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Happy Fourth of July!

The whole town of Greensboro and all of Smirkus Camp celebrated by marching down past The Willey’s Store to the Town Hall in the Greensboro Funky Fourth of July parade. Leading the Smirkus Camp jugglers, hula hoopers, diabolo-twirlers, and kazoo-players atop the backseat of longtime Greensboro resident Clive Gray’s 1930 Pierce-Arrow convertible were three stars of Greensboro: our red-nosed Circus Smirkus founder Rob Mermin, Junior Salls and Mark Lichtenstein. It is truly amazing the magic that one person with a dream can build. Over the past 28 years that dream lit a spark in people’s hearts, and the dream grew…

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Sunset in the NEK

Double rainbows, the Northern Lights, mist through the mountains, beautiful rain showers and incredible sunsets are just a daily part of life at Smirkus Camp. In our fast paced lives, we are truly thankful to be able to appreciate the natural world everyday. Yesterday the sunset painted the clouds above the mountain a pastel sorbet… I wanted to take a huge bite but instead I set up the GoPro and captured a time lapse of the waning daylight. Take a look and enjoy! All the best, Hannah

Tutu Tuesday!

Hey! Let me ask you something…I know you are probably having a really fantastic Tuesday. I know your Tuesday is top notch. But what does your Tuesday not have? Is the answer a tutu? Yes? Then read more to find out about how your very own tutu will enhance every aspect of your Tuesday schedule! Scientists everywhere agree that tutus are a critical component to living a full, productive and FUN Tuesday. Why have a normal Tuesday when you can have a Tutu Tuesday?! What are the benefits of a tutu on Tuesday? Find out below! Tutus are extraordinarily beneficial…

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Magic is on the way…

Session II of Smirkus Camp is underway! A Smirkus week flies by so fast, which is why we love these two-week sessions. Over the next 14 days we will really get to know the campers who arrived yesterday; we will become little family units, working together and even celebrating a holiday together, the FUNKY FOURTH! This summer staff and campers are so excited to march in the Greensboro 4th of July Parade, complete with silly costumes, hula hoops, some juggling and a lot of clowning around! We are very happy to see new and old faces who have come to…

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Smirkus Camp Session I: Through the lens of Head Counselor, Pheylan Martin

Smirkus Camp Session I has come to a close! For our very first official week-long Session at our brand new permanent home, we will recap the week for you via a very special guest. Head Counselor Pheylan Martin, from East Granville, Vermont, first came to camp in 2002 (through 2010) as a camper. Now in his fourth season on staff, as Head Counselor, you can find him around campus juggling, unicycling, and (this week) taking magnificent photos–sharing his talent behind a camera for all of us to enjoy! Pheylan studied Engineering at the University of Vermont, and will be returning…

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First Day of Summer, First Day of Camp!

Here at Smirkus Camp, the first day of summer means that our Session I campers have arrived! We have over 80 campers joining us from all over the U.S. for a full week of circus challenges, goofy games, and incredible summer memories. My role at registration is to take a photo of every camper with their name tags. This helps us make sure we capture every camper having a blast at Smirkus Camp! While taking photos, I got to poll the campers to find out what they were most excited to try while here this week, and aerial silks was…

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Going Above

Smirkling Sessions A & B Whether your camper is raring to go, ready for the first day of camp, or visibly nervous about the new experience, the one remarkable character trait that is exhibited by every single camper at Smirkus Camp is bravery. Being brave does not mean you lack fear, bravery means you are willing to try despite your fear. A lot of these young circus stars may be nervous to try new skills, to sleep in a brand new place, and often without knowing anyone. As campers take right-sized risks at Smirkus Camp, they develop confidence, providing them…

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We <3 Smirkus Camp!

Hello Smirkus Family, Last Friday and Saturday we welcomed our very first campers at 41 Clown Alley! THE OFFICIAL *MAILING* ADDRESS OF SMIRKUS CAMP! These young campers got to experience a taste of Smirkus for one whole day! We love being able to offer a day camp that gives kids a look into the camp experience, without the commitment of staying overnight. After an adventurous day of trying all these new circus sports AND learning to be pie-d in the face, we know these kids <3 Smirkus Camp. Havi certainly does! Here’s the Smirkus Recap from Intro to Smirkus Camp Sessions…

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Finding our Forever Home

Hello Smirkus Family, Last night, Smirkus camp staff, Greensboro friends and Smirkus family participated in the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony under our Big Top, Mama Mia. In true Circus Smirkus style, the counselors and coaches back-flipped and tumbled into the ring, balanced on each other in a pyramid, and juggled to open the ceremony. There was an energy in the air that everyone could feel, from the fire hula hooping (by yours truly!), the passing of the fire torch, the wire balancing act, to Smirkus Executive Director Ed LeClair announcing “Let’s cut that ribbon!” the crowd cheered, clapped and even shed…

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