys, struggles, achievements, challenges and/or recent significant changes in your child's life. You can indicate these on your Parental Release form or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org