Lanakilaboys' program for 3rd-8th grade graduates
Since 1922, campers have enjoyed the magic and adventure of Lanakila. Lanakila days are full of activities and events experienced by generations of Lanakilans, and at the same time, a change in personality from summer to summer is welcomed and celebrated as new staff and campers join the ranks of long-time Lanakilans.
We are a close-knit, rustically-minded community specializing in creating lifelong skills, relationships, and memories. We believe strongly in a minimalist philosophy that detaches us from our material possessions and asks us to both engage in the natural world as participants and appreciate the diverse range of friends and mentors around us.
Lanakila welcomes 3rd-8th grade boys and gender nonbinary youth (10th grade graduates are invited to apply to the Bridge Program). We invite families to learn more about us and discover if our camps are a good fit for you and your child.
Welcome to Lanakila!
Infectious laughter, conversations around the dinner table, the glow of a campfire, the deepening of lifelong friendships. These images are emblematic of what I love about camp, and the reason I have been spending my summers here since I was a nervous 10-year-old. From athletics, arts, woodshop, and swimming to archery, sailing, and the ropes course, there are lots of ways to be successful here. Let’s talk soon – I look forward to sharing the magic of Lanakila with you!
– Bryan Partridge, Lanakila Director
“Lanakila offers the most perfect balance of structure and freedom (and no technology) that is so important for kids’ growth. It is truly an amazing place where all campers can be who they are and feel accepted for who they are.”
2022 Lanakila Parent
“We want our child to become a strong, independent person who can think for himself, stand up for himself, and be confident, kind, and respectful as he moves through the world. We also want him to have a summer full of fun, laughter, and friendships, as well as be outside as much as possible. Lanakila accomplishes all of this.”
2022 Lanakila Parents
“They both just love it! They talk about it as their favorite place in the world. They apologize that they don’t miss us – but we think it is great that they are so happy they they don’t miss us!”
2022 Lanakila Parents
A thrilling challenge in a supportive environment, the High Ropes Course is designed for diverse ability levels and has opportunities for many different kinds of success. The Ropes Course emphasizes physical and emotional safety, positive support, and decision-making. In a supportive and safe setting campers set personal goals and are encouraged to stretch their limits as the course proceeds. The High Ropes Course offers the thrill of perceived risk-taking and the pride of personal accomplishment.
Lanakila’s spacious Archery range accommodates 10 targets and allows campers to shoot at distances from 20 meters to 40 meters. Quality instruction is combined with fun activities like balloon shoots and archery poker, and safety and proper form are emphasized in every activity. We also have a nine hole archery golf range with an end of summer Masters’ Golf Tournament, as well as an archery clout field where we shoot arrows 75 to 100 yards.
Swimming is a mix of learning and refreshing summer fun. Campers see improvements in skill and comfort through one-on-one and small group instruction with our experienced staff, and the fun begins with our fourteen-foot-tall water slide, our spring diving board and the famed high dive tower. An avid swimmer can challenge himself even more by joining our swim team or attempting the “Purple Albatross”; a five-mile swim around the perimeter of Lake Morey.
In Biking, campers can cruise on the road around beautiful Lake Morey, ride nearby single track trails, and test their skills on an obstacle course. They can even learn some tricks! For beginners, we teach mountain biking basics, and for those who want to gain proficiency in bike maintenance, there are opportunities to learn skills like tube repair and brake and gear adjustment. Campers enjoy riding all over campus during Biking!
We have a dedicated building that houses our Arts Department which provides opportunities for campers to express themselves through a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, ceramics, 3D drawing, paper crafts and even our annual puppet design and showcase.
Athletics provides endless opportunities - flag football, basketball, rugby, ultimate frisbee, street hockey, or baseball. As well as individualized and team coaching from experienced counselors, many campers enjoy the “Ameden League,” a first-session intramural baseball tournament open to all campers. Eight teams face each other to reach the final championship, an all-camp event where the Athletics department staff pulls out all the stops.
From zipping around Lake Morey in our wooden sail canoe, touring the swamp in a kayak, joining 12 other campers in one of our 30’ long boats, or canoeing on the Rangeley Lakes in Maine, campers can spend a lot of time on the water! Viking Honors shape many activities as campers learn proper techniques to land row boats along docks or how to roll a kayak after it’s been overturned. After mastering skills, campers may venture out on flat and white water trips throughout New England.
This is the backbone of the outdoor experience at Lanakila. Campcraft teaches fundamental skills of wilderness survival whose mastery allows us to enjoy nature more fully—not just as observers, but as participants. Campers learn to build fires, tie knots, create shelters, cook over a camp stove, put up tents, and through the Viking Honors program, camper learn skills of self-reliance, comfort in the camping environment, and a sense of stewardship for the world around them.
Our rich history of Performing Arts inspires our first session camp musical. Nearly 40 boys participate in putting together a traditional musical for the entire camp community on “Show Weekend.” Campers tackle different roles, including acting, singing in the chorus, and helping with back stage and lighting. A few of our favorites have included “Oklahoma,” “Oliver,” “Li’l Abner” and “Damn Yankees,” and the show is always a big part of a Lanakila summer.
A naturalist once said, “You never really know what you’re looking at until you know its name.” At Exploring, campers learn to stop, look, and listen to the world around them. Learning the names of trees and ferns, birds and bugs, they begin to see the environment around Lanakila differently. Whether going on an exploration of the swamp, the Big Brook, or climbing up the side of a waterfall, campers gain knowledge that can change the way they see the world and the way they see themselves.
Lanakila’s Sailing fleet of four J/Y 15’s, two Sunfish, a classic day-sailer, and one impressive, handcrafted Viking Ship are used by novice sailors under the supervision of counselors and also soloed by experienced camper skippers. Campers learn skills from basic knots to identifying boat parts, to reefing a sail, and finally to racing strategies. Our weekly regattas with our sister camps provide opportunities to improve racing technique, and a chance to pursue racing ranks of crew or skipper.
Music is everywhere at Lanakila. A bugler’s call in the morning; rousing voices mixed with laughter at morning assemblies; campers strumming guitars and picking out melodies on the piano. We learn to value the music we make ourselves; we sing in groups and as a whole camp, we play in the band, and we listen to music of all kinds. Whether budding virtuosos or practically tone deaf, Lanakilans discover music is a central and joyous part of camp life.
Photography at Lanakila is a hands-on approach to learning. Campers are taught the entire process of shooting, developing and printing with the use of the camp’s 35mm cameras and darkroom. Activities range from Camera Wars to Photographing Cheese to Open Shoot to Sports in Action, and even making personalized baseball cards. Campers create prints that and they can be proud of and that help them truly understand the process of photography.
Riflery teaches campers not only an appreciation of the safe use of guns but larger lessons about themselves. Trusted with a dangerous and delicate instrument, campers learn a sense of responsibility and operate within a strict system of safety. Campers gain a reverence for the rules of the range and appreciate that with riflery their attitude and composure will affect their performance. Riflery stresses competence and calmness, rewarding campers who work hard to develop their self-control and concentration.
Vikings play Tennis on two clay courts, two all-weather courts, and the large practice backboards at Lanakila. Players find good competition or just play for fun, and campers of all ages and skills take private lessons, join in singles or doubles matches with Hive and Aloha, and try their hand at the intramural tennis ladder.
The sound of hammers pounding away on a variety of projects in the Woodshop can be heard all across camp. Our experienced staff provides a safe environment and offers the campers the opportunity to develop new skills, from the initial plan, to the design process, and finally, to nailing the final piece of wood into place. Campers work on such projects as miniature sailboats, racecars, wood-turning, furniture design, and more!
Our daily schedule is based on choice. Within this choice is a mixture of structure and freedom. Campers have the ability to look at the schedule/activities for the day and make a decision about how they want to spend their day.
- Reveille – time to get up! (7:30 am)
- Table setting bugle
- Breakfast (8:00 am)
- CIA (Community Improvement Activities)
- Tent/cabin clean-up and unit time
- First activity period (campers choose from a wide variety of activities)
- Second activity period (campers choose from a wide variety of activities)
- Free time
- Table setting bugle
- Lunch (12:45 pm)
- Rest hour (1:30 pm)
- Third activity period (campers choose from a wide variety of activities)
- Fourth activity period (campers choose from a wide variety of activities)
- Free time
- Unit time
- Table setting bugle
- Dinner (6:00 pm)
- Evening activity
- Unit time
- TAPS bugle (8:35-9:00 pm, depending on unit)
- Sleepover breakfast (8:00 am)
- Tent family time/tent clean-up
- Unit time
- Sunday gathering
- Free time
- Table setting bugle
- Lunch (1:00 pm)
- CIA (Community Improvement Activities)
- Rest hour
- Unit time
- Unit suppers/unit time (5:15 pm)
- Unit program
- TAPS bugle (8:30-9:00 pm, depending on unit)
We believe that eating together is essential to creating community and encouraging authentic interactions. Our dining program not only feeds campers but also involves them as table helpers, recyclers, and composters. We take pride in the supplier relationships we have established with local growers and farm stands nearby in Vermont and New Hampshire. Our kitchen is nut-free and we can accommodate many medically-dictated dietary requirements but are not equipped to handle all dietary restrictions. We offer vegetarian options, gluten-free options, and dairy-free options, but are not able to guarantee a vegan option. We cannot guarantee there will be no cross-contamination from food ingredients from facilities that also process nuts, dairy, or gluten products.
Lanakila campers live in spacious tents on wooden platforms or rustic cabins, with three to five camp mates and one or two counselors. Lanakila’s Director and senior counselors devote great care to arranging campers in groups that will enjoy great times together. Camp “units” composed of ten tents and cabins, on average, share a washhouse with hot water showers and flush toilets.
Equity and Inclusion
We strive to ensure that each person who participates in our programs feels valued for who they are and what they bring to the community. We aim to create environments where everyone is included, considered, and celebrated. The diverse identities and perspectives people bring to our programs enrich our learning experiences together, and we strive to create a sense of belonging for everyone during their time at the Alohas. We invite you to learn more on our equity and inclusion page.
Registration is open!
We encourage families to read through the details in the tabs below before applying.
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When you are ready to apply, click on Enroll from any camp page. You will be asked to enter your email address to get started. New families may have an account already from when you inquired – enter your email and click on “Get Started.” The system will either prompt you to create a new account or it will ask you to enter your password. Click on “Forgot Password” to choose your own password.
Select your session preference and complete the application. Please note that all campers will apply to our “waiting list”. This does not necessarily mean a session is full. This just allows us to process applications and enroll campers on a rolling basis (as space allows).
$12,500 Bridge Program
$12,500 Full Season
$8,300 1st Session
$8,300 2nd Session
Age Guidelines: Lanakila welcomes 3rd-8th grade boys and gender nonbinary youth. Our youngest campers are 8 years and 10 months old by July 1, 2023. The 1st Year Bridge Program is a leadership program for 10th grade graduates who have previously attended Lanakila.
We encourage families to review the information available on our website, in our FAQ, and on our blog regarding camp readiness before applying. We are happy to talk with you anytime! You may also wish to talk with your child’s doctor, teacher, or therapist to help you assess your child’s readiness for overnight camp.
All families should read and understand the Terms & Conditions before applying. This applies to returning camper families as well.
Camp Readiness and Enrollment Paperwork
Camp Readiness: Participants must be prepared physically, mentally, and emotionally to participate fully in camp. Families should read these terms & conditions thoroughly and review the information on our website, in our FAQ, and on our blog regarding camp readiness prior to enrolling their child. You may also want to talk with your child’s doctor, teacher, or therapist to help you assess their readiness for overnight camp.
Enrollment Paperwork: You agree to complete all camp paperwork accurately, thoroughly, and on time. You agree to inform us if your child is enrolled in an Individualized Education Program or 504 Plan, receives other special social-emotional or behavioral support, or has any physical, mental, or behavioral condition that may impact their camp experience and/or the camp community. You consent to The Foundation contacting you and your child’s service provider(s) and/or medical professional(s) to develop a plan to help your child succeed at camp. You understand that clear and timely communication is essential to setting your child up for success.
Tuition and Refund Policies
Tuition is due February 1. If your tuition is not received by the deadline, your child’s spot and deposit will be forfeited. (Exceptions are made for campership recipients on a pre-approved payment plan.)
Late Payments: A finance charge of 1% per month, and any collection fees incurred, may be added to all payments. Delinquent accounts may result in forfeiture of your child’s spot at camp and any payments made to date.
Withdrawal Policy: Deposits and tuition are non-refundable after the deadlines. No reduction or refund of tuition is made for late arrival, early departure, missed days, withdrawal for emotional or medical reasons, or any other cause.
Tuition Protection Plans: The Aloha Foundation does not offer a tuition protection plan. We strongly encourage families to purchase a tuition protection plan. Please be sure you understand the limits, coverage, and benefits offered prior to purchasing coverage through an insurance company. Plan options vary and exclusions may apply. Tuition protection may be limited to certain emergency situations or expenses and may not cover cancellations for any reason or in a non-emergency.
Assumption of Financial Responsibility: The individual submitting the camp application agrees to assume responsibility for the full tuition and fees. Assumption of financial responsibility extends to third-party (ex-spouse, grandparent, etc.) payment arrangements.
Camp Dismissal: There are occasions when a child must be dismissed from camp due to ill health, disciplinary issues, or because they are not adjusting physically, psychologically, or emotionally. We will notify the parents/guardians to evaluate the situation and plan the best course of action. We reserve the right to dismiss any participant if, in our opinion, it is in the best interest of the camp.
Medical Expenses and Treatment: You understand that you are responsible for your child’s medical expenses, including deductibles, and co-pays. You consent to emergency medical treatment for the camper if the Foundation, in its sole discretion determines it to be necessary. In the event of a medical emergency, you consent to The Foundation contacting you and other emergency contacts whom you have provided.
Immunizations: You understand that your child is required to be vaccinated according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) immunization guidelines AND the Vermont Department of Health immunization schedules. This includes COVID-19 vaccination (as recommended by the CDC). Religious or philosophical exemptions are not accepted. Medical exemptions are only granted for conditions established by the CDC or the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and only when a Medical Exemption Form has been submitted and approved by our medical team.
Insurance: All participants are required to be covered by a comprehensive health insurance plan.
Dietary Restrictions: You understand that while we provide guidance to children when it comes to allergies, preferences, and food restrictions, they must be able to manage their snacks and meals independently. Our camp kitchens are nut-free and we can accommodate many medically-dictated dietary requirements but are not equipped to handle all dietary restrictions. We offer vegetarian options, dairy-free options, and gluten-free options at every meal, but are not able to guarantee a vegan option. We cannot guarantee there will be no cross-contamination from food ingredients from facilities that process nuts, dairy, or gluten products. Should your child have dietary restrictions, we request that you reach out as early as possible to discuss their needs with our medical team.
Health Forms: You agree to complete the Health History Form accurately, thoroughly, and on time. You understand that the Aloha Foundation may request additional information regarding your child’s physical and mental health.
Other Terms & Conditions
You consent to your child participating in all regular Camp activities, both on and off camp grounds, and accept the fact that some of these involve inherent risks. By permitting your child to attend and participate in Camp activities, The Aloha Foundation and its agents, employees, and volunteers are released from any and all claims for damage arising out of injury to your child while participating in any and all activities including, but not limited to: horseback riding, gymnastics, biking, hiking, rock climbing, all waterfront activities, all land-sports activities – including archery, riflery, climb tower, ropes course, team and individual sports, crafts activities and fine arts programs. Such activities may occur on-site or off-site in Vermont or other states.
You consent to the use of photographs or videos of your child to be used in publications, news releases, online, and in other communications related to the mission of The Aloha Foundation.
Applying for financial aid is very simple! See our Campership Aid Process Chart for more information. Support is extended to families who demonstrate a wide range of financial needs. When awarding aid, priority is given to returning campers, then their siblings, then new families. Our goal is to make it sustainable for a family to send their children to camp for multiple years. We encourage families to apply early as funding is limited. Email our Associate Director of Enrollment at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Health & Safety
The safety of our campers, counselors, participants, and staff is our top priority. Our practices have been developed to meet or exceed guidelines put forth by the American Camp Association (ACA), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and Vermont’s Department of Health.
We offer camps and programs for people of all ages. Let’s talk about you, your child, your family – and discover together which experience you would value most. There are many options and possibilities!