SumMAT Day Camps

SUMmer Mountain Adventure Training 

In a SumMAT Day Camp

Each day presents a new experience! Our base camp is Petra Cliffs, and from there we go every which way for a variety of awesome adventures. Our groups are age-specific and small, but our adventures are huge! Join SumMAT Camp for exciting adventures, healthy activities, and summer fun!

Groups are a maximum of 10 campers with two leaders, plus one specialist for rock climbing, kayaking and sailing. All groups participate in the same activities, with the exception of the youngest group, Group 1; they will head to Audubon VT in Huntington, as smaller kids have a harder time with our kayaks and paddles. Locations of activities may vary based on group ability and returning campers. Here is what the campers do each week:

  • Indoor rock climbing, ropes course, teambuilding and games
  • Outdoor rock climbing
  • Outdoor ropes course at the Bolton Adventure Center
  • Caving
  • Group 1 (youngest): Audubon VT guided nature hike; Groups 2-5: Kayaking 
  • Click for more descriptions of each activity 

Day Camps are geared toward both the beginner and the camper with some experience. Our leaders present new challenges whenever possible to keep activities fresh and exciting, whether that means visiting a new location, having a camper try harder rock climbing routes, trying to surf a wave while kayaking, or trying an activity with a new twist. 

Questions? Check out our FAQs page for more information

Please contact the Camp Director at camps@ with any questions. Follow @petracliffskids and @petracliffs for updates, photos, and more info!

Our Staff

Our staff members are students, teachers, and responsible, highly trained, adventure-loving leaders. They share a respect for the natural world and areas we visit with campers, and they teach skills and safety in every activity during SumMAT Camp.  Petra Cliffs began background checks in 2013 to put parents' minds at ease and to exceed the Vermont state standard for summer camps (even though we have had nothing but good experiences with our staff in the past).  Staff are all Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder and CPR certified; many have additional certifications.

Meet our SumMAT Staff

Extended Hours

Find out how to register here


Petra Cliffs SumMAT Camp offers Multiple Children OR Multiple Week discounts ($20 off) for multiple children from the same family during the same week or the same child attending multiple weeks of camp.  The multiple-child discount will auto-apply in the cart.  Please email for the multi-week discount. Please note that discounts do not stack. 


Waitlist, Transfers, Cancellations and Refunds

There is no financial commitment to be added to a waitlist. In the event a space opens and your camper is next on the waitlist, you will be automatically notified via email, and you will be able to complete the registration or remove your camper from the waitlist. Before the camp season begins, the time to accept the invitation is 72 hours (3 days). Once the camp season begins, this time period may be shorter at our discretion. 

Check out our other policies here


Find out what you need for the first day of camp

*Please note that registration must be completed online or in person at Petra Cliffs-- sending in paperwork is NOT a substitution for registration.

Bear in mind that the Wellness Form must be completed by a physician. Return all paperwork to Petra Cliffs PRIOR to the camper's first day.

Wellness and Immunization forms can also be sent to Petra Cliffs through fax at 802-657-3877

This page outlines our classic Day Camps. Explore additional camp offerings:
Overnight Expeditions
South End Camp 

Parents: You will receive your child's group list and schedule (plus a reminder about paperwork & payment!) the week prior to them attending camp. If you feel you have not received it, please check your Spam folder or contact us. We want you to be prepared!  Thanks!

Ages 6 - 14; age spread per group is usually no more than 2-3 years apart. Buddy requests must be made at least 2 weeks prior to start of the session, and requests must be matched to guarantee a buddy pairing. 

Day Camp hours: 9am - 4pm; Extended Hours run from 8-9am and 4-5pm.

Registration for 2022 day camps is open

Ages 6-14
Week Dates
1 June 13 - 17
2 June 20 - 24
3 June 27 - July 1
4 July 5 - 8
5 July 11 - 15
6 July 18 - 22
7 July 25 - 29
8 August 1 - 5
9 August 8 - 12
10 August 15 - 19
$425 per week
$350 for July 4 week

Camp and COVID-19

Learn more about how we are managing COVID-19 at camp

Camper Scholarships and Sponsorships

Petra Cliffs offers scholarships to campers in need of financial assistance. 

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New! Camp Gift Certificates