summer camps for kids and teens in Vermont

Our Summer Camp Mission & Tradition


Our 90 Year Tradition

Brown Ledge Camp was established in 1926 by Harry and Marjorie Brown and run by the couple for it’s first 30 years.  In the early 1960s, the Browns handed Brown Ledge over to their daughter, Barbara Winslow, who acted as the camp’s Director for the next 23 years or so.

During that time, Barbara recognized the need to institute a mechanism for the perpetuation of Brown Ledge.  As such, in the late 1970s, with her encouragement, a group of current and former staff members founded the BL Perpetuators, Inc. for the express purpose of purchasing and continuing the operation of camp.

When Barbara stepped down as the Director of Brown Ledge in 1983, she appointed Bill and Kathy Neilsen to take her position as co-Directors of the camp.  Since they took over day-to-day operations over 30 years ago, the Neilsens have upheld the traditions established by the Brown family while steering camp successfully into the 21st Century.

In 1997, BL Perpetuators, Inc. donated their shares to create the Brown Ledge Foundation. The Foundation is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization whose express purpose is to perpetuate Brown Ledge Camp. Through foresight, love, and thoughtfulness Brown Ledge alumnae have ensured that camp is well positioned to continue offering a quality program, with a unique philosophy, in a beautiful location for another 80 years.

Mission Statement:

“Brown Ledge is a non-profit camp that exists to develop community, self-discipline, responsibility and achievement in girls and young women, through self-directed participation in varied activities in a high quality summer program.”

Since it’s inception, Harry and Marjorie Brown, sought to create Brown Ledge Camp as a program that is not only challenging and educational, but fun and flexible as well.

Our self-directed participation derives from our “Freedom of Choice” philosophy. Harry and Marjorie Brown operated Brown Ledge in 1927 with the freedom of choice philosophy as the framework for camp, and it still exists today.  Find out more about our philosophy here.

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