SumMAT Day Camps
SUMmer Mountain Adventure Training
The 2017 SumMAT Camp season was a great success! Thank you to all our awesome campers and families for being part of the fun!
2017 Day Camp and Expedition registration is now closed. Keep an eye out for more details on Summer 2018!
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, please see below for more info.
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 go Sailing in collaboration with the Community Sailing Center, 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
- Group 1 (youngest): Sailing; 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. Please note that our "Week 3" week is 4 days (4th of July), so one activity will be eliminated for each group.
Questions? Check out our FAQs page for more information
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.
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 e-mail our Camp Directors if you will be registering for multiple weeks to receive the discount coupon.
Waitlist, Transfers, Cancellations and Refunds
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*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!
Climbing & Sailing Camps
ROCK the Boat!
This week-long camp incorporates fun challenges on the water and off. Campers will explore Petra Cliffs Climbing Center, ropes course and other activities in addition to learning and improving on the fundamental skills of sailing small boats on Lake Champlain. Additionally, students will spend one full day sailing at the Community Sailing Center and one full day of OUTDOOR climbing in Bolton.
9am - 4pm, ages 8-11 or 12-16
Girls ROCK the Boat!
An all female group, led by females, to enrich, empower and engage young girls in active pursuits. Campers will explore Petra Cliffs Climbing Center, ropes course and other activities in addition to learning and improving on the fundamental skills of sailing small boats on Lake Champlain. Additionally, students will spend one full day sailing at the Community Sailing Center and one full day of OUTDOOR climbing in Bolton.
9am - 4pm, ages 8-11 or 12-15