About Us

Our Mission

YWCA Vermont is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

Who We Are

Established in 1919, YWCA Vermont has been a voice for change dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, and freedom for nearly 100 years. YWCA Vermont envisions vibrant, equitable and connected communities where women and girls thrive with access to opportunities for education, wellness, growth and leadership. Throughout all our programs, we ensure women and girls learn about healthy lifestyle choices, explore the intersection of race and gender, and nurture environmental stewardship and life-long learning. Our work is funded by our generous donors, Camp Hochelaga, our anchor program, grants, in-kind donations and amazing volunteers. We collaborate with partner organizations across Vermont to advocate for policy and systems change that will advance our mission and vision.

What We Do

Our anchor program is Camp Hochelaga, located on the scenic shores of Lake Champlain in South Hero, 30 minutes from Burlington, VT. Camp Hochelaga is a safe haven for 600-800 campers each summer from all over Vermont and the world, ages 6-17. Camp Hochelaga is an American Camp Association accredited camp and provides residential and day camp programs that offer opportunities to explore a wide range of activities intended to build character, self-esteem, self-confidence, and leadership.

In addition to camp, we are proud to join our sister YWCA’s in organizing the annual Stand Against Racism and Week Without Violence campaigns, host a holistic women’s retreat weekend, promote young leaders in STEAM topics and social justice advocacy with our Leaders on the Lake and Leaders on the Rise programs, and attend and facilitate forums and events on race and gender discrimination.  Learn how you can get involved with YWCA Vermont today.

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Empowering Girls & Women Since 1919

About Camp Hochelaga

Located on the beautiful shores of Lake Champlain in South Hero, VT, Camp Hochelaga has been offering traditional summer camp experiences for girls ages 6-17 since 1919. For nearly 100 summers, 600-800 girls from all over Vermont, the United States and the world pass through camp's front gate and enter a place of adventure, self-expression, teamwork and life-long friendship.

Camp Hochelaga is an American Camp Association accredited camp and provides overnight, day camp, and leadership development programs that offer opportunities to explore a wide range of activities intended to build character, self-esteem, self-confidence, empowerment and leadership. Camp Hochelaga prioritizes social, emotional and physical safety, to create a magical place where camp traditions, fun, outdoor adventures, engaged staff mentors, and friendships combine to create unforgettable experiences. At 'Laga, our core values of collaboration, kindness, leadership, and empowerment live at the center of all that we do.

Adventure  Teamwork  Leadership  Friendship

Camper Testimonials

“Hochelaga is special to me because everyone inspires me somehow and the counselors are role models for all of us. It’s a second family and there is nothing else like it anywhere.” - Residential Camper

"I love coming back to 'Laga because camp friends are friends like no other. By the end of the first day, you basically are best friends and by the end of the first week, you are pretty much sisters. I love all my 'Laga sisters!" - Residential Camper

"Hochelaga is special because each time I come I meet new people, learn new things, and by the time I'm home, I'm campsick. Everything is exciting because Hochelaga has helped me become open to more new things. My cabin is my bedroom, and Hochelaga is my family! Everyone is kind and caring and the songs warm my heart." - Residential Camper

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From the Camp Director

Why is the Camp Hochelaga experience one of magic and empowerment for more than 600 campers each summer since 1919? At Camp Hochelaga we combine an inspiring outdoor, screen-free environment with dedicated, well-trained, enthusiastic camp counselors, programs that support campers in trying new things and building new skills, and a set of core values focused on growing diverse friendships in a socially, emotionally, and physically safe place.

Each season, we see the evidence of camp’s irreplaceable impact in the smiles spread across campers’ faces as they overcome challenges. We see it in the confidence campers encourage in one another, and in the value they place in traditions and ceremonies that have been carried on for decades. And we see it in the connections campers build with one another that remain strong support systems far beyond camp’s front gate.

From Day Camp to Residential Camp, Mini Camp to our CIT leadership program, Camp Hochelaga is intentionally designed to grow with your camper and support her as she strengthens her voice, grows her confidence, and discovers her interests. We can’t wait for your camper to be part of the ’Laga community on beautiful Lake Champlain.

Sincerely,

Hannah Bogard

Camp Director, YWCA VT Camp Hochelaga