Vermont Humanities

Humanities Camps

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Humanities Camps

With funding support from Vermont Humanities, educators around the state develop immersive, collaborative, project-based Humanities Camps that directly meet the needs of young people in their communities.

The camps aim to center student interests, empower their voices, and offer non-traditional ways to engage with the humanities as a broad and always-expanding discipline.

An outdoor humanities camp in East Corinth in 2021 focused on indigenous knowledge, and included readings from Braiding Sweetgrass by botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer. Here Abenaki elder Lynn Murphy leads an exploration with the students.


Photo by Miranda Miller.

Abenaki ethnobotanist leading a humanities camp circle

Humanities Camp specifics

Vermont Humanities hopes to sponsor a total of 18 camps in 2024. The breakdown will likely be as follows:

  • Six camps held at middle schools
  • Six camps held at libraries
  • Six camps hosted by established community partners (such as Get Thee to the Funnery.)

Vermont Humanities provides a grant of about $4,500 for the operation of each camp. These funds cover two middle school humanities staff who design the camp curriculum and lead the day camp, as well as supplies, field trips, guest speakers, and books.

The camps are free to students.

Sample Humanities Camp budget

  • Camp directors’ stipend: $3000 (split between two directors)
  • Field trips and/or guest speakers: $750
  • Supplies: $450
  • Books: $300
Image of Humanities Campers on ropes course.

Camp was amazing and it’s so hard to describe in words – you just have to be there – and it will change your life!

Humanities Camper


Contact Leanne Porter at

Vermont Humanities*** December 6, 2021