magical Vermont summer of circus fun awaits you
at Smirkus Camp
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You'll feel the magic the moment you step inside
our spectacular European Big Top Tents
set in the hills of Vermont.
It’s a kid’s dream come true!
Our circus professionals welcome
you to a star-spangled spectrum of circus skills:
acrobatics, clowning, unicycle, juggling, tight
wire, stilts, balance and much more.
form fast as we support
each other to fly
high above the ring
and learn to take
a pie in the face
. . . on cue!
Run away to Smirkus Camp, for a
1-day to 2-week adventure you will never forget!
Camp is Best for You?
Choose from 1-day to 2-week day
and residential sessions for ages 5 to 18, with
beginning to advanced skillls.
to Smirkus Camp
One-day introductory day camp for kids 5 to
10 years old.
Two-day (one-night) introductory sleepaway camp
for kids 6 to 9 years old.
- Sessions I, II & III
1- and 2-week sleep-away sessions for campers
ages 8 to 16 with beginning to advanced skill
Camp - Sessions IV
For ages 10 to 17 who have previously attended
Circus Camp for at least two camp sessions,
or have equivalent skills.
Camp - Session V
Campers with intermediate to advanced skills,
ages 12 to 18, apply for 60 spaces in three
programs: Ensemble Work, Individual Acts and
Top 10 Reasons to Run Away to Smirkus Camp:
1. A Tradition of Circus
Smirkus Camp is run by the same folks behind
award-winning international youth circus.
The camp was founded in 1990 so that kids of all
ages and abilities could experience the dream
of running away and joining the circus. In 22
years, Smirkus Camp has helped thousands
of dreams come true. Many have joined the ranks
of our own Circus
Smirkus Big Top Tour, Cirque Du Soleil, Ringling
Brothers, SeaWorld, and the Midnight Circus of
Chicago, just to name a few.
Learn the Ropes from the Pro’s
Our experienced, fun-loving directors, coaches
and counselors have what it takes to fill your
summer with high adventure and low comedy. Camp
Director Megan Rose has 18
years of experience at Smirkus Camp,
including 8 years as the Assistant Director before
she took over as Camp Director from Mary Blouin
Auffert in 2006. Our team of coaches represent
some of the most talented professionals in the
industry and are trained to work with children
and adults, amateurs and professionals.
Real Skills, Serious Fun
Learn the Science of Falling Down
on purpose. Practice the Ancient Art of Pie-in-the-Face.
Go tumbling, ride
unicycles, walk on a wire. We'll even show
you the best way to hang upside down and throw
things (that is, fly from a trapeze and juggle)!
Each camp session is one-day up to two weeks of
fun-filled acrobatics, juggling, clowning, trapeze,
perch, tightwire, Spanish web, unicycling, stiltwalking
and more! No experience necessary, just a sincere
desire to learn about circus and have lots of
4. Every Kid is
With a camp of 72 kids and a 1:3
staff to camper ratio, we are big enough
to make the magic and small enough for every kid
to steal the show.
Success is Guaranteed
Each camper masters new skills
and tricks at her/his own level. There is
no competition with others in the circus –
only cooperation and helping hands to do your
personal best. Our philosophy: Compete
with yourself and cooperate with others.
Safety First, Second and ALWAYS
There is one thing we are stone cold serious about:
Safety! In addition to our professional
coaches, we employ an experienced rigging leader
who performs regular equipment checks to ensure
the highest safety levels day after day after
day. There’s more than enough in place to
catch the mishaps: safety belts on cables for
aerial practice; mats and knee pads; spotters;
supervised practice; and a check-off system that
lets coaches track students' progress.
It’s a Circus
Smirkus Camp combines
the excitement of circus
with the fun and friendship
of camp. It’s
not one or the other—it’s
both. Most circus
camps are day camps,
and most residential
camps often just include circus
arts as part of
a large program. Smirkus
Camp offers a unique
arts training with
in a residential
camp setting. Now
to write home about!
Vermont Makes it Magical
Picture this: bright multicolored professional
circus tents crafted by traditional Italian tent
makers. A quaint Vermont village in the heart
of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. The setting and
accommodations create the ambience for a truly
Welcome in Our
tent is open to a wide
diversity of abilities
and we make extra special
effort to accommodate
special needs, medical
conditions and diet
takes the stage inside
the Smirkus Big-Top!
Kids AND Parents
They say it’s
a dream come true!
Kids get to run away
to a camp that's a
real combination of
and downright fun.
Parents watch their
kids come home with
new skills, new self-confidence
and a touch of circus
If you have any questions, email
us, or call us at 802-533-7443, ext. 23.