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YWCA Camp Hochelaga
Hochelaga Road
South HeroVT 05446
(802) 862-7520

Ages: 6 - 14+

Cost: Residential camp $700 per week Session | Day camp $250 per week (Includes Lunch) | Mini Camp $350 per session | Full & Partial Scholarships Available

Parking: No

Features: American Camp Association Accredited, Girls

YWCA Camp Hochelaga is an all girls summer camp located on Lake Champlain in South Hero. Day and residential activities include archery, tennis, sailing, nature and leadership programs, land and water sports and camp traditions. The program focuses on building girls' capacity for growth, leadership and power through fun, safe, age-appropriate activities in a beautiful setting. It is ACA accredited. Information, registration forms, and scholarship applications are down loadable from the website.

Camp Hochelaga offers:

  • Residential Camps - (ages 8-17) five one week residential sessions and one two week session
  • Day camp session - (ages 6- 13+) concurrently with their residential camp sessions.
    • Transporation to/from Essex High School, Shelburne Rd Price Chopper Bank Kiosk and Chimney Corners in Colchester available
  • Counselor-In-Training program ages 16+ and entering their junior year in high school.

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missmagpie

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Reviewed on 07/29/2013

My 11 year old daughter attended one week of residential camp here for the first time this year. She had previous sleep away camp experience that wasn't as positive. She did choose to go to this camp with 2 friends and was able to be placed in a bunk with those friends. You can fill out your forms ahead of time with that request.

The setting for this camp is beautiful. They are on a gently sloped property right on Lake Champlain. The main dinning hall and other outpost buildings are nice. The cabins are pretty bare bones and rustic. Parents should know that counselors do not sleep in the cabins with the campers. They are in tents near by. There are two rows of cabins - upper mids and and lower mids. Each have a bathroom building that my daughter described as "okay".

The daily routine consists of 3 classes which the girls choose on their first day. My daughter choose, kayaking, water games and arts and crafts. Then each day they can choose an extra activity like tennis, music, etc. There is also rest hour in the cabin after lunch where they are required to be quiet in the cabin. They can write letters home, read, or play games.

Meal times are in the large main dinning room. Seating for breakfast and dinner is assigned at the beginning of camp randomly, you may not be sitting with your bunk mates. Lunch is open choice seating. My daughter is not a picky eater and reported that the food choices were good (and hearty): Mac and cheese with bacon, meatloaf, chicken quesadillas, beef stew and such. Breakfast was cereal, waffle sticks, fruit, etc. They made the kids drink 2 glasses of water at each meal before having any other drink. They also had to eat everything that they took on their plate unless they didn't like it. Each kid also had a "job" at the table (waiter, sweeper, pourer).

When we picked our daughter up at the end of her 6 days, she was happy to see us and said she would go back again next year but only for no more than a week.
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Mama3

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Reviewed on 02/09/2017

My daughter attended day camp for one week. Overall, it was a horrible experience. During check in the senior staff was unorganized, unfriendly, and lost our paperwork. Most of the staff was too young and did not have the skills to create a positive group experience. My daughter who loves most everything could articulate very clearly why she didn't like this camp. They didn't do anything to promote" empowering women and ending racism". I emailed the director twice asking and stating concerns. It did not improve. In the mess hall they would sing songs daily including one about a "sexy body". My daughter who was 7 asked me what that meant. The daily activities were fine, however if your daughter forgot what she signed up for she would miss out. I would never recommend this camp under any circumstance. ...more

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802VTgirl

  • 5

Reviewed on 01/14/2017

Going to Camp Hochelaga has changed my life for the better and I will never forget the memories that I have made there. I have met amazing friends from all over the world who I stay in contact with all year round and I look forward to seeing them every summer. There are always international counselors from many different countries. If you take some of the classes that they offer, you really can get a taste of lots different cultures from around the world. Some of my favorite things about Hochelaga are the traditions that continue year after year. For example, I love singing songs after every meal and the doing evening programs. There are lots of activities that stay the same from week to week like kayaking, sailing, paddle boarding, tennis, and archery. Plus there are really cool special activities like Quidditch that happen only some weeks! Sometimes there are special Quittitch and Soccer games against Abnaki or archery tournaments with Brownledge. Even if you don't like sports, there are lots of arts and crafts and theater classes to do. If you love theater, go for the last three weeks of camp because that is when the musical happens! We also get the chance to go to a dance at Abnaki during some sessions. My first year I went for only one week but the one week sessions go by very quickly so I recommend staying for longer! There is no electricity in the cabins and phones aren't allowed, but I actually never have missed these things while I was at camp. You get used to it pretty quickly and you'll be staying so busy that it won't seem like a big deal after a day or so. The senior line got a really nice new bathroom last year but the other bathrooms aren't that nice and could probably use to be replaced. Overall, I have loved every minute that I have spent at Hochelaga and I recommend it to all my friends! ...more

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campingmom

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Reviewed on 08/13/2016

Horrible Staffing!
This year was my daughter's 3rd year at the camp. The past 2 years were great, unfortunately this year was Horrible! My poor daughter who is 13 and very confident and strong was unhappy, there were typical teenage things going on, but in the manner it was handled by staff was poor. My daughter went to staff on multiple occasions crying and asking to be able to call home and was denied, on one occasion a counselor laughed in her face! She went to a counselor on another occasion asking for help for a friend she felt was suicidal, the counselors told the young girl she was being dramatic to go back to her cabin and again laughed in the girls faces. Gratefully my daughter had an envelope addressed to her Grandmother and she sent Grandma a letter letter her know this was the worse experience of her life and begged Grandma to let us know she needed to be picked up immediately! We picked her up, and she will never return again. The response from the Hochelaga staff was poor. Things happen, but its the manner in which the staff handle it that makes a difference. Not once when my daughter was unhappy did anyone sit down with her quietly and ask what they could to make her stay better and make her feel safe, she was laughed at! I will let as many families as I can know of this experience and I will continue to post through next summer so people know, how could anyone want to leave their daughter where they won't feel safe and won't be respected! ...more

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LexieLex

  • 5

Reviewed on 06/18/2014

Overall my daughter (8 1/2 at the time) had a great experience. The atmosphere and facility is truly a "camp" and the activities and non-electronics summer fun is refreshing. She enjoyed the water sports, archery and crafts - but was disappointed in some filling up before she could choose due to residential campers having first choice. She attended two weeks so was able to choose another activity the following time with the help of the camp staff. She did a one-night overnight stay offered for the day campers and was bothered by mosquitos all night on a very hot night too so that part wasn't as pleasurable for her. She is going back for a week this summer!...more

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abc3mom

  • 4

Reviewed on 02/22/2014

my daugter loved this camp,(age 9) last summer was her 1st yr. She said she wants to go every yr and then be a counselor. I was so glad about that......until I noticed how much the PRICE HIKED. I may have to disappoint her this yr.... too expensive! very sad

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Funwithmykids

  • 5

Reviewed on 08/19/2013

My daughter went to Camp Hochelaga this summer for her first sleep-away camp experience. I attended Hochelaga and knew she would love it. She went for a two week session that happened to begin the day before her 13th birthday. She had a super fantastic time! They had some special fun for her on her birthday. She got involved in a musical-which shocked me! She felt comfortable trying new things and was very confident in herself about doing it. I received a call from the camp nurse when a bracket on her braces broke loose and was hurting her. I was able to take her to have the braces fixed then return her to camp the same day. They were very helpful at the camp with the follow up. She made great friends, says the food was great, the activities (which the kids have the freedom to chose) were awesome and she wants to go back next year....more

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gleeful

  • 4

Reviewed on 01/18/2013

This summer will be my 3rd year at camp. My first year I was a day camper. I liked it but I felt that being residential was much better. You get freedom and the ability to make more friends and its fun to have cabin-mates. Kind of like a college dorm room..
I love camp while I am there and when I get home.
But, a few weeks before I go I get really nervous. I almost dont wanna go..but i do.
While I'm there at first I get a little upset because I miss my family. I even cry the first and 2nd night.
But then I realize that 1 week really isnt that long. Once Im home all i do for like 4 days is hug my parents and siblings. Its great to be reunited.
the oppurtunities offered throughout the camp are countless. Its a lot of fun.
Not everyone gets nervous or home sick i didnt really but i was a little upset.
The counselors keep you busy as well as your activities.
The only real time you have to think about home is before bed and when you are writing and reading letters I always cry.
Here's a tip: My family wrote 2 letters per day. I got to read 1 in the morning and 1 before bed. It made me a little sad to read them but it was nice for when i was feeling a little home sick I could read the letters over and over.
Also, bring pictures from home of friends, family, pets or whatever. A favorite stuffed animal too. Dont be embarassed everyone does.
Come prepared with paper, pens, and stamps so you can write some letters home!
Its normal to feel scared, nervous, or even cry when saying goodbye to your parents as they drop you off for the week. However, just know they are feeling the same way and they even have less to do than you so they are probably more upset than you are.
The counselors are really nice and you end up being good friends with them by the end of the week.
I could write more but this is my experience...Good Luck :)
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kathyjoc

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Reviewed on 08/16/2011

Camp Hochelaga is my 8 year daughter's favorate camp of the summer. She has attended Hochelaga as both a day camper and overnight camper.

For day campers they offer pick up and drop off on Shelburne Road and the Exit 17 Park & Ride. The girls enjoy achery, water ballet, swimming, arts & crafts and working on the camp newspaper. This year they even had a water trampoline that was a HUGE hit!

Cabins were very clean and much better then I had anticipated. Each bed had a small bookcase attached so she could but some of her personal belongings in it. Make sure you send mail and packages to your camper as this is a big event everyday to see who gets what in the mail.

The girls get lots of free time to write letters, make braclets and talk to their friends.

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mom2girls

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Reviewed on 03/02/2010

The setting of this camp is just great, right on the lake - the cabins, the atmosphere - it truly is a "camp" in every sense of the word. I do however think that this camp is for girls at least 9 years of age or older (not 5 or older as noted on their website). My daughter was 5 when she went to this camp and I was assured by the director herself that she would have an older counselor helping her, etc. In reality, She really was on her own the whole time she was there - she barely knew how to read at that time and was responsible for signing up for activites on her own and getting herself from cabin to cabin alone for each activity when the horn blowed. If she signed up for archery for example she had to walk down a long narrow mud road to get there and she was intimidated by a lot of this. She liked going though, b/c she is such an outgoing child I let her continue but we have never gone there again. She was once pulled out of an activity and told she had a swim lesson when she never signed up and went crying to to the lake b/c she knew it wasn't right and no one was there to help her out. Again, for older girls this is a great camp, I just would not send a 5-8 year old there especially without and older girl to look out for her....more

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