855 Coolidge State Park Rd, Plymouth Vermont, 05056 · 802.672.3612
“Camp Calvin Coolidge,” located in Calvin Coolidge State Forest, was established on June 9, 1933 as the third Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp in Vermont. The original Coolidge State Park was built solely by the CCC. They also completed a network of forest highways, and carried out extensive reforestation projects, as much of what is now Coolidge State Forest was once cleared for tilled land and pasture. Located on State Route 100A, 2 miles from the intersection of highways 100 & 100A, a trip to Coolidge State Park is a trip back in time; the park remains essentially the way it was when it was first created in the 1930s. Known for its rustic feel, hillside campsites that give way to dramatic mountain views, and authentic character, Coolidge State Park is the developed recreation centerpiece of the 21,500 acre Calvin Coolidge State Forest, the largest state-owned land holding in central Vermont. The park has a loop of forested campsites, restroom facilities with showers, a hilltop picnic area with a log picnic shelter, a group camping area, and several remote lean-to campsites for those wishing to really escape it all. Many day hikes are available, along with volleyball and group camping facilities.
1960 Scout Camp Road, Plymouth Vermont · 802.228.2025
Comprising 295 acres on Echo Lake, Camp Plymouth began as a farm along the original Crown Point military road that connected the 18th century Fort #4 in Charlestown, NH, with the fort at Crown Point on Lake Champlain. The road moved troops and supplies during both the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. In 1925, a girls’ summer camp was established on the land, and in 1927, the Boy Scouts purchased the camp and named it Camp Plymouth. In 1984, the camp was purchased by the Ottauquechee Land Trust and conveyed to the State of Vermont. It reopened in 1989 as Camp Plymouth State Park. Activities include daily swimming, picnicking, boat rentals, hiking, group activities, and fishing, as well as summer cottage rentals, and both group camping and horse camping.
2610 Lynds Hill Rd, Plymouth Vermont, 05056 · 802.672.5220
Founded on a 100-acre land grant by Lloyd and Alice Moyer, Bethany Birches Camp has become an entity with a very special appeal. It is a rustic facility with a unique program and a community that believes in it. You can’t go far in Vermont today without finding someone who has attended BBC as a child or teen. Many families continue to send children year after year, and one of the most common sentiments heard from a younger sibling is: “I can’t wait until I’m old enough to come.” The camp’s core mission is to help young people develop their relationship with God by providing a fun and energetic, Christ-centered camping experience in a natural and nurturing environment. Around its summer and winter programs, Bethany Birches Camp rents its facilities to the general public. The site is awesome for weddings, family reunions and other retreats.
263 Farm & Wilderness Road, Plymouth Vermont, 05056 · 802.442.3761
Farm & Wilderness, located on Woodward Reservoir, on Route 100 north of Plymouth Union, offers activities that grow out of a closeness to the land and each other. Campers delve into the farm and garden, the woods and lake, and live within a close-knit community. The strength of the F&W program is the use of daily activities and the simple work of daily life as a road to the intangible skills of living respectfully and happily together. Activity areas vary, depending on the emphasis of each individual camp, and include farm projects, arts & crafts, swimming, outdoor living skills, canoeing, carpentry, rock climbing, cooking, and music. Each camp offers structured activity periods along with free choice. Campers have opportunities to learn basic skills in a variety of activities and to gain proficiency in those that interest them. Farm & Wilderness runs a working organic farm with state certified milk processing facilities. In summer, each camp has its own small farm, tended by campers who have 4,000 secluded acres of central Vermont woods, lakes and fields as their playground, classroom, and home.