COVID-19 Response

It is with an extremely heavy heart that camp’s leadership and the Board of Directors announce Brown Ledge Camp must suspend its program for this summer.

We have spent every day of the last two months analyzing, puzzling, and assessing scenarios of how camp could safely operate for the 2020 season. The information about how this virus moves, who it affects, and how to manage it in a close community setting changes on a weekly, sometimes, daily basis. Our approach has included guidance from the American Camping Association (ACA), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), consultation with Melissa Fishel Mauer, our head of BLC’s Health Center, and the State of Vermont’s health officials. We have been closely tracking Vermont’s trajectory to re-open this summer through our Governor’s weekly press announcements.

With all we have learned, we have determined that we cannot safely run our summer program for the 2020 season. We do not believe the risk of exposure or the risk of spreading the virus is manageable even with the necessary changes prescribed by the State of Vermont and the ACA. In addition, the adjustments needed in order to operate camp would have created a strict, sterile, regimented, and strange experience. Our freedom of choice philosophy, even a watered-down version of our program, would be impossible under the current recommendations.

We know that this is hard to hear and that it will take some time to process. We know that this news brings disappointment, sadness, frustration, and possibly, anger. We feel the same way. But we feel firm in our resolve that the difficult decision to close for this summer is the right choice for our camp community, for the larger community of Colchester, VT, and for your hometown communities. With the support of our Board of Directors, we believe this is the best course of action for our organization. For more information on how we arrived at our decision and information on tuition refunds, click here for our FAQ sheet.

We have many ideas about how to keep our community connected this summer. In the coming weeks, we will be in touch to share how we will support our campers through this loss. Last-year campers and junior counselors will receive additional information within 48 hours about how camp’s closure impacts their unique position in camp and their attendance in 2021.

It will be a challenge emotionally, mentally, and financially to get through this, but with your help and support we have no doubt that Brown Ledge will survive. In 2021, we hope to come together on the shores of Malletts Bay to sing, play, hug, and rejoice in the simple pleasure of returning to the place we love. 

A song that rings out with gusto in our Dining Room starts with the line “Brown Ledge Spirit never dies.”  This refrain will be in our minds over the next year, and we hope it will be in yours, as we prepare to return stronger and more spirited than ever in 2021.

With gratitude,

Abby Lovshin-Smith, Director, Brown Ledge Camp

Katy Robbins Ritz, President, Brown Ledge Foundation


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All of our activities have safety rules so that a camper may safely and successfully participate in the activity. The safety rules are usually the first thing taught when a camper arrives at an activity. Safety equipment such as life jackets, safety googles, wrist guards, are provided as needed. If a camper wishes to ride, she is required to wear a helmet, and hard-soled shoes with a heel. Some campers choose to wear protective vests, but this is optional.



Our Health Center

Our Health Center is equipped to provide basic medical care and is staffed by two to three registered nurses. Our nurses provide first aid care, dispense medication, and assess injuries and illnesses for additional care outside of camp. In addition, our infirmary houses emergency equipment such as an AED and epi-pens.

Vermont’s largest city, Burlington, is located only eight miles away from Brown Ledge and offers the state’s finest hospital, the University of Vermont Medical school, as well as an abundance of physicians in all specialties, within a 15 minute drive of camp.

Should one of our campers have an illness or an injury that requires medical attention that our infirmary cannot offer, we are fortunate to have a number of excellent health care facilities located near camp.

For non-emergency situations, Colchester Family Practice or the Fannie Allen Walk-In Clinic are our care providers of choice.

In case of illness or injury, a camper’s parent(s) will be notified as soon as reasonable, depending upon the situation.


For children who require scheduled medication, our nurses work with campers and their families to set this schedule and dispense the medication. Typically, our nurses attempt to distribute scheduled medication as close to meal times as possible, but office hours are also available in the evening. Again, the schedule will depend on input from the camper and her family.