Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: IS YWCA VT CAMP HOCHELAGA ACCREDITED?

A: Yes! YWCA VT Camp Hochelaga is proud to be accredited by the American Camping Association. Developed exclusively for the camp industry, this nationally recognized program focuses on program quality and health and safety issues and requires us to review every facet of our operation. YWCA Camp Hochelaga has voluntarily submitted to this independent appraisal done by camp experts and has earned this mark of distinction. In its last re-accreditation, YWCA VT Camp Hochelaga received the highest possible score.

Q: WHAT’S NEW FOR 2017?

  • New full time Assistant Camp Director
  • Paddle board classes on the waterfront
  • More archery classes
  • The gardening program will continue through the summer. starting camp wide composting and recycling!

Q: WHAT DOES HOCHELAGA MEAN AND HOW DO YOU PRONOUNCE IT?

A: Hochelaga (hosh’ i (short) la (long) ga) is the name of a Native American village located in what is now Montreal.

Q: WHAT ARE THE ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIMES?

Residential/Mini Camp

  • For residential/Mini Camp campers our arrival time is generally between 2-4 PM on Sundays.
  • Early check-in is not allowed.
  • Mini Campers are picked up by 5 PM on Wednesday of their camping week.
  • Pick up on Saturday between 9-11 AM for residential campers.

Day Camp

  • For day-campers our drop off times M-F are between 8:00-8:30 AM.
  • Pick ups generally occur between 4:30-5 PM. They must be picked up by 5 PM or you will incur a late fee.

Q: ARE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE?

A: Yes! There is a scholarship program at YWCA Camp Hochelaga. Last summer more than $30,000 in scholarship money was awarded to 67 girls. Unfortunately,  there continues to be more girls/families requesting assistance than we have funding for each summer. This program is supported by generous assistance from the Hayes Foundation, SCHIP, The Green Mountain Crescent Circle of Gamma Phi Beta, Kinney Insurance, Granny’s Attic of So. Hero, Robert Diyeso and several generous individual donors as well as Hochelaga Campers themselves, who chose to donate all or part of their store balances. Scholarship forms can be found by clicking here

Q: WHERE DO CAMPERS COME FROM?

A: The Hochelaga Family continues to expand. Last summer we had campers representing the world. The majority of the campers come from across Vermont, and New England. A strong percentage of campers are returning campers. Our alumnae outreach also continues to spread the Hochelaga Spirit and encourages families to send their daughters to YWCA Camp Hochelaga and the shores of Lake Champlain!

Q: WHAT ABOUT THE COUNSELORS AND OTHER STAFF MEMBERS?

A: Many of our counselors and program specialists “grow up” at YWCA VT Camp Hochelaga. While the majority of the staff is made up of college students, we also hire “older” counselors and staff members. Many of our counselors are enrolled in or have completed education related degrees or course work in their particular area of interest/expertise. We have a week long, intensive orientation and training sessions prior to the campers arriving. During this orientation, the staff participate in a variety of training sessions including child development, First Aid, CPR, team building, group dynamics, skill development, instructional practices and the prevention/identification/reporting of child endangerment.

Q: WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT REGISTRATION AND FORMS REQUIRED?

A:  For the rates and dates for the upcoming camping session please click here

For camp forms required to be sent in after registration please click here. To cut down on the wait time during check in, especially for the nurse, all forms must be turned in by May 31, 2017. We want to respect your time and allow you to spend more time with your camper during the check in process, which can be a busy time. 

Q: WHEN WAS YWCA VT CAMP HOCHELAGA FOUNDED?

A: Miss Marion Gray, the National YWCA Field Secretary to Vermont wrote in her 1919 report to the National YWCA, the following: “Miss Grace Brooks, of St. Albans was secured early in May to organize and direct a small camp for girls…” The camp was called Camp Worth While. In September 1921, the YWCA filed Articles of Association for Camp Hochelaga Corporation. YWCA Camp Hochelaga moved to its current location in 1925 with the purchase of 21 acres. In 1928, it received an additional 9 acres as a gift, bringing the total acreage to its present 30 acres in South Hero on Lake Champlain.

Q: WHAT PROGRAMS ARE OFFERED AT YWCA VT CAMP HOCHELAGA?

A: YWCA VT Camp Hochelaga currently offers 4 one week residential sessions and 2 two week residential session for girls ages 6-17. We also run 8 one week day camp sessions for girls ages 6-12+ concurrently with our residential camp sessions. We offer a five week Counselor-In-Training program for girls age 16 or entering their junior year in high school. Program area classes are available in Arts and Crafts, Landsports, Drama, Tennis, Archery, Swimming, Sailing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Waterfront games, Nature and Outdoor Education Skills, etc.

Q; WILL I BE ABLE TO CONTACT MY CAMPER WHILE SHE IS THERE?

A: You can send her an email at hochelagacamper@gmail.com. Please put her full name and cabin name in the subject line. She will not be able to reply by email so encourage her to send you a letter in return.  If there is an emergency call the office at 802-372-4510 or 802-862-7520.

Q: HOW DO I SEND A CARE PACKAGE TO MY CAMPER:

A: You can send mail or packages using standard carries (UPS, USPS, Fed Ex) or drop them off during check in. Please be sure to to include the your campers name and cabin in the address. Please do not send food or electronics. Mail to: 34 Hochelaga Road, South Hero, VT 05486

 

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