Summer Language Academy
23 Pond Ln., Middlebury
Middlebury Interactive Languages has taken the principles of language study from Middlebury College and adapted them for a younger audience. They host a monthlong, fully immersive Summer Language Academy for teens—students (beginners to advanced) take a pledge to speak in their language of study 24/7. The academy has two locations Stateside, both in Vermont: eighth to twelfth graders can study Spanish, German, or Arabic at Green Mountain College; or Chinese and French at Saint Michael’s College. The study-abroad programs are located in Beijing, Quebec City, and Grenada and are for high schoolers. Of course, actually traveling abroad adds an entirely different and dynamic cultural experience, but even without leaving the country, the Summer Language Academy provides a first-rate environment for teens looking to become fluent in another tongue.
Brown Ledge Camp
71 Brown Ledge Rd., Colchester
This is where GP went to camp growing up. It's located on Lake Champlain's Mallets Bay, several miles away from Burlington, Vermont, and is totally beautiful. Since 1926, Brown Ledge has run on a "freedom of choice" philosophy, meaning the girls have a real say in mapping out their daily schedules and summer experience. Historically, horsemanship has been at the core of Brown Ledge's program, but it's also really great for theater, and it offers riflery and archery programs, water sports, arts and crafts, and dance, as well. For girls ages ten to eighteen, for a half or full summer.
950 W. Shore Rd., Salisbury
Songadeewin is the all-girls offshoot of Keewaydin, a traditional boys' camp with roots dating back to 1893. Set on the shores of Lake Dunmore in Vermont, Songadeewin is big on girl power, old-fashioned values, kindness, self-reliance, and confidence. And "tripping," as they call it, which means taking camping/canoe trips into the wilderness, which get longer each year as the girls return to camp with more experience. It's for second to ninth graders.
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