Guide to Vermont Summer Camps 2015-2016



summer campsAlthough we still have a few more months before school ends and summer begins, now is definitely the time to start thinking about your summer camp options!  Here you will find a thorough list of day camps and overnight camps, camps for preschoolers and camps for high schoolers, camps for girls and camps for boys.  We have worked hard to find camps that fit all different needs and all different price points, and we hope that this guide will help you plan a fun and stress-free summer!

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Boys Camps

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Roaring Brook Camp for Boys


Location: 480 Roaring Brook Rd. Bradford, VT 05033

Phone number: 802-747-0282/800-832-4295

For over 50 years, Roaring Brook Camp has specialized in providing instruction in outdoor sports and outdoor skills, Vermont crafts and backpack/canoe trips. A 650-acre forest preserve with 15 acre private lake provides a pristine setting for boys wanting a fun and exciting camp experience. Activities include: rock climbing, rappelling, ropes course, tyrolean traverse, survival training, orienteering, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, fly-tying, woodworking, leatherwork, blacksmithing, archery, marksmanship, fitness, timber sports, first aid and rescue.

Camp Sangamon: summer camp for boys ages 9-16 set beside a beautiful lake in the hills of central Vermont, just minutes from Rutland and Killington.

YMCA Camp Abnaki: overnight camp for boys 8-16

Night Eagle Wilderness Adventures: summer camp for boys, ages 10 to 14, located on 135 acres in the heart of the Green Mountains in Cuttingsville, VT

Girls Camps

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Camp Lochearn_logoCamp Lochearn


Location: Lochearn is located in the small Vermont village of Post Mills on Lake Fairlee, 20 minutes from Hanover, NH, home of Dartmouth College, and approximately 2 ½ hours from Boston, MA.
Twitter & Instagram: @CampLochearn

Dates of Camp:
– Session 1 Wednesday, June 24 – Sunday, July 19
– Session 2 Tuesday, July 21 – Saturday, August 15

At Lochearn, every girl feels welcomed from the moment she arrives. Our strong attention to creating a camp-wide culture where girls are kind, friendly, and inclusive assures there are no cliques. Instead, we foster a positive environment where it’s “Cool to be Kind.”

Campers live in cozy, lakeside cabins for 4-8 girls with one or two qualified, child-centered counselors who guide her experience, helping her to grow in independence while learning social skills such as being a good friend and choosing friends who will also serve her well. Our community of 190 campers provides a close family atmosphere where all girls and staff know each other.

We offer 4-week traditional sessions which have been the heart and soul of Lochearn for almost a century.  Girls choose from over 40 activities, the focus of which are to have fun, be safe and improve skills.  Coaches and instructors promote positive attitudes, legitimate effort and good sportsmanship to help girls build internal strength and good-hearted perspective toward winning and losing.

Camp Farwell_logo Camp Farwell


Location: Newbury, VT

Phone Number: 802-429-2244

Dates of summer camp: June 21 – August 15th, 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 week sessions available

Camp Farwell is the traditional camp for the modern family, offering a completely elective activity schedule. Owned and run by the Hanson family, Farwell’s leadership team has over 97 years experience in the camping business. Farwell campers SHINE with our girls empowerment and leadership program, and they have over 25 different activities to choose from each week. Outstanding horseback riding program with 9 levels of instruction. Vermont families receive a special 10% discount on all of our sessions.

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Location: Brown Ledge is located in Colchester, VT on Malletts Bay on Lake Champlain.

Camp Dates: First session: June 25th-July 22nd, Second session: July 23rd-August 19th, Full Season: June 25th-August 19th

Hidden away on Malletts Bay, is a sleepaway camp for girls that has helped nurture girls through the hard job of growing up. Through our traditional camp activities, and our free choice philosophy, Brown Ledgers find their passion(s), and learn how to live, work and play in a small community.  Our free choice philosophy means that girls go to the activities that they like, when they want to, and stay as long as they like. No sign-up sheets or activity periods requiring rotation.

Camp Betsey Cox for Girls: overnight camp for girls ages 9-15 located in the Killington/Pico Mountain Area

Rosie’s Girls: 3-week summer day camp for girls entering 6, 7 and 8th grades; locations in Essex Juntion, Barre, Rutland, St. Albans and Randolph

Girl Scouts’ Camp: serving girls entering kindergarten through grade 12; day and overnight camp options

Camp Hochelaga: overnight camp for girls 6-17; located in Essex Junction, VT

Educational/School Camps

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The Schoolhouse Learning Center

Location: Schoolhouse Learning Center at 8 Catkin Dr. South Burlington, VT 05403 with field trips weekly to theme related locations and summer hot spots.

Come experience weekly theme-based camps at The Schoolhouse Summer Camp ranging from themes of Superheroes, Forest skills, Wetlands, Everything Art and Fiber Arts. Mornings are spent doing activities focused on our themes and the afternoons on activities based in Vermont summer fun! We will also spend at least two days a week on field trips related to the theme of the week!

Kid Logic Learning: for children ages 6-10

Part 2 Kids: Located at Hinesburg and Shelburne Community Schools

Heartworks, Renaissance, and Endeavour Schools: camps for ages 6 weeks to 11 years old

Saxon Hill School: day camp for children ages 3-9 in Jericho

Outdoor/Nature/Adventure Camps

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Turtle Lane Art and Nature Camp


Location: Lake Champlain Waldorf School, 359 Turtle Lane, Shelburne VT 05482

Would your child like to play in the woods, make forts and flower chains, and create art inspired by nature? Turtle Lane offers Art and Nature camps to provide a relaxed fun-filled summer experience for children ages 3-8. Families can send their children for one or more of the four week camp sessions. Each week has a nature theme that inspires craft activities and exploration outdoors. A healthy, homemade snack and herbal iced tea are provided daily.

Catamount Outdoor Family Center: coed mountain bike camps and  cross country running camps for ages 6-17

Audubon Vermont: Preschool Nature Camp for ages 3-5; Ecology Day Camp for ages 6-12; Counselor-in-Training Program for high school students

The University of Vermont’s Adventure Day Camp: Rangers (5 & 6 year olds), Trailblazers (7 & 8 year olds), and Vikings (9-11 year olds); takes place on the UVM campus with some field trips

Raised Jay Summer Camp: day camp for children ages 6-12

Winooski Valley Park District: Sustainable Outdoor Leadership and Education – S.O.L.E. Camp; takes place at the Ethan Allen Homestead in Burlington

Vermont Adventure Tours: adventure programs for children ages 7-16; expedition programs for children 13-18

UVM Perkins Museum Environmental Day Camp: summer Science Program for grades 1-7

Northern Lights Rock & Ice: Rocks ‘N Ropes Adventure Camps for children 8-15; Little Adventurers Camp for children 6-10; located in Essex Junction, VT

Visual and Performing Arts Camps

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Davis Studio Summer Camp_SAM_6391Davis Studio

Location: 4 Howard St.  Burlington, VT 05401

Davis Studio has multiple art camp options each week of summer vacation, starting the week of June 15th and running through the week of August 17th.  There are 38 different week long camps in which your child or teenager can create, design, explore and innovate.  Students will be empowered by building self-confidence, developing creative thinking skills and finding their own artistic voice.
Some camps back by popular demand include, Tree House Architecture, Fashion Design, Drawing I & II, Cartooning, Graffiti and Artsy Chef.  New this year are Frozen Winter Wonderland, Adventures in Bookmaking, Teeny Tiny Town and Shark Week.  We feature several camps where students learn about well know artists.  Camp hours are 9am – 3pm, and there is an aftercare option until 5:30 pm.

The Flynn Center

Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main Street and partner locations

FlynnArts summer programs help youth discover their unique capabilities, nurture talents, make new friends, and celebrate their shared love of creating! We offer over 30 camps for creative kids and teens in acting, singing, dance, radio, film, comedy, puppetry, improv, jazz music, musical theater, and more. Camp themes include Monty Python, wizards, superheroes, pirates, Star Wars, Frozen, and many other favorite stories and characters. 10-19 year olds ready to perform on stage can audition for three summer musicals: The Little Mermaid, Batboy, and Once on This Island. Professional faculty, ties to Vermont’s premiere stages, and after-camp care for working parents make the Flynn a terrific place to get creative!

The Vermont Youth Orchestra Association

Location: Elley-Long Music Center, 223 Ethan Allen Avenue

Discovery Strings is a new day camp for young string players entering grades 1 – 5 with one year of playing experience, and offers chamber orchestra experience in a camp setting. This half-day camp includes ensemble rehearsals, sectional coachings, and fun camp activities at the beautiful Elley-Long Music Center, home of the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association.  The week culminates with a lunchtime concert for families and friends.  Camp runs August 3-7, 2015 from 8:30 am to noon; tuition is $175 and financial aid is available.

Lyric Kids Musical Theatre Camp

Location: Williston Central School, Williston, VT

As part of the educational mission of Lyric Theatre Company, we are proud to present LyricKids; a youth musical theatre summer camp program! “LyricKids” seeks to provide an enriching, high quality and fun-filled musical theatre experience for youth and teens. Through the process of producing a musical theatre performance, participants will increase their knowledge and skills in both the technical and performing aspects of musical theatre. 2015 Camp Dates: July 13-17(ages 9-12), July 20-24 (ages 9-12) & July 27-July 31 (ages 13-17).  Check out or call (802) 658-1484 for more information.

Wingspan Studio: Located in the South End of Burlington

Burlington City Arts: for campers ages 3-18

The Ballet School of Vermont: ballet classes starting for ages 3 1/2 and up

Honest Yoga & B-Tru Dance: dance camp for ages 4 and up

The Very Merry Theatre: theatre camp for ages 6-18

Theater Workshop at Barre Opera House: theatre camp in Barre, VT for ages 7-16

Footworks Studio of Dance: dance camp located in Milton, VT

Fusion 802: dance camp in South Burlington, VT

Diversity Studios for Art and Entertainment: music instruction and studio production lessons in Burlington, VT

Sports/Adventure Camps

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GonzosHD Sports logoGonzo’s HD Sports


Location: 1860 Williston Rd. South Burlington, VT 05403

5-Day Junior Sports Camp for Ages 7 – 15

Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 3 PM

Gonzos HD Sports Summer Junior Camps will be a lot of fun for kids ages 7-15. The kids will have the whole place to themselves Monday thru Friday from 9-3pm to play inside and outside doing all sports activities, including shooting pool, playing ping pong, shuffleboard and foosball. Using real sports equipment , the kids can play all their favorite sports using the 8 HD Simulators. Lunch will be served daily along with snacks and drinks, and movies can be played daily on our 15 foot by 10 foot HD screens.
2015 Sports Camp Dates

June 15-19            Ages 10-12

June 22-26            Ages 13-15

June 29-July 3        Ages 7-9

July 6-10            Ages 10-12 GIRLS CAMP

July 13-17            Ages 13-15

July 27-31            Ages 7-9

August 3-7            Ages 10-12

August 10-14        Ages 13-15

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SNR_campSmuggler’s Notch


location: Smugglers’ Notch Resort, 4323 Vermont Route 108 South, Smugglers’ Notch, VT 05464

session dates: 5-day program Monday-Friday.
June 15-20 2015
June 22-26 2015
July 6-10 2015
July 13-17 2015
July 20-24 2015
July 27-31 2015

Everyone knows that Smugglers’ Notch has the best skiing and riding terrain in the state and the best family program in the country. Thousands of Vermonters enjoy our snowy peaks all Winter. Now, Vermont kids are invited to come experience what the heart of the Green Mountains can offer in the Summer. From rock climbing and bouldering to cool dips in our refreshing reservoirs and waterholes, there is way more to do at Smuggs in the Summer than a camper can fit in during one week.

Our Monday through Friday day camp schedule lets Vermont kids explore our four unique program tracks — from Nature & Hiking and Adventure & Games to Arts & Crafts and Sound & Stage. There’s something for every interest, and the best part is that each day KIDS get to choose what they want to do!

Transportation is convenient: simply find the closest drop off location to your home and we pick campers up! Our shuttle runs trips to and from Stowe, Burlington, Essex, Jericho, Underhill, Cambridge and Fairfax daily.

Dunkley’s Gymnastics Camp

Location: 35 Kibbe Farm Rd  South Hero VT 05486

Dunkleys is a small, family style sports’ camp with 35 campers per session.  With a 1 – 5 Counselor to Camper ratio, each gymnast is challenged, beginner through advanced team member.  Located directly on Lake Champlain, the outstanding waterfront program includes:  tubing, waterskiing, sailing, kayaking, swimming.

Metro Rock


Location: 6 Susie Wilson Rd Essex VT 05452

Camp days are a blend of instruction mixed with games and fun. We make sure campers have a great time while learning to climb, belay, and operate safely, in a variety of climbing situations. Each day consists of a mix of climbing, games, and adventure. Our strict attention to detail and professionally trained counselors foster a fun, exciting, and challenging day for children. Weekly starting week of June 22 – week of Aug 24


Talent Skatepark: skateboard camp for ages 5-13

Martial Way Self Defense Center: martial arts camp for children ages 5-13

Lake Champlain Yacht Club– Junior Sailing Program: open to students between the ages of 8-17 (or have finished 2nd grade); student must be able to swim

Leddy Park Camps (Cool Camp): Skate lessons, practice skate time, swim lessons and supervised beach activities for children ages 5 and up who are entering Kindergarten in the fall.

Breakaway Sailing: sailing programs on Lake Champlain for kids

Gymstar Gymnastics: Morning Camps for those 3-10 years old (8 sessions); Half-Pint Camp for those 3-5 years old (week of July 27); Team Camp for those 6-12 years old (week of July 6th)

Petra Cliffs: Summer Mountain Adventure Training for ages 6-14 and Overnight Expeditions for ages 10-16

The Community Sailing Center: sailing programs for ages 6-16

Regal Gymnastics Academy: Discovery Adventure Camp for ages 3-7;  Gymnastics Camp for ages 6-14; located in Essex, VT

The Fieldhouse: soccer camp located in Shelburne, VT

Green Mountain Gymnastics: gymnastics camp for ages 4-12

Sugarbush: summer camps for ages 3-17; located in Warren, VT

Family Camps

Camp Common Ground: week long, intergenerational family camp in Starksboro, VT

Mount Snow Family Camp: family camp in the Green Mountain National Forest; packages available with or without lodging

YMCA Family Camp:  Speciality camp weekends run through the Y: Family Camp, Mother/Child weekend, Father/Son weekend

Farm Camps

New Village Farm: Farm and Garden Camps for children 5-10; Field and Forest Camps for campers 9-13; Teen Work Skills for 15-18 year olds

Shelburne Farms: for campers ages 4-17 interested in the farm community- lottery closed, but you can still apply to be on waitlist

Windswept Farm: riding camp for boys and girls ages 7 and up

Bread & Butter Camp: for campers ages 7-14 at Bread & Butter Farm on the Shelburne/South Burlington town line

One Mitten Farm: full day camp for kids 5-10

Enniskerry Farm: riding camp in Colchester, VT

Day Camps

Enchantment Camps: magic camp for children 7 years and up; based out of Shelburne, VT

The Shelburne Museum: Learn and Play Summer Day Camps in Shelburne, VT for children ages 6-13

ECHO: ECHO offers camps for children entering K-6th grade from late-June through late-August.

Camp Maple Street: Essex Junction Recreation and Park’s flagship summer camp for children entering grades 1-5

Camp Greylock: the Y’s coed summer day camp for children ages 6-15.

Camp REACH: Essex Junction Recreation and Park’s full day summer camp for children entering grades 1-5 based out of Thomas Fleming Elementary School

Camp STAR: Essex Junction Recreation and Park’s summer camp for children in grades 6-9 based out of ADL Middle School

Essex Park and Recreation Summer Camps

Maris’ Tree House Summer Camps:  camps for 3-6 year olds; based on the grounds of the All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne;

Camp Koda: for children ages 5-12; Locations: Burlington, Essex, Georgia, Underhill, Waterbury

The Edge: for children ages 5-12; Locations in Essex, South Burlington and Williston

Kids Camp 101 at Nido Fabric and Yarn: Offers beginners the basics of sewing

Specialty Camps

Camp ForMe: Day Camp for Adopted Children and Teens

Camp Daybreak: a residential summer camp experience for Vermont kids ages 8-11 with a range of social, emotional, and behavioral needs.

Religious Camps

Covenant Hills: Christian camp for youth of all ages and is a joint ministry of the United Methodist Church and United Church of Christ

Christ Memorial: Christian Summer Bible Camp at Christ Memorial Church in Williston, VT

Camp Gan Israel: Jewish day camp for children ages 2-12 in Burlington, VT

Summer Kids Week at Essex Alliance Church: for children in grades 1-5

Totus Tuus: Catholic Summer Camp for grade school (1-8) and high school aged children

Holy Family/St. Lawrence/St. Pius X:  Summer Vacation Bible School Program; ideal for children, ages 5 and above (5th grade seems to be the typical limit). Younger children are welcome to attend, but need to have a supervising adult or guardian present at all times; located in Essex Junction, VT

All Around Interest Camps

Camp Killoleet: For boys and girls ages 9 – 14, located in the corner of the Green Mountain National Forest

Hosmer Point: summer camp in Craftsbury Common, VT for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 15

Pok-O-MacCready Camps: coed residential summer camp in the Adirondack Mountains for boys and girls ages 6-16


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