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Overnight Camps


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Overnight Camps


Experience a week of immersive nature-based skills training, inspiring challenges, and outrageously fun activities under the guidance of seasoned wilderness instructors.

Our camps are designed to build confidence, friendships and outdoor skills – and offer some of the most positive formative experiences in a young person’s life. Waubanong overnight camps are a perfect opportunity for kids to safely put their skills to the test. What your kids learn with us are truly helpful life skills that will travel with them far beyond the camp experience.

Building Relationships

Increasingly, the only adults in a child’s life are their parents and teachers. At overnight camp kids have the opportunity to form a true friendship with an adult who sees your child as a learner and builder of things, ideas and choices. This kind of mentoring relationship allows kids to learn and grow and we believe it is an essential part of a healthy learning community.

Increased Self-Reliance

Camp builds resilience and pushes kids out of their comfort zone as they get to take appropriate risks, make judgment calls on their own and experiment with what works and what doesn’t. Overnight camp at Waubanong is a safe first step toward self-reliance and independence. If they struggled with the discomfort of homesickness, long hikes, insect stings, and shoes filled with mud, they know that they got through it — either on their own or with support from their friends and instructors.

Digital Detox

Camp Waubanong is a tech break kids and teens today desperately need from the daily digital realm. The chance to unplug, connect with new friends and with the natural world allows for direct experiences that bring insights and inspirations. These friendships and kinship bonds with nature often stay with kids long after they leave summer camp.

Registration Details 

Ages 8-17
4pm Sunday - 4:30pm Friday
6 days/5 nights
$350-$525 sliding scale based on program choice

Schedule


Schedule


Sample Day (& Night) Schedule

  • 8:00am – Breakfast outside, birdsong nearby, and “animal forms” yoga.
  • 9:00am – Activity groups: choose your own adventure and practice a variety of skills — make fire, build shelters, identify wild edible plants, practice camouflage, etc.
  • Noon – Lunch in the field, by the pond, or next to a massive old tree watching local critters.
  • 1:00pm – Small group activities: make a survival bow, successfully navigate through the woods without map & compass, create baskets from natural fibers, and more.
  • 5:00pm – Dinner: help prepare and cook your dinner over a fire built by your group or with community in dining hall.
  • 7:00pm – Share stories of the day and prepare for a nighttime activity.
  • 7:30pm – Move silently and confidently in activities that allow us to see and hear more wildlife.
  • 8:30pm – Sleep peacefully and dream of the next amazing day in your week.

Our instructional team features

  • 1:8 staff-student ratio
  • On-site directors and volunteers who offer additional instructor support
  • Educators who encourage each students’ respect for self, others and nature
  • Experienced Nurse, First Aid and CPR certified professionals

FAQ


FAQ


General Questions

 What technology are campers allowed to bring and use?

Watches are fine, but besides that we will collect cellphones, ipods, etc. at check-in, and return them on Friday morning.  It is best to leave technology at home for your camp week.

 How often can campers communicate with their parents? How about sending mail or packages to campers?

Phone calls home are things we try to minimize to allow campers to really have “their” experience during the week. Some exceptions to this would be family emergencies and birthdays. All phone calls in or out are done via our main phone line. If mailing packages please do not include food or candy.

 What is your philosophy around special needs and what accommodations are possible?

We are very open to working with campers who have special needs, and have had great learning experiences for students and staff alike. As each camper is an individual, we ask for communication with families in advance of registration in our programs to ensure that we are able to provide a great experience for your child at our camps.  Currently the dining hall is the only wheelchair accessible building on site due to our mountain side campus.

 How do you divide groups in summer camp?

Typically we divide campers into small groups with 2-3 instructors per group. We like to keep our groups small so that the projects and activities can be tailored to meet the groups' needs, interests, and abilities. That said, all the groups meet together in the morning for an opening circle, and often in the afternoon for choice activities or a big group activity. This way the campers can interact with other groups and other instructors as well. 

 Who are the instructors and what kind of training do they have?

Our instructors are seasoned outdoor educators who encourage each students’ respect for self, others and nature. They are all First Aid and CPR certified professionals, and look forward to being at overnight camps with your kids!

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Health and Safety

 How do you ensure the health and safety of campers?

We have a fully trained medical professional on-call at all times, and an infirmary available as needed. In addition, all lead instructors have Vermont state required medical certifications.

If a camper has a medication, it will be checked-in and kept in the infirmary, being administered as needed. For exceptions such as epi-pens or if we will be away from our infirmary, instructors for each group will carry medications. In case of emergency, there is a hospital within 15 minutes from camp.

 What is the size of the camp? What are the staff-to-student ratios?

Our overnight camps are intended for group of 48 campers each week, but our facility capacity is 100. Our staff to student ratio is 1:8 with a full-time onsite director and volunteers who offer additional instructor support.

 What is the plan during adverse weather?

We love being outside, but in times of truly adverse weather we have a lodge, cabins and emergency vehicles ready.

 Is swimming allowed?

Swimming is permitted at our camps pool. Campers will also have a chance to get wet to cool down in nearby streams during hot days.

Food and Lodging

 What are the accommodations for bathrooms and showers?

Bathrooms and showers are available in camp, and when we journey further away we will teach safe procedures for using “nature bathrooms”.

 Where do campers sleep?

Campers will sleep in Adirondack cabins, tents, under tarps or in primitive-built shelters as we build them. Sleeping groups will be separated by gender with instructors nearby at all times.

 What dietary restrictions will you accommodate? Can campers bring their own food?

Our menus will accommodate vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free diets. Day campers should bring their own food, water, and snacks each day.  Food brought by overnight campers will be confiscated due to the danger in attracting hungry wildlife to our primitive campsites in the backcountry.

 What will meals be like?

Food at camp will be nutritious, tasty, and using local ingredients whenever possible. We will have a cook on-site to prepare group sit-down meals, on-the-go meals for in the field on days we venture further from camp, and also meals that involves campers in learning methods of outdoor cooking.

Registration Details

 What scholarships are available?

All our scholarships are generated from the sliding scale-fees of our programs. So, anyone who pays over the minimum fee for a program is making a donation to our scholarship fund. 

We approve scholarships in the order that we receive the requests. All scholarship applicants must include an approved SFSP program form in order to be eligible for funds.

 What is your cancellation and refund policy?

 Typically, we do not cancel programs due to inclement weather; however, we reserve the right to do so if roads are closed due to hazardous conditions. Program fees for individual programs that are canceled due to inclement weather will not be refunded.  Camp Waubanong will not refund tuition when a camper has to be sent home for anything other then a severe medical emergency. If you are canceling an enrollment for any reason our refund policy is as follows:

30 or more days prior to the program starting date; you are entitled to a full refund, minus the deposit.

Between 10 - 30 days prior to the program starting date; Camp Waubanong will retain half the program tuition.
Fewer than 10 days prior to the program starting date and once the program has begun; there will be no refunds due to the need to arrange food and staffing for programs in advance.

Travel and Logistics

 What are the logistics for drop off and pickup days?

For our Sunday start-of-camp we ask that you arrive at 4:00pm. For Friday pickup, we ask that you arrive at 4:30pm.  We also ask parents to be respectful of these times because we have families that are waiting for us at home as well.

 Getting to Camp: What travel options are available?

We don't currently offer shuttles for campers, but there is a passenger train that stops in downtown Brattleboro as well as a major bus lines.  Please email us if you have questions about getting campers to Waubanong.

If you are a first time visitor to our camp or just need a friendly reminder how to get to Camp Waubanong then use the directions below based on which direction you will be coming from to find us.

FROM I-91 NORTH

Head north on I-91 N toward Exit 2 0.3 mi
Take exit 2 for VT-9 W toward Brattleboro/Bennington 0.2 mi
Continue straight 0.2 mi
Turn right at Western Ave (signs for Vermont 9 W) 1.3 mi
Turn left at Greenleaf St 0.7 mi
Slight left at Hinesburg Rd 0.7 mi
Take the 2nd left to stay on Hinesburg Rd 1.8 mi
Turn right at Melchen Rd 0.8 mi
Take the 1st left onto Waubanong Rd/Waubanong Rd 0.3 mi

FROM  I-91 SOUTH

Head south on I-91 S toward Exit 2
ake exit 2 for VT-9 W toward Brattleboro/Bennington
Continue straight 0.2 mi
Turn right at Western Ave (signs for Vermont 9 W) 1.3 mi
Turn left at Greenleaf St 0.7 mi
Slight left at Hinesburg Rd 0.7 mi
Take the 2nd left to stay on Hinesburg Rd 1.8 mi
Turn right at Melchen Rd 0 .8 mi
Take the 1st left onto Waubanong Rd/Waubanong Rd 0.3 mi

FROM  TROY NEW YORK

Head east on NY-7 E toward John Snyder Rd 16.1 mi
Turn right at NY-7 E/Mapletown Rd 0.9 mi
Continue onto VT-9 E/W Rd 3.4 mi
Slight left at W Main St 2.5 mi
Continue onto VT-9 E/Molly Stark Trail/Woodford Rd 36.0 mi
Turn right at Greenleaf St 0.7 mi
Slight left at Hinesburg Rd 0.7 mi
Take the 2nd left to stay on Hinesburg Rd 1.8 mi
Turn right at Melchen Rd 0.8 mi
Take the 1st left onto Waubanog Rd/Waubanong Rd