Camp Sessions

 2020 Sessions

Registration for all 2020 Camps opens October 15, 2019

★ Age 5-11: ★ Age 8-16: ★ Age 12-18: ★ Families:
Intro: June 20 All Around Circus Camp:
June 21-26
Intermediate: July 12-24 Fall Family
Weekend:
September 20-22, 2019
Smirkling:
June 13-14
All Around Circus Camp:
June 28-July 10
Advanced:
July 26-Aug 14

2 Week Skill Intensive:
July 26-Aug 7
Scholarship Applications ★

Smirkus campers are happy campers! Watch this video for proof:

Intro to Smirkus

June 20, 2020 •  One Day Only •  Ages 5-11 •  8am-4:30pm •  $195

★ Sign Up

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Get your first look at our summer camp in this one-day camp, designed for first-timers, age 5 to 11, and perfect for the young monkeys and clowns in your house.

Kids will get a general introduction to all of the circus arts skills we teach in our training tents including hanging upside-down on a trapeze, balancing spinning plates that are not Grandma’s china, and walking on a globe instead of the couch!

The day ends with a camp tradition: pie throwing – campers get the opportunity to “pie” their counselors, coaches, each other, and even parents if any of them happen to be hanging around. Intro to Smirkus is a great opportunity to check out some real circus tents in a spectacular setting, get a feel for camp, and try out circus arts training for the first time.

Got A Question?

Ask us here, but read below first! ⬇

★ FAQ: Intro to Smirkus ★

★ Intro To Smirkus FAQ ★

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
★ 12:00 Lunch (provided) & Circus Surprise
☆ 1:30 Circus Fun in the Tents
★ 3:45 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 which will give you a sense of the activities and spirit at camp. We also take pictures of kids during each session and provide access to those digital photo albums to parents.
  • 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 13-14, 2020 •  2 Days, 1 Overnight •  Ages 5-11 •  $425

★ Sign Up

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Take summer camp for a spin in a two-day, overnight session geared toward young campers, age 5 to 11, trying out camp or the circus arts for the first time.

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

Kids learn the fine art of the forward roll, the mysteries of juggling, and the delight of clowning around under authentic circus tents. At the end of the two-day session, parents join in the fun with campers at our traditional Pie Throwing celebration.

 

Got A Question?

Ask us here, but read below first! ⬇

★ FAQ And Photos: Smirkling Camp ★

★ Smirkling Camp FAQ

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 which will give you a sense of the activities and spirit at camp. We also take pictures of kids during each session and provide access to those digital photo albums to parents.
  • 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.



All Around Circus Camp

June 21-26, 2020 • One Week, Overnight • Ages 8-16 • $1345 OR
June 28-July 10, 2020 • Two Weeks, Overnight • Ages 8 to 16 • $2475 
 

★ Sign Up

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Live your best circus life at Smirkus Camp in a one- or two- week session of general circus camp, designed for campers at any skill level, age 8 to 16.

Whether you are training at a circus school in your home community or this is your first time seeing a lyra, our professional coaches are skilled at training every level to build on the skills in a wide variety of circus disciplines including acrobatics, aerials, juggling, clowning, balance, unicycling, and more.

With a final opportunity to show off your new-found skills for your family on the final day at camp, general circus camp is the ultimate summer camp experience: circus arts classes mixed with summer camp fun makes for one awesome summer!

*Choose a one-week camp or a two-week camp, or combine to form a three-week camp by adding a layover!

Got A Question?

Ask us here, but read below first! ⬇

★ FAQ: All Around Circus Camp ★

★ All Around Circus Camp FAQ ★

Campers arrive for their week-long sleepover adventure between 3-4:30pm on June 21st. Pick up campers in time to watch a skills rotation showcase that begins at 3pm 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 which will give you a sense of the activities and spirit at camp. We also take pictures of kids during each session and provide access to those digital photo albums to parents.
  • 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 here

…or ask us a question here.



Intermediate Camp (placement video required)

July 12-24, 2020 • Two Weeks • Ages 12-18 • 3 programs, prices vary

★ Sign Up

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Are you really passionate about the circus arts? Do you want to start using those acrobatic and dance skills in new ways?

This session is for youth who have background in circus arts or movement studies and requires a placement video for its various programs. 

This two week Smirkus Camp session 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 (such as juggling and unicycling clubs), gymnastics, and cheerleading programs.

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

★ Ensemble:

★ Ensemble ★

Prior Circus Training Recommended • Age 12-18 •  $2475 

★ Sign Up

No video audition needed.

Campers will be asked to fill out a questionnaire of their specific skills and interests prior to attending camp. Registration opens November 1, 2018.

Who Should Apply:

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.

  • The first week, campers will focus on their individual circus training during morning and afternoon classes. The second week, campers 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 final choreographed show for family and friends on the final day of the session.

Got A Question? Ask Us Here.

★ Skill Intensive:

★ Skills Intensive ★

Video Required • Age 12-18 •  $2845 

★ Sign Up

 

 

Skills Intensive is a placement-based program.

A video showcasing your camper’s skills and personality is the only  requirement this year.

Campers choose two disciplines to focus on: aerial, acrobatics, juggling, clowning, or balance. They will receive training and guidance to develop a unique act of their own, and will have the opportunity to make group, partner, and solo acts for the final camp show performance.

 

Who Should Apply:

Enthusiastic campers ages 12 to 18 who are interested in performing are encouraged to send in a placement video for this opportunity.

These acts will be performed for family and friends at the end of the camp session. Campers will also enjoy traditional camp activities such as dinner dress-up and capture the flag.

Video Information:
Your video should be approximately 2-3 minutes long and showcase a wide variety of circus skills, highlighting 2 or 3 of your best moves. Please also answer the following questions on camera:

  • What is your name, age, and background as a circus performer?
  • What program(s) are you auditioning for? Please state your preferred camp.
  • Why do you want to participate in an advanced Smirkus Camp program?

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.

Once you are in the camp registration system, please select the program(s) you would like to be considered for. Based on your audition video, the review committee will determine which program best suits your skill set, skill level, and performance.

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

★ Junior Road Show:

★ Junior Road Show ★

Video Required • Age 12-16 •  $2745 

★ Sign Up


Junior Road Show is a placement-based program.

A video showcasing your camper’s skills and personality is the only requirement this year.

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.

 

Who Should Apply:

Enthusiastic campers ages 12 to 16 who are interested in performing are encouraged to register and send in a placement video 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.

Video Information:
Your video should be approximately 2-3 minutes long and showcase a wide variety of circus skills, highlighting 2 or 3 of your best moves. Please also answer the following questions on camera:

  • What is your name, age, and background as a circus performer?
  • What program(s) are you auditioning for? Please state your preferred camp.
  • Why do you want to participate in an advanced Smirkus Camp program?

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.

Once you are in the camp registration system, please select the program(s) you would like to be considered for. Based on your audition video, the review committee will determine which program best suits your skill set, skill level, and performance.

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

* 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 on a rolling basis.

View our Smirkus Camper & Family Handbook (includes packing lists!)



Advanced Circus Camp (Video Required)

July 26 – August 14, 2020 • 3 Weeks • Ages 12-18 • 3 programs
July 26 – August 7, 2020 • 2 Weeks • Ages 12-18 • Skills Intensive

★ Sign Up


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.

This session is made up of 4 audition-based programs. You only need to make 1 placement video to apply for 1 or more of the Advanced Camps. Selection to each program is determined based on recommendations from our coach-led review committee.

Video Information:
Your video should be approximately 2-3 minutes long and showcase a wide variety of circus skills, highlighting 2 or 3 of your best moves. Please also answer the following questions on camera:

  • What is your name, age, and background as a circus performer?
  • What program(s) are you auditioning for? Please state your preferred camp.
  • Why do you want to participate in an advanced Smirkus Camp program?

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

Once you are in the camp registration system, please select the program(s) you would like to be considered for. Based on your placement video, the review committee will determine which program best suits your skill set, skill level, and performance.

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

Applicants can apply to one of four different Advanced Camp programs:

★ Ensemble: Video Required

★ Ensemble ★

Video Required •  $3900

★ Sign Up

Ensemble is a placement-based program.

A video showcasing your camper’s skills and personality is the only requirement this year.

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.

How The Session Is Structured:

  • In the first week and a half, 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. For the final performance, students will select, create, and participate in 2-3 acts as well as the opening or closing sequence.
  • 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. This show is themed, choreographed, and costumed.

 

★ Road Show: Video Required

★ Road Show ★

Video Required •  $4100

★ Sign Up

Road Show is a placement-based program. 

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

Who Should Apply:

Road Show is a group of 12 campers, ages 13 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 and a half of intense training, campers will spend mornings, afternoons and evenings creating their show.
  • Approximately mid-second week, campers start to 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!

 

★ Individual Acts: Video Required

★ Individual Acts ★

Video Required •  $4200 

★ Sign Up

Individual Acts is a placement-based program. 

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

Who Should Apply:

Individual Acts is for twenty young adults, ages 13 to 18, with self-motivation and a strong desire to create and perform in the circus arts community. Campers will choose a discipline and train, create, and rehearse an act with a coach. Campers in this program also participate in general circus classes.

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 specialized performance.

  • 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 specialized performance.
  • With the assistance of the coaches and staff, campers will develop a 2-3 minute individual 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 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 Individual Acts campers will perform their acts in a showcase for family and friends on the final day of camp.
  • 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  area of concentration.


★ Skills Intensive: Video Required

★ Skills Intensive ★

2 weeks: July 28-August 9 • Audition Required •  $2845 

★ Sign Up

Skills Intensive is a placement-based program.

A video showcasing your camper’s skills and personality is the only requirement this year.

Campers choose two disciplines to focus on: aerial, acrobatics, juggling, clowning, or balance. They will receive training and guidance to develop a unique act of their own. Enthusiastic campers ages 13 to 18 who are interested in performing are encouraged to register and audition for this opportunity. Campers will also enjoy traditional camp activities such as dinner dress-up and capture the flag.

Please contact camp@smirkus.org if you would like to audition for this program.

Video Information:
Your video should be approximately 2-3 minutes long and showcase a wide variety of circus skills, highlighting 2 or 3 of your best moves. Please also answer the following questions on camera:

  • What is your name, age, and background as a circus performer?
  • What program(s) are you auditioning for? Please state your preferred camp.
  • Why do you want to participate in an advanced Smirkus Camp program?

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.

Once you are in the camp registration system, please select the program(s) you would like to be considered for. Based on your audition video, the review committee will determine which program best suits your skill set, skill level, and performance.

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




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.

Scholarship applications will open later this fall for all 2020 camp sessions.

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 2019 Fees, Conditions, & Policies – PDF

View our Smirkus Camper & Family Handbook (includes packing lists!)

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.

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
409 Breezy Ave
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