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    Camp Thorpe: Mountain Reach Summer Camp


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    Camp Thorpe was founded as a place for children with special needs to experience summer camp. Today we provide an authentic summer camp experience to both children and adults. Camp Thorpe offers Swimming, boating, fishing, arts and crafts, singing, camp fires, dance, music and sports all in a safe, inclusive, rustic environment.

    Reverend Walter Thorpe and his wife Lavinia founded Camp Thorpe in 1927. Their vision arose from observing that the summer camp experience was only available to healthy children from well-to-do families. This sparked the idea to create a summer camp for underprivileged children with physical disabilities. Camp Thorpe has evolved through the years, but our commitment to those who may not otherwise have access to Vermont?s beauty in the summer has remained our guiding star.

    Camp Thorpe is a summer camp for children and adults with moderate special needs. We offer experiences for individuals with developmental, intellectual and physical disabilities. Our campers range in age from 12 through older adults.

    Our typical camper thrives in a 3-camper-to-one-counselor ratio for a 6 or a 12-day session of camp. Campers should be able to thrive in a rustic camp environment, traverse uneven and hilly grounds (with assistance), and able to participate in adapted summer camp activities.

    In order to see if your camper is able to be a successful Camp Thorpe camper, please contact director@campthorpe.org or register by clicking the link on our main page once registration is open on January 6th and apply.

    At Camp Thorpe, we want each camper to leave with feelings of self-respect, new leisure skills, and respect for others and for nature. Camp Thorpe has both a children’s camping program (Mountain Reach) and a camping program designed for adults (Pine Haven).