About Our Camps
If you’re looking for a great kids summer camp, Grafton Ponds offers week-long day camps loaded with exciting outdoor adventure, mountain biking and lots of hands-on learning for ages 5-16 years. The environmental camps promote physical fitness, personal responsibility and teamwork. The camps also emphasize care for the equipment we use, and the land on which we live.
Each camp session will include daily mountain bike rides and a variety of activities which facilitate a lifelong connection with the outdoors by enabling them to engage in multiple facets of the outdoor environment. Activities and skills will be tailored for the specific ages of each camp session. Some of the activities offered may include swimming, orienteering, disc golf, shelter building, trail design & building, search and rescue dog demos, knot tying and bike repair. New this year, we will be partnering with the Grafton Nature Museum for a special program each week!
Our last session of camp will be tailored specifically for campers’ ages 11-16 desiring a strong focus on mountain biking and building their skill set within this sport.
Summer Camp Schedule
July 3 – 7: 13-16yrs
July 10 – 14: 9-12yrs
July 17 – 21: 5-8yrs
July 24 – 28: 9-12yrs
July 31 – August 4: 13-16yrs
August 7 – 11: 11-16yrs (bike focus)
Outdoor Adventure Camps
Our beginner camp runs from July 17 – 21 and is designed for two-wheeled adventurers ages 5 through 8. Campers will gain a foundation in mountain biking skills and build confidence and strength, always with an emphasis on safety and fun!!!
Our camps for ages 9-12 run from July 10 to July 14 and from July 24 to July 28. Campers will learn the pure fun of mountain biking through the woods on an excellent trail network. They will be coached and tutored according to their current skill level.
This camp runs from August 7 to August 11 and is structured for intermediate-level mountain bike riders. Campers will build on their bike handling skills and gain confidence and strength while exploring what Vermont summers have to offer to mountain bikers.
These camps are designed for ages 13 to 16 years suggested. Campers will have access to an excellent biking trail network and will be able to hone their skills out on the trails with guidance from experienced instructors.
What You’ll Need
A decent quality mountain bike in good working order is required. We highly suggest bringing your bike(s) to your local shop for a good tune-up before camp. Consider purchasing an extra inner-tube in case of a flat tire, too. Instructors will be prepared for this and have the tools to keep you rolling!
Rental bikes are available at the center for those without bikes. A helmet is required, and eye protection is suggested (sunglasses that aren’t too dark, or clear safety glasses from a hardware store work great) to protect your eyes from mud, branches, etc. Gloves are also recommended, for when hands get sweaty, as well as padded cycling shorts, which are comfortable and come in standard lycra design. An alternative is a more casual cargo short-style that have padding inside yet look like normal shorts. They are often called “baggy” shorts. A light breathable shirt (not cotton, as it gets wet and stays wet) is very nice to have, and a backup shirt, too. A light raincoat if it happens to shower on us. If it’s too daunting weather-wise we can watch mountain biking movies and/ or focus on bike maintenance inside the lodge. A small backpack is very nice and highly recommended to have to carry snacks, lunch, extra water, extra socks, extra clothes, etc. Food is fuel, so pack what you like!
Your bike should have a water bottle (or two) on it to stay hydrated, if not, Camelbak and other companies make great backpacks for riding that have a hydration system built in.
On hot days we will swim on-site, so swimming trunks or a bathing suit and a towel are nice. And always a change of clothes for the end of the day, as we will get muddy and have fun. One cannot forget sunblock and bug repellent, either.
The camps will also teach students how to take care of their bikes, so they will work better, and therefore be more fun!
Before and after each day of riding we will stretch and prepare our bodies for the fun riding, so we’re not sore afterwards. Another big hit with mountain biking camp is trail building, so campers are encouraged to bring a rake or a shovel, clippers or what ever is convenient. It’s a great feeling of accomplishment to ride down a twisty fun trail you helped build!
At the end of the week campers will leave with more respect for the outdoors, and have more confidence and skills on their bikes. Not to mention more strength! And they will have plenty of laughs and good memories that they will never forget.
Any questions call Grafton Ponds. Looking forward to seeing you!
Before 5/1- $225
Before 6/1- $250
After 6/1- $325
*25% off each additional child
*$50 additional for bike rental