Registration & Scholarships

YWCA VT Camp Hochelaga 2018! 
Fun. Leadership experiences. Team accomplishments.
Friendships for a lifetime.

Camp Hochelaga has been transforming the lives of girls and young women since 1919.

Register Online for Summer 2018 Soon!

The Camper and Family Handbook and Suggested Packing List will be available here soon as well.
If you have questions about Camp Hochelaga or YWCA Vermont call our office at: (802) 862-7520

Scholarship Qualification Guidelines for Summer 2018 Coming Soon!

YWCA Vermont is proud to welcome and support campers from a wide array of backgrounds and life experiences through our camp scholarship program "Circle of Girls."
Last year we raised enough money to send 70 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.

"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

About Camp Hochelaga

About Camp Hochelaga

"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 home, my bunk is my bedroom, and Hochelaga is my family! Everyone is kind and caring and the songs warm my heart" - Upper Mid 'Laga Camper 2017

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.

Click Here for Answers to Frequently Asked Questions 

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!

Daily Camp Schedule, Activities & Special Programs

A 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.

Camp Hochelaga Daily Schedule 

2-4:00pm - Residential Camper Check In
4:15pm - Line Activity
6:00pm - Flag/Dinner
7-9:00pm - Evening Program/Block 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
7:45am - Kitchen Prep Duty/Flag
8:00am - Breakfast - All
8-8:30am - Day Camp Arrival/Check In & Block Sign up
9:00am - Block 1 - Program
10:10am - 1st Exploratory (Waterfront Orientation/Safety Drill/Photo's - Monday)
10:50am - Block 2 - Program
12:15pm - Lunch
1:15pm - Laga Leisure Hour/Store (DC Swim Test/Archery Orientation - DC Free Swim)
2:15pm - Block 3 - Program
3:25pm - 2nd Exploratory (Scavenger Hunt on Monday)
4:05pm - Laga Line Time Activity (DC) - Free Swim -Upper/Lower/Senior
4:45pm - Busses/Vans Leaves - Cabin Time
5:00pm - Day Camp Pick Up
5:30pm - Dinner
7-9:00pm - Evening Program/Exploratory Sign-up
9:15pm - Taps (counselors gather to sing old camp songs while campers get sleepy)
9:30pm - Lights Out
7:30am - Reveille/Wake Up Call
7:55am - Flag Raising
8:00am - Breakfast
8:30-9:00am - Line Time Clean and Pack Up
9:00am - Cross Over Weekend Group Departs (Bag Lunch)
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 Performing Arts Orienteering
Kayaking Human Foosball Soccer
Canoeing Capture the Flag Team-Building
Sailing Water Trampoline Find the Counselor
Swimming Basketball Dance
Paddle boarding Archery Board Games
Cabin Chats Geocaching Singing
Photography Kitchen Creations Karaoke
Gardening Nature Explorations Talent Show
Pottery Sketching Copper enameling
Bracelet Making Tie-dying Outdoor Cooking
Land Sports Creative Writing Newsletter
Tennis Group Games Paint Tag
Residential Camp

Residential Camp Sessions at Camp Hochelaga

"Quality camp experiences help children develop the healthy emotional and social skills necessary to grow into strong, considerate, competent adults" - Tom Holland, CEO of American Camp Association

The social, emotional, and physical benefits of a week or longer in a residential camp setting are enormous. At Camp Hochelaga campers are supported in stepping outside of their comfort zones, embracing empowerment, and building friendships that last far beyond the green H at Camp's front gate. Camp Hochelaga offers one week long and two week long residential camp session options throughout the summer.

Rates, Dates, and additional special program offerings for summer 2018 will be posted soon! 

(rates and dates from 2017 can be found on the main Camp Hochelaga page for reference)

Day Camp

Camp Hochelaga Day Camp

Camp Hochelaga is proud to offer eight consecutive weeks of high quality Day Camp! The Day Camper day runs from 8am-5pm Monday-Friday throughout our summer camp season. Day Campers arrive at camp each morning, check in with the Day Camp Director and their counselor to make sure all of their needs are met and they are ready for the day, and then join Residential Campers in programs and activities of their choosing. All Camp Hochelaga programs offered to Residential Campers are also available to Day Campers. Day Camp is a great way to spend many summer days outdoors meeting new people and developing new skills! Day Camp is also a great option for campers who are excited about starting camp but are feeling hesitant about overnights.

Day Campers are also given the option to spend Thursday night of each week at Camp Hochelaga if they choose. This overnight is free of charge and offers campers a great opportunity to see what residential camp is all about.

Camp Hochelaga offers free transportation to our Day Camp Program from 3 locations:

  • The Holiday Inn on Williston Road
  • Essex High School
  • The Chimney Corners Park and Ride in Milton, VT.

If you would like to participate in our transportation offerings please choose your location for drop off and pick up when you register your camper online.

Rates and Dates for Day Camp 2018 are coming soon!

(rates and dates from 2017 can be found on the main Camp Hochelaga page for reference)

Mini Camp

Camp Hochelaga Mini Camp

Do you have a camper who is excited about camp but isn't quite ready for a full week away from home? Mini Camp is a great opportunity to get a feel for overnight camp without making a full week commitment. Mini Camp is 3 nights and 4 days long. Mini Campers stay in cabins with Residential Campers, participate in all camp activities, and get to know campers and counselors from all areas of camp and all areas of the world.

Mini Campers also have the option to stay for the full week of camp if they find that they love camp once they get here and aren't ready to head home after only 3 nights.

Rates and Dates for Mini Camp 2018 are coming soon! 

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 leave camp with after 5 weeks?

  • Specifically developed skill sets for working with kids and co-workers that translate to many workplaces beyond camp.
  • 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.
  • The experience of spending five weeks thinking critically about what leadership means on an individual level as well as within groups.
  • An opportunity to be certified in Lifeguarding/CPR/First Aid/AED.
  • Professional, leadership, and critical thinking skills developed with mentorship from the Camp Hochelaga CIT Director 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 a 5-week program July 15th - August 18th 2018
  • CITs must participate in all days of the CIT session

Tuition includes Redcross Lifeguard Certification (valid for 2 years), all workshops and professional development, supervision, mentorship, room and board.
Tier A: $1650

Tier B: $1750,

Tier C: $1850

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 February 1st 2018!

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.
Leaders on the Lake 2017 focused 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 planted our garden,  built bat houses, cooked our dinner over the campfire, and spent the night in cozy camp cabins!

Programming is 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.

Online registration for Leaders on the Lake 2018 will be available February 1st.

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. 

Online Registration for Summer 2018 Opening Soon!

Scholarship qualification guidelines for summer 2018 will also be available soon

Connect with us if you have any quesitons

Click Here to Visit the Camp Hochelaga Blog



Residential Camp

2018 Rates and Dates Coming Soon! 

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

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– Sunday June 25 – Wednesday June 28
MC 2 – Sunday July 2- Wednesday 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.