Lantern Review of Camp Sangamon

For boys, there’s something inherently appealing about the pioneer spirit. At the heart of it, perhaps, is an almost instinctual desire to explore and to create. It is this spirit that Camp Sangamon captures and promotes through their unique style of camping.

In the pastoral Vermont countryside, Sangamon feels almost like a frontier farm that time forgot. The camp day is completely unplugged from today’s technology and pressures, filled instead with the simple joys of discovery, creativity, hard work and responsibility. Sangamon takes pride in an “enough” operation, whether that be the cost of tuition, the amount needed to run camp or even the amount they set aside for facility enhancements. In this way, they have built a strong community that learns to rely on each other, creating an almost communal approach to program development and facility improvements.

The Sangamon philosophy of self-discovery is best understood through the prism of their daily program. Each camper has the freedom to choose his own activities daily with the sole expectation that they choose from the range of daily options, either in camp or on day trips. Beyond that expectation, it is the responsibility of the camper to insure that he attends and participates. In an era of highly involved parents and teachers, this style of program can seem almost liberating to the boys. The friendly and supportive counselors are the gently guiding hand that make this program work at first, but it is the responsibility that’s learned along the way that keeps the program effective.

A well-conceived leadership program for older boys features a 3-year progression from CIT to Apprentice to Intern. Within this program, foreign travel is a novel opportunity. At earlier ages, activities like blacksmithing and woodshop provide unique opportunities to develop craftsmanship, balanced with other traditional camp activities.

Sangamon is intentional in its unique atmosphere, as is its sister camp Betsey Cox.

Fast Facts

  • Boys Only
  • 125 Campers per Session
  • 2-week, 3-week, 4-week, 5-week, 8-week
  • Founded in 1922
  • $$

Director's Message

We are different. If you join us at Camp Sangamon you will take your summer into your own hands. You choose, for yourself, any activity that you want. We don't tell you where to go, and we don't tell you what to do. Parents, the personal choices your son makes will create independence and initiative. The life skills learned at Camp Sangamon will build and serve your son throughout his life. Join us in the hills of Vermont!

Program Highlights

  • 20+ Activities
  • Team Sports
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Mountains
  • Individual Activities
  • Drama
  • Tripping
  • Waterfront
  • Forest
  • Rural
  • Remote

Top 5 Activities

  • Woodshop
  • Mountain Biking
  • Craft/Art Studios
  • Sailing/Kayaking
  • Farm

Travel Information

Amtrak train from NYC Flights to Burlington, VT International (BVT) Local flights from Boston, MA to Rutland, VT


Camp Sangamon

(802) 483-2862

(888) 345-9193

Mike Byrom