About YWCA Camp Hochelaga
Founded in 1919, YWCA Camp Hochelaga is a place where girls can become their best selves. The Hochelaga mission is to provide girls with opportunities to develop new skills, explore interests, take on leadership roles, and build environmental awareness. Camp Hochelaga is the last girls-only YWCA residential camp in the United States.
We truly believe camp is not just a place; it is an incredible opportunity to learn and grow in a protected environment tailored to meet the needs of kids in a fun and safe way with great role models. Through a broad array of programs in arts, sports, swimming and boating, nature activities, and longstanding camp traditions, girls ages 6-17 are encouraged to have fun, express themselves, try something new, and create friendships that will last a lifetime.
Girls and young women benefit from exposure to a wide-range of activities and opportunities. Camp Hochalaga’s main program areas and activities are: Arts and Crafts (painting, beading, knitting, tie dye, etc.), Land Sports (tennis, archery, soccer, Frisbee Golf, etc.), Drama (plays, music, dance, etc.), Outdoor Education/Nature (plant identification, wilderness safety, nature crafts, gardening, etc.), Small Craft Boating (sailing, canoeing, and kayaking), Swimming and Leadership (Counselor in Training is for girls who have completed 10th grade). In addition, there are special events, banquets, a weekly camper-run newspaper, “The SCAMP,” musical performance, and free time to spend with cabin mates.
We offer one-week and multi-week sessions, in residential camp and day camp formats. There is also a residential "Mini-Camp", for girls who may be new to overnight camp. Girls choose programs from a menu of options each week. Check out the Residential Activities and Schedule to get ready for your summer of FUN!
A summer full of kayaking, archery, and goofy camp songs can do more for girls then one might realize. Camp engages girls in outdoor physical activities, provides healthy meals, and is supervised by caring adults. Current research on youth development and girls' unique needs supports YWCA Camp Hochelaga's core programs. We emphasize goals for girls' positive growth, including:
- Promoting positive peer relationships
- Emphasizing girls' strengths
- providing opportunities to learn and practice roles in incremental steps
- Challenging girls in ways that build competence and skills while emphasizing on fun
Information & Forms
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>> What campers have to say
"I love Camp Hochelaga because I get to learn how to swim. If I didn't go to camp I wouldn't know how to swim. When I'm swimming I feel like the air is coming into my body. I like to feel the fresh air."
-- A 3rd grader describes her camp experience
“She has learned to more of a leader than a follower. We are so happy she enjoys camp!"
Accreditation and Staff
The YWCA has been making campers' experiences healthy, safe, and beneficial for 93 years! Accredited by the: AMERICAN CAMP ASSOCIATION (ACA).Our staff are carefully screened and highly trained, with at least one enthusiastic counselor for every six to ten campers.
Dedicated to empowering young women, we offer leadership training for those 16+ years old. View Counselor-in-Training and Assistant Counselor opportunities here.
We are fortunate to be able to provide over 35 experienced and strong role models (18+) from all over world-ready to engage girls in a variety of challenge and fun activities. All staff will be hired because of their commitment to working with girls and young women.
Qualified medical staff and counselors trained in CPR and Lifeguarding are on site at all times.
Looking for a summer staff opportunity? Applicants should be enthusiastic, responsible, and community-minded people who value and enjoy working with children. For more information about becoming an Assistant Counselor (Age 17+) email us! If you have questions or inquiries about becoming seasonal or year around staff, please visit the web page or call 802.862.7520.
Staff Applications and Forms can be found on the Employment Opportunities webpage.