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Leaders on the Lake is for girls in grades 6-12 who want to explore science, ecology and the environment while expanding their leadership skills!

In 2015, with support from the JM Kaplan Foundation, Leaders on the Lake: Getting Down and Dirty with the Environment constructed raised garden beds at YWCA Camp Hochelaga. This led to gardening classes and great fresh food for our meals.

For 2016 we are continuing the tradition of gardening! We spent a beautiful weekend building raised beds, filling them with soil and planting the vegetables , and creating the flower baskets for the camp. We also learned about cross planting. Did you know that planting basil in with your tomatoes will help keep the bugs away from them? We planted tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash, bell peppers, green beans, wax beans, purple beans and kale. The kitchen will have plenty of veggies to feed the starving campers! The garden will be used in the activities to teach the importance of gardening for yourself and for your community.


2017 the focus will be on STEM and building a low ropes course as well as expanding the gardening program.

Dates – May 20 – 21

To register contactus@ywcavt.org