NYC Questions & Answers

GENERAL QUESTIONS & ANSWERS


All skill levels are welcome – we have a 1 to 3 ratio of counselors to kids so we can cater to their skill level! We are confident that we can match your aspiring chef’s skill level.
Just like a real chef, children are responsible for bringing their own chef’s kits to camp each day. This consists of items such as: a labeled chef’s knife, paring knife, apron, a rag, peeler, and small cutting board. We strongly suggest that your child write their name on anything they bring to help keep track of their belongings. Looking for kid-friendly kitchen tools? Visit our friends at TruChefKitchen to find some of our favorite chef kit items. Unfortunately, Sprouts can not be responsible for any losses or theft.
We try our best to accommodate allergies, and we welcome all campers. However, because we work with real chefs and can’t guarantee that every menu will be allergen-free. Campers are welcome to bring snacks along in the event there is a dish that they can’t eat!
Yes, it’s important that your child has a signed waiver for the specified class/ event before he or she can legally participate!
While this happens very rarely, poor conduct is something that we have seen on occasion. In the event of poor conduct, we reserve the right to dismiss a child. In these circumstances, a refund will not be issued.
If you would like to get a better feel of the camps’ organization, please feel free to email Katie at sprouts@sproutscookingclub.orgor reach the NYC Director at 814-853-2804.

SUMMER CAMP QUESTIONS & ANSWERS


Pick-up and drop-off will be at Washington Square Park under the arch. From there, we will transport kids to the different restaurant locations for the day.
Water bottles, healthy snacks, and a small tupperware (just in case there are left-overs!) are all items that we highly recommend your child brings. In addition, just like a real chef, children are responsible for bringing their own chef’s kits to camp each day. This consists of items such as: a labeled chef’s knife, paring knife, apron, a rag, peeler, and small cutting board. We strongly suggest that your child write their name on anything they bring to help keep track of their belongings. Looking for kid-friendly kitchen tools? Visit our friends at TruChefKitchen to find some of our favorite chef kit items. Unfortunately, Sprouts can not be responsible for any losses or theft. We also ask that each child brings a MetroCard with them with at least $45 for the week. Optional items include: spending money in case your child wants to buy anything at the restaurants we visit and a notebook to record all the recipes and culinary techniques they learn!
All curious young chefs are welcome to jump in the kitchen with us! Community is key at Sprouts, and we want kids to build their skills through practice and repetition. One very important factor is a child’s demonstration of sincere interest for real foods and cooking. We are looking for kids who are ready to take on the delicious challenges of the culinary world.
We want every child to be involved in our camps this summer! However, we keep our class sizes small to ensure that each aspiring chef has one-on-one time with our partner chefs and counselors. If your child is wait-listed, it doesn’t mean that they won’t get in — campers that are waitlisted because the session is full will be notified right away if another child has to forfeit their spot because of unforeseen circumstances.
Each camp session has up to 10 kids. We decide the amount by the week’s lineup of restaurants and guest chefs, the demographics of the group, and the team for that week. We like to keep the ratio of counselors to kids at 1:3.
You register, apply and pay all at the same time! We want to make your life as easy as possible. If for some reason, however, we decide not to accept a camper after review of their application, the payment will be refunded immediately, and in full.
Cooking camp is priced at $620 per week. This includes tasters throughout the day, lunch, and ingredients. The camp fee does not include MetroCard fees to and from restaurants. A significant portion of this camp fee goes directly to financial-based scholarships offered during camps and throughout the year, and goes to subsidize our Chef-In-Training Program for disadvantaged youth.
As always, Sprouts is proud to offer scholarships for classes camps throughout the entire year, and the summer is no exception. In order to apply for a camp scholarship, you fill out a short application through the Sprouts website. Please note that scholarships are given only to those that cannot otherwise afford to attend camps. Merit and financial need are a must, and you will be asked to show financial documentation to confirm your need. Each scholarship application is reviewed case by case. It’s really important to us that ALL kids get a chance to learn the importance of nutritional, balanced eating through hands-on cooking. Your financial aid application will be reviewed within two weeks of its submission. Apply for scholarships here!
We are convinced that the best way to truly learn how to cook sustainably and eat a balanced diet is to learn from chefs that have different backgrounds, individual cooking techniques, and unique philosophies on nutrition and ingredients. In this way, each child will formulate their own food philosophy, develop their own cooking style, and foster an appreciation of new flavors and cuisines.
Yes! We will use the subway for public transportation. The price of public transportation is not included in the price of camp, and children will be asked to bring along a MetroCard each day. We will not have time to add value to cards, so it is imperative that you purchase and fill a MetroCard for your child before the camp week begins. We suggest adding at least $45 on the MetroCard so as to be sure to have more than enough value for the week. Our transportation coordinator will email all the parents in advance to confirm the transportation itinerary and estimated fees for each day.
While we will not be serving breakfast, snacks throughout the day and lunch will be provided. After all, we will eat everything that we make! We like to keep a balance between sweets and savory dishes throughout the day; we think that moderation an important lesson for the kids to learn. We highly encourage all parents to send along healthy, easy-to-eat snacks with their children for each camp day. We also strongly recommend that parents send along a natural drink such as water or fruit juice for their kids. While we are cooking and tasting and sipping throughout the entire day, we find that every once in awhile, some campers don’t take to a new dishes or a certain ingredient. For this reason among others, healthy, comfortable, and easy-to-eat snacks are the best way to keep your child energized and satisfied no matter the menu, the timing of a cooking class, or the activity’s theme.
All skill levels are welcome! We have a 1 to 3 ratio of counselors to kids so we can cater to any skill level.
Food-loving, nutrition-focused students and community members from throughout the city. Our counselors are so enthusiastic about Sprouts and real foods that they are all donating their time to share their passion with your children. Many of the students are currently majoring in nutrition while others are just passionate about the Slow Food movement and sustainable food.
We take the safety of our campers very seriously! Each of our camp leaders are put through a background test and TB tested.
Induction burners, stove-tops, pasta makers, knives, blenders… you name it, we use it. However, safety is our absolute, very first priority; our counselors will always be monitoring the safe use of our equipment and reinforcing basic cooking safety techniques.
Yes. In terms of registration, selection, and payment, the Junior Counselors are treated the same as campers. However, during the camps, Junior Counselors are given more independence and special privileges, more leadership- oriented tasks, and have more one-on-one contact with the chefs as they serve as the liaison between the chef and the younger campers.
Our cancellation policy is such that we refund 50% of any cancelled summer camp sessions up to 3 weeks before the camp session’s initial day. Within 3 weeks of the start of camp, the camp fee is no longer refundable. You can, however, invite a friend to take the place of a cancelled spot!
If you would like to get a better feel of the camps’ organization, please feel free to email Katie at sprouts@sproutscookingclub.orgor reach the NYC Director at 814-853-2804.
Gift certificates are valid for 12 months.

COOKING PARTY QUESTIONS & ANSWERS


Yes, of course! Additional children ages 7-13 can join the fun for an additional $40 each. The maximum party size is in part determined by the kitchen space available for hosting the class.
Absolutely! However, for parties with chefs under 7 years of age, we ask that two adults attend to supervise. Often this is the parents of the birthday chef!
We’ll bring all ingredients, recipes, and any special equipment needed (if you can’t supply).

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