A Typical Day

Founded in 1994, our family camp programs remain as popular as ever--people of all ages from all over the United States, Canada, and abroad spend their family vacations with us. This summer we'll be offering four fabulous weeks of our Camp Common Ground programs in Starksboro, Vermont.

Arrival and Departure: 

Each session of Camp Common Ground begins on Saturday afternoon and ends on Friday morning. For specific dates and fees, click here. Meals begin with dinner on arrival day, and end with breakfast on departure day. Your camper packet will contain more details including directions, packing lists, program information, and more. 

A Typical Day Might Look Like . . .

6:30 - 7:30 am - Yoga
The days at family camp start with yoga for those who wish to participate. Others may prefer to catch a little extra sleep before heading to the dining hall for breakfast.

A group of people do chair pose during morning yoga practice at Camp Common Ground.

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7:30 - 8:30 am - Scrumptious Breakfast

9:00 - 12:00 - Morning Programs for Kids (a mid-morning snack will be served)
Children's programs meet at the Kid Barn. Three to five year olds are offered a variety of arts and music activities, with ample opportunity to explore the natural wonders of our site. Older children enjoy numerous outdoor activities - group games, sports, hiking and nature exploration, jumping rope, boat-building and boat-racing on the creek. The Kid Barn has a large indoor space with a basketball hoop, ping pong table, and a variety of arts and crafts materials, books, and board games. Our staff works to create an environment of caring and compassion each day.

Childcare for children two and under can be arranged for an additional fee with advanced notice.

A girl and a boy give a "high five" with their tennis rackets on Common Ground Center's Har-Tru tennis courts.

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9:00 - 11:45 - Morning Adult Programs
Adults and older teens can pursue their own interests through exciting courses offered each morning. This time is split into two morning periods (9-10:15 and 10:30-11:45), although some courses will run all morning. Our adult program teachers are professionals who have lots of experience teaching and practicing their craft. Typical classes offered include, but are not limited to:

  • Arts: watercolors, pastels, pottery, print making, glass bead and marble making, silk painting, blacksmithing, collage
  • Music: singing, chanting, samba, chamber music, guitar, piano, songwriting, drumming
  • Movement: yoga, dance, hiking, tennis, sports, tai chi, improv, theater games
  • Reflection: meditation, writing, non-violent communication, nature exploration, relaxation

Sean Qualls, a children's book illustrator, prepares to teach a mixed media collage workshop at Camp Common Ground.

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9:00 am - 9:00 pm Teen Program
In the mornings, teens have the option to participate in one of the adult activities, help out with the kid program, or join a game of tennis or group hike with the exception of Thursday, when teens will go on a full-day excursion to paddleboard on Lake Champlain, go Zip Lining, or another activity that the teen group selects. Teens have free time for lunch and hanging out from noon to 3, then structured activities based on the interests of the group from 3 to 5:30 pm. In the past, activities have included self-defense, swimming, jewelry making, mural painting, and more. From 6:15 to 6:45, teens lead fun and games for younger kids who are fast eaters so that their parents can finish dinner at a leisurely pace! Depending on the night, teens may participate in a special teens-only activity, like a campfire or group outing, or they can opt into the camp-wide activity, such as Quidditch or the talent show. Teens are free to hang out at night, but curfew is 11:00 pm, and parents or guardians are responsible for enforcing this policy.

Teen group and youth leaders enjoy ice cream on a sunny day in Burlington, Vermont.

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12:00 - Camper Circle
Kids & Adults meet together to share announcements, appreciations, and games!

Emily Gibbs leads noon circle at Camp Common Ground.

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12:30 - 1:15 - Delicious Lunch

1:15 - 2:15 - Quiet & Rest Hour
The hour after lunch is a quiet time, for napping and impromptu activities.

1:30 - 4:00 - Family Swimming

Lifeguards are on duty at our two-acre swimming pond. Some people also choose to take a refreshing dip in Lewis Creek, which borders the property.

A girl swimming with goggles on her head smiles for the camera.

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2:00 - 4:30 - Afternoon Multi-Age Programming
Program offerings during the afternoons are not divided by age, but are geared to the whole family. Activities may include family hikes, tours of nearby Footprint Farm, an organized game of softball or soccer, archery lessons, arts and crafts, wilderness skills classes, and more!

5:30 - 6:30 - Yummy Dinner

6:15 - 6:45 - Games for Fast Eaters
While adults may linger over their meal, children who have finished can choose to participate in group activities called "Games for Fast Eaters", organized by the children's staff. Adults are free to participate as well.

7:00 - 8:30 - Evening Activities
Our evening program begins after dinner with an activity for everyone, such as a contra dance, group games, campfires, storytelling, live music, and popcorn eating. Of course there is the end of the week extravaganza, the Big Show on Thursday night, where everyone is encouraged to strut their stuff.

A group of adults sings songs together by the campfire at Camp Common Ground family camp.

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9:00 - All Camp Quiet Time
The diehards may still play quiet games and chat until the wee hours. However, please respect our neighbors and other campers by refraining from any loud noises or activities. Sweet dreams!

Click for information on Rates and Registration.