Bay Area 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.
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!
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 TruChef Kitchen to find some of our favorite chef kit items. Unfortunately, Sprouts can not be responsible for any losses or theft.
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.
Gift certificates are valid for 12 months.
Unfortunately, we cannot provide child care past our regular camp hours. Drop-offs and pick-ups are at 9 am and 5 pm, respectively.

BIRTHDAY EVENT 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).

SUMMER CAMP QUESTIONS & ANSWERS


Bay Area

Pick-up and drop-off for SF-based camps will most often be at Alemany Farms. Depending on the day’s itinerary, there could be occasional exceptions to this pick-up and drop-off location at other SF locations.
Pick-up and drop-off for East-Bay camps will most often be at Sprouts outdoor kitchen at 1309 Allston Way, Berkeley. Depending on the day’s itinerary, there could be occasional exceptions to this pick-up and drop-off location at other Oakland or Berkeley locations.

NYC

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 TruChef Kitchen 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 Clipper Card (Bay Area) or MetroCard (NYC) 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 16 kids. We find that this is the perfect number for our various cooking workshops, guest chefs visits, garden trips and restaurant classes. We like to keep the ratio of counselors to kids at 1:4.
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 $680 per week. This includes tasters throughout the day, lunch, and ingredients. The camp fee does not include your child’s Clipper Card. A significant portion of your camp fee is considered a donation, and supports our Chef-In-Training Program for disadvantaged youth. You will receive a donation slip before the year’s end.
Sprouts offers full ride scholarships for our farm days for youth in financial need living in the Alemany Farm neighborhoods. All Alemany farm residents can email Sprouts@sproutscookingclub.org to request a scholarship. We’re looking forward to having you with us!
We are convinced that the best way to truly learn how to cook sustainably and eat a balanced diet is to learn from culinary afficionados 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 BART, muni, and sometimes even rented vans 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 Clipper Card each day. We will not have time to add value to cards, so it is imperative that you purchase and fill a Clipper Card for your child before the camp week begins. We suggest adding at least $45 on your card.
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 strive for a 1 to 4 ratio of counselors to kids so we can cater to any skill level.
Food-loving, nutrition-focused students and community members. Our counselors are so enthusiastic about Sprouts and real foods that they are all donating much of their time to share their passion with your children.
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.
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 us at sprouts@sproutscookingclub.org!
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