Leaders on the Lake

Leaving Their Mark on Camp Through Environmental Leadership

Registration for Leaders on the Lake 2019 opens in November!

YWCA Vermont's Leaders on the Lake program is for girls ages 9-17 who want to explore science, ecology, the environment, and environmental justice while expanding their leadership skills!

Leaders on the Lake 2018: May 19th-20th at Camp Hochelaga in South Hero, VT

Registration: Just like our camp programs, Leaders on the Lake is offered with a voluntary tiered pricing system. This helps us offset the program operating costs and provides us with more opportunities to extend scholarship funds to girls who would not be able to attend otherwise. The tier you choose will have no impact on your child's experience during Leaders on the Lake.

C: $100     B: $75      A: $50 (scholarships are also available)

Leaders on the Lake 2019: Join Us May 20 - 21st!

About Leaders on the Lake

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.Since then our spring Leaders on the Lake program has 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. Leaders on the Lake have planted camp's garden, built bat houses, cooked dinner over the campfire, taken on team challenges, played full camp games, and spent nights in cozy camp cabins!

Programming is developed annually 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.

Leaders on the Lake 2018

This spring Leaders on the Lake had opportunities to build connections with one another by working together to paint and fix up camp's new chicken coop, expand the garden, build camp's new worm composting bin, and put their STEAM and leadership skills to the test through fun camp games and challenges. Leaders on the Lake collaborated to prepare their meals with local food systems and healthy eating habits in mind. They built new skills creating and cooking dinner over the open camp fire!

Leaders on the Lake is a one-night overnight program hosted at Camp Hochelaga in South Hero, VT.

Partnership with Lake Champlain Basin Program

Camp Hochelaga is excited to announce new partnership with the Lake Champlain Basin Program for Leaders on the Lake! During Leaders on the Lake 2018, educators from the Basin Program came out to camp to offer opportunities for hands-on learning about camp's watershed and the power and importance of wetlands.

More information about leadership opportunities, activities and more for Leaders on the Lake 2019 coming soon!