Camp DREAM is a special place. Since 2004, it has built memories, developed young minds, and provided a safe space for some of the most vulnerable youth in our communities to play, learn, explore, and achieve. Founded as a first-of-its-kind partnership with the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board and the Vermont Land Trust, Camp DREAM is both a protected reserve as well as an overnight camp for children living in low-income housing.
We want our DREAMers to have a transformative, magical experience, and we hope you do too!
Check out more details about our available rentals below!
What To Expect
We can’t wait to host you! Camp DREAM is a rural, mostly undeveloped 50 acre property with basic facilities. It is outdoor-focused with basic amenities and lots of walking in the woods (more camping than glamping)!
For much of the year, Camp DREAM is in active use – we will likely have campers visiting before and/or after your stay (though not during!). There will be camp gear and supplies out around the property. Also, much of your time will be spent outside (that’s the nature of the place). There are many opportunities at Camp DREAM to explore, play and learn, including hiking, canoeing, swimming, fishing, campfires, gardening, and more. For groups joining us for the winter, there are snowshoes, cross country skis, broomball equipment (for when the lake is frozen), and sleds.
We are including some resources and considerations to help you prepare to enjoy the property below!
Camp DREAM can be a magical place to host a conference. We can make a small screen and projector available upon request. There are many informal, outdoor meeting areas.
The lodge is our main indoor space and should be your first stop when at Camp DREAM. It has a large multi-purpose room with a stage, woodstove, cathedral ceilings. It includes two restrooms, activity supplies and equipment for summer and winter, a conference room, commercial kitchen, and more. It is our Camp's central gathering space and we know you'll love it! There is also an open-air pavilion behind the lodge for meals and activities.
Kitchen and Cooking
The lodge kitchen has running water, refrigeration and freezer space, and storage. Available food and drink include basic dry goods and spices, coffee and tea, baking basics (flour, sugar, etc.), aluminum foil and plastic storage, and potable water.
We ask that you leave the camper food for the campers. For cooking and eating, there are utensils, pots and pans, bowls, cups, mugs, and plates. Appliances currently include electric griddle, waffle makers, coffee machines, hot pot, toaster, microwave, and two gas grills. We have a six-burner stove with a griddle. The stove has pilot lights (little flames that stay on when the stove is off) - please do not blow these out!
Please let us know if you have any issues. There is a small clay oven in the garden that is great for making pizzas. There are cleaning supplies, a dishwashing sink with soap and sponges, brooms and mops, and plenty of clean rags. We compost and recycle at Camp DREAM.
Please be aware: DREAM is not a nut and peanut-free orgnization.
We do ask that you plan for your own meals, although we have plenty of suggestions (available upon request).
There are four sleeping spaces at Camp DREAM: A 16 person “treehouse,” fully enclosed and elevated on posts (although 8-10 is a more comfortable sleeping arrangement), two open air, 3-walled lean-to shelters, each sleeping 12, and a fully enclosed, wood-heated cabin. All 4 of these sleeping spaces are group-style, with a combination of single and bunk beds (all twin beds).
The treehouse has inflatable mattresses (with manual air pump on hand) and the lean-tos have typical dorm mattresses. The cabin has cots. We have linens available, but sleeping bags are also commonly brought/used. You can see photos of some of the sleeping areas on the Airbnb listing - all but the cabin are all located towards the back of our property and the lodge and restrooms are located at the front (there are no restrooms or running water at the campsites, and it’s a 10-minute walk back to the lodge and bathhouse).
The cabin is located up the hill from the lodge, about a five-minute walk through the woods. We have a small number of tents available as well, upon request.
Equipment Rentals & Activities
Swimming and Canoeing
There is an unsupervised swimming area, as well as a canoe-launch area/swimming area (we have five canoes you are welcome to use).
To use canoes, we ask that ALL people in boats wear lifejackets at ALL times. We also ask that all non- and beginner- swimmers wear flotation while in the water.
While the pond is generally considered a safe place for swimming and boating, all swimming and boating are undertaken at your own risk. Both waterfront sheds can be opened with code 1987 (the shed near the canoes has life jackets during the warmer months; otherwise, the life jackets are stored in the lodge basement). Please put away all equipment and lock the sheds after use.
The DREAM Program INC. is a 501(c)(3) service organization established in the winter of 1998 and developed as a nonprofit in 2001. Its goal is to bring high quality mentoring and activities to at-promise youth through summer enrichment, academic support, village mentoring, and unlimited adventures.
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