A Home Away from Home
Welcome! The Aloha Camps have been hosting international campers and counselors in Vermont since our first camp was founded in 1905.
Now entering our 113th summer, we know how to help international families navigate the practical and logistical aspects of coming to camp from another country, as well as the social-emotional needs of children and young people as they adjust to a new environment. Our highest priority is ensuring the safety of all of our campers and staff, and their successful and positive integration into a camp community that will become their home away from home.
An International Community
During our 2017 summer season, we had 37 international campers and 77 international counselors at our three residential camps (Aloha, Aloha Hive, and Lanakila) in Fairlee, Vermont.
Recently, we have had campers and counselors join us from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Mexico, Nepal, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uganda, and Venezuela.
Every day, campers can choose from a wide range of activities like swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, arts & crafts, landsports, archery, gymnastics, hiking, and the performing arts. Campers who want to explore the mountains, lakes, and rivers can participate in day and overnight trips to destinations in Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine.
For children who want to delve deeper into a specific activity, there are skills levels or “ranks” that campers may work on to develop their competencies in a particular area and reach personal goals. Additional activities are offered at certain camps, for example, horseback riding at Aloha Hive, and biking and photography at Aloha and Lanakila.
Meals at Camp
Three nutritious meals a day are served family-style in the camp dining halls. Camp chefs create healthy options that they know campers will enjoy. Meals include plenty of vegetables, fruits, and salads, as well as cereals, eggs, breads, pasta, pizza, chicken, turkey, roast beef, burgers, sandwiches, tacos, and soups. We accommodate dietary needs by providing vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free meals. All of our campuses are also nut-free.
Lodging at Camp
Campers and counselors live in platform tents or in cabins with one or two counselors and three to five campers. Camp directors work carefully to place children and counselors in groups that will enjoy great times together. Tents and cabins are grouped into “units” that share a washhouse with hot water showers and flush toilets. Campers and counselors use footlockers, or trunks, for storing their clothing and other personal items. International campers may rent a trunk from the camp by filling out a Rental Form on our website. International counselors are provided with a trunk upon arrival.
Traveling to Camp
Most of our international campers and counselors take flights into Logan airport in Boston, Massachusetts. Our camps are about 3 hours north of Boston by car. Experienced members of our staff travel to Boston to personally meet campers who are arriving on international flights and provide transportation to our Vermont campuses in camp vans or on the Dartmouth Coach, a bus service with regular direct routes from Logan airport to Hanover, New Hampshire (a town about 30 miles south of camp). International counselors generally arrive into Logan and then take the Dartmouth Coach, where they are picked up by camp staff.
Our camps offer both full (7 weeks) and half-session (3 weeks) enrollment.
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