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YWCA VT Camp Hochelaga

  • 4.5

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

Ages: 6 - 14+

Cost: residential camp - $750 (1 week) | day camp - $290 | mini camp - $390

Parking: No

Features: American Camp Association Accredited, Girls

YWCA VT Camp Hochelaga: offering traditional summer camp experiences focused on empowerment, leadership, and friendship for girls ages 6-17 since 1919. Located on the shores of Lake Champlain in South Hero, VT, residential and day camp activities include archery, sailing, paddleboarding, arts & crafts, performing arts, games, camp songs, 99-year-old traditions, and leadership opportunities. Their programs focus on building girls' capacity for growth, leadership, and empowerment through fun, safe, age-appropriate activities in a beautiful setting, and fostering friendships that last a lifetime. Camp Hochelaga is ACA accredited. 

Camp Hochelaga offers: 

  • Residential Camps - (ages 6-17) five 1-week residential sessions and two 2-week sessions.
  • Day camp session - (ages 6- 17) 8 sessions Monday - Friday from 8am-5pm (includes breakfast and lunch!)
  • Transportation also included from Holiday Inn on Williston Road, Essex Highschool, and Chimney Corners Park & Ride in Milton.
  • Counselor-In-Training program - ages 16+ and entering their junior year in high school.

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missmagpie

  • 5

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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MomSusan

  • 5

Reviewed on 02/01/2018

My daughter loves this camp - and I love this camp! My daughter started with one week of day camp when she was 8 and each summer has increased the number of weeks she attends and this summer (at 11) is moving to residential camp (and keeping the other weeks of day camp, too). The camp is a traditional summer camp - outdoors, beautiful location, lots of activities including water sports, archery, arts and crafts, and lots of fun, fun, fun. It's a wonderful option for parents who don't have the access to (or knowledge about) sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, etc. - but wish they did so their kids could truly take advantage of Lake Champlain and learn those skills for life. The girls choose their preferred activities and can enjoy the lake every day if wanted - and daily swim lessons are offered, too. The camp has lots of camper traditions that the girls love to learn and own, resulting in a real sense of belonging. Lots of camp songs, etc. As an all girls camp, it is a great environment for girls to feel comfortable and confident as they explore, discover and develop their own sense of self - in a safe and supportive place. My daughter goes there each week without knowing anyone in advance and from day one comes home talking about the (new) friends she's hanging out with (sometimes even the girl she sits next to on the ride to camp so she arrives there with an instant buddy to start out with!). The supervisory staff are extremely well organized and caring. The camp has operated for many years and they have their systems in place. They hire talented camp staff, who are older girls (young women) the campers can relate to and look up to as role models. There are so many extras that make this such a great day camp option for working parents - transportation to camp that works really well with work hours; lunch and snacks provided (real quality because it's the same food that the residential campers eat) so no rushing to pack a lunch and snacks; lots of physical activities so girls are appropriately "worn out" when they get home and ready for bed at a reasonable hour (!) - even after a mandatory quiet, rest time in the middle of the day; and a serious priority on safety. Since they offer the residential camp, they are right on top of everything that's going on with the girls and are ready to take care of any situation that comes up (and are in touch with parents immediately if needed). For me, it is a wonderful sense of security to know my daughter is safe and in good hands - and is enjoying our wonderful Vermont landscape (and as far away from a 'school setting' as possible). It is a true summer break for girls with a program that builds personal development skills that help them as they enter their next year of school in the fall. As you can tell, I can't say enough about this camp and I am speaking from my heart! (No disclosure – this is not a paid endorsement!!!! ☺) I truly am so glad to have discovered it. My daughter has been attending summer day camps since she was five – and we used to try a different camp each week – so we’ve tried them all. Camp Hochelaga quickly rose to the top as favorite for me and my daughter. This will be our first experience with the residential camp - and my daughter is ready to try it because her best friend has had a week there both of the past two summers and loved it (and her mom did, too). From an affordability perspective, for all that the girls experience during the week - and all the quality outdoor activities they do - it is truly worth it. It's actually less expensive than many of the "specialty" camps offered by organizations in town. (And Hochelaga does offer scholarships, where those other specialty camps often do not.) Yes, I fully endorse this camp and believe it is a true gift to both young girls and working parents. (Can you tell I love it? Yes, yes, yes! Does my daughter love it? Yes, yes, yes!) ...more

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nrc725

  • 5

Reviewed on 01/30/2018

I have been attending Camp Hochelaga for the past 5 years as a camper and cannot wait to return in Summer 2018! Through camp I have made some of my closest friends and made connections with girls of all age ranges. Hochelaga has taught me to really come out of my shell and be myself at camp, where I know others will accept me. There are so many great opportunities offered at 'Laga that vary based on interest. I myself have tried all sorts of different activities at camp such as archery and sailing for the first time. Hochelaga has become a second home to me and I hope to continue going as long as I can. ...more

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Lagamom

  • 5

Reviewed on 01/30/2018

My daughter has spent 5 wonderful summers at Hochelaga. The experience has been great for her. She not only had fun with the numerous activities and made great friends, the experience has helped her grow into a confident young woman. Last hear she completed CIT training complete with lifeguard certification. I was amazed at the change in her after 5 weeks there. If you are looking for a great camp experience, this is the place, but you will get so much more. The camp staff and YWCA administration is really striving to make Hochelaga a one of a kind Vermont camp! I would give it 10 stars if I could....more

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mgados

  • 5

Reviewed on 01/29/2018

My daughter has been a returning day camper for the last 2 years. She loves all of the activities, and is looking forward to going again this year. As her parent, I am hapy with the variety of opportunities she has to try new things, and be outdoors completely unplugged in nature. Supporting young women find their voice, in an inclusive and empowering way, is so important!

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MaddieH16

  • 5

Reviewed on 01/29/2018

My mom attended this camp when she was a teenager, and she decided to sign me up for it when I was 10. I'm now 16 going on 17, and have attended camp ever since. Hochelaga has helped me learn new skills, fun games, and has provided a safe and fun space for me for many years. There's a saying at camp "I don't get homesick at camp, I get campsick when I'm home", and that statement couldn't be truer. Hochelaga helped me start some of my best and longest lasting friendships. I love Hochelaga, and I encourage girls of all ages to come to camp. ...more

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PattyMae

  • 5

Reviewed on 01/29/2018

I attended Camp Hochelaga many years ago, and when my daughter was old enough she became a Laga girl too! Camp Hochelaga is a beautiful, perhaps even magical, place where girls can explore, learn and grow in a safe environment. I can't think of any better place or any better program to have my daughter involved in. Over the past five years, she has blossomed into a Young Woman with confidence and self-worth, and I saw those traits take root while she was attending Camp Hochelaga. I would highly recommend this camp to any Mom or any Daughter looking for a camp to call "Home."...more

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courtneylamontagne@comcast.net

  • 5

Reviewed on 01/23/2018

My daughter has gone to Hochelaga for six summers and cannot wait to get back there for her 7th! She loves the traditions of 'Laga and values the friendships she has made with girls all over the world! The counselors are well-vetted and excellent. Many are international, which adds a special flare for the Camp. The food is excellent; some is even grown on site! The programming is also superb - just the right combination of on-water, on-land and off-campus activities! And the cabins are awesome - exactly what I remember from my Camp days! I would highly recommend Camp Hochelaga to anyone whose daughter is looking for her next adventure and exploring her independence. For the little ones, there is also day camp that has one sleepover night so they can see what it feels like to be a residential camper. Long story short: if my child is going back for her 7th summer, it must be great! Thank you Camp Hochelaga!!...more

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Rudion

  • 5

Reviewed on 01/22/2018

As guardians to our ten year old grand-daughter we were concerned about finding the "right" camp for her, the camp which would be both a safe haven and a fun, healthy, active environment. Camp Hochelaga proved to be that camp. Located on the pristine shores of Lake Champlain in a setting that is idyllic, almost surreal in its' beauty, the camp provides a gorgeous setting for young girls to explore the gifts of nature while learning about themselves and the world around them.

Our granddaughter was surrounded by staff who encouraged her to trust herself, to take risks, to form strong, lasting friendships with fellow-campers,and to face the challenges, fears, and rewards of her budding independence. She became more confident and enthusiastic right before our eyes, bubbling over with the excitement and joy of daily activities. Each day brought loads of fun and new achievements - kayaking, swimming, team sports, art activities, etc. - all which fueled her growing sense of self and desire to do more. Through the gentle support of camp counselors, she even found the courage to sleep overnight at camp on two occasions (she had never been away that long), and now looks forward to many more overnights.

Camp Hochelaga provided all that we sought for our granddaughter by supporting and exemplifying the core values we cherish - respect and consideration of others, cooperation in groups, friendly competition, a profound appreciation of nature and natural gifts, and the ongoing pursuit of personal excellence through hands-on education and positive, fun experiences.
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CampMom

  • 5

Reviewed on 01/20/2018

We returned to Hochelaga last summer for my daughter's 5th season. We had tried some other camp experiences, but when we arrived and she ran off gleefully to revisit all her favorite places I knew this was her happy place. She has had some great counselors, and has maintained connections with some of her cabin mates through the year. She loves the singing, the camp play, and opportunities to try new experiences like sailing and archery. This year she is excited to go for three weeks. I am impressed with the leadership, and Hochelaga's commitment to listening to feedback and making positive changes in the program....more

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