Parents (especially those who work full time) often wonder what to do for their children during school vacations. In 2012, Hulbert revived the idea of school vacation camps, offering week-long programming during spring breaks for the first time in more than a decade. Now each spring Hulbert hosts children from Fairlee, Thetford, Norwich, Hanover, Lyme and as far afield as Woodsville and Grantham for these camps.
Director Jason Knowles says, “I have school-age children myself and we want them to spend their school breaks making the most of their time, getting outside, and having fun. At Vacation Camp, they make friends from other schools and they are entertained all day. The amazing staff present such a great variety of activities and an energy that we couldn’t replicate in one week at home!”
The camp, for children in Kindergarten through 6th grade, runs Monday to Friday during February and April school vacations. Each day is packed with indoor and outdoor activities to inspire all ages, abilities, and interests. We make full use of Hulbert’s facilities during these weeks to get kids active, outside, and having fun together. From nature art projects to sports to cooking to our renowned ropes course, there is always something to explore at Hulbert. There is also some quiet time each day after lunch to allow participants, especially our younger children, to rest and recharge.
“What really makes our vacation camps special are our staff,” says Jason. “We have seven full-time staff and eleven instructors. These staff bring great energy, enthusiasm, creativity, and care to all of our programs. They find activities to engage every student in camp.” Every instructor has a minimum of a college degree and many have advanced degrees in education, sport science, psychology, ecology, and more—and of course, all have years of experience in working with and mentoring children of all ages.
Parents can expect Aloha Foundation quality programming and instruction in a safe and fun environment and all without breaking the bank. Parents can register a child for $62 a day or $285 for the full week with discounts available for additional children. Tuition includes daily activities, lunch, and two snacks. Early pick-up/drop-off and transportation from Hanover, NH is available for a small fee. Hulbert also offers scholarships on a needs basis.
Jason looks forward to welcoming more local students this spring vacation. “We want to be a resource and partner for parents in the Upper Valley and help our children enjoy being active and creative, and build friendships,” he says.
For more information about Hulbert Vacation Camps or any of our other programs for school groups, families, and adults, please explore our website at www.alohafoundation.org/hulbert.