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Camp Hours

MONDAY - THURSDAY
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM*

FRIDAY
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM*

*Regular Camp hours. Please note, times are different for Peeps and Overnight camps.

EXTENDED DAY**
Camp hours extend to 5:30 PM for additional fee.

**Not available all weeks.

Leaders-in-Training (L-I-T) Volunteer Program for Teens

VINS Nature Camp’s Leaders-in-Training Program involves teens in our camp community by offering the opportunity to work closely with children, peers, and adults in a fun, recreational setting while providing experiences for participants to develop their leadership skills. Whether or not participants have attended VINS Nature Camp, our L-I-T Program offers a fun summer option for teens who love the camp experience or who want to gain experience leading groups in the outdoors. This specialized volunteer opportunity is offered to individuals who are ages 14 (as of June, 2020) through 17 and who will be entering or returning to high school in the fall of 2020.

Throughout their summer, L-I-Ts work closely with VINS Nature Camp staff who mentor the L-I-Ts during their week(s) of camp.  L-I-T responsibilities are assigned by the VINS Nature Camp Instructors they are working with and may include leading group games, assisting specific campers, or helping to prepare lessons/activities for the week.  VINS Nature Camp believes that the L-I-T Program is a valuable learning experience for all and hope that many of our L-I-Ts will eventually return as VINS Nature Camp Instructors.

Upon successful completion, all L-I-Ts will receive official acknowledgement of their volunteer hours at the end of the summer as well as a year-long membership to the Vermont Institute of Natural Science.

Application forms for the 2020 season will be available on December 15, 2019.

L-I-T Volunteer Location Options

Day Camps:
VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT
Storrs Pond Recreation Area, Hanover, NH

Overnight Camps:
Old Pepper Place Nature Reserve, Washington, VT

L-I-T Volunteer Details

  • To volunteer for day camps, applicant must be entering 9th grade in the fall of 2020, at least 14 years of age, and younger than 18 years of age.*
  • To volunteer for overnight camps, applicant must have successfully completed at least one season as an L-I-T volunteer and be at least 16 years of age.
  • L-I-T volunteers are required to volunteer for at least one week of camp but may volunteer for as many weeks as they are able.
  • All applications must be submitted by May 1, 2020.  Late applications will not be considered.
  • All new L-I-Ts must attend a mandatory training on Saturday, June 6, 2020 from 9am-4pm to review general VINS Nature Camp policies and procedures and for an introduction to the program.  Please contact Julie Kozak, Nature Camp Assistant at jkozak@vinsweb.org if you have a conflict with the training date.

*If you are 18 or older by June, 2020 and are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact us at camps@vinsweb.org.

As a leader, and in everyday life, I am working to become more outgoing.  Being an L-I-T has 100% helped me improve [in this area]. Interacting with fellow L-I-Ts, campers, and counselors made me more confident in social interactions.

VINS Nature Camp L-I-T

Overall, coming to VINS camp was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It has made me into a better teacher and I have more leadership skills.  I loved the feel of the camp, the energy, and the group games.  I loved being a LIT and I can’t wait to come back next year.

VINS Nature Camp L-I-T

Each year at VINS, I became more willing to put myself in positions that would challenge me both as a leader, and as a person. I think that that is because every time I stepped out of my comfort zone as an L-I-T, it was always a positive experience. I was always met with positive feedback as well as constructive criticism that I could use to improve myself for the next time.

VINS Nature Camp L-I-T