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 2019.

This year, camp coincides with the community celebration of Dartmouth's 250th birthday! Campers will join the fun with activities including a movie night on the Green, live music, a kids' activity zone, and more.

You’ll stay on the Dartmouth campus while enjoying a range of recreational, educational, and athletic activities in Hanover and throughout the Upper Valley. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, parents and older teens can attend faculty- and staff-taught classes while children ages three 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 May 2019)

All Weekend
Dartmouth Scavenger Hunt
Put your smart phones to good use. Download the GooseChase app, select the Camp Dartmouth 2019 game, and start sleuthing.

2–11 p.m. 
Registration

Pick up your camp notebooks, T-shirts, and nametags 

2:30–5 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. 
Dinner
 
Class of 1953 Commons (formerly Thayer Dining Hall)

7:15–8:15 p.m. 
Camp Convocation

Pick up your camp souvenirs and join us for staff and family introductions, get-to-know-you games, and Dartmouth student entertainment. Stay tuned for details on evening activities in celebration of the 250th.

8:30 p.m.
Movie Night

Enjoy a movie on the Green or in Spaulding Auditorium.

8–9 a.m. 
Breakfast

Class of 1953 Commons

9:30–10:45 a.m.
Daniel Webster's Dartmouth and the 200th Anniversary of the Dartmouth College Case

Join Donald Pease, the Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities and co-chair of the 250th celebration, to hear how this key constitutional ruling, and Daniel Webster’s vigorous defense of Dartmouth's independence, upheld the charter of our institution, preserved the educational experience we hold dear, and had immense significance on subsequent business history of our country. (Adults and older teens)

9:15–11:30 a.m.
Kids' Activities

The Inner Child: rotate by age group between art and yoga (ages 3–6 and 7–10)
On the Field: rotate by age group between soccer and rugby clinics (ages 6–9 and 10–12)
Hit the Wall: test your skills and learn new ones in Dartmouth’s Climbing Gym (ages 9+)
Picture This: take your photography skills beyond the selfie (ages 13+)

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
250th Celebration on the Green

Gather for live music, a kids’ activity zone, refreshments and campus sponsored booths. 

Noon–1:15 p.m.
Lunch

Class of 1953 Commons

1:30–2:30 p.m.
Navigating College Admissions

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

2–6 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. (All ages)

5–9:30 p.m.
Live on the Green: Main Stage

Take part in an interactive dance experience starting at 5 and stay for live bands starting at 6:30 p.m.

8–9 a.m.
Catered Breakfast

Occom Commons

9:15–10:30 a.m.
DAM’S Sestercentennial Issue: Stories Behind the Stories

Dartmouth Alumni Magazine editor Sean Plottner takes you behind the scenes of the magazine’s special sestercentennial issue with tales and tidbits about Dartmouth’s 25 most influential alums—and how they were chosen. He’ll explain how the cover and other issue art came together, and provide some offbeat, unconventional history about the College, its leaders, and its alumni.

9–10:45 a.m.
Counselor Camper Connections

Kids’ activities will begin after breakfast in Occom Commons. Various teams, by age group, of campers and counselors will compete for prizes in a variety of challenges. (Kids ages 3+)

10 a.m.–5 p.m.  
Montshire Museum of Science 

Arrive any time after 10; we'll provide you with admission for the entire day. 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, Vermont. 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)

10:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 
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+)

10:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
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. (All ages)

11 a.m.—12:30 p.m.
A Sailing Experience

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 slot 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. Four more slots are available in the afternoon.*

Noon—1:15 p.m.  
Lunch

Class of 1953 Commons

*12:30 p.m.–2 p.m.; 2—3:30 p.m.; and 3:30—5 p.m. 
A Sailing Experience Continues

1:30—4:30 p.m.
Cardigan Mountain Hike

Cardigan Mountain is a three-mile out and back trail with a 1,220-foot ascent, rated moderate. Take in the granite of New Hampshire from the 360-degree view at the top. Drive your own vehicles; 40 minutes from campus to the trailhead. (Older children and relatively fit adults)

2—4 p.m.
Boating on the Connecticut

Sign up for a three or eight person canoe, a kayak, or a stand-up paddleboard. Depart from the Ledyard Canoe Club docks. Personal flotation devices will be provided. Follow our guides to Gilman Island and back..

4—6 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. Allow 15 minutes to ascend, take in the sights, and descend via a combination of elevator, stairs, and ladders. All climbers must be able to navigate the route by themselves with both hands on railings.

6 p.m.
Catered BBQ

Occom Commons

7:30 p.m.
Camp Commencement

A relaxed, informal gathering with live music, storytelling, twilight games, s’mores and gelato. Adults can enjoy beer and wine with new friends.

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).

On-campus housing option (per person)
Adult or child age 12 and older: $475.00
Child aged 6–11: $310
Child aged 4–5: $270
Child aged 0–3 in college-provided bed or crib: $100
Child aged 0–3 in family-provided crib: $25

Off-campus housing 
Adult or child age 12 and older: $310.00
Child aged 4–11: $190
Child aged 3–0: $25

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