Smirkus Camp

Video by: Hannah Stanton-Gockel

Join us this summer!

An incredible Vermont summer of circus fun awaits you at Circus Smirkus Camp! You’ll feel the magic the moment you step inside one of our spectacular European Big Top Tents set amongst the lush, green hills of Vermont. It’s a kid’s dream come true!

Our circus professionals welcome you to a vast array of circus arts:
acrobatics, clowning, juggling, aerials, balance and much more. Friendships form fast as we support each other to fly high above the ring and learn to take a pie in the face… on cue!




Safety is our number one priority and that includes warming up our bodies to prepare for all the jumping, bending, twisting and contorting the kids will do throughout the day. After warm-ups, campers are split into mixed groups of age, gender and skill to rotate between the four core classes of Acrobatics, Juggling, Aerials and Performance. In the afternoon, campers get to choose from a variety of circus classes that change from day to day and that give campers the opportunity to try out new tricks or to work harder on skills they already love. Our supportive coaches and counselors will assist each camper with working toward their individual goals in a fun and friendly team setting.


Here’s a list of some of the circus skills we’ve got up our sleeves at Smirkus Camp:

Acrobatics: Tumbling, Partner Acro, Human Pyramids, Mini-Tramp, Body Movement, Contortion, Parkour, Jump Rope.

Aerials: Fabric/Tissue/Aerial Silks, Lyra & Aerial Hoop, Spanish Web & Rope, Straps & Handloops, Cloudswing, Hammock & Sling, Chinese Pole, Single, Double, Triple, Swinging, Dance & Duo Trapeze.

Balance: Tightwire, Rolling Globe, Stilts, Unicycle, Rola Bola.

Juggling: Scarves, Balls, Rings, Clubs, Fruit, Contact & Pass Juggling, Diabolo, Devilsticks, Cigar Boxes, Poi, Hats,  Shaker Cups, Manipulation.

Performance: Clowning, Improv, Slapstick, Pantomime, Gag Creation, Commedia Dell-Arte, Stage Presence, Musical Theater, Style & Smile!

Other Skills: Hula Hoops, Pie Throwing, Dance, Magic, Bubbles, Stretching, Strengthening & Endurance, Safety & Fun!

Traditional Camp Activities

Smirkus Camp offers campers a traditional summer camp experience! Afternoon and Evening Activities range from Scavenger Hunts, Kickball and Capture the Flag to Arts & Crafts, Talent Shows and Camp Fires. Every session includes lots of fun Camp Songs AND a Pie Day where kids learn to take a pie in the face!

Food & Facilities

This year will mark our second year in our new home on 35 acres of hilltop pasture in beautiful Greensboro, Vermont.  We have have separate girls and boys dormitories with campers staying two, three to four to a room. Each dorm has several common areas and is decorated with historical circus memorabilia and props from past Circus Smirkus shows.



Our kitchen and culinary team work around the clock to provide healthy meals using as many quality, locally sourced ingredients as we can find.  Your kids will be very active and challenging their bodies daily so food fit to feed circus athletes is paramount to our mission!



Safety 1st, 2nd – ALWAYS!

There is one thing we are stone cold serious about at Smirkus: Safety!

In her book How to Keep Your Children Safe: A Guide to Parents,” author and former camp parent, Yvonne M. Vissing, uses Smirkus Camp as an example of a camp which makes sure children are safe.

Rest assured. Safety is a number one issue for us at Smirkus and for parents who are shopping for summer camps for their children. But don’t take our word for it. The first sentence in Vissing’s quote below sums it up: “The Circus Smirkus Vermont camp is a model of high-quality care for kids.”