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Eagles Descriptions
EAGLES Descriptions
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EAGLES Camp Descriptions – Children Entering Grades 6-8
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Advanced Science of Amazing Raptors (SOAR) Camp
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VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT
Monday–Thursday, 9:00am–4:00pm; Friday, 9:00am–3:30pm

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Advanced SOAR Camp gives campers the opportunity to delve deep into the world of raptors. Campers will work with professional trainers, VINS Rehabilitation Department, and specialized educators to learn about avian anatomy, current raptor research, and the inner workings of VINS’ wildlife services department. With more diversified interactions and up-close raptor encounters, campers will be on the road to becoming wildlife rehabilitators, environmental educators, or VINS volunteers. On the final day of camp, everyone is invited to enjoy an afternoon bird program led by the campers in which they will demonstrate their knowledge and appreciation of these amazing birds. Prerequisite: Campers must have successfully completed a session of SOAR Camp or have equivalent knowledge base prior to attending the Advanced SOAR Camp.*
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Date Description Location Cost Register
AUG 6 - 10 Advanced SOAR Camp VINS Nature Center
Quechee, VT
$325 Register
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*Please contact Lead, Nature Camps with questions or to discuss if your camper is prepared for Advanced SOAR Camp.
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Eagles On Target
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VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT
Monday–Thursday, 9:00am–4:00pm; Friday, 9:00am–3:30pm

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This camp dedicated to learning the art of archery.* Learning to safely and properly use a bow and arrow is a great way for campers to enjoy an active hobby outdoors. Our trained and certified instructors will teach proper shooting form and introduce this activity in a safe and comfortable manner. Each day, campers will participate in a session on proper shooting technique and the role archery plays in nature awareness and appreciation. Campers will also enjoy archery games and a mini tournament at the end of the week. Other activities will include themed crafts, hikes, additional practice on the range, and even how to make archery tackle. All skill levels are welcome.
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*Highly supervised instruction provided by trained and certified staff following all national safety and
use guidelines.
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Date Description Location Cost Register
JUN 18 - 22 Eagles on Target VINS Nature Center
Quechee, VT
$325 Register
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Survival Adventures
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VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT
Monday–Thursday, 9:00am–4:00pm; Friday, 9:00am–3:30pm
Note: This camp is open to Falcons and Eagles

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Survival Adventures is an introductory camp for young explorers to gain a better knowledge and understanding of what it takes to live in the outdoors. Under the guidance of our expert instructors, campers will practice basic skills in areas such as preparing a campfire, building a shelter, looking for animal signs, identifying plants, navigating by compass, and tying knots. Campers will even have the option of participating in an introduction to the use, history, and importance of a bow and arrow as a survival tool.* Daily themes, stories, and mock survival scenarios will encourage campers’ appreciation of nature. This camp provides and great opportunity for young outdoor enthusiasts to build proficiency in basic wilderness and teamwork skills all while having a blast!
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*Highly supervised instruction provided by trained and certified staff following all national safety and use guidelines for archery instruction
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Date Description Location Cost Register
JUN 26 - 30 Survival Adventures VINS Nature Center
Quechee, VT
$310 Register
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VINS Nature Camp at Old Pepper Place Nature Reserve
Field Study Expedition: Ecology of Old Pepper Place (Overnight Camp)
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Old Pepper Place Nature Reserve, Washington, VT
Starting Monday 9:00am; Ending Friday 12:00pm

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Ready for a brand new kind of camp experience? Want to participate in real-world research and help birds at the same time? VINS’ new Field Study Expedition offers an opportunity for campers to engage in a week of field-based, collaborative learning while making their home in the wilderness. Working from the forest communities at the Old Pepper Place, participants will become familiar with forest habitats and the native birds of Vermont that rely on them. Campers will learn and practice hands-on research methods with expert instruction provided by Audubon Vermont and others, while developing an appreciation for biological diversity and natural ecosystems. In addition, campers will work together to present their findings at the end of the week to an audience of VINS and Audubon Vermont representatives, camper families, and other community stakeholders. This beautiful and remote camp location is the perfect setting for this field-based camp. Sleep out under the stars, sit with friends around the campfire, contribute to bird conservation, and join VINS for an amazing adventure this summer.*
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*All activities will be supervised by highly trained instructors and adhere to the strictest
American Camping Association standards.
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Date Description Location Cost Register
JUL 9 - 13
(overnight)
Field Study Expedition:
Ecology of Old Pepper Place*
Old Pepper Place Nature Reserve
Washington, VT
$650 Register
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*This is a week-long overnight camp beginning on Monday at 9:00am and ending on
Friday at 12:00pm. For more information, contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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Survival Adventures II (Overnight Camp)
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Old Pepper Place Nature Reserve, Washington, VT
Starting Monday 9:00am; Ending Friday 12:00pm

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So you think you’d survive on your own in the woods? Come find out. Survival Adventures II is designed for young campers who are looking for a true adventure challenge. With daily survival scenarios, lessons in outdoor living skills and activities that explore human interaction with nature, this week-long overnight camp will give campers the opportunity to put their wilderness skills to the test. Campers will be introduced to the principles of Leave No Trace, the art of orienteering, and will be immersed in the wilds of Vermont. This beautiful and remote camp location is the perfect setting for this wilderness camp. Surviving in the backcountry requires a lot of hard work, fun, laughs, and being open to new experiences; and there will be plenty of that in store during this week-long adventure. Sleep out under the stars, sit with friends around the campfire, become a fire building master and make your home in the wilderness. This is a week-long overnight experience campers will never forget.*
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*All activities will be supervised by highly trained instructors and adhere to the strictest
American Camping Association standards.
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Date Description Location Cost Register
JUL 16 - 20
(overnight)
Survival Adventures II* Old Pepper Place Nature Reserve
Washington, VT
$650 Register
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*This is a week-long overnight camp beginning on Monday at 9:00am and ending on
Friday at 12:00pm. For more information, contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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New! Trail Blazers II (Overnight Camp)
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Old Pepper Place Nature Reserve, Washington, VT
Starting Monday 9:00am; Ending Friday 12:00pm

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This camp offers the perfect blend of teambuilding, leadership training, and backcountry travel for young adventurers. Campers will be introduced to the skills necessary for traveling in the wilderness: how to navigate with a map and compass or a GPS device, map making, backcountry preparedness and etiquette, while also experiencing, firsthand, the responsibilities and demands of living and working as a team and what it takes to be a leader. Throughout the week, our experienced instructors will guide campers in teambuilding challenges, leadership exercises, and a trail maintenance project to promote cooperation, communication and trust. Participants will build confidence in themselves, practice the skills necessary to become a teammate and leader on the trail, and have a blast doing it. This camp will build self-confidence, teach responsibility and promote teamwork in a fun, supportive and safe environment.*
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*All activities will be supervised by highly trained instructors and adhere to the strictest
American Camping Association standards.
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Date Description Location Cost Register
JUL 23 - 27
(overnight)
Trail Blazers II* Old Pepper Place Nature Reserve
Washington, VT
$650 Register
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*This is a week-long overnight camp beginning on Monday at 9:00am and ending on
Friday at 12:00pm. For more information, contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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