Additional Activities and Trips

Needless to say, this is one area of camp that’s most likely to be adjusted for COVID-related health reasons. Keep an eye on this Family Handbook and other correspondence from us to track changes in our trip plans and procedures.

Horseback Riding

We’re thrilled to announce that we will once again be partnering with a highly respected therapeutic riding program this summer to offer our optional horseback riding program! High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program is located in Wilder, VT (less than 30 minutes from camp) and has been in operation for over 20 years. The center uses PATH International registered instructors to deliver their amazing program to their riders.
Learn more about High Horses here:

Over the course of one camp session, campers who enroll in the program will participate in six classes (1.5 hours each) at the High Horses riding center. The classes will be led by High Horses’ instructors, and several Akeela staff members will join each group at the facility. Not only will campers experience the joy of horseback riding over the course of the program, but will also improve balance and coordination, confidence, and expressive communication.

The fee for the program is $575. Space is limited and enrollment forms will made available online on April 15.

Optional Outdoor Adventure Trips

For campers who enjoy the great outdoors, we offer three optional trips:

BIKING – Campers spend a fantastic day biking along the Northern Rail Trail in scenic Grafton County, New Hampshire. This is a nearly flat trail that runs along the old bed of the Boston & Maine Railroad’s Northern Line. The fee for this trips is $50. Space is limited and enrollment forms will made available online on April 15.

CANOEING – Enjoy a canoe adventure down a nearby portion of the Connecticut River. Participants will be taking in the serene vistas of Vermont and New Hampshire’s Upper Valley from the middle of New England’s largest river. The fee for this trips is $50. Space is limited and enrollment forms will made available online on April 15.

HIKING AND CAMPING – This 2-day adventure will include overnight camping in tents and some terrific hiking too. This is a ‘base camp’ hiking trip (as opposed to a through hike), which means that campers will not be carrying packs with all of their food, clothing and camping supplies. The fee for this trips is $50. Space is limited and enrollment forms will made available online on April 15.

ROCK CLIMBING – Avid climbers of our camp rock wall will love this day trip to Rumney Rocks, led by our highly trained ropes course staff. The fee for this trips is $50. Space is limited and enrollment forms will made available online on April 15.

Grade Trips

Our oldest age groups at Akeela go on a special trip towards the end of their camp session:

  • 7th Graders (going into 8th) – Day trip to Montshire Science Museum
  • 8th Graders (going into 9th) – Day trip to Lost River Gorge
  • 9th Graders (going into 10th) – Day trip to Burlington and the Ben & Jerry’s factory
  • 10th Graders (going into 11th) – Two-day trip to Burlington, Ben & Jerry’s and overnight camping… and please pack a sleeping bag!

Grade Trip Spending Money

Generally speaking, our campers have no use for money at camp. When campers are on trips, camp pays all expenses: transportation, admissions, food, etc.

Campers finishing 3rd – 6th grade have absolutely no need for money during their time at camp.

Campers finishing 7th through 10th grade do like to have some extra money on their special grade trips (described above) for purchasing snacks, gift shop memorabilia, etc. In order to simplify the process and to keep amounts reasonable, all families in each age group will be invoiced the same amount of trip “spending money”.

Charges will appear on your camp invoice as follows*:

  • Campers finishing 7th grade: $25
  • Campers finishing 8th grade: $25
  • Campers finishing 9th grade: $50
  • Campers finishing 10th grade: $50

These charges will appear on your invoice, to be paid with camp tuition. We will keep the money in our safe and distribute it to campers on their trips. Any unused money will be returned to the child on the final day of camp.

* NOTE: Occasionally, in order to keep friends and bunkmates together, we will assign a camper to a trip that doesn’t exactly match with their school grade. In those cases, families will be invoiced for spending money that corresponds to the trip in which their child participates.

Family Handbook Table of Contents

  1. About Akeela & About CampGroup
  2. Camper Travel and Visiting Day
  3. Packing List & Baggage Shipping Information
  4. Purchasing Camp Clothing, Prohibited Items & Laundry
  5. Communication: Mail, Phone Calls & Parent Communication
  6. Health Care: Medications, Health Communication, Medical Charges, Other Health Concerns
  7. Food, Health and Wellness
  8. Electronics Policy
  9. Homesickness Prevention
  10. Success at Akeela
  11. Camper Code of Conduct
  12. Additional Activities and Trips
  13. “Open House” Orientation Day
  14. Driving Directions

Important Note for 2021

One of the reasons we have made this Handbook available on our website, rather than sending it by snail mail, is that we anticipate making changes well into the spring, as we learn more about how COVID-19 will affect our plans for this summer. To be clear, camp is definitely opening and we’re ready to keep our campers healthy and safe in any scenario. However, current conditions, as well as guidance from health professionals and the State of Vermont, might affect some of our programs, schedules, policies, etc.