Camp Life

Camp days are long and filled with lots of fun. We spend the majority of our time outside, on the lake, exposed to all that nature has to offer. Every day will bring new adventures and chances to be outside. There are so many fun things to do at camp that it may seem like it’s hard to do them all.  Don’t worry, there’s plenty of time to do all your favorite things.

Overnight Camp

  • There are 3 free time periods so you can choose how you spend your time
  • There are 3 skill classes each day where you get instruction in activities you choose
  • The whole camp plays a “camp wide” game each evening such as Capture the Flag or Zombie Infection
  • You have a period every day where your cabin does an activity together
  • The store is open twice a day

Skill Classes:  A skill class is the period in the afternoon where you receive instruction in an area of camp.  There are three skill classes each week. In a two week session we can guarantee your top skill class and you choose a second group of three classes during the second week of camp. Examples of skill classes are sailing, kayaking, archery, tennis, soccer, basketball, arts & crafts, and much more.

Cabins: Our cabins are split into four villages.  The villages in order or age are:

  • Mehkoa, the youngest village
  • Tamakawa
  • Madewehsoos
  • and the oldest village Chippe.

Mehkoa and Tamakwa cabins each have 6 campers and 2 staff. A Madewehsoos cabin has 8 campers and 2 staff, and a Chippe cabin has 10 campers and 2 staff. One of the staff is a counselor who has completed their Junior or Senior year of high school and one Senior Counselor who has completed their first year of College.

Snack: Every afternoon we offer a free snack to campers and staff. Stop by the dining hall for a healthy snack in the middle of the day. Snacks may include: fruit, muffins, vegetables, home made pretzels, and more.

Meals: 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 wonderful food service staff. Each morning, in addition to the meal is a wide variety of cereal, yogurt, bagels, and fruit Every lunch and dinner is accompanied by a salad and sandwich bar. And best of all, there is dessert at every dinner. Every Wednesday is a night off for the kitchen staff.  As a village, you will cook hamburgers and  hot dogs over the grill. Please call or write us if you have any questions about the meals.

Bathrooms and showers: Each village has a wash house in the village with toilet, sinks and showers with warm water.

Weekend Schedule:

The schedule for a weekend in a two week session is different than the weekdays.  Friday night through Sunday lunch our staff create a super creative and fun program. Past weekend program themes have included Olympic Weekend, Harry Potter Weekend, Pirate Weekend, Medieval Weekend and many more. After lunch on Sunday we have Water Palooza, a fun water carnival at the waterfront. We have Chapel before dinner and then the Nidokenak Ceremony (our camp fire celebrating campers and staff that have been at camp for 5 or 10 years).

Overnight Camp Daily Schedule

8:00 Wakeup (Bell)

8:30 Flagpole (Bell)

8:45 Breakfast

9:30 Cabin/Village Cleanup

9:45 Cabin Activity

10:45 Freetime (Bell)

11:50 Slingers/Handwashing (Bell)

12:00 Lunch (Bell)

12:35 Siesta

1:35 1st Activity Period (Bell)

2:35 Snack (Bell)

2:45 2nd Activity Period (Bell)

3:45 3rd Activity Period (Bell)

4:45 Freetime (Bell)

5:50 Flagpole/Slingers (Bell)

6:00 Dinner

6:45 Camper’s Choice

7:20 Evening Program (Bell)

8:30 Back to Villages (Bell)

Day Camp 

There is a chance to go to the waterfront every day

Camp favorites like Gaga Ball, Archery, Rock Climbing, kayaking, and Arts and Crafts are offered many times a week

Every Friday there is a camp fire with smores

Every day there are at least 2 periods where Day Campers choose their activities

Every day there is at least 1 chance to play an activity with overnight campers


Day Camp Daily Schedule

9:00 Arrival and Group Meeting

9:30 Cabin Activity With Resident Camp

10:45 Camper Choice

12:00 Lunch

12:45 Waterfront

2:00 Snack and Activity

2:45 Camp Favorites

3:30 Camp Store and Gaga Ball

4:15 Departure


Pomerleau Family Y
298 College Street
Burlington, VT 05401
802 862 9622 (YMCA)

Camp Abnaki
1252 Abnaki Road
North Hero, VT 05474
802 372 9622 (YMCA)

Additional Program Sites
in Vermont

Addison, Franklin, Grand Isle, Washington and Chittenden Counties


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