youth day camps

2023 schedule will be posted in January

week 1     Earthlings  - FULL

June 13-17     ages 6-11     $250

To start the summer, we like to focus on orienting ourselves to the landscape and re-discovering the wilderness surrounding Wright Park. We will come into the rhythm of camp life together and connect with the land through careful observation of our surroundings, playing games, building, crafting, learning and adventuring in classic Terrahana fashion. We’ll make sure to send the campers home each afternoon nice and dirty after a long day of playing in our forest home and experiencing the joys of living outside together!

Monday through Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm

Location:   Wright Park in Middlebury

week 2     Animal Forms   - FULL

June 20-24     ages 6-11     $250

In this session we give special attention to our local wildlife, as we appreciate the animals around us and explore their characteristics, routines and relationship to the land. Mentors bring in artifacts found in the woods to share and discuss, and perhaps we find some of our own together during the week. Emphasis will be on stories and games that ask us to embody our animal relations, perhaps gaining deeper understandings and respect for all life while mimicking animal behavior and seeing through their eyes.

Monday through Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm

Location:   Wright Park in Middlebury

week 3     Smoke Signals   - FULL

July 11-15     ages 8-12     $250
*no camp on Wednesday, July 13

This is the week where we go deeper into the theme of Fire together. Fire plays a very important role in our experience at camp and is typically one of the most fascinating aspects of life in the woods for most of our village. Campers develop their own relationship with this element, learning safety, their comfort zone, new skills, building and tending abilities in a supervised environment. We explore different ways to make a fire and discuss how people of various cultures build their fires and ovens to sustain their livelihoods. Children hopefully come away with a new awareness, appreciation and respect for this element. Heat and transformation play a role in the majority of our activities and projects this week in Terrahana Land. 

Tuesday through Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm

Location:   Wright Park in Middlebury

week 4     Elderberries   - FULL

August 8-12 (overnight Thurs)     ages 10-13     $300

We are very excited to announce that this year, Terrahana will be collaborating with Mo Bissonnette for Elderberries! Expect some great energy, awesome games and adventures, and lots of fun surprises as we team up for a special week.

Elderberries is a session when campers naturally tend to explore the deepening of relationship - with the land, each other, and themselves. This week culminates in an overnight campout, giving us a chance to push the boundaries a little farther for ourselves as we open to a new perspective on the land we have come to know so well.

Monday through Thursday, 9:00am-3:00pm

overnight on Thursday & final pickup Friday morning at 9am

Location:   Terrahana Forest in Ripton

week 5     Plant People   - FULL

August 15-19     ages 6-11     $250

The Plant Kingdom is the theme that guides us through this week as we explore the herbaceous and woody life around us - the many flowering plants, mosses, ferns, grasses and trees big and small of Wright Park. Make sure to bring a sketchbook (and field-guide if you wish) as we expect lots of wildflowers to be in bloom. We not only learn the names but also experiment and get acquainted with our plant allies through hands-on activities.  If learning wild edibles and survival is of interest to your child, this week at Terrahana will be particularly enjoyable. One day this week will be spent swimming at Lake Dunmore, with a hike up to the Falls of Lana or Silver Lake. Please note that when this day is scheduled we will be meeting at Branbury State Park on Lake Dunmore in Salisbury.

Monday through Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm

Location:   Wright Park in Middlebury

If you are interested in being added to the waitlist for one or more sessions this year, please read our registration process below.

registration information

Thank you for your interest in registering for Camp Terrahana!

The open registration period for 2022 is now over, and all camps are full. However, you are still welcome to register for the waitlist using this form. Sign ups are on a first-come basis.

When you are registering, you may select one or more weeks on the same form. We kindly ask parents to be thorough in answering the questions on the form, even if we already know your child. This helps us understand our campers and group dynamics a bit before summer starts. This information is obviously important for our newcomers, and for those returning campers, it informs us of new interests and favorite activities that they enjoyed with us previously. We really appreciate a little time in looking over the questions with your child as it helps us be better prepared to offer activities that try and reach everyone.

If a space becomes available and you are enrolled, a non-refundable deposit of $50 per session will be required to confirm your space. Your deposit must be received within 10 days of notification of your enrollment. The remaining balance of your tuition is due by May 16. If you register after May 16, full tuition is due within 10 days of receipt of your enrollment confirmation. If payment is late, your space may be given to the next camper on the waitlist. If you sign up for a waitlisted session, you only need to submit payment if and when a space becomes available.

If you need to cancel enrollment for any reason, you will receive a full refund (minus the deposit) if you inform us at least 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the session you are cancelling. Cancellations made with fewer than 6 weeks until the start of the session cannot be refunded. For additional refund policies in the era of COVID-19, please see our Procedures & Info.

Thank you for taking the time to read about our process.
If you have any further questions, please email

You may find our general policies and most current COVID-19 information here. These reflect our current operations and apply to all upcoming programs.