Lantern Review of Camp Killooleet
In a day and age when innovation seems to dominate the culture, it’s not surprising to find a place that is, at its very core, innovative. What’s refreshing about Camp Killooleet, however, is that the innovation is actually a throw-back to simpler, more hands-on times. The folksy spirit of Killooleet echoes the Vermont way of life, set among the lovely, natural Vermont countryside. And by folksy, we mean that wonderfully independent-thinking, yet cooperative culture.
The camp program at Camp Killooleet represents the best of many worlds; its very structure supports individual mastery, non-competitive sports and the joy of community. There’s an expectation that each camper pitch in for the benefit of the entire camp through daily morning work crews, whether that mean helping in the kitchen, or biking to town to grab the camp’s mail, or even helping with the laundry. After the work crews, it’s time to hop on your bike and be off to your activities. Yes, we said hop on your bike because everyone at Killooleet either brings his or her own bike or rents one at camp, a truly unique part of the culture here.
The program itself works to expand the horizons of each camper and to provide an opportunity to pursue passions. By having such a wide range of options, the camp is an attractive option for those who have specific interests, but once they arrive, they inevitably discover new interests. Once everyone has had an opportunity to try each of the activities during the first weeks of camp, the afternoon periods become choice periods. Also, each Wednesday is hiking day at Camp Killooleet. It’s the chance to explore the nearby parks and trails like the White Mountains and the Adirondacks, either on hiking, backpacking or bike trips. The great outdoors needs to be explored, and Killooleet values those wonderful experiences only found on the trail and around the campfire.
The musical heritage here reflects the creative bent to this camp. It’s a tight-knit, small camp, and the happy voices that join the guitars are as much a part of camp as the daily routine. They foster a nurturing, supportive community through this daily soundtrack. The campers are certainly the priority here, and giving them a voice through music is powerful. In many ways, Camp Killooleet remakes itself each summer, so that while the experiences each summer are tied together by shared experiences, there’s something new to find each year. Even the cabins are renamed by the campers each year during the first week. Yes, traditions are preserved, but no two summers are the same here.
- 100 Campers per Session
- 4 weeks, 8 weeks
- Founded in 1927
The schedule provides balance: arts and sports, free time and scheduled activities, challenges and fun. It encourages children to discover their interests and pursue them avidly. Campers exercise choice in daily activities, chores, outdoor trips and on-going teams and projects, developing judgement and independence alongside the deep connections that grow from membership in a vibrant community.
- 35 Activities
- Team Sports
- Arts & Crafts
- Individual Activities
Top 5 Activities
- Silver Jewelry/Stained Glass
Bus to/from New York City. Drive. Meet flights.