Humanities Camps

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Campers say: 

"Humanities Camp rocks!"

Humanities Camps

Summer Day Camps for Middle Schoolers


 Every summer VHC sponsors an exciting summer literacy program for middle school/junior high students. Humanities Camps are week-long, thematic day camps with lots of reading, discussion, and fun, humanities-related activities.

Up to two hundred children in Vermont public schools read, share ideas, and engage in creative activities around interesting themes. The goal of Humanities Camps is to use literature as a door to a broader world for children who have not had opportunities for these experiences.

Students most in need of the individual attention, encouragement, support with reading and writing skills, and opportunities for growth are invited to attend by teachers, administrators, and school professionals.

Humanities Camps have run since 1997. VHC annually invites any Vermont public school with grades 7 and 8 to apply for a Humanities Camp. VHC awards grants to schools, and two school staff create the curriculum around sets of books provided by VHC. The camp is free to students.

The camps involve these children in the world of literature and ideas, fostering self-expression and confidence in a safe, nurturing environment. Humanities camps encourage kids to think critically about the world around them. Students experience the satisfaction that accompanies insight and self-discovery, while developing reading skills and a love of learning.

If you are interested in bringing a Humanities Camp to your school, contact your Principal or Director of Literacy Programs Jan Steinbauer via e-mail (jsteinbauer@vermonthumanities.org) or phone: 802.262.2626 x 310

Participating Schools 2014

Top: Campers at Edmunds Middle School in Burlington got a "jump" on learning at their Ancient Egypt camp in 2013. Above: Students in Poultney glazed and decorated their own bowls as part of their Food for Thought camp. 



Humanities Camps Themes

Last Updated 4/30/2014 5:36:14 PM

2014 Humanities Camps Themes

Participating Schools in 2014

Schools select a theme for exploration.

Book It to China/Book It to Japan

Campers will embark on a week-long trip to China [or Japan], learning about its people and culture through folktales and literature, and topics such as food, history, geography, visual arts, music, and games.

Camp Wonder

Campers will be part of VHC’s statewide Vermont Reads 2014 Wonder by R.J. Palacio, the bestselling young adult novel of a middle school boy born with a facial deformity.  Explore topics such as belonging, bullying, friendship, and courage, and also ways we can choose kindness and inclusion in our lives, schools, and communities.  Service learning projects are encouraged in this “kindness camp.”

Medieval Times and Tales

Castles and dragons and kings, oh my!  Campers will explore literature ranging from Arthurian legends to entertaining descriptions of jobs kids may have loved or loathed in medieval times.  Creative time-travel possibilities abound!


Past Humanities Camp Themes

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