Who is eligible to become a Sprout participant?

Participants on our vacations have developmental disabilities, moderate to high functioning levels and are at least 21 years old. Participants must be ambulatory and capable of functioning well within Sprout’s traveling ratio of 1 leader to 3 participants.

How many people are on the trips?

Our usual group size is 10-11 participants and 3 Sprout leaders. This ratio not only allows for individual attention, but also creates a comfortable atmosphere for socialization and personal growth.

What kind of medication assistance is provided?

Sprout leaders accompany every group to oversee the safety and enjoyment of each participant. Select leaders are assigned by the Sprout office to assist with the dispensing of necessary medication. While not AMAP certified, leaders do undergo a Sprout medication training based on AMAP guidelines.

What kind of transportation is used?

Groups typically use a new 15-passenger van for access to a wide variety of local activities, restaurants and attractions.

What kind of lodging can be expected?

Overnights are spent in comfortable accommodations that vary by trip destination. Our groups stay in a variety of inns, motor lodges, condominiums, and hotels where we are known and welcome. Due to participant ratios and to keep the trip cost affordable, we will occasionally use roll-away beds.

Where do the groups meet for departure and arrival?

Driving trips begin and end in New York City. We also offer a variety of trips which offer pick-ups in Connecticut, New Jersey or upstate NY. Airline trips departing from NYC will leave from one of the three metropolitan airports.

What time do the groups meet?

In general, extended driving trips meet at 10:30am. Weekend trips meet Friday at 5:30pm. All trips return at 5:30pm, unless otherwise noted.

What does the trip price include?

The cost of the trip covers all meals, accommodations, transportation, leadership costs, activities, accident insurance and gratuities. We suggest that each participant bring spending money to purchase souvenirs.

What kind of staff support is offered during the trip?

Each group’s leadership team has use of a cellular phone and access to Sprout staff 24 hours a day for the duration of the trip.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and despite great efforts from the staff, volunteers and our generous community of supporters, we have come to the disheartening realization that there is no viable way to continue with our travel and recreation programs.

As of June 30, 2021 we will no longer offer our travel and recreation programs and will be focusing exclusively on our film distribution service Sproutflix (www.sproutflix.org).