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Work at Smirkus Camp!

Smirkus Camp is hiring for the 2017 summer season in beautiful Greensboro, VT. Room and board can be arranged for all positions. Click the job title to see job descriptions. All applicants should send their Smirkus job application, resume and cover letters to bill.merrylees@smirkus.org. Smirkus Camp Speciality Cook Head Counselor Prep Cook/Dishwasher Camp Program Director Note: All Applicants to work at Camp in 2017 must be 18 years of age on or before their first day of employment. Camp will be reviewing applications as they arrive. Please provide a Smirkus Job Application, a cover letter, and a resume in your application. Email…

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CIT (Counselor-In-Training) Applications Now Open

Smirkus Camp’s CIT (Counselor-In-Training) Program is now accepting applications until March 4th, 2017.  The CIT program is for current or former Smirkus campers, ages 16-18, who possess lots of enthusiasm, responsibility, and desire to maybe be a counselor someday!  2017 CITs will work one-on-one with an experienced mentor counselor throughout the camp session, and by the end will perform all of the tasks that their mentor counselor does. You will also meet daily as a group with a camp administrator for sharing, reflection, plus special topics and activities. At the end of the program, CITs will receive a certificate documenting their…

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The circus is hiring!

Join us this summer on Breezy Avenue hilltop for a summer camp gig like no other! Smirkus Camp is seeking nurturing, enthusiastic and versatile coaches who specialize in clowning, acrobatics, aerial arts, and juggling. Camp is also hiring a skilled Head Rigger to support tent operations! At Circus Smirkus Camp, you’ll be an integral part of a team that upholds Smirkus Camp values- cooperation over competition, friendship, a love of learning, and fostering life-changing adventures in the circus arts. Interested applicants should send their resume, cover letter, Smirkus job description, and promo video to camp@smirkus.org. Visit the employment page for more information. Handy in the…

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The Spirit of Session V

There’s a busy week at camp and then there’s session V busy!  Everyone at camp has been putting in the sweat and love required to make not one but THREE independent shows that culminate into the Session V experience. Our Roadshow people have been hitting the road over the past week and visiting everything from nursing homes, to children’s centers, to Church Street in Burlington. Our campers have brought the joy and the magic of circus performance to so many adoring people in the community. Another subsection of the session is the Individual acts.  A handful of campers take one…

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Three Ringed Circus Camp

We have arrived at our last session of camp, and it is a real tour de force for everyone. From the leadership team who organized and scheduled the three rings of session five: Ensemble, Individual Acts, and Roadshow, to the coaches, who serve as teachers and directors these weeks creating three unique shows. Not to mention the counselors who continue to guide the campers with their leadership and their dynamite personalities and to the campers themselves, all of whom have worked extraordinarily hard to put their acts together in Session V, and it shows! Click to view slideshow. Speaking of…

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Camp Hits the Road!

Traveling is one of the most universal elements of circus life and this week at camp we followed in that time honored tradition!  Our travels began on Saturday when we boarded buses and headed over to Hosmer Point (HP), a camp run through the Craftsbury Outdoor Center in neighboring Craftsbury, VT.  HP is a more typical outdoor summer camp so they were thrilled to learn some circus-y things from our campers. In reciprocal we enjoyed one of HP’s favorite camp games, a tag type game with herbivores, carnivores, humans and others as the cast of characters.  After the game we enjoyed a beach-side…

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Inspiration Station

Session IV is about half way through and I am feeling very inspired.  Our campers this week are really challenging themselves and working to improve their already impressive repertoire of skills.  Not only are we running our usual camp programs this week but we also are rehearsing for Jr. Roadshow, a small ensemble of campers that will travel with a show they have created this week at camp around the local community. Jr. Roadshow will even perform on the Statehouse Lawn in Montpelier on Monday, August 1st. If you’re in the city, bring your lunch and stop by at noon…

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Freshness Guaranteed

We are mid way through the summer now with Session III!  It’s been a blast of a week here in Greensboro with a full slate of campers coming in to experience their time in the magic of Smirkus.  From climbing to the cupola of Mamma Mia to rolling on the floor of Natalie, and it almost goes without saying, rocking some serious new-wave fashions on the Gravel Carpet to Dinner.  Camp is really getting into its groove as we hurdle forward through the summer. Click to view slideshow. Some may wonder how as a staff we keep things fresh and…

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Happy Campers All Around

It’s a trope, but we’ve got happy campers! When we last saw our heroes they were eagerly anticipating the joys of the second week of camp, and they got that in spades!  We had a glorious chill day and a staff show bursting with talent.  Not to mention a visit from our founder and new best friend, Rob Mermin.  And of course, some breathtaking fashions on the gravel carpet for dinner dress-ups. It’s not been all silliness though, the campers buckled down and honed some seriously cool acts for the show.  Everything from your traditional ball juggling acts to some…

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Double the Session, Double the Fun

We are about halfway through with Session II and it’s been jam-packed with excitement already. Last night we saw the 2016 Big Top Tour, Up, HUP and Away!, which was fun and exciting for lots of people: Counselors Lucy and Abby got to see their brother Ivan perform, Clown Coach Chase Culp (a former trooper 11-13) got to revisit old friends and personally I got to see the tour for the 16th year (in a row.)  Of course for all of us it was nice to see former campers performing their hearts out, and see present campers revel in the…

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