Pre-K Day Camp

Camp Talooli offers summer day camp (Monday-Friday) for preschool-aged campers. 

The Pre-K Day Camp program differs from our typical day camp program in order to meet the social and developmental needs of this population. With a maximum of 8 campers per week, this program has two full-time counselors that work together to lead, teach, and support the Pre-K program.

The preschool program operates out of our newly renovated VanDyke Lodge that sits atop a hill overlooking Lake Temalo. Campers will participate in daily arts and craft projects, swimming, music, boating, campfire cooking, nature-based learning programs, and teambuilding activities. Children may also participate in daily Red Cross Swimming lessons taught by a certified Water Safety Instructor. Like all of the Talooli programs, our activities are intentionally designed to meet the developmental needs of campers and to create an positive learning environment. Our goals for for this program are for campers to have fun, meet new friends, learn about nature through hands-on activities, and develop new skills.

The Pre-K Day Camp Program will not follow the same schedule as the typical day camp program. However, they will participate alongside day and overnight campers in areas such as boating, swimming, flag raising/lowering, special camp events, our Thursday Mega-Dog cookout, and more.

The following is an example of what a typical day may look like:

8:45 Arrive, Participate in Flag Raising
9:15 Morning Meeting and Snack
9:30 Nature Activity/Hike
10:00 Boating/Fishing
11:15 Lunch
12:15 Arts & Crafts Project
1:15 Swimming
2:15 Games/ Low ropes course
2:45 Afternoon Snack and Clean-Up
3:15 Flag Lowering
4:00 Parent-drive pick up time










Criteria to Attend

In order to participate in the Pre-K Day Camp program, campers must meet at least one of the following:

  • Be 4 or 5 years old by the time they attend Camp Talooli
    • Most Pre-K campers will be 4 or 5 years old and getting ready to enter kindergarten in the fall.
  • 3-year-olds that have already attended a preschool program
    • Our program has relatively few 3 year-olds due to the stamina and independence required for a full camp day. Please read the following paragraph explaining the readiness skills we look for.

Our counselors and nurse(s) are prepared to support campers in many ways, however, Pre-K campers should be independent with using the bathroom. Additional readiness skills include: being able to dress (and undress) themselves for swimming with minimal assistance from staff. They should be able to carry their own backpack, follow directions, and keep up with a full camp day. While we do schedule downtime for our Pre-K campers, we do not generally have a nap time at Camp. 

Talooli’s staff-to-camper ratio is in accordance with the American Camp Association standards, and there is an on-site registered nurse. 

Weeks and Fees

Registration for Summer 2024 opened on February 8th. All Pre-K day camp sessions are already filled. Follow our social media for updates and information.

Contact our Camp Director with questions or to be added to the


What to Bring

Campers will need to bring the following items every day. Please be sure to label them clearly with your child’s name. It is important for your camper to have these things and keep track of them at camp.

  • Backpack to hold all of their belongings
  • Lunch with cold pack, all days except Thursday
  • Morning Snack
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Swim shoes (optional)
  • Bug wipes or lotion (no sprays if possible)
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Socks and sneakers (must be worn at all times except in swimming)
  • Extra clothes
  • Extra sneakers (optional)
  • Raincoat and sweatshirt
  • Camp Talooli provides a MegaDog cookout lunch on Thursdays. Milk is provided every day for all campers

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