Summer Family Camp
Families may arrive for Summer Family Camp at Aloha anytime after 4:00pm on Sunday, August 20th, refreshments will be served in the Garden at 5:00pm and our program will formally begin with dinner at 6:30pm on Sunday, August 20th. Family Camp will conclude after breakfast on Saturday, August 27th.
Directions to Hulbert Outdoor Center: From Interstate 91, take Exit 15, Fairlee, VT. If you were heading north on I-91, turn left (west) off the exit ramp (heading south, turn right) toward Lake Morey. Continue straight on West Lake Morey Road for about 3 miles to Hulbert Outdoor Center.
Please check in at the Main House to receive your housing assignment.
Activities & Staff
We pack every day at Family Camp with a variety of activities to suit the interests of all of our campers from toddlers to grandparents! During the four 1 hour activity periods each day campers can choose from such options as swimming, sailing, canoeing, paddleboarding, arts & crafts, hiking, sports, and exploring. All activities are optional, campers may stay in one activity for a full hour, visit several different activities, or simply relax on the front porch.
Our staff are experienced counselors, handpicked from our residential summer camp programs. They bring unparalleled energy, enthusiasm, and knowledge to our programs. Our staff are happy to engage children of any age in activities and children 4 and over may participate fully in the daily program, with or without their parents. We are unable to provide supervision for children outside of scheduled activities and we ask the children under 4 ALWAYS be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Evening programs may include storytellers, nature presentations, contra dances, or puppet shows as well as a talent show and a cookout dinner with singing and s’mores.
Meals & Lodging
Our chefs take special care to ensure our meals are nutritious, tasty, and include lots of options to satisfy a range of food preferences. Family camp menus include cereals, eggs, breads, pasta, pizza, chicken, turkey, roast beef, sandwiches, soups, tacos, and plenty of salads, vegetables and fruits.
Meals are served buffet-style for breakfast and lunch and families may choose a seat in our sunny dining hall, on the porch, or on the lawn. Dinner is served family style in our dining hall with children’s games provided on the lawn 20 minutes into the meal for our quick eaters.
Our kitchen provides vegetarian alternatives, and we take pride in the supplier relationships we have established with local growers and farm stands nearby in Vermont and New Hampshire. We do our best to accommodate dietary needs by not serving nuts, and by making vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options. Please let us know when you enroll if you have any special dietary needs and we will do our best to accommodate you.
At 5pm each day all are welcome to gather in the Garden for refreshments and hors d-oeuvres. Adults over 21 years old may bring alcoholic beverages, a fridge is provided to store drinks during the week. Juice, snacks, and games for children will be offered by two staff members each evening during this time.
Family Camp accommodations are in spacious platform tents or rustic open air cabins. Each tent or cabin is outfitted with four cots, shelves, and a table. Toilet facilities are located in adjacent bathhouses. Bathhouses are equipped with sinks, flush toilets, showers and electricity. The tents and cabins are within a short walking distance mostly uphill, of the Main House, Dining Hall and Waterfront.
Clothing & Weather
Late Summer in Vermont means a variety of temperatures; although days may be warm, nights can be chilly. Layering is best no matter what the season, and allows you to put on or take off as the weather permits.