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All of our programs are designed to help our campers build
character, develop skills and HAVE FUN.

For over 100 years, YMCA Camp Abnaki has provided campers with a traditional camp program, with an emphasis on character and safety.  Our program helps boys develop new friendships, build self-esteem, and gain a sense of independence while away from home. 

Tradition meets innovation at Camp Abnaki, as traditional activities like archery and canoeing take place alongside new favorites like skateboarding and low ropes team building.  Over the course of the day, campers engage in all types of activities designed to have fun while learning new skills and internalizing our character values.

Campers spend their mornings with their cabin groups, which are organized by age. The focus is to have fun while forming friendships that will last a lifetime. Cabin activities may include games with other cabins, waterfront activities, team building on our low ropes course, or other fun events.

Campers eat meals family-style with their cabin groups in the Turrell Dining Hall.  The food, a balanced menu of camper-approved favorites, is prepared by our Food Services Director, who is now in her 26th summer at Camp Abnaki. 



Our Daily Schedule



7:45 a.m.

Wake up bell

8:15 a.m. Flag Raising/Slingers
8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Cabin Clean-up
9:30 a.m. Cabin Activity
10:45 a.m. Free Time
11:45 a.m. Slingers
11:55 a.m. Hand Washing
12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:35 p.m. Siesta
1:35 p.m. 1st Skill Class Period
2:40 p.m. Snack
2:45 p.m. Freetime/Camp Store
3:45 p.m. 2nd Skill Class Period
4:40 p.m. 3rd Skill Class Period
5:45 p.m. Hand Washing
5:50 p.m. Flag Lowering/Slingers
6:00 p.m. Dinner
6:45 p.m. Camper's Choice
7:20 p.m. Evening Program
9:30-10:00 p.m. Cabin Chat/Lights Out (varies by age)

In the afternoon, campers will choose three activities per week and receive instruction during these activity periods. It's designed to promote activity, fun, and skill development.

Skill classes take advantage of all our facility has to offer.  Campers have the opportunity to learn new skills in:  sailing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, archery, tennis, basketball, soccer, arts and crafts, nature, outdoor living, climbing, frisbee, baseball, and much more.

Twice each day, campers have the opportunity for self-directed play during free time periods.  Campers can choose from any and all activities offered at camp during these periods, further expanding skills already learned or gaining new ones.

Each evening, campers participate in a camp-wide evening program, which includes activities such as capture the flag, predator/prey, and campfires.

For a list of some of the activities we offer in skill classes and for evening program, click here.

The day concludes with Cabin Chat, a reflective time in each cabin that encourages campers to strengthen the bonds of friendship and discuss age appropriate topics which encourage growth and critical thinking.

Underlying each activity at Camp Abnaki is  conscious role modeling and positive reinforcement of our character values--Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.

Y M C A     C a m p     A b n a k i
266 College St.
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 652-8180
1252 Abnaki Rd.
North Hero, VT 05474
(802) 372-9622
Questions or comments? Email Jon Kuypers, YMCA Director of Camp Abnaki.
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