It’s never too early to introduce your family to the magic, beauty, and adventuresome spirit of Dartmouth. This summer, embrace that spirit with a long weekend of fun and learning at Camp Dartmouth 2018.

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 attend a faculty presentation while children ages 3 and older enjoy supervised activities. We've filled the rest of the schedule with programming that the whole family can enjoy.

Camp Schedule (as of February 2018)

2–11 p.m. 

3 or 4 p.m. 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. 
Welcome Reception

A fun and relaxing evening that will include entertainment by Dartmouth students, games for the kids, beer and wine for the grown-ups, and some special treats for all.

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. Cool off in the museum’s water park or enjoy easy, guided hikes through the Museum's private trails — there’s something for the whole family. (All ages)

10 a.m.–noon
Gile Mountain Hike

Camp counselors will accompany and transport teens to this popular Dartmouth destination just seven miles from campus. Gile Mountain promises hikers a stunning panoramic view from the top of its original Fire Tower. The ascent to the tower is a relatively easy climb, but the 413 feet to its top provides a vertical challenge. (Ages 13+)

10 a.m.–noon  
Engineering Design with Vicki May, Instructional Professor, Thayer School of Engineering

Vicki V. May has been teaching engineering at Dartmouth since 2005, and has won several teaching awards over the years. She places great value on helping people of all ages understand basic engineering concepts and appreciate the engineering around them, and incorporates hands-on learning in her courses whenever possible. In this experiential session, she will introduce campers to the engineering design process and how circuits work. Campers will have the chance to laser-cut a lantern box, solder a lantern circuit, and assemble their solar lantern. (Adults and kids ages 9+)

9:30–10:30 a.m. 
Rauner Library: Treasures from the Archives

Explore illuminated manuscripts, early editions of works by major authors, Shakespeare’s First Folio from 1623, fascinating modern manuscripts, and gems from the College Archives. There is time to visit the Montshire Museum after this session. (All ages)

10 a.m.–noon 
Donald Claflin Jewelry Studio
The Jewelry Studio, part of an innovative, co-curricular program through the Hopkins Center for the Arts, has been part of Dartmouth for nearly 60 years. Enjoy a personalized workshop in this well-equipped jewelry and metalsmithing studio. (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)

2– 8 p.m.
Storrs Pond Outing

Head out to the Byrne Pavilion at Storrs Pond for an afternoon of water and beach fun, along with light hiking, capped by a catered BBQ dinner

1:30–3 p.m.
Baker Bell Tower Tours

Enjoy a tour of the newly restored Baker Bell Tower and take in stunning 360 degree views of the campus and the Upper Valley. These tours are open to the public as part of Sophomore Family weekend, so get to Baker-Berry early for your free tickets and tour times.

8–9 a.m. Breakfast
Class of 1953 Commons

9:30–11 a.m.  Creativity, Innovation, and Delight: The DALI Lab at Dartmouth and HackTivity with
Lorie Loeb, Professor of Computer Science, Director of the Digital Arts Program, and Executive Director of the Digital Arts Leadership and Innovation (DALI) Lab

Technological breakthroughs are moving at a breakneck speed, and the impact of technology on our social interactions, political decision-making, and cultural norms is creating increased demand for people who know how to navigate this fast-changing world. Dartmouth’s Digital Arts Leadership and Innovation (DALI) Lab is a design and development center that provides opportunities for students to learn the skills needed to succeed in this accelerated era. This talk and workshop, including staff and students from the DALI Lab, will offer participants a chance to learn more about what DALI is, how we work, and why our work has lasting impact. The workshop portion, or HackTivity (no coding or art skills needed) will offer an opportunity to learn more about the DALI method while flexing your creative muscles in a fun and creative space. (adults)

9:15–11:15 a.m. Kids’ Classes     

Visual Art and Yoga
Flyway Yoga will guide participants in a creative activity and a yoga session. (Ages 3–6 will begin with an hour of art and finish with Yoga; ages 7–10 will do the reverse)

Fun and Games for the Youngest Set
A variety of closely supervised, age appropriate activities for younger campers (two groups: Ages 3-4 and 5-6)

Mini Sports Clinics
Dartmouth coaches and athletes will rotate instruction of four groups of kids in a variety of sports. (Ages 7-8, 9-10, 11-13 and 14+)

Dartmouth Innovation Studio
Learn to create digitally with the technology experts of the Jones Media Center. (Ages 12+)

Dartmouth Climbing Wall (tentative)
Head to the basement of Maxwell Hall to experience the challenge of bouldering in Daniels Climbing Gym.  (Ages 12+)

11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. 
Sailing Lessons

Enjoy the summer breezes of Mascoma Lake on a Rhodes 15 sailboat with a Dartmouth instructor.  The boat can hold four adults OR two adults + three kids OR three adults + two kids.  Each lesson (one per slot listed) will include one boat’s worth of campers. The Dartmouth Sailing Club with its docks and sandy beach is a 30-minute drive from campus. (Ages 8+)

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.  Lunch
Class of 1953 Commons

1, 3, and 5 p.m. Sailing Lessons Continue

1–5 p.m.
River Trip from Sumner Falls to Artisan’s Park, VT
Raft, kayak, or canoe down the Connecticut with Great River Outfitters.  Beach your water craft at the end of the trip, enjoy a cold beer or soda and snacks, and tour the Path of Life Sculpture Garden.  Sumner Falls is a 20-minute drive from campus; school bus transportation will be provided or you can take your own vehicle. (Ages 3+)

1-2:30 p.m.
Gallery Talk, 
Hood Downtown
Explore the work of Nigerian artist Toyin Ojih Odutola with a Hood Museum curator, and learn about how Odutola uses drawings to tell stories. (Adults and teens)

6–7 p.m.

Class of 1953 Commons

7:309 p.m.
Barn Dance

Closing Barn Dance with caller David Millstone and a live fiddle band. Beer, wine, and soft drinks to keep you energized.

8– 10 a.m. Breakfast
Class of 1953 Commons

8– 11 a.m. Farewell and Dorm Check-Out Registration Fees
Camp fees cover on-campus housing in Berry, Bildner, and Rauner Halls, meals from Friday dinner through Monday breakfast, and all scheduled activities. You can also choose to stay 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).

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On-campus housing option
(per person)

Adult or child age 12 and older:
Child age 6–11:
Child age 4–5:     
Child age 0–3 in college provided bed or crib:
Child age 0–3 in family provided crib: 

Off-campus housing option
(per person)

Adult and child age 12 and older:
Child 4–11:
Child 0–3:

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