Registration & Scholarships

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Adventure  Teamwork  Leadership  Friendship

YWCA Vermont Camp Hochelaga has been transforming the lives of girls and young women since 1919. At Camp Hochelaga we are rooted in the core values of what it means to be a 'Laga Camper:

Leadership: Self-confident, takes initiative, positive role model, good communicator, inspires others, problem solver, dependable, supportive
Achievement: Curious, involved, independent, challenges self, creative, hard working, enthusiastic about learning
Giving: Compassionate, empathetic, puts others first, encouraging, inclusive of others, helpful
Attitude: Respectful of self and others, motivated, positive, spirited, fair, trustworthy, friendly, kind

Camper Forms & Paperwork

The Camper and Family Handbook and suggested Packing List 

Camper Physical Form*

*Please include a copy of your camper's immunization record with your completed Physical Form. If you have questions about Camp Hochelaga or YWCA Vermont call our office at: (802) 862-7520 or send us an email:

Session Dates and Rates for Summer 2018

One-Week Residential Sessions: A $750, B $825, C $900

  • RC1: June 24th - June 30th
  • RC2: July 1st - July 7th
  • RC3: July 8th - July 14th
  • RC4 (1 week)*: July 15th - July 21st
  • RC5: July 22nd - July 28th

Two-Week Residential Sessions: A $1325, B $1400, C $1475

  • RC4 (2 weeks)*: July 15th - July 28th
  • RC6: July 29th - August 11th (traditional 2-week session & activities)

*This summer RC4 will be offered with both a two-week and a one-week registration option. Two week campers will have the opportunity to participate in a one night, two day off site camping trip midway through their time at camp! More information about this trip option can be found under the Daily Camp Schedule and Programs tab on the main page.

Mini Camp Sessions: A $390, B $415, C $440

  • MC1: June 24th - June 27th
  • MC2: July 1st - July 4th
  • MC3: August 12th - August 15th (NEW!)

Day Camp Sessions: A $290, B $315, C $340

  • DC1: June 25th - June 29th
  • DC2: July 2nd - July 6th
  • DC3: July 9th - July 13th
  • DC4: July 16th - July 20th
  • DC5: July 23rd - July 27th
  • DC6: July 30th - August 3rd
  • DC7: August 6th - August 10th
  • DC8: August 13th - August 17th

Counselor in Training Program: A $1675, B $1750, C $1825

  • CIT: July 8th - August 11th

Circle of Girls Scholarship Program 

YWCA Vermont is proud to welcome and support campers from a wide array of backgrounds and life experiences through our Circle of Girls Scholarship Fund. 

The benefits of a summer camp experience are well known and are especially suited to girls’ unique needs. Those benefits include:

  • promoting positive peer relationships
  • acquiring leadership skills
  • emphasizing girls’ strengths
  • building confidence and resilience
  • interacting with diverse backgrounds
  • developing empathy
  • strengthening teamwork.

Scholarship applications are now included as an option in our online registration system. If you would like to apply for a camp scholarship for summer 2018, please register online for the session you would like to attend and complete the online scholarship application form.

Scholarship Letter and Suggested Income Guidelines

Feedback from families who participated in our scholarship program:

"Thank you for the scholarship for my camper. There is no way she would have been able to attend without it. I picked up a beautiful young lady with such spirit and kindness on Saturday. She has told us many wonderful stories about how much she loved her time at Camp!" - Camp Hochelaga Family

"I just wanted to say that because of [Camp Hochelaga] I had a great time and I met lots of new friends. Everyone was so nice, thank you! See you next summer!" - Camp Hochelaga Scholarship Recipient

“This is my second year at camp. At home I don’t get this much kindness. The counselors and my cabinmates help me and make me feel welcomed and happy here. They make me laugh and I love them all. Some of my friends here make me feel like I am not alone. I will really miss this camp when I leave and I hope I can come back next year.” – Circle of Girls Scholarship Recipient

About Camp Hochelaga

About Camp Hochelaga

“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.”

YWCA VT Camp Hochelaga, located on the shores of Lake Champlain in South Hero, VT, 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.

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Safety is Always Our Priority

Keeping your child safe and healthy always comes first.

At Camp Hochelaga we know that the physical, social, and emotional safety of our campers is essential to their ability to have a blast at camp and develop new skills at the same time! Our staff are recruited and hired based on their commitment to working with youth in safe, engaging, and positive ways. Additionally, we hire Program Directors who are experts in their fields of programming and abilities to lead others in safe and inspiring ways.

Prior to the start of each season our staff engage in intensive and thorough staff training to prepare them to keep campers safe and healthy at all times. Staff are trained in First Aid & CPR, and our lifeguards are certified through the American Red Cross. Specialized activity leaders including the Waterfront Director and Archery Director participate in additional training and certification.

What do you get when you put all of this training, preparation, certification, and commitment to creating safe spaces for girls to grow and learn in together? Amazing summer camp experiences and friendships that last a lifetime.

What it Means to be a 'Laga Girl: 

YWCA Vermont Camp Hochelaga has been transforming the lives of girls and young women since 1919. At Camp Hochelaga we are rooted in the core values of what it means to be a 'Laga Girl:

Leadership: Dependable, helpful, takes initiative, positive role model, good communicator, problem solver
Achievement: Curious, involved, independent, challenges self, hard worker, enthusiastic about learning
Giving: Compassion, empathy, puts others first, supportive, encourages others, includes others
Attitude: Positive outlook, spirited, fair, trustworthy, respectful of self and others, self-confident, motivated, friendly

About Camp Hochelaga's Facilities

Camp Hochelaga started in 1919 which means we will be celebrating Camp's 100th birthday summer of 2019! Camp is located on 30 pristine acres of Lake Champlain waterfront in South Hero, Vermont. Campers eat in the spacious and light-filled Weld Lodge and sleep in rustic, well maintained cabins. Each cabin sleeps 6-8 campers of about the same age. Shared bath houses are located within a few steps of each area of cabins and are well-lit at night. Camp's Health House is also located close to cabins and operates 24 hours a day.

Camp Sessions Offered at Camp Hochelaga

RESIDENTIAL CAMP: Camp Hochelaga welcomes residential campers for one and two week sessions throughout the summer! Campers live in small, connected cabin groups, eat delicious healthy meals, and bond in ways that create lifelong friendships!

DAY CAMP: More than childcare, day campers at Camp   Hochelaga join us from 8am-5pm Monday-Friday to engage in all the activities available to residential campers.

MINI CAMP: A great way to ease into a residential camp experience! Come spend 3 nights getting to know our amazing community of girls and staff at Camp Hochelaga.

COUNSELORS IN TRAINING: Camp Hochelaga welcomes our next camp leaders for a 5 week counselors in training program that focuses on developing leadership skills and growing self-confidence in ways that stretch far beyond a summer at camp!

Session dates and rates can be found under the Registration and Scholarships tab on the main page.

Daily Camp Schedule, Activities & Special Programs

Day in the Life of a 'Laga Camper 

Each day at camp begins with an all camp meeting at the flagpole for songs, followed by a delicious and nutritious breakfast in the dining hall. Throughout their mornings ‘Laga girls build on specific skill sets from previous days such as sailing, an art project, or a play performance. They can also try something new and spontaneous! Everyone meets again for an energizing lunch served with plenty of water to drink, and then afternoon adventures begin. These might include a soccer game, waterfront games and swimming, or a hike into our wooded areas for some team-building activities with the cabin group. Day campers head for home around 5pm as residential campers head in for dinner. Evening activities such as capture the flag or find the counselor help everyone to get their last ounces of energy out before winding down for bed with cabin mates.

Special Programs

Dances and sporting events with YMCA Camp Abnaki: For many summers Camp Hochelaga and Camp Abnaki have brought campers together for dances, quidditch matches, swim meets, sailing competitions, soccer games, and more. We are excited to continue this tradition! Sessions that include events with Camp Abnaki will be posted soon. Camp Hochelaga will also be hosting one of our dances this summer!

RC4 Off-Site Camping Trip: This summer we are excited to announce an opportunity for our 2-week residential campers during the RC4 session to gain experience tent camping and adventuring in a new outdoor space during a one night, two day camping trip at a local camp ground. This trip will take place over the weekend midway through the RC4 session. Off-site trips are a great opportunity for leadership, team building, collaboration, building self-confidence, and trying something new. Campers will have opportunities to practice outdoor cooking, tent/equipment set up, trail hiking, and, of course, many camp games and songs around the campfire. Campers will travel off-site to a pre-determined camping location with 15 - 20 other campers their age, and skilled, experienced staff members. If you have questions about the off-site trip please don't hesitate to give us a call! (802) 862-7520

Camp Hochelaga Musical: During our final 2-week session (RC6) campers will have the opportunity to work together to prepare for and present a full-length play to the entire camp. This tradition has been a part of the spirit of Camp Hochelaga for many years. Each summer talented campers and staff put energy, passion, and dedication into preparing an incredible performance. 2017 plays included Annie and The Wizard of Oz. 

Guest Appearances for Activities and Evening Programs: More details coming soon! Camp Hochelaga is excited to welcome special guests with expertise in Environmental Education, Woodworking, and Musical Instruments including African Drumming.

Camp Hochelaga Daily Schedule 

2-4:00pm - Residential Camper Check In
4:15pm - Line Activity
6:00pm - Flag/Dinner
7-9:00pm - Evening Program/Activities Sign up
9:15pm - Taps (counselors gather to sing old camp songs while campers get sleepy)
9:30pm - Lights Out
7:15am - Reveille/Wake Up Call
8:00am - Flag/Breakfast
8-8:30am - Day Camp Arrival/Check In & Activity Sign up
9:00am - Block 1 - Program
10:10am - 1st Exploratory Activity
10:50am - Block 2 - Program
12:15pm - Lunch
1:15pm - Laga Leisure Hour
2:15pm - Block 3 - Program
3:25pm - 2nd Exploratory Activity
4:05pm - Laga Line Time Activity/Free Swim
5:00pm - Day Camp Pick Up
5:30pm - Dinner
7-9:00pm - Evening Program
9:15pm - Taps (counselors gather to sing old camp songs while campers get sleepy)
9:30pm - Lights Out
7:30am - Reveille/Wake Up Call
8:00am - Breakfast
9-11am - Residential Campers Check Out

Camp Hochelaga Activities

Each day at Camp Hochelaga is filled with opportunities to try new things, step beyond our comfort zones in socially, emotionally, and physically safe environments, and work to build progressive skills in areas of interest. Below is a list of some of the many activities we offer throughout a camp session. These activities are available to both residential and day campers. Campers will be able to choose which activities they are interested in when they get to camp!

Arts & Crafts—ceramics, painting, bracelet making, drawing, collage, tie-dye, and plenty of room for creative freedom!

Performing Arts—singing, dance, music, theater games, talent shows, choreography, all camp musicals, set design, and costume design.

Waterfront—sailing, kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, swimming, swim lessons, water trampoline, and point swim.

Outdoor Education—Orienteering, geocaching, outdoor cooking, hiking, birdwatching, animal tracking, team building challenges, and farm and garden.

Games & Sports—Archery, slip n’ slides, paint tag, soccer, Quidditch, capture the flag, human foosball, GaGa ball, tetherball, volleyball, and tennis.

Residential Camp

Residential Camp Programs

Whether your camper joins us for 3 nights of Mini Camp, a one week session, two week session, or longer; a residential camp experience at Camp Hochelaga promises to offer endless opportunities to try new things, build new skills, experience empowerment and confidence, and develop friendships that hold strong and true far beyond the big green H at camp's front gate.

Campers and staff return year after year to the beautiful shores of Lake Champlain, the cozy lodge, rustic cabin bunks, and the grassy slopes of 'Laga for many reasons. They come to hone their sailing skills, to try archery for the first time, to practice their skills in a game of Quidditch, or to rehearse and perform a classic play for the entire campus. Regardless of their program areas of choice, interest, or skill, 'Laga campers and staff come together each summer to experience a magical sense of social safety, empowerment, confidence, mentoring, self-expression, and timeless traditions.

About Residential Camp Staff

Each season we are excited to bring together a team of counselors, both new and returning, from across the globe. Our counselors are committed to working together to a create safe, fun-filled, and growth-centered environment for each and every 'Laga camper. Our staff team participates in a focused and intentional staff training program that is developed to support them in meeting the unique needs of all our campers and holding physical, social, and emotional safety as their top priority at all times. Stay tuned for summer staff bios next spring!

Camp Hochelaga waterfront staff are all American Redcross Lifeguard/CPR/First Aid/AED certified. A Registered Nurse is on site every day.

Learn more about our core values, the daily camp schedule, new programs and special activities coming to camp for summer 2018, and the wide variety of programs offered at Camp Hochelaga by clicking on the tabs located on the main Camp Hochelaga page.

Dates and Rates for residential camp sessions can be found on the main Camp Hochelaga page. Early Bird registration opens November 1st! Register online before January 1st 2018 and save $25 automatically. 

Do you know someone in your community who would love to join our 'Laga family? Bring a new friend to camp with you and take advantage of our Refer a Friend discount. When your friend register for her first session of camp at Hochelaga you both save $25 on tuition.

Register Online!

Day Camp

Day Camp at Hochelaga

Are you looking for an enriching, empowering, outdoor adventure focused day program for your child? Join us for Day Camp at Camp Hochelaga! Day Camp sessions are offered Monday-Friday every week between June 25th - August 17th. We welcome Day Campers between 6-17 years of age. At Camp Hochelaga your Day Camper will have opportunities to:

  • Learn new skills and take on challenges across all programs offered at camp (see Activities and Special Programs tab for complete list of offerings)
  • Build and strengthen friendships with other Day Campers and Residential Campers of similar ages
  • Connect with fun, enthusiastic camp counselors who are specifically committed to meeting the unique needs of Day Campers
  • Join us for a one night camp sleepover offered optionally each Thursday

Included in Day Camp tuition:

  • Transportation from the Holiday Inn on Williston Road, Essex High School, or Chimney Corners Park & Ride in Milton (optional, see schedule below)
  • Breakfast, lunch, and snacks available throughout the day
  • Activity choices including: sailing, archery, arts & crafts, kayaking, paddleboarding, water trampoline games, sports and field games, team building, nature hikes, geocaching, wood working, outdoor cooking, and so much more!
  • Optional: camp sleepover Thursday night with other Day Campers

Day Camp Transportation Schedule: 

Camp Van #1: Drop off and pick up at Holiday Inn on Williston Road

  • Drop off Monday-Friday at 7:45am
  • Pick up Monday-Friday at 5:15pm

Camp Van #2: Drop off and pick up at Essex High School

  • Drop off Monday- Friday at 7:30am
  • Pick up Monday-Friday at 5:15pm

Camp Van #3: Drop off and pickup at Chimney Corners Park & Ride in Milton

  • Drop off Monday-Friday at 7:50am
  • Pick up Monday-Friday at 5:00pm

Safety is our priority. Camp Van drivers are all required to pass a van driving certification, are at least 21 years old, and must hold a clean driving record.

The daily schedule at Camp Hochelaga is carefully and intentionally designed to support campers of all ages in trying new things, developing new skills, building strong friendships, and having opportunities to build skills progressively each day in program areas of choice.

Rates and Dates for Day Camp summer 2018 can be found on the main Camp Hochelaga page. Register Online Today! 

Counselor In Training Program

CIT Leadership

Are you ready to be a CIT Laga Leader?
Leadership: Dependable, helpful, takes initiative, positive role model, good communicator, problem solver
Achievement: Curious, involved, independent, challenges self, hard worker, enthusiastic about learning
Giving: Compassion, empathy, puts others first, supportive, encourages others, includes others
Attitude: Positive outlook, spirited, fair, trustworthy, respectful of self and others, self-confident, motivated, friendly

Register for the 2018 Counselors in Training Program - Click Here

Counselors in Training Have Opportunities for Growth as They: 

  • Develop and feel confident in leadership skills and teaching skills
  • Experience planning and leading activities, working with others across differences, and stepping into mentorship roles.
  • Opportunities to take on age-appropriate challenges that build your skills, confidence and capacity for working with people of all ages.
  • Develop professional, leadership, and critical thinking skills with mentorship from the Camp Hochelaga CIT Director in a physically and socially emotionally safe environment of self-empowerment and fun!
  • Transition from camper to staff in a supportive and empowering environment
  • Understand the unique rules and traditions of camp and why they are important
  • Specifically developed skill sets for working with kids and co-workers that translate to many workplaces beyond camp.

During Their 5 Week Session CITs Will:

  • Have the opportunity to become Lifeguard/First Aid/CPR/AED Certified through the American Redcross (2 year certification valid across the globe)
  • Build a resume and practice interview skills
  • Gain hands-on experience caring for campers and engaging them in meaningful programs
  • Write lesson plans for campers of all ages in program areas across camp
  • Engage with our community through a service project
  • Practice team work and connect with fellow CITs during the 3 day CIT canoe trip
  • Be among a strong and respectful group that you can use as a resource and support network

Check out this article highlighted just a few of the many benefits of being a camp counselor and leader: The Camp Counselor Vs. The Intern (New York Times)

Are you ready to be a CIT?

  • Must be at least 16 years old or have completed the tenth grade.
  • 15-year-olds can apply but may not be eligible as an Assistant Counselor candidate for the summer of 2017.
  • Feel excited about working with kids of all ages, collaborating with others to accomplish projects and take on challenges, ready to think about, talk about, and act on what it means to be a great leader!

CIT Registration Process: 

To register for Camp Hochelaga's CIT program simply complete our online camp registration process and select the CIT option as your session of choice. Once you have completed your registration we will reach out to you and your Counselor in Training with an information packet to complete.

When and how much?

  • This is a 5-week program July 8th - August 11th 2018
  • CITs must participate in all days of the CIT session (with the exception of changeover weekends between residential camp sessions when CITs can return home but are also welcome to stay at camp)

Tuition includes Redcross Lifeguard Certification (valid for 2 years), all workshops and professional development, supervision, mentorship, room and board.
Tier A: $1675

Tier B: $1750

Tier C: $1825

New Tiered Pricing – Giving families an option to pay what they can, while also providing opportunity for improvement and growth at camp

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Scholarship applications are now included as an option in our online registration process. If you are interested in applying for a camp scholarship we will be accepting applications on a rolling basis. Please register your camper for the session of your choosing and complete all components of the scholarship application section of your online registration.

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Camp Session Dates and Rates for 2018

Tiered Pricing: this is a voluntary 3-tier pricing system helping to offset the operating costs of camp and will not influence the experience campers receive at camp. This system provides families with the opportunity to support camp and the "circle of girls" scholarship program. 

TIER C - Allows us the opportunity to complete major camp facilities improvements such as remodeling bathhouses, transitioning to solar energy, and building program infrastructure. Provides funding to bring special programs such as drumming and martial arts to camp throughout the summer.  Supports us in growing our scholarship funding to bring more girls to camp. 

TIER B - Accurately represents the operating costs of camp, including depreciation and wear & tear. Provides camp with opportunities to make facility improvements and grow programming offered to campers. 

TIER A - Similar rate to 2017, does not accurately reflect the true operating cost of camp

Please note that a non-refundable $150 deposit (included in the cost of tuition listed below) is required at the time of registration to hold your camper's spot in your session(s) of choice.

Residential Camp

1 Week Session

A:  $750 B: $825 C: $900
RC 1 – June 24th – June 30th
RC 2 – July 1st – July 7th
RC 3 – July 8th – July 14th

RC4 - July 15th - July 21st
RC 5 – July 22nd – July 28th

Counselor in Training

A:  $1675 B: $1750 C: $1825
CIT - July 8th – August 11th

Day Camp 

1 Week Session

A: $290 B: $315 C: $340

DC 1 – June 25th – June 29th
DC 2 – July 2nd – July 6th
DC 3 – July 9th – July 13th
DC 4 – July 16th – July 20th
DC 5 – July 23rd - July 27th
DC 6 – July 30th – August 3rd
DC 7 – August 6th – August 10th
DC 8 – August 13th – August 17th

2 Week Session

A:  $1325 B: $1400 C: $1475
RC 4 –July 15th – July 28th (includes 1 night off-site camping trip!)
RC 6 –July 29th – August 11th

Mini Camp

Three nights Sun – Wed

A: $390 B: $415 C: $440
MC 1– June 24th – June 27th
MC 2 – July 1st - July 4th

NEW: MC3 - August 12th - August 15th

Day Camp Transportation – no extra fee – space limited 
Van – Essex High School
Van – Chimney Corners, Milton
Van – Holiday Inn, Williston Road, So. Burlington

Airport/Bus/Train pick up $45 each way
*Change over activity fee $75.00
*For those campers who are staying multiple weeks, there will be activities available for an additional fee of $75.00. These activities will be fun, away from camp and be an all-day activity. If you chose not to have your camper participate you will have pick up during check out time on Saturday and come back on Sunday during check in (change over activity does not apply midway through a 2-week session)