Published on March 1st, 2011 | by Vermont Sports0
2011 Summer Camp Directory
Welcome to the 2011 Vermont Sports’ Summer Camp Guide.
We’re pleased to share these wonderful camps that fit in with our editorial mission—getting outdoors, being active, being challenged and getting or staying fit.
The following are camps in our region with a focus on the outdoors and/or sports, and we cover kids as well as adult camps.
Whatever type of experience you are seeking, you’re sure to find mountains and streams of summer fun at any of the camps described here. If specific camp dates, or other details are not included in the descriptions that follow, you can find them at each camp’s web site.
CHOOSING A CAMP
The American Camping Association recommends every parent ask camp directors or themselves the following questions when choosing a camp for their child:
␣ What is the camp’s philosophy and program emphasis? Does the camp match your own parenting philosophy? Have you taken into consideration your child’s personality and learning style?
␣ What is the camp director’s background? ACA minimum accreditation standards recommend directors possess a bachelor’s degree, have completed in-service training within the past three years, and have at least 16 weeks of camp administration experience.
␣ What training do counselors receive? At a minimum, camp staff should be trained in safety regulations, emergency response, behavior management, child abuse prevention, appropriate staff and camper behavior, and supervisory procedures.
␣What is the counselor-to-camper ratio? ACA accreditation standards require: for resident camps, one staff member to six campers (ages 7-8); one to eight (ages 9-14); and one to 10 (ages 15-17). For day camps, one staff member to eight campers (ages 6-8); one to 10 (ages 9-14) and one to 12 (ages 15-17).
␣ What percentage of the counselors returned from last year? Look for a 40- to 60-percent return rate. If it’s lower, ask why.
␣ How are behavioral and disciplinary problems handled? Find out, and decide if you approve of the methods.
␣ How does the camp accommodate campers with special needs? If your child requires daily medication, make sure the directors understand the situation. Are special foods available for children with dietary requirements?
␣ How does the camp deal with homesickness and other adjustment issues? Be sure you and your child are comfortable with the camp’s
guidelines on parent/child contact.
␣ What about references? Ask for some and follow up on them.
ACA=American Canoe Association AHA=American Heart Association CPR=Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation; LGT=Life Guard Training NORBA=National Off Road Bicycle Association
RN=Registered Nurse SOLO=Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities WFA=Wilderness First Aid WFR=Wilderness First Responder WEMT=Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician WEA=Wilderness Education Association.
Adventure, Wilderness and Outdoor Skills
Six weeks of camps starting June 26 for boys and girls ages 3 to 15. Offering a six sided 30-foot tall rock climbing tower, high ropes course, archery, kayak, canoe, fishing, swimming, craft room, full woodshop, wood carving, survival skills, gardening, outdoor cooking, nature explorations, field and court sports, and much more. Our kitchen is focused on trying to be local, organic and natural as possible. Year founded: 1930. Director: Annie Brueck. Tuition range: $65-$340. Contact info: 490 4-H Road, Derby, VT 05829. (802) 673-5638, www.couttscamp.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Craftsbury Outdoor Camp at Hosmer Point
A new residential camp at a facility with a long tradition of summer fun! Since 1974, this campus in the beautiful Northeast Kingdom of Vermont has hosted coed camps for kids aged 9-15 seeking adventure and making great memories with new friends. Newly reorganized, Hosmer Point campers will enjoy many of the same enduring camp traditions—as well as helping to establish new ones! Each week campers select from one of three focus areas: Waterfront Activities and Sculling; Adventure Challenge Excellence (wilderness skills and exploration); or Farm Design and Build. These focuses are augmented with lots of fun electives: running, soccer, basketball, mountain biking, archery, arts & crafts, theater, tennis, rock climbing and fitness. Check out the website for complete details and enrollment. Year founded: newly reorganized, winter 2011. Staff/camper ratio: 1:4. Director: Jon Hammond. Tuition range: Around $2,000 for 14-day session (scholarships available). Contact info: Craftsbury Outdoor Camp at Hosmer Point, P.O. Box 249, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827, www.hosmerpoint.com, email@example.com, (802)586-2090.
Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center
Campers are introduced to the surrounding outdoor world, while participating in environmentally based camps, including mountain biking, canoeing, and hiking, while learning to be responsible stewards of the environment. Year founded: 1998. Staff/camper ratio: 1:6. Director: Bill Salmon.
Tuition range: $250. Contact info: Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center, Grafton, VT, (802) 843-2400, www.graftonponds.com.
Night Eagle Wilderness Adventures
Located in the Green Mountains, Night Eagle is a primitive summer camp for boys ages 10 to 14. Campers develop an authentic sense of personal accomplishment and learn to rely on their own ingenuity while they live in tipis, go canoeing, hiking, and backpacking, and learn and practice wilderness skills. The summer camp community fosters cooperation, rather than competition. Two-week, three-week, and six-week sessions available. Year founded: 2000. Staff certification: Red Cross Lifeguard, Professional Rescue, WFR, RN. Special accreditation: ACA. Staff/camper ratio: 1:4. Director: Bruce Moreton. Tuition range: $625-$800 per week. Contact info: Night Eagle Wilderness Adventures, Cuttingsville, VT, (802) 773-7866, www.nighteaglewilderness.com.
Roaring Brook Camp for Boys, Bradford, VT
Roaring Brook specializes in providing instruction in outdoor sports and skills, and Vermont crafts. A 650-acre forest preserve provides a pristine setting for boys seeking a fun and exciting camp experience. Activities include: rock climbing, ropes course, tyrolean traverse, survival training, orienteering, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, fly-tying, woodworking, leatherwork, blacksmithing, archery, marksmanship, and fitness. Self-reliance, resourcefulness and will-to-achieve center the camp’s philosophy. Two, four and six week sessions. Four- and six-week campers enjoy a canoe trip and backpack trips. Year founded: 1965. Camper to staff ratio: 3/1. Accreditation: ACA. Tuition range: $2,100 to $5,400. Directors: Thayer and Candice “Corc” Raines. Contact info: 300 Grove St. Unit 4, Rutland, VT 05701 (800) 832-4295 www.roaringbrookcamp.com.
South Burlington Recreation Teen Adventure Camps
Join our Adventure Staff and challenge the great outdoors in these one week camps full of Outdoor Ultimate Recreation (co-ed, ages 12 to 15). Each week will include hiking, biking, kayaking, team building and a special trip. The specific make-up of each week is derived from the cooperative planning of the campers and counselors. No two weeks are the same! One week camps run Monday through Friday, June 20 to August 19, 8:30-4:30 p.m. Check out our website for the weekly themes and special trips, as well as all our other summer camps. Year founded: 1998. Camper to staff ratio: 1:6. Special certifications: CPR, First Aid, Wilderness experience. Tuition range: $180/resident, $216/non-resident, per session. Director: South Burlington Recreation Department. Contact info: 75 Dorset Street, South Burlington, VT 05403. (802) 846-4108, www.sburlrecdept.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sugarbush Adventure Camps
The Sugarbush Adventure Learning Center offers single day to week-long camps and clinics for ages 3-73, with special kid’s, family and women’s programs. Led by world-famous athlete and coach, John Egan, our Adventure Camps blend mountain biking, hiking, naturalist tours, zip-lining, swimming, overnights on the mountain and tons more fun. Also, check out our highly-regarded Intro to Downhill Biking program, which includes bike/helmet/pad rental, lift ticket and two hours of patient coaching.
Prices: $107-399. Contact: Melanie Hall, email@example.com, 800-53SUGAR, www.sugarbush.com.
Coyote Hill Mountain Bike Camp
Coyote Hill Mountain Bike Camp offers a wide variety of overnight camps and day programs for juniors and adults of all ages and abilities. Skills and mechanics clinics are taught by former professional mountain bike racer Tom Masterson, his wife Gabriela Formankova, and other experienced staff. Coyote Hill has a trail network that includes miles of singletrack, doubletrack, dirt roads, a challenging freeride park, dirt jumps, lots of exciting downhills, a pump track, and a traveling downhill camp. Lodging includes rooms in the farmhouse, cabins, and a bunkhouse, with hearty homemade meals. Overnight camps include all meals, snacks and lodging. Year founded: 1996. Staff certifications: WFA, CPR, licensed NORBA coaches. Special accreditation: Vermont
Camping Association. Staff/camper ratio: 1:4. Director: Tom Masterson. Tuition range: $225-$995. Contact info: P.O. Box 212, Bradford, VT 05033, (802) 222-5133, www.coyotehillcamp.com.
Dirt Divas, a five-day mountain bike program for middle school girls, is designed to cultivate confidence, courage, and leadership through outdoor adventure and a supportive, girl-centered environment. Dirt Divas will be in Morrisville, Stowe, Montpelier, Hardwick, Glover, St. Johnsbury, and Burlington. No equipment or mountain biking experience required. Year founded: 2001. Staff certifications: WFA, WFR, CPR. Staff/camper ratio: 1:4. Director: Nadine W. Budbill. Tuition range: Income-based sliding scale. Contact info: (802) 229-2976, www.girlsmovemountains.org.
Craftsbury Running Camps
For more than 30 years, runners of every level and all ages have come to Craftsbury for expert coaching, camaraderie, healthy food, and an unmatched natural environment. Runners learn technique, training schedules, racing tips, nutrition, biomechanics, and more. Hiking, swimming, canoeing, and kayaking are also available. Check the website (www.craftsbury.com) for the most current news and more information. Year founded: 1976. Staff/camper ratio: 1:7. Director: Lynn Jennings. Tuition range: $950 for seven-day camps Contact info: Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Craftsbury Common, VT, (802) 586-7767, www.craftsbury.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Craftsbury Sculling Camps
The first rowing camp in North America, after over 35 years of operation the Craftsbury Sculling Center remains one of the definitive training locations for scullers. Programs offer a complete exploration of the sport: technique, training, boatmanship, rigging and more. The program includes three daily scheduled on-water sessions, technical video review, and a variety of land sessions such as core strengthening, yoga, ergometer review, and evening activities. Check the website (www.craftsbury.com) for the most current news and more information. Year founded: 1976. Staff/camper ratio: around 1:5. Director: Norm Graf. Tuition range: $585-$1350 (three-day to seven-day camps) Contact info: Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Craftsbury Common, VT, (802) 586-7767, www.craftsbury.com, email@example.com.
Tamarack Tennis Camp
Tamarack Tennis Camp offers tennis, soccer, hiking, climbing, and other great sports activities for co-ed kids ages 10 to 15. For more than 40 years, Tamarack has been offering superior tennis instruction to all ability levels. Set in the beautiful White Mountains, it is a great place to spend your summers. More than just a tennis camp, Tamarack offers a unique supportive family environment with a wide range of sports and activities. Year founded: 1962. Director: Camper to staff ratio: TK. Special accreditation: TK. Tution range: $2,525 to $3,450. Contact info: 111 Easton Valley Rd., Franconia, NH, 03580. (603) 823-5656, www.tamarackcamp.com. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green Mountain Multisport Camp
Come join The Sustainable Athlete for three days of fully coached and supported swim, bike, and run workouts, from June 9 through 12. This camp is focused on long course adult athlete development, those looking to compete in half and full distance triathlon. Male and female participants will receive hands-on coaching in all three sports; drill training coupled with motivation to push new personal boundaries. The Middlebury Inn will serve as evening accommodations, included in camp tuition. Year founded: Certifications: USA Triathlon Coaches. Staff/camper ratio: 1:4 Director: Doug Welling. Tuition: $650. Contact information: 105 Weed Way, Brunswick, ME 04011, (802) 989-1692, www.thesustainableathlete.com.