Camp Sessions & Registration

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Day Camp

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.

Day Camp - Learn More!

Day Camp at Hochelaga

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 week

Included in Day Camp tuition:

  • IF SPACE AVAILABLE: transportation from University Mall on Dorset Street, 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, sports and field games, team building, nature hikes, farm & garden time, outdoor cooking, and so much more!
  • Optional: camp sleepover Thursday (occasionally Wednesday) night with other Day Campers

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.


Day Camp Transportation

Day Camp Transportation Schedule: 

no extra fee – space limited 

Van transportation registration is completed within the online registration process for camp. You must register for a van in order to have a seat held for your camper. Van registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis and space is limited - register early!

Essex: Essex High School
7:30am van pick up, 5:15pm van drop off

Milton: Chimney Corners Park & Ride
8:00am van pick up, 4:45pm van drop off

S. Burlington: University Mall Parking Lot
7:45am van pick up, 5:00pm van drop off

Safety is our priority. Camp Vans are 12-15 passenger vehicles no more than 5 years old, leased seasonally from Majestic Car Rental in Burlington. Camp Vans are examined daily by camp staff to ensure proper function and safety during travel. 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.

Residential Camp

Whether your camper joins us for a one week session, two week session, four 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.

Residential Camp - Learn More!

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 musical 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. Camp Health Officers are on site every day and are in communication with an RN for consult daily.

Learn more about our core values, the daily camp schedule, new programs and special activities coming to camp for summer 2020, and the wide variety of programs offered at Camp Hochelaga on the Activities & Programs page.

Life in a Camp Cabin

Residential campers sleep in Camp Hochelaga's cozy cabins in groups of 6 to 9. All cabins are grouped by age so that campers staying in the same space are no more than 18 months apart in age. Cabins are clean, airy, and located close to bath houses with electricity and plenty of hot water for showers.

All meals at camp are served family style in camp's main Lodge. Meals at camp are cooked from scratch, served hot, and followed by many goofy all-camp songs. A cereal bar is available at breakfast, and a salad bar with many locally sourced fresh options is offered at lunch and dinner. Camp Hochelaga is happy to accommodate dietary restrictions to the best of our ability.

Wilderness Trip Experiences

Check back soon for 2020 wilderness trip information and details!

CIT Leadership

Our 5-week leadership program for girls age 16 or who have completed 10th grade. CITs have opportunities to develop leadership skills, grow self-confidence, and build concrete professional development skills that transfer directly to work positions far beyond camp.

CIT Program - Learn More!

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 following season.
  • 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 Application Process: 

CIT applications open annually on November 1st for the following season. To apply for Camp Hochelaga's CIT program, click the application link below on or after November 1st and complete the online questionnaire and forms that follow.

See CIT dates and rates for the coming season in the section below, just to the right of Day Camp and Residential Camp dates and rates.

Session Dates and Rates for Summer 2020

**2020 Registration Opens November 1st!**

Day Camp 

1 Week Session

A: $310 B: $335 C: $360

DC 1: June 22nd – June 26th
DC 2: June 29th – July 3rd
DC 3: July 6th – July 10th
DC 4: July 13th – July 17th
DC 5: July 20th - July 24th
DC 6: July 27th – July 31st
DC 7: August 3rd – August 7th
DC 8: August 10th – August 14th

Day Camp Transportation

no extra fee – space limited 
Essex: Essex High School
7:30am van pick up, 5:15pm van drop off

Milton: Chimney Corners Park & Ride
8:00am van pick up, 4:45pm van drop off

S. Burlington: University Mall Parking Lot
7:45am van pick up, 5:00pm van drop off

(click here for map - University Mall Location)*

Residential Camp

1 Week Sessions

A: $780 B: $855 C: $930

RC 1: June 21st – June 27th
RC 2: June 28th – July 4th
RC 3: July 5th – July 11th
RC 8: August 9th – August 15th

2 Week Sessions

A: $1,360 B: $1,435 C: $1,520

RC 2 Explorers: June 28th – July 11th
RC 4 Explorers: July 12th – July 25th
RC 6 Traditions: July 26th – August 8th

4 Week Session

A: $2,500 B: $2,600 C: $2,700

Adventurers: July 12th – August 8th*

*This session is open to campers of all ages and includes a special extended wilderness adventure trip (length of trip is dependent on camper age).

Counselor in Training

A:  $1,700 B: $1,800 C: $1,900

CIT: July 12th – August 15th

Applications for the 2020 CIT program open November 1st!

What is A, B, & C Tiered Pricing?

Camp Hochelaga uses a voluntary tiered pricing system to establish camp tuition rates. The three tiers offered are intended to help keep the cost of camp accessible to as many families as possible, while also offering families with more financial resources the opportunity to help sustain camp over time and grow programs and scholarships resources.

Tier A - Closest to the cost of camp for prior seasons, offered in an effort to keep camp tuition as affordable as possible. Tier A does not accurately reflect the operating costs of camp.

Tier B - Accurately reflects the operating costs of camp and allows camp to continue needed maintenance and facilities improvements over time.

Tier C - Covers the operating cost of camp and contributes to the Circle of Girls scholarship program and needed facilities and programming growth! Helps keep camp strong for many seasons to come.

Camp's tiered pricing system is completely voluntary. The tier you choose to pay for camp will not have any impact on your camper's experience and Camp Hochelaga will not request any financial verification based on your selection.

Changeover Activity

For campers staying multiple sessions, there will be fun, off-site weekend activities for a fee of $75.00. Campers not registered for the changeover activity must be picked up during check out time on Saturday and checked back in on Sunday (the changeover fee does not apply during 2-week sessions, 4-week sessions, or for CITs). 

You will have the option to sign your camper up for the changeover activity when you register for camp online!

Airport, Bus or Train Transportation (Residential Camp)

If your camper is travelling unaccompanied from outside the Chittenden County area by bus, train, or plane, Camp Hochelaga offers transportation from the following airports, bus stations, and train stations for a fee of $45.00 each direction:

  • Burlington International Airport (VT)
  • Plattsburgh International Airport (NY)
  • Montreal - Trudeau International Airport
  • All Burlington greyhound bus stations
  • Burlington and Essex train stations

PLEASE NOTE: if your camper needs transportation to or from an airport, bus or train station, you are responsible for contacting Camp Hochelaga at least 2 weeks prior to the start of your camper's session to coordinate transportation details and provide necessary documentation. 

Tuition Refund Policy

A non-refundable deposit is due at the time of camp registration in order to hold your camper's spot in the session of your choosing:

  • 1 Week Sessions: $150.00 deposit
  • 2 & 4 Week Sessions: $200.00 deposit
  • Day Camp Sessions: $100.00 deposit

Payment of camp tuition in full is due May 31st, 2020

Camp Hochelaga reserves the right to cancel your registration and offer your spot to another family if your account has a standing balance after May 31st.

If you are registering for camp after the May 31st tuition payment deadline, tuition in full is due at the time of registration.

If you find that your camper is unable to attend camp less than two weeks before the session start date, all payments made will be forfeited.

Registration for Summer 2020 Opens November 1st!

The Circle of Girls Scholarship Fund

Camp Hochelaga is proud to offer a robust scholarship program with the goal of making camp experiences accessible to as many campers as possible each season.

Camp Hochelaga will start accepting scholarships for summer 2020 on November 1st. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis after November 1st until funds are exhausted. Funds are often depleted as early as March so families are encouraged to apply as close to November 1st as possible. Applications are completed online as part of the online registration process. After November 1st, click any of the register now buttons and you will be prompted to complete the scholarship application as part of the process. If you have any questions please call our office at (802) 862-7520.


Fall Family Fest

Save the date!

Join us Saturday, October 12th from 1pm to 4pm at Camp Hochelaga for cost-free family fun.


Join the Alumnae Facebook Group!

Connect with the Hochelaga Alumnae community through the facebook group that brought us all together in June 2019 to celebrate Camp Hochelaga's 100th season! This group lives on, keeping more than 400 Alum connected.

2020 Camp Registration Opens November 1st!

Registration for Camp Hochelaga's 101st summer of camp programs OPENS NOVEMBER 1st!  Register for camp before January 1st, 2020 to receive an Early Bird discount.

Read the 2018 Annual Report

We are excited to share the many highlights, opportunities for growth, continued traditions new programs, challenges and successes of the 2018 year with you. Click below to read YWCA Vermont and Camp Hochelaga's Annual Report.