Camp Sessions

 2018 Sessions

★ Age 5-11: ★ Age 8-16: ★ Age 12-18: ★ Adults 21+:
Intro: June 23 Session I: June 24-29 Session IV: July 22-Aug 3 Adult Camp:
June 8-10
Smirkling:
June 16-17
Session II: July 1-6 Session V: Aug 5-17
Session III: July 8-20
Scholarship Applications ★

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INTRO TO SMIRKUS

June 23, 2018 •  One Day Only •  Ages 5-11 •  8am-4:30pm •  $195

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This one-day camp is designed for first-time campers ages 5 to 11, and is a great introduction to the circus arts for all the young monkeys and clowns in your house!

The fun will include the magic of hanging upside-down on a trapeze,  balancing spinning plates, walking on a giant globe, and a general introduction to all of the circus arts specializations we teach in our training tents. It’s a chance for kids to test the waters and see what circus training is like at Circus Smirkus.

The day ends with the opportunity for campers to pie their counselors, coaches, and each other!

Most importantly, your kids will get a feel for what the longer sessions are like, and what fun it can be to learn the circus arts in a spectacular setting under real circus tents.

Got A Question?

Ask us here, but read below first! ⬇

★ FAQ And Photos: Intro to Smirkus ★

★ Intro To Smirkus Photos & FAQ ★

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Intro To Smirkus Camp Favorites

While your camper is enjoying a day of circus and Smirkus magic, take a look at what the beautiful Northeast Kingdom has to offer for your day!

Daily Schedule

☆ 8:00 Registration at the Circus Tents
★ 8:30 Camper Introductions & Games
☆ 9:00 Circus Introductions & Warm-ups
★ 9:30 Circus Classes
☆ 11:30 Strengthening Games
★ 12:00 Lunch & Tagnificence
☆ 1:30 Circus Fun in the Tents
★ 3:00 Pie Day Celebration with family & friends

*Please note that the schedule, and the listed dates and times are tentative and may change.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • What are some of the non-circus related activities?
    Smirkus Camp has an afternoon group activity and an evening activity daily, that is not circus related. They vary each day. Some afternoon activity examples include “Capture the Flag,” Arts and Crafts, Tie Dye, Friendship bracelet making, Kickball, Frisbee, Board Games etc. Evening Activities include, movie night, camper (voluntary) and staff talent shows, special guest speakers, and dances.
  • What is Dinner Dress-up?
    Campers and staff dress up to a theme every night for dinner. The themes are announced at lunch on the day of, and can vary drastically. Don’t worry about bringing costume clothing from home (although many do!), Smirkus provides four large wardrobe closets. Dressing up is not mandatory, but is encouraged and a lot of fun!
  • Can I tell my camper that I will come pick them up or that they can stay with me at night if they are homesick?
    To best help your child prepare for and enjoy their experience at camp, we strongly advise parents to avoid setting up “pick-up” plans with their child. Doing so tends to set up the expectation that the child won’t enjoy their experience and implies that there is a reason to be concerned about staying overnight. You can prepare your camper for sleepover camp, by practicing sleepovers at friends/relatives’ houses etc. and by encouraging them to write letters.
  • Can you send me photos of my child at camp during the week?
    Smirkus Camp has a wonderful camp blog and Flickr page. Photos are uploaded daily in each session for parents to browse.
  • Can my camper bring their phone, kindle, ipad, etc to camp?
    Smirkus Camp is electronics free! We go unplugged so that your child may benefit from the rich social environment at camp.
  • Drop Off: what should I expect when I drop off my camper?
    When you arrive to our facility during your designated time slot, you will immediately be greeted by a staff member while you park and receive an onsite registration checklist. You will be directed towards the dorms for onsite registration. After checking into the first station, you will be able to complete your checklist at your own pace. Once each station has stamped your list, hand it to your counselor and wish your camper a happy week!
  • Pick Up: will I get to see my camper as soon as I arrive to pick them up?
    Since our sessions end with either a skills rotation showcase, performance, or Pie Day Celebration, you will not immediately be able to visit with campers as they will be preparing for these events. You will be greeted by camp staff and directed to where the activity is taking place.
  • My camper LOVES aerials (or juggling, etc.), can they train their preferred circus skill exclusively?
    Circus performers are expected to be multi-skilled, and we train in this tradition. Morning tent time is devoted equally on learning and practicing the four major circus arts: juggling, aerials, acrobatics and clowning. Afternoons feature choice time – two hours of electives where campers can focus on improving skills in just one discipline, and/or get better at all of them. This is also when we teach activities such as unicycling, rolla bolla, stilting, and other things that will make your child even more amazing!
  • How do I apply for camp?
    Smirkus Camp uses an online registration called CampDoc for all of your pre-camp paperwork. This portal allows the camper to register for their desired sessions, submit medical, personal, and contact information, make tuition payments, audition for our advanced sessions, and more. CampDoc requires an updated browser to function properly – either Mozilla Firefox, or Chrome.
  • Can you accommodate my child’s dietary needs?
    Yes! One of our three camp chefs specializes in vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and dairy free cuisine. We provide these options at every meal, plus traditional fare. Circus training burns many calories, so we encourage seconds!

★ Sign up for Intro To Smirkus here

…or ask us a question here.


SMIRKLING CAMP

June 16-17, 2018 •  2 Days, 1 Overnight •  Ages 6-11 • $425 (Only 10 spots left!)

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Geared toward families who are new to camp or new to circus, this two-day overnight session is a great experience for young campers and a terrific introduction to the circus arts.

With support from professional coaches and counselors, Smirkling campers will learn a variety of new circus skills, while experiencing the excitement of sleeping away from home.

They will get a feel for what the longer sessions are like, and what fun it can be clown around under authentic circus tents!

At the end of the two day session, parents join in the fun with campers at the Smirkus’ traditional Pie Throwing celebration.

Got A Question?

Ask us here, but read below first! ⬇

★ FAQ And Photos: Smirklings ★

★ Smirkling Camp Photos & FAQ ★

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Smirkling Camp Favorites

While your camper is enjoying two fun-packed days of circus and Smirkus magic, take a look at what the beautiful Northeast Kingdom has to offer for your visit!

Daily Camp Schedule: 

Saturday June 16
★ 8:00 Registration & Move-In
☆ 9:00 Camper Introductions & Games
★ 9:30 Snack & Rules at the Tents
☆ 9:45 Circus Classes
★ 12:00 Lunch and Rest
☆ 1:30 Strengthening
★ 2:00 Circus Fun in the Tents
☆ 3:30 Snack & Afternoon Activity
★ 5:00 Social Time and dinner dress up
☆ 5:30 Dinner with Superhero Theme (costume wardrobe available)!
★ 6:45 Evening Activity
☆ 8:00 Get Ready for Bed Time
★ 8:30 Lights Out & Sweet Dreams

Sunday June 17
☆ 7:00 Rise & Shine
★ 7:30 Breakfast
☆ 8:15 Warm-ups & Circus Classes
★ 10:00 Snack
☆ 10:15 More Circus Fun
★ 11:30 Strengthening
☆ 12:00 Lunch and Rest
★ 1:30 Circus Games
☆ 3:00 Pie Day Celebration with Family and Friends!

*Please note that the schedule, and the listed dates and times are tentative and may change.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • What are some of the non-circus related activities?
    Smirkus Camp has an afternoon group activity and an evening activity daily, that is not circus related. They vary each day. Some afternoon activity examples include “Capture the Flag,” Arts and Crafts, Tie Dye, Friendship bracelet making, Kickball, Frisbee, Board Games etc. Evening Activities include, movie night, camper (voluntary) and staff talent shows, special guest speakers, and dances.
  • What is Dinner Dress-up?
    Campers and staff dress up to a theme every night for dinner. The themes are announced at lunch on the day of, and can vary drastically. Don’t worry about bringing costume clothing from home (although many do!), Smirkus provides four large wardrobe closets. Dressing up is not mandatory, but is encouraged and a lot of fun!
  • Can I tell my camper that I will come pick them up or that they can stay with me at night if they are homesick?
    To best help your child prepare for and enjoy their experience at camp, we strongly advise parents to avoid setting up “pick-up” plans with their child. Doing so tends to set up the expectation that the child won’t enjoy their experience and implies that there is a reason to be concerned about staying overnight. You can prepare your camper for sleepover camp, by practicing sleepovers at friends/relatives’ houses etc. and by encouraging them to write letters.
  • Can you send me photos of my child at camp during the week?
    Smirkus Camp has a wonderful camp blog and Flickr page. Photos are uploaded daily in each session for parents to browse.
  • Can my camper bring their phone, kindle, ipad, etc to camp?
    Smirkus Camp is electronics free! We go unplugged so that your child may benefit from the rich social environment at camp.
  • Drop Off: what should I expect when I drop off my camper?
    When you arrive to our facility during your designated time slot, you will immediately be greeted by a staff member while you park and receive an onsite registration checklist. You will be directed towards the dorms for onsite registration. After checking into the first station, you will be able to complete your checklist at your own pace. Once each station has stamped your list, hand it to your counselor and wish your camper a happy week!
  • Pick Up: will I get to see my camper as soon as I arrive to pick them up?
    Since our sessions end with either a skills rotation showcase, performance, or Pie Day Celebration, you will not immediately be able to visit with campers as they will be preparing for these events. You will be greeted by camp staff and directed to where the activity is taking place.
  • My camper LOVES aerials (or juggling, etc.), can they train their preferred circus skill exclusively?
    Circus performers are expected to be multi-skilled, and we train in this tradition. Morning tent time is devoted equally on learning and practicing the four major circus arts: juggling, aerials, acrobatics and clowning. Afternoons feature choice time – two hours of electives where campers can focus on improving skills in just one discipline, and/or get better at all of them. This is also when we teach activities such as unicycling, rolla bolla, stilting, and other things that will make your child even more amazing!
  • How do I apply for camp?
    Smirkus Camp uses an online registration called CampDoc for all of your pre-camp paperwork. This portal allows the camper to register for their desired sessions, submit medical, personal, and contact information, make tuition payments, audition for our advanced sessions, and more. CampDoc requires an updated browser to function properly – either Mozilla Firefox, or Chrome.
  • Can you accommodate my child’s dietary needs?
    Yes! One of our three camp chefs specializes in vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and dairy free cuisine. We provide these options at every meal, plus traditional fare. Circus training burns many calories, so we encourage seconds!

★ Sign up for Smirkling Camp here

…or ask us a question here.



SESSION I

June 24-29, 2018 • One Week, Overnight • Ages 8-16 • $1,315


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This one-week session is a fun-filled introduction to the circus arts for campers, ages 8 to 16, of any skill level.

Ideal for all kids regardless of skill who want to explore circus, expand existing skills, immerse themselves in Smirkus culture, and make new friends: this session has it all!

Session I ends with a circus showcase, where kids display their new found skills in acrobatics, aerial arts, juggling, and clowning/performance for family and friends.

Got A Question?

Ask us here, but read below first! ⬇

★ FAQ And Photos: Session I ★

★ Session I Photos & FAQ ★

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Session I Favorites

Campers arrive for their week-long sleepover adventure between 3-4:30pm on June 24th. Pick up campers in time to watch a skills rotation showcase that begins at 2pm on Friday.

Take a look at what the beautiful Northeast Kingdom has to offer on drop off and pick up days!

Daily Camp Schedule:

☆ 7:00 Rise and Shine
★ 7:30 – 8:15 Breakfast
☆ 8:15 – 8:40 Warm Up/Morning Run
★ 8:40 – 9:25 Tent Rotation 1
☆ 9:25 – 10:10 Tent Rotation 2
★ 10:10 -10:30 Snack/Improv Time
☆ 10:30 – 11:15 Tent Rotation 3
★ 11:15 – 12:00 Tent Rotation 4
☆ 12:00 – 12:45 Lunch
★ 12:45 – 1:20 Quiet Time
☆ 1:20 – 1:45 Strengthening
★ 1:45 – 2:00 Trick of the Day/Choice Time Announcements
☆ 2:00 – 4:00 Choice Time
★ 4:00 – 4:15 Afternoon Snack/Transition
☆ 4:15- 5:00 Afternoon Activity
★ 5:00-5:35 Dress Up/Dorm Time – Dress up to selected themes such as safari, pirates
etc. (wardrobe available).
☆ 5:40 – 6:20 Dinner
★ 6:20 – 7:00 Downtime/Chores/Additional Store Time
☆ 7:00 – 8:30 Evening Activity
★ 8:30 – 9:00 Relax before bedtime
☆ 9:00 Lights Out

*Please note that the schedule, and the listed dates and times are tentative and may
change

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • What are some of the non-circus related activities?
    Smirkus Camp has an afternoon group activity and an evening activity daily, that is not circus related. They vary each day. Some afternoon activity examples include “Capture the Flag,” Arts and Crafts, Tie Dye, Friendship bracelet making, Kickball, Frisbee, Board Games etc. Evening Activities include, movie night, camper (voluntary) and staff talent shows, special guest speakers, and dances.
  • What is Dinner Dress-up?
    Campers and staff dress up to a theme every night for dinner. The themes are announced at lunch on the day of, and can vary drastically. Don’t worry about bringing costume clothing from home (although many do!), Smirkus provides four large wardrobe closets. Dressing up is not mandatory, but is encouraged and a lot of fun!
  • Can I tell my camper that I will come pick them up or that they can stay with me at night if they are homesick?
    To best help your child prepare for and enjoy their experience at camp, we strongly advise parents to avoid setting up “pick-up” plans with their child. Doing so tends to set up the expectation that the child won’t enjoy their experience and implies that there is a reason to be concerned about staying overnight. You can prepare your camper for sleepover camp, by practicing sleepovers at friends/relatives’ houses etc. and by encouraging them to write letters.
  • Can you send me photos of my child at camp during the week?
    Smirkus Camp has a wonderful camp blog and Flickr page. Photos are uploaded daily in each session for parents to browse.
  • Can my camper bring their phone, kindle, ipad, etc to camp?
    Smirkus Camp is electronics free! We go unplugged so that your child may benefit from the rich social environment at camp.
  • Drop Off: what should I expect when I drop off my camper?
    When you arrive to our facility during your designated time slot, you will immediately be greeted by a staff member while you park and receive an onsite registration checklist. You will be directed towards the dorms for onsite registration. After checking into the first station, you will be able to complete your checklist at your own pace. Once each station has stamped your list, hand it to your counselor and wish your camper a happy week!
  • Pick Up: will I get to see my camper as soon as I arrive to pick them up?
    Since our sessions end with either a skills rotation showcase, performance, or Pie Day Celebration, you will not immediately be able to visit with campers as they will be preparing for these events. You will be greeted by camp staff and directed to where the activity is taking place.
  • My camper LOVES aerials (or juggling, etc.), can they train their preferred circus skill exclusively?
    Circus performers are expected to be multi-skilled, and we train in this tradition. Morning tent time is devoted equally on learning and practicing the four major circus arts: juggling, aerials, acrobatics and clowning. Afternoons feature choice time – two hours of electives where campers can focus on improving skills in just one discipline, and/or get better at all of them. This is also when we teach activities such as unicycling, rolla bolla, stilting, and other things that will make your child even more amazing!
  • How do I apply for camp?
    Smirkus Camp uses an online registration called CampDoc for all of your pre-camp paperwork. This portal allows the camper to register for their desired sessions, submit medical, personal, and contact information, make tuition payments, audition for our advanced sessions, and more. CampDoc requires an updated browser to function properly – either Mozilla Firefox, or Chrome.
  • Can you accommodate my child’s dietary needs?
    Yes! One of our three camp chefs specializes in vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and dairy free cuisine. We provide these options at every meal, plus traditional fare. Circus training burns many calories, so we encourage seconds!

★ Sign up for Session I here

…or ask us a question here.



SESSION II

July 1-6, 2018 • One Week, Overnight • Ages 8 to 16 • $1,315

helloOne week of circus fun awaits kids, of all abilities, in this adventure of a lifetime.

Ideal for all kids regardless of skill who want to expand their circus skills, immerse themselves in Smirkus culture, and make new friends: this session has it all.

Session II ends with a circus showcase, where kids display their new found skills in acrobatics, aerial arts, juggling, and clowning/performance for family and friends.

Got A Question?

Ask us here, but read below first! ⬇

★ FAQ And Photos: Session II ★

★ Session II Photos & FAQ ★

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Session II Favorites

Campers arrive for their week-long sleepover adventure between 3-4:30pm on July 1st. Pick up campers in time to watch a skills rotation showcase that begins at 2pm on Friday.

Take a look at what the beautiful Northeast Kingdom has to offer on drop off and pick up days!

Daily Camp Schedule:
☆ 7:00 Rise and Shine
★ 7:30 – 8:15 Breakfast
☆ 8:15 – 8:40 Warm Up/Morning Run
★ 8:40 – 9:25 Tent Rotation 1
☆ 9:25 – 10:10 Tent Rotation 2
★ 10:10 – 10:30 Snack/Improv Time
☆ 10:30 – 11:15 Tent Rotation 3
★ 11:15 – 12:00 Tent Rotation 4
☆ 12:00 – 12:45 Lunch
★ 12:45 – 1:20 Quiet Time
☆ 1:20 – 1:45 Strengthening
★ 1:45 – 2:00 Trick of the Day/Choice Time Announcements
☆ 2:00 – 4:00 Choice Time
★ 4:00 – 4:15 Afternoon Snack/Transition
☆ 4:15- 5:00 Afternoon Activity
★ 5:00-5:35 Dress Up/Dorm Time – Dress up to selected themes such as safari, pirates etc.(wardrobe available).
☆ 5:40 – 6:20 Dinner
★ 6:20 – 7:00 Downtime /Chores/Additional Store Time
☆ 7:00 – 8:30 Evening Activity
★ 8:30 – 9:00 Relax before bedtime
☆ 9:00 Lights Out

*Please note that the schedule, and the listed dates and times are tentative and may change.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • What are some of the non-circus related activities?
    Smirkus Camp has an afternoon group activity and an evening activity daily, that is not circus related. They vary each day. Some afternoon activity examples include “Capture the Flag,” Arts and Crafts, Tie Dye, Friendship bracelet making, Kickball, Frisbee, Board Games etc. Evening Activities include, movie night, camper (voluntary) and staff talent shows, special guest speakers, and dances.
  • What is Dinner Dress-up?
    Campers and staff dress up to a theme every night for dinner. The themes are announced at lunch on the day of, and can vary drastically. Don’t worry about bringing costume clothing from home (although many do!), Smirkus provides four large wardrobe closets. Dressing up is not mandatory, but is encouraged and a lot of fun!
  • Can I tell my camper that I will come pick them up or that they can stay with me at night if they are homesick?
    To best help your child prepare for and enjoy their experience at camp, we strongly advise parents to avoid setting up “pick-up” plans with their child. Doing so tends to set up the expectation that the child won’t enjoy their experience and implies that there is a reason to be concerned about staying overnight. You can prepare your camper for sleepover camp, by practicing sleepovers at friends/relatives’ houses etc. and by encouraging them to write letters.
  • Can you send me photos of my child at camp during the week?
    Smirkus Camp has a wonderful camp blog and Flickr page. Photos are uploaded daily in each session for parents to browse.
  • Can my camper bring their phone, kindle, ipad, etc to camp?
    Smirkus Camp is electronics free! We go unplugged so that your child may benefit from the rich social environment at camp.
  • Drop Off: what should I expect when I drop off my camper?
    When you arrive to our facility during your designated time slot, you will immediately be greeted by a staff member while you park and receive an onsite registration checklist. You will be directed towards the dorms for onsite registration. After checking into the first station, you will be able to complete your checklist at your own pace. Once each station has stamped your list, hand it to your counselor and wish your camper a happy week!
  • Pick Up: will I get to see my camper as soon as I arrive to pick them up?
    Since our sessions end with either a skills rotation showcase, performance, or Pie Day Celebration, you will not immediately be able to visit with campers as they will be preparing for these events. You will be greeted by camp staff and directed to where the activity is taking place.
  • My camper LOVES aerials (or juggling, etc.), can they train their preferred circus skill exclusively?
    Circus performers are expected to be multi-skilled, and we train in this tradition. Morning tent time is devoted equally on learning and practicing the four major circus arts: juggling, aerials, acrobatics and clowning. Afternoons feature choice time – two hours of electives where campers can focus on improving skills in just one discipline, and/or get better at all of them. This is also when we teach activities such as unicycling, rolla bolla, stilting, and other things that will make your child even more amazing!
  • How do I apply for camp?
    Smirkus Camp uses an online registration called CampDoc for all of your pre-camp paperwork. This portal allows the camper to register for their desired sessions, submit medical, personal, and contact information, make tuition payments, audition for our advanced sessions, and more. CampDoc requires an updated browser to function properly – either Mozilla Firefox, or Chrome.
  • Can you accommodate my child’s dietary needs?
    Yes! One of our three camp chefs specializes in vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and dairy free cuisine. We provide these options at every meal, plus traditional fare. Circus training burns many calories, so we encourage seconds!

★ Sign up for Session II here

…or ask us a question here.



SESSION III

July 8-20, 2018 • Two Weeks, Overnight • Ages 8-16 • $2,250


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This two-week session offers an extensive circus arts camp experience to campers of all skill levels.

Session III campers have the opportunity to perform a show in front of a live audience under the Big Top. Campers work with coaches to create acts in a wide variety of circus skill areas.

The result is a final choreographed show for family, friends and the community in celebration of two weeks and fun and hard work.

Campers arrive for their two week-long sleepover adventure between 3-4:30pm on July 8th.

Got A Question?

Ask us here, but read below first! ⬇

★ FAQ And Photos: Session III ★

★ Session III Photos & FAQ ★

Use arrows below to navigate (use landscape view on mobile).

Session III Favorites

Take a look at what the beautiful Northeast Kingdom has to offer on drop off and pick up days!

Daily Camp Schedule:

☆ 7:00 Rise and Shine
★ 7:30 – 8:15 Breakfast
☆ 8:15 – 8:40 Warm Up/Morning Run
★ 8:40 – 9:25 Tent Rotation 1
☆ 9:25 – 10:10 Tent Rotation 2
★ 10:10 – 10:30 Snack/Improv Time
☆ 10:30 – 11:15 Tent Rotation 3
★ 11:15 – 12:00 Tent Rotation 4
☆ 12:00 – 12:45 Lunch
★ 12:45 – 1:20 Quiet Time
☆ 1:20 – 1:45 Strengthening
★ 1:45 – 2:00 Trick of the Day/Choice Time Announcements
☆ 2:00 – 4:00 Choice Time
★ 4:00 – 4:15 Afternoon Snack/Transition
☆ 4:15- 5:00 Afternoon Activity
★ 5:00-5:35 Dress Up/Dorm Time – Dress up to selected themes such as safari, pirates
etc. (wardrobe available).
☆ 5:40 – 6:20 Dinner
★ 6:20 – 7:00 Downtime/Chores/Additional Store Time
☆ 7:00 – 8:30 Evening Activity
★ 8:30 – 9:00 Relax before bedtime
☆ 9:00 Lights Out

*Please note that the schedule, and the listed dates and times are tentative and may change.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • What are some of the non-circus related activities?
    Smirkus Camp has an afternoon group activity and an evening activity daily, that is not circus related. They vary each day. Some afternoon activity examples include “Capture the Flag,” Arts and Crafts, Tie Dye, Friendship bracelet making, Kickball, Frisbee, Board Games etc. Evening Activities include, movie night, camper (voluntary) and staff talent shows, special guest speakers, and dances.
  • What is Dinner Dress-up?
    Campers and staff dress up to a theme every night for dinner. The themes are announced at lunch on the day of, and can vary drastically. Don’t worry about bringing costume clothing from home (although many do!), Smirkus provides four large wardrobe closets. Dressing up is not mandatory, but is encouraged and a lot of fun!
  • Can I tell my camper that I will come pick them up or that they can stay with me at night if they are homesick?
    To best help your child prepare for and enjoy their experience at camp, we strongly advise parents to avoid setting up “pick-up” plans with their child. Doing so tends to set up the expectation that the child won’t enjoy their experience and implies that there is a reason to be concerned about staying overnight. You can prepare your camper for sleepover camp, by practicing sleepovers at friends/relatives’ houses etc. and by encouraging them to write letters.
  • Can you send me photos of my child at camp during the week?
    Smirkus Camp has a wonderful camp blog and Flickr page. Photos are uploaded daily in each session for parents to browse.
  • Can my camper bring their phone, kindle, ipad, etc to camp?
    Smirkus Camp is electronics free! We go unplugged so that your child may benefit from the rich social environment at camp.
  • Drop Off: what should I expect when I drop off my camper?
    When you arrive to our facility during your designated time slot, you will immediately be greeted by a staff member while you park and receive an onsite registration checklist. You will be directed towards the dorms for onsite registration. After checking into the first station, you will be able to complete your checklist at your own pace. Once each station has stamped your list, hand it to your counselor and wish your camper a happy week!
  • Pick Up: will I get to see my camper as soon as I arrive to pick them up?
    Since our sessions end with either a skills rotation showcase, performance, or Pie Day Celebration, you will not immediately be able to visit with campers as they will be preparing for these events. You will be greeted by camp staff and directed to where the activity is taking place.
  • My camper LOVES aerials (or juggling, etc.), can they train their preferred circus skill exclusively?
    Circus performers are expected to be multi-skilled, and we train in this tradition. Morning tent time is devoted equally on learning and practicing the four major circus arts: juggling, aerials, acrobatics and clowning. Afternoons feature choice time – two hours of electives where campers can focus on improving skills in just one discipline, and/or get better at all of them. This is also when we teach activities such as unicycling, rolla bolla, stilting, and other things that will make your child even more amazing!
  • How do I apply for camp?
    Smirkus Camp uses an online registration called CampDoc for all of your pre-camp paperwork. This portal allows the camper to register for their desired sessions, submit medical, personal, and contact information, make tuition payments, audition for our advanced sessions, and more. CampDoc requires an updated browser to function properly – either Mozilla Firefox, or Chrome.
  • Can you accommodate my child’s dietary needs?
    Yes! One of our three camp chefs specializes in vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and dairy free cuisine. We provide these options at every meal, plus traditional fare. Circus training burns many calories, so we encourage seconds!

★ Sign up for Session III here

…or ask us a question here.



SESSION IV

July 22-August 3, 2018 • Two Weeks • Ages 12-17 • 3 programs, prices vary

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Smirkus Camp Session IV is for youth who have background in circus arts or movement studies.

It is appropriate for campers who have previously attended any Circus Smirkus program for at least three weeks.

Those who have not attended Smirkus Camp may also attend if they have equivalent training through involvement in other circus programs, juggling or unicycle clubs, or gymnastics and cheerleading programs.

In this session, you can choose from one of three programs:

★ Session IV Ensemble: (3 Spots Left)

★ Session IV Ensemble ★

Prior Circus Training Recommended • Age 12-17 •  $2,410 (3 spots left)

This two-week session is for youth who already have some experience with the circus arts. It provides a solid foundation in the circus disciplines to prepare students for advanced skills in tumbling, juggling, aerial arts, and more.

Campers benefit from additional time in the circus tents throughout the day, without missing out on the fun afternoon and evening activities. A final circus performance will be presented to visitors on the last day of camp.

Got A Question? Ask Us Here.

SESSION IV ENSEMBLE PHOTOS
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Session IV Favorites

★ Session IV Junior Aerial Acts: (Full)

★ Session IV Junior Aerial Acts: Ages 12-17 •  $2,810 (Full)

★ Session IV Junior Aerial Acts ★

Prior Circus Training Recommended • Age 12-17 •  $2,810 (Full)

Junior Aerial Acts is an audition-based program. Spots are filling quickly – submissions are due ASAP.

Similar to Session V’s Aerial Acts program, the goal of this program is to help campers develop into well-rounded circus performers.

They will receive training and guidance to develop a unique aerial act of their own, and will have the opportunity to make group, partner, and solo aerial acts for a camp show performance.

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Smirkus Camp Aerials

Enthusiastic campers ages 12 to 16 who are interested in performing are encouraged to register and audition for this opportunity.

Mornings will be spent rotating through a variety of aerial circus disciplines and in the afternoons and evenings campers will train with coaches to develop their act.
These acts will be performed for peers while being integrated into the Session IV Show performed at the end of the camp session. Campers will also enjoy traditional camp activities such as dinner dress-up and capture the flag.

Audition Video Information: A video showcasing your camper’s skills and personality is the only audition requirement this year. All campers must submit an audition video for this program. Your video should be between 2-3 minutes long, show a wide variety of aerial circus skills, and answer the following questions on camera:

  • What is your name, age, and background as a circus performer?
  • Why do you want to participate in Session IV – Junior Aerial Acts?
  • Do you feel you are able to create and brainstorm act ideas with guidance?
  • Do you consider yourself to be a hard worker?
  • Do you adapt to changes and new situations easily?
  • Why do you want to be a part of Smirkus Camp?
  • Your video needs to be submitted using a link. Most auditionees upload their video to their Youtube page, and then copy the link for submission. Please send your video link to camp@smirkus.org for review.

* If you plan to audition for Smirkus’s Big Top Tour, you must create a NEW CampDoc profile to audition. Big Top Tour Auditions may be submitted between October 1st and November 1st, 2017.

★ Session IV Junior Road Show: (FULL)

★ Session IV Junior Road Show ★

Prior Circus Training Recommended • Age 12-16 •  $2,710 (SOLD OUT)


Junior Road Show is an audition-based program. Auditions were due by October 1st, 2017. The program is sold out.

Those selected for this small team-oriented program will work closely as a group with coaches to produce a 30-minute show in front of live audiences throughout the session.

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Junior Road Show Favorites

Enthusiastic campers ages 12 to 16 who are interested in performing are encouraged to register and audition for this opportunity.

During the first eight days of camp, campers spend mornings, afternoons, and evenings creating and perfecting their show. Campers then perform 2 shows per day for varying audiences, working in the evenings to improve their show and enjoying open tent time.

This is a ground show (no aerials), so acrobatics, clowning and/or juggling skills are required. Dinner dress-ups and other fun camp activities with the entire camp will still be part of every day.

Audition Video Information: A video showcasing your camper’s skills and personality is the only audition requirement this year. Your video should be between 2-3 minutes long, show a wide variety of ground circus skills including your ability to style and smile, and answer the following questions on camera:

  • What is your name, age, and background as a circus performer?
  • Why do you want to participate in Session IV – Junior Road Show?
  • Do you feel you are able to work in a team-oriented, collaborative environment?
  • Do you consider yourself to be a hard worker?
  • Do you adapt to changes and new situations easily?
  • Why do you want to be a part of Smirkus Camp?
  • Your video needs to be submitted using a link. Most auditionees upload their video to their Youtube page, and then copy the link for submission.

* If you plan to audition for Smirkus’s Big Top Tour, you must create a NEW CampDoc profile to audition. Big Top Tour Auditions may be submitted between October 1st and November 1st, 2017.



SESSION V (AUDITION REQUIRED)

Aug 5-17, 2018 • 2 Weeks • Ages 13-18 • 3 programs, prices vary (3 SPOTS LEFT)


Session V programs are Audition-based programs. Auditions are due by October 1st, 2017 – see below for program information.

Smirkus Camp advanced sessions carry high expectations for campers who have a great attitude and are willing to work hard to improve their artistry in self-directed, supervised training, and to rehearse with the focus expected by coaches and the show director.

All applicants are expected to excel in at least one, and have a basic knowledge of at least three, of the following skills: balance, acrobatics, aerials, clowning, juggling, styling and smiling.

Applicants can apply to audition for three different Session V programs:

★ Session V Ensemble (ONE SPOT LEFT)

★ Session V Ensemble ★

Audition Required •  $2,565 (1 Spot Left)


Who Should Apply:

  • This session is for experienced circus artists ages 13 to 18 who have the desire to improve upon their existing circus skills and to learn new ones.
  • Campers accepted into this program must possess the initiative and maturity to collaborate with their peers in creating a circus show and be capable of setting and working toward personal and group goals.

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Session V Ensemble Favorites
How The Session Is Structured:

  • In the first week, campers will focus on their individual circus training during morning and afternoon classes, while the second week will be dedicated to creating and performing a group show.
  • Campers in this program will enjoy afternoon and evening activities outside of the circus tents, in addition to two evenings per week participating in open tent time.
  • This session will give campers challenging circus training and performing experiences, as well as allow them to enjoy traditional Smirkus Camp activities.
  • The ensemble will perform their show for family and friends on the final day of the session.

Audition Information:

Video Information:

Your video should be between 2-3 minutes long and showcase a wide variety of circus skills. Please also answer the following questions on camera:

  • What is your name, age, and background as a circus performer?
  • Why do you want to participate in Session V – Ensemble?
  • Do you feel you are able to work in a team-oriented environment?
  • Do you consider yourself to be a hard worker?
  • Do you take direction well?
  • Why do you want to be a part of Smirkus Camp?

Your video needs to be submitted using a link. Most auditionees upload their video to their Youtube page, and then copy the link for submission.

Click here to audition by 10/1/17. SOLD OUT

* Note: We charge a $50 fee for applications in order to pay our review committee for their time and expertise.

★ Session V Road Show (SOLD OUT)

★ Session V Road Show ★

Audition Required •  $2,850 (SOLD OUT)

Session V-Road Show is an audition-based program. 

A video showcasing your camper’s skills and personality is the only audition requirement this year.All campers must submit an audition video for this program.

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Session V Road Show Favorites
Session V-Road Show is an audition-based program. 

A video showcasing your camper’s skills and personality is the only audition requirement this year.All campers must submit an audition video for this program.

Who Should Apply:Road Show is a group of 10 campers, ages 14 to 18, who perform for organizations around Vermont, such as nursing homes, childcare centers, farmer’s markets, other camps, a Church Street performance, and other outdoor festivals. Those selected for this vigorous and rewarding program work closely as a group with coaches to produce a 30-minute show.

How The Session Is Structured:
During the first week of intense training, campers will spend mornings, afternoons and evenings creating their show. In the second week, campers perform 2-3 shows per day for varying audiences, working in the evenings to improve their show and enjoying open tent time.

This program does not include aerials, so acrobatics, clowning and/or juggling skills are required. Dinner dress-up, free time with your friends, and other fun camp activities are included!

Audition Video Information: 

Your video should be between 2-3 minutes long, show a wide variety of ground circus skills including your ability to style and smile, and answer the following questions on camera:

  • What is your name, age, and background as a circus performer?
  • Why do you want to participate in Session V – Road Show?
  • Do you feel you are able to work well in a small-group environment? Do you consider yourself to be a hard worker?
  • Do you adapt to changes and new situations easily?
  • Do you take direction well?
  • Why do you want to be a part of Smirkus Camp?

Your video needs to be submitted using a link. Most auditionees upload their video to their Youtube page, and then copy the link for submission.

Click here to AUDITION for 2018. SOLD OUT

* Note: We charge a $50 fee for applications in order to pay our review committee for their time and expertise.

★ Session V Aerial Acts: (2 Spots Left)

★ Session V Aerial Acts ★

Audition Required •  $2,950 (2 Spots Left)

Aerial Acts is for twelve young adults, ages 14 to 18, with self-motivation and a strong desire to create and perform in the circus arts community.

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Who Should Apply

How The Session Is Structured:

  • The goal of this program is to help campers develop into well-rounded circus performers by working with guidance to develop their artistic voice and translate it into a unique aerial performance.
  • With the assistance of the coaches and staff, campers will develop a 2-3 minute aerials act, by themselves or with a partner, which can be used for auditions and/or performances outside of camp.
  • Mornings will be spent rotating through a variety of aerial circus disciplines and in the afternoons and evenings campers will train with coaches to develop their act.
  • These acts will be performed for peers and video recorded during week two of the session, and the Aerial Acts campers will be integrated into the Ensemble Show performed at the end of the camp session.
  • Campers will also enjoy traditional camp activities such as dinner dress-up and capture the flag.Chosen campers will have the opportunity to work in small groups, as well as one-on-one, with coaches and an Artistic Director in their aerial area of concentration.

Session V- Aerial Acts is an audition-based program. A video showcasing your camper’s skills and personality is the only audition requirement this year. All campers must submit an audition video for this program.

Audition Video Information: Your video should be between 2-3 minutes long, show a wide variety of aerial circus skills, and answer on camera the following questions:

  • What is your name, age, and background as a circus performer?
  • Why do you want to participate in Session V – Aerial Acts?
  • Do you feel you are able to create and brainstorm act ideas with guidance?
  • Do you consider yourself to be a hard worker?
  • Do you adapt to changes and new situations easily?
  • Do you take direction well? Why do you want to be a part of Smirkus Camp?

Your video needs to be submitted using a link. Most auditionees upload their video to their Youtube page, and then copy the link here.

Click here to AUDITION for 2018. SOLD OUT

* Note: We charge a $50 fee for applications in order to pay our review committee for their time and expertise.



ADULT CAMP

June 8-10, 2018 • Ages 21+ • $580

Adult Camp is for adults 21 and over, and is structured like our youth camp to give you the benefits of a full Smirkus experience. Watch a brief video below:

Each morning our professional coaches provide instruction and practice time in acrobatics, aerials, juggling, and clowning, all in the safe and zany style you’d expect from Smirkus. Like our young campers, adult campers have “choice time” each afternoon with specialized workshops including but not limited to:

  • hand balancing
  • flexibility and contortion
  • yoga
  • unicycling
  • wire
  • stilt walking
  • rola-bola

This camp is geared towards adults who are beginner or intermediate circus enthusiasts looking to practice/train with guidance from professional coaches. This camp is not designed for expert performers.

Get more information including Adult Camp photos, personal insights and schedule information.


SCHOLARSHIPS

Circus Smirkus has long been committed to making circus programs available for as many children as possible, regardless of ability to pay. A limited number of partial scholarships are available to families with low incomes or other financial circumstances.

Click here to begin your scholarship application

There are no fees to apply for a scholarship, and you do not need to register for a camp session before doing so. However, registering for camp ensures that you have a spot saved for the session of your choice this summer.

POLICIES

View our 2018 Fees, Conditions, & Policies – PDFCircus Smirkus Inclusion Policy:

Throughout history, the circus has sought out and celebrated all types of peoples, cultures, and skills to showcase the multifaceted triumph of human abilities. It is fundamental to our values to welcome participants and audience members of all backgrounds with the curiosity, respect, and awe human diversity inspires.

Joining a Circus Smirkus program means you belong. Bias, prejudice, racism, and hatred have no place on our tent. As a company, we are required to follow all applicable laws that prohibit discrimination based on such factors as race, religion, national origin, gender or gender orientation, et al. As a proud upholder of circus tradition we commit to providing everyone equal opportunity to become a star.

VT DOH Licensing:

Smirkus Camp is licensed by the Vermont Department of Health and complies with their regulations. We perform a thorough background check of all newly hired staff, and repeat it every two years for returning seasonal employees.

CONTACT

Circus Smirkus Camp is located in Greensboro, Vermont, just down the road from our main headquarters. Email us at camp@smirkus.org.

SUMMER MAILING ADDRESS FOR CAMPERS:

Circus Smirkus Camp
41 Clown Alley
Greensboro VT 05841
GPS Coordinates
Camp Office: 802-533-2423
camp@smirkus.org

CIRCUS SMIRKUS WORLD HEADQUARTERS:

Big Top Tour Kickoff & Finale (and year-round offices) 
1 Circus Road
Greensboro, VT 05841
GPS Coordinates
phone: 802-533-7443