Residential camp registration for 2023 begins in mid-October!

Ohana bell symbol.
Family Camp


summer program for people of all ages
A counselor and three campers paddling in a green canoe across the lake.

Camp Overview

Ohana brings families and friends together to refresh and celebrate their ties, and build new ones with others who enjoy living simply for a time in the out-of-doors, and sharing all that nature has to offer. In the Hawaiian language, ohana means family, community, a circle of good friends, people connected. We welcome family as you define it, and we hope that you will leave Ohana strengthened and reconnected.

The quintessential Vermont family camp, Ohana is one of five renowned summer camps operated by The Aloha Foundation. The camps are the legacy of an adventuresome family who lived and taught in Hawaii in the 19th century, and returned to New England early in the 20th to establish a pioneering wilderness camp for girls in Fairlee, Vermont.

During week-long stays at Ohana, family campers swim, fish, canoe, kayak and sail in Lake Fairlee’s quiet waters; play tennis, volleyball and basketball on the camp’s own courts; try their hands at archery or a variety of arts and crafts; take hiking, biking, and sightseeing excursions through the New England countryside; or just rest and read in a rocking chair. Summer evenings bring campfires, music making, story-telling and s’mores; amateur talent shows and spirited contra dancing; expert talks on cultural and natural history; and other community entertainments.

A lake with sailboats.
Four people in a field holding nets.
Campers swimming in a lake with colorful pool noodles.
A group of women at a bench laughing together.
A young camper doing pottery.
A man speaking to campers outside.
A camper throwing a stick into a firepit.
A camper on a dock, about to swim.
Campers relaxing on chairs in front of a lake.
A woman weaving a basket while sitting on a dock.
Four campers.
Campers sitting on a staircase in front of a lodge.
Two people relaxing on chairs on a porch.
Campers weaving baskets while dipping their feet in a lake.
A puppet show.
Four people in a field holding nets.
A sunset with a lodge in the foreground.
People relaxing on chairs on a porch.
A group of children playing outside.
A family playing basketball together.
A child and two adults on a trail.
Participants knitting on a porch.
Campers playing a game.
Campers making art.
Campers sitting under the trees.
The exterior of the Ohana barn.
Campers learning archery.
Ohana family campers holding plants.
Ohana campers working on art.
Ohana campers reading.


Staff-led activities are offered daily for children, adults and the whole family.

Ohana campers working on art.


Pottery, mosaic tiles, nature prints, watercolors, jewelry design

A sailboat on a lake.


Canoeing, kayaking, sailing and paddleboarding

A Hulbert group learning how to use the climbing wall.


High ropes, climbing tower, off-site hikes

A man showing a young girl a map.


Nature walks, gnome homes, nest hunts

A camper sanding a piece of wood.

Hand Work

Woodworking, leather craft, basketry

A camper petting a horse.

Local Attractions

Horseback riding, golf, biking

Smiling camper playing dodgeball.


Archery, soccer, tennis, disc golf, volleyball, capture the flag

Swimming lanes in the lake at Lanakila.


Swimming, water games, fishing

Campers putting on life vests.

Wee Ones

Varied programs designed with our youngest campers in mind

Two people relaxing on lawn chairs in front of a lodge.


Yoga, tai chi, belly dancing

Daily Schedule

  • Schedule

Morning (8am-12pm)

  • 8:00-9:00 am: Breakfast
  • 9:15-10:30 am: First activity period (campers choose from a wide variety of activities) 
  • 10:45 am-12 pm: Second activity period (campers choose from a wide variety of activities) 

Afternoon (12pm-5pm)

  • 12 pm-1 pm: Lunch
  • 1 pm-5 pm: Open waterfront

Evening (5:45pm-8pm)

  • 5:45 pm: Announcements
  • 6 pm-7 pm: Dinner
  • 7 pm-8 pm: Evening program


During family camp, Ohana families share varied and delicious homemade breakfasts, lunches, and dinners in the camp’s classic dining hall with its grand stone fireplace and wide covered porch overlooking Lake Fairlee. Ohana’s meals are prepared with fresh produce from local farms. In fact, we source 80% of our food from New England – and half of that comes from within 100 miles of Ohana. The Ohana kitchen provides meat-free menu selections and we will do our best to accommodate your food allergy or restriction. There is something delicious that will appeal to every member of your family.

A family having a meal together on a porch.


A stay at Ohana Family Camp is the ultimate family vacation. Whether you stay in a cabin or a platform tent, you and your family can relive the joys of summer camp here in Vermont. Each comfortable Ohana cabin contains a living room with a fieldstone fireplace, one to four bedrooms, a bathroom with shower, a kitchenette, and a porch with a view.

An Ohana cabin.

“Our week at Ohana was better than we could have ever imagined. We enjoyed meeting other families, but more than anything appreciated the opportunity to be together, try new things and connect with our kids. This was our first year so we have nothing to compare it to, but we’re so happy with our experience. We can’t wait to come back!”

Ohana Camper

A landscape with a lake surrounded by a forest.

Let’s Connect

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!