A Day at Brown Ledge – Girls Summer Camp for Kids and Teens in Vermont
At Brown Ledge, we work hard at fun and laughter! But for us, fun brings far more lasting pleasure when it is accompanied by a true sense of accomplishment. With that in mind, our counselors teach only one activity, and are chosen for their ability to teach that activity. To help them, we strive to provide excellent equipment and facilities. Most important, we let you, the camper, decide your own program.
Our activities run throughout each day, and you may attend any activity you want, when you want, for as long as you want. We have no scheduling or sign-ups. You may just go, anytime mornings and afternoons.
When you arrive at an activity, the counselors will work closely with you at your pace of learning and skill level, whether beginner or accomplished performer. To provide direction, we have developed three levels of competency in each activity which you may work toward. Some campers enjoy the structure these competencies provide, others prefer to work outside them. In any case, you determine your own goals and challenges. If you want help with any of this, just ask, the counselors will be glad to assist you.
A Typical Day
7:15am Reveille – First bugle of the day. There are a few more calls before breakfast but this first call helps us all to start waking up.
7:45am Breakfast – We eat all of our meals together in the dining hall; family style.
8:25am End of meal – Girls head back to their cabins to straighten up and change for the day.
9:00am Activities open – Campers go where they like for as long as they like. Only your riding lesson is scheduled and that will be the same time everyday so you can plan your day around it.
12:00pm Activities close
12:30pm Lunch – Announcements are made after every meal to update campers on important information.
1:30pm Rest Hour – Campers spend rest hour in their cabin with their junior counselor.
2:30pm Activities open – Often rehearsals for theatre are in the afternoon. Many teams will have team practice in the afternoon but all activities are open.
5:00pm Activities close – Between 5:00pm and 6:00pm, many girls will spend this time hanging out in their cabin, heading to the bathhouse for a shower or reading in the grove area.
6:00pm Dinner – Campers are assigned to a table for the week. Every Thursday, campers change tables and sit with a new group for the next week.
7:15pm Evening Activity – Male counselors share the responsibility of hosting an evening activity. This, like much at Brown Ledge, is optional. Tennis courts are open in the evening. Rehearsals for theatre may be scheduled. And a series of special events are hosted in the evening hours.
8:45pm Call to Cabins Bugle – This call reminds campers that they need to prepare to head back to their cabin for the night.
9:00pm Counselor Time – Your senior counselor spends the next half hour with you and your cabin.
9:30pm Taps – is blown by the Bugler. Counselor time ends. Campers can socialize quietly with each other and with neighboring cabins during “Visiting Hour”.
10:00pm Lights out for younger campers (10-11 years old).
10:30pm Lights out for older campers (12 and older).
**Counselors do not live in the cabins with campers. Two senior, and two junior, staff members have “evening duty” every night. Evening duty makes sure that campers settle down and go to sleep after lights out. Evening duty is also available if a camper needs assistance after her counselor has left for the night. One of our nurses is on call every night in case of a medical emergency.**