YWCA VT Camp Hochelaga 2017! 
Fun. Leadership experiences. Team accomplishments.
Friendships for a lifetime.

Camp Hochelaga has been transforming the lives of girls and young women for 98 years. Join us at Camp Hochelaga this summer you’ll be glad you did!
Any registrations after June 16, 2017, must be paid in full at the time of registration.

Register Online Now! 

Register by mail: 2017 Camp Registration Forms
Camper Physical Form
2017 Rates and Dates

Family Handbook
If you have questions about Camp Hochelaga or YWCA Vermont call our office at: (802) 862-7520


Scholarship Letter and Application 2017

YWCA Vermont is proud of our scholarship program
“Circle of Girls”.
Last year we raised enough money to send 67 girls to camp on a scholarship.
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.
Counselor In Training Program

CIT Leadership

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

‘Laga Leaders will:

  • Develop and feel confidence in your leadership and teaching skills
  • Be among a strong and respectful group that you can use as a resource and support network
  • Improve and build on favorite camp activities so that you may teach these skills to campers
  • Transition from camper to staff in a supportive and empowering environment
  • Understand the unique rules and traditions of camp and why they are important
  • Leave camp equipped with workplace skills that translate directly to many professional settings.

What does CIT stand for?
Counselor in Training

What do you get in return?

  • Develop specific skill sets for working with kids and co-workers that translate to many workplaces beyond camp.
  • Gain experience planning and leading activities, working with others across differences, and stepping into mentorship roles.
  • Take on age-appropriate challenges that build your skills, confidence and capacity for working with people of all ages.
  • Spend five weeks thinking critically about what leadership means on an individual level as well as within groups.
  • Become certified in Lifeguarding/CPR/First Aid/AED.
  • Hours can be applied for your school community service hours
  • Develop professional, leadership, and critical thinking skills with mentorship from the Camp Hochelaga CIT Counselor in a physically and socially emotionally safe environment of self-empowerment and fun!

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!

When and how much?

  • NEW! This is now a 5-week program July 16th - August 19th 2017
  • CITs must participate in all days of the CIT session including the changeover weekends

The cost is includes all training, supervision, mentorship, room and board.
A $1650 (reduced from 2016) B $1750 C $1850 (last year’s rate for 3 weeks)
New Tiered Pricing – Giving parents an option to pay what they can, providing opportunity for improvement and growth at camp

Leaders on the Lake

Leaders on the Lake

Register for Leaders on the Lake Online Now!

Leaders on the Lake is for girls ages 10-17 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.

In  2016 we continued 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.
Leaders on the Lake 2017 will focus on inspiring girls to feel empowered to pursue their interests and develop their STEAM skill sets and step into leadership roles with confidence through team building challenges as a group. We will be planting our garden, measuring the water quality on Lake Champlain, building bat houses, cooking our dinner over the campfire, and spending the night in cozy camp cabins!

Programming is being developed in partnership with YWCA VT's Environmental Leadership Initiative Interns. Our interns are budding leaders in their fields of study and are currently completing degrees in University of Vermont's Biology and Conservation Departments.  Their areas of expertise include water quality examination, soil composition studies, animal tracking, plant identification, and interactions between invasive and endangered species that are native to South Hero, Vermont.

2017 Program Dates – May 20th - 21st 

$25 registration fee - Scholarships are available! 

Drop off: Saturday May 20th at 9am at Camp Hochelaga

Pick-up: Sunday May 21st at 12pm at Camp Hochelaga

Camp Hochelaga will provide Lunch, Dinner, and snack on Saturday, as well as Breakfast and snacks on Sunday.

Bring your sleeping bag, some warm clothes you can get dirty in, and your enthusiasm for camp and the many facets of our beautiful environment!

Follow the link at the top of the page to register for Leader on the Lake online today! If you are already registered for Camp Hochelaga this summer you can add Leaders on the Lake to your existing online account by logging in and choosing Leaders on the Lake as a session option.

For a hard copy of the Leaders on the Lake registration form email us at or call (802) 862-7520

Invite your friends! All girls ages 10-17 are welcome to attend Leaders on the Lake even if they are not registering for Camp Hochelaga this summer. 

Click Here For Online Registration

To apply for a scholarship please download the form and the letter attachment below and follow the instructions.
Scholarship Letter and Application 2017
Applications are due February 9, 2017.

Connect with us if you have any quesitons!

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Residential Camp

2017 Rates and Dates
Fees: NEW Tiered Pricing (similar to Camp Abnaki). This is a voluntary 3-tier pricing helping to offset the operating cost of camp and will not influence the experience the campers receive. This provided families the opportunity to support camp and the “circle of girls” scholarship program.

PRICE A – Same rate as 2016 does not reflect the true operating cost of camp
PRICE B – More accurately represents operating costs, including depreciation and wear & tear
PRICE C – Allows us the opportunity to expand programming and ensure Camp Hochelaga’ s continued success

1 Week Session –A: $725 B: $775 C: $825
RC 1 – June 25 – July 1
RC 2 – July 2 – July 8
RC 3 – July 9 – July 15
RC 5 – July 30 – August 5

5 Week Leadership (CIT) A: $1650 B: $1750 C: $1850 (Reduced price and added two weeks)
Counselor-in-Training – By application only
CIT – July 16 – August 19

Day Camp – 1 Week Session – A: $280 B: $305 C: $355
DC 1 – June 26 – June 31
DC 2 – July 3 – July 7
DC 3 – July 10 – July 45
DC 4 – July 17 – July 21
DC 5 – July 24- July 28
DC 6 – July 31 – August 4
DC 7 – August 7 – August 11
DC 8 – August 14 – August 18

2 Week Session – A: $1300 B: $1350 C: $1400
RC 4 –July 16 – July 29
RC 6 –August 6 – August 19

Mini Camp – Three nights Sun – Wed – A: $375 B: $400 C: $425
MC 1– June 25 – June 29
MC 2 – July 2- July 5

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

Other Fees
Airport/Bus/Train pick up $45 each way
*Change over activity fee $70.00
*For those campers who are staying multiple weeks, there will be activities available for an additional fee of $70.00. 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.