Camp Sessions




Run away to Smirkus Camp for a one-of-a-kind 1-day to 2-week adventure that you will never forget! Which camp is best for you?

Take a gander at our 2017 camp sessions below for summaries, rates, and dates! 


June 17th, 2017  /  $195

This one-day camp is designed for first-time campers, ages 5 to 8, who want to experience the magic of hanging upside-down on a trapeze, the rewards of balancing a spinning plate on their finger and the fun of walking on a giant globe in this fun-filled day at Smirkus Camp. The one-day camp ends with the opportunity for campers to pie their counselors, coaches or parents! It’s a great introduction to the circus arts for all the young monkeys and clowns in your house! Click here to see summer 2016 photos.


SMIRKLING CAMP  / 2 Day, 1 Overnight / Ages 6 to 9 / *SPOTS AVAILABLE*

June 22nd to June 23rd, 2017  /  $425

Geared toward families who are new to camp or new to circus, this two-day overnight session for kids, ages 6 to 9, is a great experience for young campers. With the support of the devoted counselors and staff, not only will Smirkling campers learn amazing new circus tricks, but they’ll also get to experience the excitement of sleeping away from home, meeting new friends, dressing up for dinner, and of course, celebrating Pie Day at pick up. Check out the excitement from summer 2016!



June 25th to June 30th, 2017 /  $1,315

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. Take a look at summer 2016 here.



July 2nd to July 7th, 2017 /  $1,315

One week of circus fun await 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. Check out 2016’s Session II photo stream for an inside look!



July 9th to July 21st, 2017 /  $2,250

This two-week session gives an extensive circus arts camp experience to campers, ages 8 to 16, with any skill level. Friends become family easily as campers immerse themselves in circus, song, dance, games, dress up and more! Plus, campers work with coaches and counselors to put together various acts for a final circus performance that will wow family and friends. Discover 2016’s Session III on our Smirkus Camp photo stream.



July 23rd to August 4th, 2017 /  $2,410

Smirkus Camp Session IV is for campers who have previously attended any Circus Smirkus program for at least three weeks, or who have the equivalent training through involvement in other circus programs, such as juggling or unicycle clubs, or gymnastics and cheerleading programs. This two-week session encourages campers to work hard at establishing core strengths before moving on to more advanced tricks. Campers benefit from additional time in the circus tents, without missing out on the Smirkus Camp afternoon and evening activities found in our regular 1- and 2-week sessions. Campers work with coaches and counselors to put together a circus performance for family and friends, presented on the last day of camp. Click here to see photos from 2016’s Session IV!

Session IV Junior Road Show! *ALMOST FULL!*

July 23rd to August 4th, 2017 / $2710

This program is designed similarly to the Session V Road Show, but it is designed to incorporate performers as young as 13 into the cast. Enthusiastic campers ages 13 to 16 who are interested in this program are encouraged to register and audition for this opportunity. Twelve applicants will be selected to develop this ground show and take it down the road to all new venues and audiences. Video audition and application for this program are due by October 20th, 2016.


SMIRKUS CAMP SESSION V / Two Weeks / Ages 13 to 18 

Session V prepares campers for performances beyond their Smirkus Camp experience through three different programs: Ensemble, Road Show & Aerial Acts (NEW this year)! These exciting programs carry high expectations for campers who are willing to work hard to improve their artistry in a rigorous and rewarding supervised training experience. Campers selected to participate in any of the Session V programs still get to enjoy the magic of Smirkus Camp with themed dinners, talent shows, Pie Day, and a special evening program! All Session V programs end with a circus performance for family and friends. Take a look at all the fun that happens during Session V!

Ensemble *FULL*

August 6th to August 18th, 2017 /  $2,565

Session V Ensemble is for experienced youths, ages 13 to 18, who have the desire to improve upon their existing circus skills and to develop 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 obtaining personal and group goals. In the first week, campers will focus on their individual circus training goals during morning and afternoon classes, while the second week will be dedicated to creating and performing an incredible, Smirkus-style 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 the zaniness of traditional Smirkus Camp activities. The Ensemble show for family and friends will be on Friday morning at the conclusion of the session. Video audition and application for this program are due by October 20th, 2016.

Aerial Acts *FULL*

August 6th to August 18th, 2017 /  $2,950  

Aerial Acts is a new program for campers ages 15 to 18, with self-motivation and a strong desire to create and perform in the circus arts community. Chosen campers will have the opportunity to work in small groups, as well as one-on-one, in their aerial area of concentration. Each camper will develop a 2-3 minute aerials act, by themselves or with a partner, under the guidance of our coaches. Campers will also enjoy traditional camp activities such as dinner dress-up and capture the flag. Each newly developed act will be presented for family and friends on Friday afternoon at the end of the camp session. Video audition and application for this program are due by October 20th, 2016.

Road Show *FULL*

August 6th to August 18th, 2017 /  $2,850 

Road Show is a group of up to 12 campers, ages 15 to 18, who perform for organizations around Vermont, including a public performance on Burlington’s Church Street. Those selected for this small team-oriented program will work closely as a group with coaches to produce a 30-minute show. Once the show is created, campers will then take it on the road for a week. Road Show campers perform 2-3 shows per day for varying audiences, and continue to rehearse in the evenings to fine-tune their performance. This program is a ground show and requires acrobatics, clowning, and juggling skills. Evening tent time, dinner dress up, and other full camp activities are included! Video audition and application for this program are due by October 20th, 2016

BIG KID CAMP / Ages 21 and up

August 20 to 27, 2017 / $1350

Smirkus Big Kid Camp returns in 2017! Registration is now open! Big Kid Camp is structured like our youth camp in many ways to give you the benefits of a full Smirkus experience. Each morning our professional coaches will 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, Big Kid Campers will have “choice time” each afternoon with specialized workshops such as: hand balancing, flexibility and contortion, yoga, unicycling, wire,  stilt walking, rolla-bolla, and beyond. There will be open time daily for you to relax or explore the beautiful Northeast Kingdom through biking, hiking, walking, and kayaking opportunities. This camp is perfect for Big Kids (ages 21 and up) who are excited about circus but have little or no background in it, or those with some experience but little formal coaching.

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the magic and share your love of all things Smirkus with your kids or just your inner child!



CIT applications are due March 4, 2017.

2017 CIT Tuition
Smirkling Camp: $200 June 22 – 23
Session I: $550 June 25 – 30
Session II: $550 June 2 – 7
Session III: $950 July 9 – 21
Session IV: $950 July 23 – August 4

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 community service hours. Apply for this program by clicking here.


SCHOLARSHIPS  /  Ages 6 to 18

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 strains, and also for youth who reside in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. 

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Scholarships for 2017 are now closed.
  • Applications will receive notice of their award by March 3rd, 2017.

Questions? Please email Allie and Bill at

View our 2017 Fees, Conditions & Policies – PDF

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.