Smirkus Camp

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“When kids first see the tents, their eyes start to sparkle. Their circus dreams are coming true and they are about to step right up and live them.” –Camp Director William Forchion

Spend an incredible summer full of circus fun at Circus Smirkus Camp: the original circus camp. Step inside one of our spectacular European Big Top Tents and join coaches who have performed with companies including Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey, Big Apple Circus, Cirque Us, and of course, the Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour!

Come for one or two days (perfect for first time campers) or come for one to three weeks to live and train the circus life in the lush, green hills of Vermont. At Smirkus Camp, kids develop new ways to challenge themselves, learn skills like teamwork and problem solving, get terrific physical conditioning, AND enjoy fun summer camp traditions like singalongs, costume themed dinners, kickball, and more! Smirkus Camp is a great place to clown around, have a blast, and make lasting friendships with campers from all over the United States.

Watch this video to get a sense of what our camp is like:

What You’ll Learn


  • Aerials:
    Fabric, Tissue and Aerial Silks, Lyra and 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!

Daily Activities

  • WARM UPS: 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.
  • CORE CLASSES: 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.
  • CHOICE ROTATIONS: 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.

View the camp sessions page for more thorough description of the session you’re interested in.

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!

Facilities & Accessibility

DiningHallCircus Smirkus Camp takes place 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!

Accessibility Services

The Smirkus Camp facility is ADA-compliant and our coaches, counselors, and support staff are ready to assist circus dreamers with accessibility concerns to make the most of their camp experience. For more information about accessibility at Smirkus Camp, please call (802) 533-7443 or email



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. “The Circus Smirkus Vermont camp is a model of high-quality care for kids,” she writes.

Rest assured. Safety is a number one issue for us at Smirkus and for parents who are shopping for summer camps for their children.

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.


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.

Notifications of scholarship awards are made in January and March.


View our 2020 Fees, Conditions, & Policies – PDF

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.


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


Circus Smirkus Camp
41 Clown Alley
Greensboro VT 05841
GPS Coordinates
Camp Office: 802-533-2423


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