2968 Lake Morey Road, Fairlee, Vermont 05045 | 802-333-3400
What Kind of Camp Is Aloha?
For more than 100 summers, girls from the world over have shared the magic of Aloha, surrounded by pine forests, sunlit meadows and Lake Morey’s sparkling waters. Aloha is a traditional sleep-away camp in Vermont for teen girls who love living simply in nature, learning new skills and making fabulous friendships. But Aloha is no ordinary summer camp: it’s a caring, learning community where every young woman discovers her own personal strengths and best self. It’s also fun, every day and every night!
What Do Aloha Campers Do?
Aloha offers all the familiar activities of summer: swimming, canoeing, sailing, hiking, tennis, music, arts and crafts -- and less common ones, too: kayaking, crew, mountain biking, rock climbing, archery, woodworking, theater and photography. Aloha also specializes in wilderness tripping – week-long hikes, white water canoeing and kayaking, and back-road biking through the Green and White Mountains. Aloha campers consciously choose how to spend their days, trying out new activities that expand their horizons as well as improving skills they’re already passionate about. Choice is a hallmark of the Aloha experience that fosters independence, goal setting, and responsible decision making in strong young women.
What’s It Like to Be a Camper at Aloha?
One of the first things you notice at Aloha is the campers’ simple white and green uniform – a T-shirt and shorts or jeans. It’s our way of saying: “See who I am, not what I’m wearing.” You also notice the simplicity of the place: the dining hall in a lovely old farmhouse; the arts and crafts studio in a handsome barn; the rustic assembly hall overlooking the lake. Then you hear bugles marking times of the day, from reveille to meals, to activity periods and rest hours. No cell phones, computers or iPods distract campers from hearing the song of the wind in the pines. By keeping things simple, we focus on things that really matter – the beauty of nature, the fun we create for ourselves, the joys of community, the lasting friendships we form.
The Aloha Magic
Every summer scores of returning campers and counselors welcome teen girls who are new to Aloha -- and sometimes a little apprehensive. We pay special attention to helping each newcomer feel at home and at ease in the camp community, and with the three or four girls in her tent or cabin “family.” Aloha “families” live in camp “units” with girls of all ages, participating in cookouts and overnights together, planning surprise parties for the rest of the camp, and entertaining their campmates in special programs and ceremonies.
Campers and counselors say their Aloha experiences have changed the way they handle life’s challenges for the better, and help them to succeed at home and in school all year long. In camp evaluations parents frequently praise the new depth and maturity they see in their daughters: “I can’t believe the girl who came home is the same one who went to camp just a few weeks ago!”
Becoming your best self – in the world and for the world – that’s the essence of a Vermont Aloha summer.