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Guide to Summer Camps/Programs 2024

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BranchOUT camp collaboration between North Branch Nature Center and Outright Vermont. Courtesy image.
It is time to sign up for summer camp. Slots usually fill up fast. Whether your child is interested in a specialized activity, such as dance, gymnastics, or theater, or a more general summer camp experience, our area has many offerings to choose from. Not all programs had schedules posted, but The Bridge strived to get the most current information possible for the programs listed below.

AllTogetherNow!

June 24 – Aug. 23.

Seven week-long sessions with topics such as Spanish language and cultural immersion, play all day, mandala of herbs, cardboard creations, circus, rock and roll, space camp, and more. Days are spent outside, swimming in the pool, making new friends, singing, and playing. Ages 6–12. Low-income summer camp scholarships and BIPOC camp scholarships are available. Information: Alltogethernowvt.org, 170 Cherry Tree Hill Rd., East Montpelier.

Barre Opera House

June 24 – Aug. 9.

Several sessions including weeklong Intro to Theatre, two-week Production Camp, weeklong Cabaret Ensemble Camp. Information: barreoperahouse.org/summer-camps.html. 802-476-0293, City Hall, 6 North Main St., Barre.

BIPOC Overnight Camp

Aug. 18–22.

The BIPOC Overnight Camp is for youths of color ages 12–17 with a mission to bring youths of color into nature and provide opportunities for connection, healing, and joy. The camp takes place at the Common Ground Center in Starksboro. Information: edjcoalitionvt.org/events

Camp BranchOUT

Aug. 12–14.

A collaborative effort between Outright Vermont and North Branch Nature Center, Camp BranchOUT is a nature-based day camp tailored to meet the needs of queer and gender creative kids where they can simply be kids. It’s not just any camp — it’s all about creating a safe, inclusive, and fun environment for campers where they can be their most authentic selves and are embraced and celebrated for exactly who they are, all while exploring and learning about the awesome outdoors. Information: northbranchnaturecenter.org/camps. Location: North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm St., Montpelier.

Camp Gan Israel

June 24 – Aug. 2. 

Ages 5–12. Information: ganisraelvt.com. 802-658-5770, 57 S. Williams St., Burlington.

Capital Kids Day Camp

June 24 – Aug. 16.

Daily trips to the pool are included in the registration fee. The day camp is held at the Montpelier Recreation Area with walking access to the playground, tennis courts, ball fields, trails, Hubbard Park, and the swimming pool. Every Thursday campers go on a field trip or participate in a specialty workshop. Children should bring snacks, lunch, and something to drink. Pre-registration is required. We will have a free lunch program again this summer (start date to be announced). 

The camp is a licensed childcare program and can accept state subsidies for eligible children. Information: montpelier-vt.org/838/Montpelier-Recreation. 802-225-8699, email amcmullen@montpelier-vt.org. Located at the Montpelier Recreation Area on Elm Street, Montpelier.

Central Vermont Gymnastics Academy

June 17 – Aug. 16.

A summer of fun gymnastics, swimming, games, and more. A typical day at camp includes a morning of gymnastics for all skill levels, games, and an afternoon of swimming at the Waterbury reservoir. On Fridays, $6 gets your camper all-you-can-eat pizza. 802-882-8324, email info@cvtga.com, 81 Demeritt Place, Waterbury.

Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio

Camps offered in June and July for kids ages 3.5 to 18. Ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, tap, and contemporary for new and experienced dancers alike. Information: cdandfs.com. 646-400-5882, email info@cdandfs.com, 62 Ridge St., Montpelier, in the VCFA Stone Science building.

Green Mountain Bible Camp

June 29 – July 6.

Green Mountain Bible Camp is a one-week family camp nestled within the scenic mountains of Vermont. The purpose of GMBC is to nurture and encourage spiritual growth through contemplation of Jesus Christ. Those attending will experience fellowship, fun, relaxation, and the opportunity for God encounters. They are a Christian evangelical organization that welcomes Bible-based church affiliations. Information: Gmbcvt.org. Email GreenMountainBibleCampVT@gmail.com, 112 Camp Brook Road, Bethel.

Green Mountain Conservation Camp

Run by the state Department of Vermont Fish and Wildlife, Green Mountain Conservation Camp offers campers ages 12–16 hands-on learning experiences about fish, wildlife, ecology, botany, forestry, hunter firearm safety, outdoor first aid, and more. Located at both Castleton and Woodbury, the camp offers hiking, canoeing, fishing, archery, .22 rifle and shotgun shooting, orienteering, and other activities. Campers have a unique opportunity to meet Vermont State Game Wardens, foresters, fisheries and wildlife biologists, and others who work outdoors. 802-522-2925, email FWGMCC@vermont.gov, 1051 Buck Lake Road, Woodbury.

Horses and Pathfinders

Experienced and beginners — all levels. If you are seeking to improve your riding, if you want to connect or reconnect with horses in a slow-paced, safe, and authentic partnership, if you feel drawn to be with horses and not sure where to begin, if you have a child aged 12 or over who is attuned to nature and animals and seeking mentorship, then you have found the right place at Horses & Pathfinders. Information: horsesandpathfinders.com. 802-223-1903, 6899 Route 100B, Moretown.

Junior Golf Camp

June 17 – Aug. 23. At The Links at Lang Farm. Professional instruction from PGA professional Kellen Peery and staff. Ages 8–14. Information: linksatlangfarm.com/junior-golf-camps. 802-878-0298, email golf@linksatlangfarm.com, 39 Essex Way, Essex.

Lotus Lake Camp

June 28 – Aug. 9.

Since 1952, Lotus Lake Camp has been offering children of various ages a day camp where they can learn invaluable life lessons while having fun. The camp continues to run under the leadership of family members who remain dedicated to the original philosophy of Proctor Martin, one of the original founders.

A fun, family atmosphere has been maintained as many members of the staff are former campers who return to work with children to foster a love and respect for the environment. Registration begins in February. Information: lotuslakecamp.com, 802-433-5451, email lotuslakecamp@gmail.com, 4785 Vermont Route 14, Williamstown.

Neck of the Woods

Neck of the Woods is a Mad River Valley-based childcare program built by and for the community with a focus on children from infancy to 12 years old. Neck of the Woods practices a strengths-based approach to learning where children are encouraged to pursue areas of interest that inspire passion and success. The organization’s programming focuses on six values: empowerment, support, empathy, resilience, community, and environmental responsibility. 802-496-6689, email info@neckofthewoodsvt.com, 1673 Main St., Waitsfield. 

North Branch Nature Center

June 24 – Aug. 16.

Because of high demand and the nature center’s commitment to equity, camp registration will use a lottery system. Families for pre-K through grade 12 children will have from Feb. 23 to March 4 to join the lottery. Adventure backpacking camps for students grades 7 through 12. Information: northbranchnaturecenter.org/camps.

Sage Mountain

Providing space and a place for children to grow and flourish by interacting with the land base they are a part of, our summer programs provide students with a balance-of-inquiry–based nature activities that focus on the cultural history and ecology of central Vermont, personal self-awareness, and wilderness skills. This combined with a large amount of unstructured nature play in Sage Mountain’s forests, streams, gardens, and meadows will provide ample opportunity for kids to discover and nurture their inherent curiosity about the natural world while improving their self-awareness as individuals and members of a collective whole. Transportation available. 802-222-0179, email afterschool@sagemountain.com, U.S. 302, Orange.

Shidaa Cultural Camp

July 25–27.

Young people will spend three days immersed in African Arts including drumming, dance, fabric printing, storytelling, and tie dying. Campers will help prepare an authentic African meal to share during Thursday’s final session. Groups are led by experienced artisans, including Jordan Mensah, who has been teaching cultural activities in schools and camps around Vermont for 20 years. 617-780-2458, email Heather@Shidaaprojects.org, First Congregational Church, Scott Hill Road, Berlin.

Sunrise Gymnastics

June 24 – Aug. 16.

Weekly themed sessions throughout the summer. Air conditioned. Trampoline, rock climbing wall, gymnastics, games, and crafts. Information: sunrisegym.com/summer-camp. 802-223-0517, email office@sunrisegym.com, 654 Granger Rd., Barre.

T.W. Wood Summer Art Camps
June 24 – Aug. 23.
Sessions throughout the summer include Montpelier mural camp, discovering color, gelli printing & tie-dying, art through the senses, comics week, art and music, jewelry making, medieval fantasy and fairytales, nature art, papier Mache & art en Francais, paintpalooza, clay creations, cardboard playhouses, tapestry, chess week, and more. Information:  tw-wood-gallery.jumbula.com/summer-art-camps, 802-262-6035, email kmarlier@twwoodgallery.org, 46 Barre St., Montpelier.

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