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Camp Hours

Please note, times are different for Peeps, Overnight and winter Vacation camps.

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Aftercare - Camp hours extend to 5:30 PM for additional fee.

*Not available all weeks or at all locations.

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 ages 14 - 17 and who will be entering or returning to high school in the fall.

Throughout their summer, L-I-Ts work closely with VINS Nature Camp staff who mentor them 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 as well as a year-long membership to the Vermont Institute of Natural Science.

Day Camps:
VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT

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

  • To volunteer for day camps, applicant must be entering 9th grade or higher and 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 and younger than 18 years of age.*
  • L-I-Ts are required to volunteer for at least one full week of camp but may volunteer for more as able and as the schedule permits.
  • All applications must be submitted by May 1.  Due to the popularity of this program, late applications will not be considered.
  • All new L-I-Ts must attend a mandatory training to review general VINS Nature Camp policies and procedures and for an introduction to the program. The Nature Camp Assistant, will contact all L-I-Ts upon acceptance into the program regarding the date of this training.

*If you are 18 or older 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

Application Process

Application deadline: May 1, 2024.

Submit completed L-I-T Volunteer Application and L-I-T Health and Emergency Form to camps@vinsweb.org or mail to VINS Nature Camp, PO Box 1281, Quechee, VT 05059.

Once you have submitted your application it will be reviewed and VINS Nature Camp will contact you to schedule an interview.  Interviews help us get to know applicants and can be conducted in person or over the phone.

Acceptance into the L-I-T Program is based on your application, Character References, interview and availability.  We look forward to reviewing your application to determine if VINS Nature Camp’s L-I-T Program is a good fit for you.