You and your family are invited to return to campus for a long summer weekend of fun and discovery as part of Camp Dartmouth 2017.

We received wonderful feedback from those who attended our sold-out 2015 and 2016 Camp Dartmouth sessions and look forward to making new memories with your family this year. You’ll stay on the Dartmouth campus while enjoying a range of recreational, educational, and athletic activities in Hanover and throughout the Upper Valley. Fill your days with Camp Dartmouth events or spend time on your own sipping coffee on Main Street or relaxing on the Green. On Sunday morning, parents and teens can enjoy a faculty presentation while children ages 3 and older take part in supervised activities. We've filled the rest of the schedule with programming that the whole family can enjoy.

Camp Dartmouth Schedule

2–11 p.m. 


3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Campus Tour
Take a family-friendly tour with one of our Dartmouth counselors and find out what’s new on campus

5–7 p.m. 

Class of 1953 Commons (formerly Thayer Dining Hall)

7:30–9 p.m.

Barn Dance
With caller David Millstone and a live fiddle band, followed by gelato on Main Street

8–9 a.m. 

Class of 1953 Commons

10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 

Montshire Museum of Science 
Discover hands-on science and a world of new ideas when you visit the Montshire, one of the country’s top science museums, located just across the Ledyard Bridge in Norwich, VT.  Enjoy Saturday’s special environmental festival, Weaving Strands of Knowledge:  Connecting Culture and Science to Climate, the culmination of the Montshire’s yearlong educational exchange with the Folk Heritage Museum in Bhutan.  Take a gentle hike through the Museum's private trails and cool off in the water park - something for the whole family

10 a.m.–noon

Gile Mountain Hike
A 7.3 mile drive from campus, Gile Mountain promises hikers a stunning panoramic view from the top of its original fire tower. The .7 mile ascent to the tower is a relatively easy climb, but the 413 feet to its top provides a vertical challenge. (Teens and adults)

10 a.m.–noon 

Donald Claflin Jewelry Studio
Enjoy a personalized workshop in this well-equipped jewelry and metalsmithing studio, part of an innovative, co-curricular program through the Hopkins Center for the Arts that has been part of Dartmouth for nearly 60 years. (Adults and kids ages 11+)

Noon–1:30 p.m.

Class of 1953 Commons

1:30–2:30 p.m.

Navigating College Admissions Lite 
Discuss the college preparation, search and application process with experienced college admissions professionals. (Adults and teens)

1:30–3 p.m.

Baker Tower Tour
Enjoy a tour of the newly restored Baker Bell Tower. Each group tour of 10 people will take approximately 10 minutes to ascend the tower and venture out on the balcony for a 360 degree view of the campus and the Upper Valley.

2–8 p.m.

Storrs Pond Outing
Head out to the Byrne Pavilion at Storrs Pond for an afternoon of water and beach fun capped by a catered BBQ dinner and sunset activities.

3:30–4:45 p.m.
Family Yoga
Get active, have fun, and unwind during this family yoga session that will combine elements of a traditional yoga class (basic poses, meditation, and breathwork) with yoga games and partner poses. (Adults and kids ages 5+; no previous experience required)

8–9 a.m.

Occom Commons

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.  

Underground Astronauts: The Search for Early Human Fossils in South Africa
Presentation by Associate Professor of Anthropology Jeremy DeSilva
Hear from Jeremy DeSilva about his 2013 expedition to the Rising Star Cave in South Africa, where he was part of the team that excavated more than1,500 fossils from a previously unknown human ancestor, now named Homo naledi. Jerry will share his experiences working with these fossils, and explain what we know about these early humans and how we know it. He will also chronicle his recent three-week field trip, with 15 of his Anthropology 70 students to the Rising Star site and others within South Africa. (Adults and teens)

9:15–11 a.m.

Kids’ Classes
Ages 3-6 
Scratch, a yarn, fabric, art, and craft supply shop in Lebanon with an enthusiastic staff and inspired workspace, will bring their creative magic and materials to this class. Meet Karen Zook '05, one of the founding artists.
Ages 7–9, 10–12, and 13–15 
Mini sports clinics with Dartmouth coaches and athletes. Participants will be grouped by age and will rotate through instruction in a variety of sports.
Ages 12+
Experience Dartmouth’s Innovation Studio with the technology experts of the Jones Media Center. (9–11 a.m.) 
Ages 10+
Dance it out: learn some new moves with Jamie Orr, well known Upper Valley and Dartmouth dance instructor.

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.  

Class of 1953 Commons

1–5 p.m.

River Trip: from Sumner Falls to Artisan’s Park, Windsor, VT
Raft, kayak, or canoe down the Connecticut with Great River Outfitters.  Beach your water craft at the end of the trip, enjoy some refreshments, and tour the Path of Life Sculpture Garden.

1–5 p.m.  

Land Option
Artisan’s Park, Windsor, VT
For those not navigating the river, we will offer tours of the Simon Pearce Glassblowing Studio and the Path of Life Sculpture Garden, where the paddlers will end their journey.

6–7 p.m.

Class of 1953 Commons

7:30–9 p.m.  

Backyard Party
North Balch Street (just around the corner)
All are invited to the home of Martha Beattie ’76, vice president for Alumni Relations, for s’mores and more. Close out Camp Dartmouth 2017 with campfire fun and entertainment.

7–10 a.m.

Class of 1953 Commons

9–11 a.m.

Check out and farewells

Registration Fees

Camp fees cover on-campus housing in Berry-Bildner-Rauner Halls, meals from Friday dinner through Monday breakfast, and all scheduled activities. You can also choose to reside off campus, with fees adjusted for the housing portion only. We cannot prorate charges for late arrivals or early departures. We welcome the littlest ones to camp, but families will need to supervise children under age 3 (and any 3 year olds who are not potty trained).

On-campus housing 
per person

Adult or child age 12 and older...........................$450
Child age 6–11.....................................................$295
Child age 4–5.......................................................$265
Child age 0–3 in college provided bed or crib....$100
Child age 0–3 in family provided crib...................$25

Off-campus housing 
per person

Adult and child age 12 and older........................$290
Child age 4–11.....................................................$185
Child 0–3................................................................$25

Camp Dartmouth is organized by the Office of Alumni Relations.  For more information, please contact us at (603) 646-2258 or