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REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER 2017 IS NOW OPEN!

Run away to Smirkus Camp! We offer camps for kids of all ages, including adults!

Ages 5-9: Ages 8-16: Ages 12-18: Adults Only: Other:
June 17 June 25-30 July 23-Aug 4 August 20-24 Scholarships
June 22-23 July 2-7 August 6-18 August 25-27 Counselors-In-Training
July 9-21 Policies

June 17: INTRO TO SMIRKUS CAMP

One Day Only / Ages 5 to 8 / 8 am – 4:30pm / *SPOTS AVAILABLE* / $195
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Aerial SilkseditedThis one-day camp is designed for first-time campers ages 5 to 8 and is a great introduction to the circus arts for all the young monkeys and clowns in your house!

The fun will include experiencing 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. The day ends with the opportunity for campers to pie their counselors, coaches, and each other! Click here to see summer 2016 photos.

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

Daily Schedule

Intro to Smirkus Camp registration & camper drop-off is 8:00 – 8:30 am on Saturday, June 17th. Friends and family are invited to attend Pie Day starting at 3:00 pm at the tents before taking campers home by 4:30 pm.☆ 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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • How much sleep will my kids get while at camp?
    Campers typically get up around 6:45 – 7:00 to make to breakfast by 7:30. Lights out is at 9:00 in sessions Smirkling – III, and at 9:30 for campers in Sessions IV and V.
  • 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. Campers get an opportunity to plan their attire before dinner with their group. 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. The blog/photos
    can be found on our blog website
    .
  • 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. During downtime, campers enjoy the pleasures of books, journaling, conversation, letter writing, music, and much more. Please check out more about this policy in our Camper Handbook.
  • 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 see your camper upon arrival. They will be warming up,
    gathering their things, and preparing for the show or departure. Smirkus Camp has lovely grounds for you to enjoy while you wait to enter the tents or Pie Zone. Ask any staff member for advice as to where to wait, or if you have any other questions!
  • My camper LOVES aerials, can they do aerials 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!

June 22-23: SMIRKLING CAMP

2 Day, 1 Overnight / Ages 6 to 9 /
*SPOTS AVAILABLE* / $425
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jugglingArrive to camp between 8-9am to begin your adventure.

Pick up your camper the following day after attending Smirkus’ traditional Pie throwing celebration beginning at 3pm.

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!

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:

Daily Camp Schedule:

Thursday June 22
★ 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

Friday June 23
☆ 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.

Bring (or wear) these items:

  • Comfortable fitting t-shirt & shorts/pants OR leotard & tights
  • Sweatpants, yoga pants or leggings (not jeans) for working on aerial equipment (can be worn over shorts)
  • Closed-toed shoes or sneakers or mud boots and clean socks!
  • Swimsuit and towel for pie day festivities (a t-shirt is fine for this activity, as the pie is made of soap)
  • Sweatshirt, jacket, raincoat or poncho (if it’s cold and/or raining)

June 25-30 SMIRKUS CAMP SESSION I

One Week, Overnight / Ages
8 to 16 / *3 SPOTS LEFT* / $1,315

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session1Arrive to begin your week-long sleepover adventure between 3-4:30pm on June 25th.

Pick up your camper following a skills rotation showcase beginning at 3pm on Friday.

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.

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

Daily Camp Schedule:

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

July 2-7
SMIRKUS CAMP SESSION II

One Week, Overnight / Ages 8 to 16 / *SPOTS AVAILABLE* / $1,315 Click here to apply Got a question? Ask us here

helloArrive to begin your week-long sleepover adventure between 3-4:30pm on July 2nd.

Pick up your camper following a skills rotation showcase beginning at 3pm on Friday.

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!

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

Daily Camp Schedule:

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.

July 9-21: SMIRKUS CAMP SESSION III

Two Weeks, Overnight / Ages 8 to 16 / *SPOTS AVAILABLE* / $2,250
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upsidedownArrive to begin your two week-long sleepover adventure between 3-4:30pm on July 9th.

Pick up your camper following a choreographed performance beginning at 3pm on Friday,
July 21st.

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.

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

Daily Camp Schedule:

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.

July 23-August 4: SMIRKUS CAMP SESSION IV

Two Weeks, Overnight / Ages 12 to 17 / *6 SPOTS LEFT* / $2,410
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juggle1Arrive to begin your two week-long sleepover adventure between 3-4:30pm on July 23rd.

Pick up your camper following a choreographed and themed performance beginning at 3pm on
Friday, August 4th.

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!

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

July 23-August 4: SESSION IV JUNIOR ROAD SHOW

Two Weeks, Overnight / Ages 12 to 17 / *ALMOST FULL* / $2,710
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Arrive to begin your two week-long sleepover adventure between 3-4:30pm on July 23rd.

Pick up your camper following their final 30 minute performance beginning at 3pm on Friday, August
4th.

Those selected for this small team-oriented program will work closely as a group with coaches to produce a 30-minute show. Enthusiastic campers ages 13 to 16 who are interested in this program are encouraged to register and audition for this opportunity. Once the show is created, campers will then take it on the road for a week. Junior Road Show campers perform 1-2 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!

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

August 6-18 SMIRKUS CAMP SESSION V

Two Weeks, Overnight / Ages 13 to 18 / 3 programs, prices vary
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Session V prepares campers for performances beyond their Smirkus Camp experience through three different programs: Ensemble, Road Show & Aerial Acts. These 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!

Email camp@smirkus.org with any questions or to
audition for a Session V program.

 

SESSION V PROGRAM 1: Ensemble *9 SPOTS LEFT!*
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.

SESSION V PROGRAM 2: Road Show *ALMOST 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!

SESSION V PROGRAM 3: 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.

August 20-27: ADULT CAMP FOR AGES 21 AND UP

Overnight/ Ages 21+/ *SPOTS AVAILABLE* / $950
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Choose from these Adult Camp options:

  • August 20 to 24/ Overnight/ Ages 21+/ $950
  • August 25 to 27/ Overnight/ Ages 21+/ $500
  • Come to both sessions! August 20 to 27, 2017 / $1350

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.

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 such as:
hand balancing, flexibility and contortion, yoga, unicycling, wire, stilt walking, rolla-bolla, and more. 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 adultswho are excited about circus but have little or no background in it, or those with some
experience but little formal coaching.

Circus is for adults too! Join us!

COUNSELOR-IN-TRAINING PROGRAM

Ages 16 to 18
CIT applications are now closed for 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, team project planning and execution, plus special topics and activities. At the end of the program, CITs will receive a certificate documenting their community service hours. As a tip, we look to our CITs first when hiring new counselors.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Ages 16 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.

Scholarship Applications for 2017 are now closed.

POLICIES

Circus 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.

View our 2017 Fees, Conditions & Policies – PDF

CONTACT

Questions? Please email Allie and Bill at camp@smirkus.org

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