When did camp start? 1990.
How many campers attend Smirkus
each summer? 420.
How many children have we
4,977. They hail from 32 states
and 12 countries.
How many campers continued their training
with the Smirkus Big Top Tour?
How many locations has our “nomadic”
camp had since its founding?
Five. They are Smirkus World Headquarters
in Greensboro, Bolton Valley Resort,
White Mountain School, Sterling College
and Lyndon Institute.
How many Smirkus fans does it take
to change a Smirkus Camp light bulb?
5000! One to turn the bulb and
4,999 to donate the facility.
to know more?
To learn more
about our campaign,
HELP US MATCH A MILLION!
Smirkus in a visionary campaign to raise $2 million
and . . .
* Build a permanent
home for Smirkus
* Help thousands more kids experience
the dream of running away and joining the circus!
* Double financial aid to deserving
* Ensure the long term sustainability
of Circus Smirkus!
By creating a home for Smirkus Camp,
we will provide Circus Smirkus with a strong base
for future acts.
Roughly 200 additional campers annually will
realize the circus dream as we expand the size
and scope of our program. The additional income
we receive from serving more campers will help
us improve program quality, double our scholarship
giving and insure our long-term sustainability.
We’ll increase the camp’s diversity,
offering healthy activity choices to everyone
from inner city youth to at-risk and underserved
children of the local area, a policy that safeguards
the circus tradition of including acts from all
walks of life.
help us deliver on our commitment to build a new
camp to inspire thousands of kids from Vermont,
New England and around the world to reach for
The new camp builds a solid future
with room inside for EVERYONE!
this . . .
A 135-year-old traditional Vermont farmhouse,
nestled on 30 acres overlooking picturesque Caspian
Lake. At the edge of the rolling green
fields stands a monumental post and beam barn
big enough for, well . . . a circus. Growing out
of the fields is a starburst array of big top
tents and open air circus buildings rigged for
trapeze, high wire, and silky, aerial fabrics.
It’s early morning and dozens of eager young
clowns, jugglers and acrobats race from the dorms,
impatient to experience the magic of circus and
the fun and friendships that form in a traditional
don't need to pinch yourself because this enchanted
place is real! Circus Smirkus
has an option to purchase this property in Greensboro,
VT, only five miles from our current World Headquarters.
The new Smirkus Camp combines the best of Vermont
history with new construction designed to take
advantage of our 23 years of camp experience.
A stately and storied traditional Vermont farmhouse
hosting the administrative offices. A newly converted
commercial kitchen serving nutritious, fresh,
local Vermont foods. A hundred year old post and
beam barn turned great hall and dining room, preloaded
with generations of stories of family celebrations.
Two new camper/counselor dorms arranged in half
circles reminiscent of gathering around a camp
fire or sitting in sawdust ringside at the circus.
Winterized housing providing separate quarters
for the coaches and an expanded nurse’s
station and camp store. Outdoor dining porches
adjacent to the great hall. An open-air balance
pavilion with a firm, flat floor for novice unicyclists,
newbie stilt walkers, and neophytes just learning
the rolling globe.
An indoor performance space and locker rooms,
potentially providing an activity center for both
Smirkus and the local community.
to know more?
To learn more about our
Ed LeClair, Executive Director, 802-533-7443 x35