Camp Downer Policies

Camp Nut Policy:

Camp Downer is NOT a nut free camp. This policy includes both peanuts and tree nuts.

Camper Controlled Substance Policy:

At Camp Downer, the use or possession of any alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs or other controlled substances are prohibited at all times during the camp season. Prescription medication and health care provider approved over the counter medication may only be kept in the nurse’s cabin and may only be dispensed by a member of the health care staff, unless previously approved by a member of the health care staff. If you have any questions about an item that may be an over the counter drug, please consult with the health care provider during check in. Campers in violation of this policy will be sent home immediately without a refund.

Camper Electronic Device Policy:

At Camp Downer, camper use or possession of any electronic device, with the exception of stand alone digital cameras, is prohibited at all times. This includes, and is not limited to, devices such as CELL PHONES, MP3 players, handheld gaming devices, walkie-talkies, computers, pagers, etc. Any dual use electronic device, such as a phone that can also take pictures, will be considered a prohibited electronic device. Prohibited electronic devices will be removed from the camper’s possession and held for return at checkout.

Camper Refund Policy:

A deposit, as listed on the registration form, is due at the time of registration. Prior to May 1st, this deposit is refundable for any reason. After May 1st, once the camper has been confirmed in their requested session, the deposit fee is non-refundable for any reason. After May 1st, registration deposits may be transferred to another session (if available) or another camping season only with advanced notice and the written approval of the registrar.

The balance of the registration fee will be refunded, when requested, when a cancellation is made at least 7 days prior to the start of the session the camper is to attend, for any reason. Once the 7 day advance notice period has passed, refunds of the balance of registration fees will only be made due to a documented instance of that camper’s sickness/injury or a sickness/death in the camper’s family or in the event the entire camp is closed. Official documents must be presented, either in person, mail or via fax, to the camp director along with the refund request prior to the start of the camper’s registered session.

After the check in process is complete, if the camper leaves camp for any reason other than that camper’s sickness/injury or sickness/death in the camper’s family, or in the event the entire camp is closed, there is no refund of any part of the registration fee. For example, no refunds will be given, in whole or in part, due to any voluntary withdrawal, or involuntary withdrawal due to violation of camp policies or inappropriate behavior.

Prorated refunds will be considered for camper’s sickness/injury or sickness/death in the camper’s family, or in the event the entire camp is closed only. The prorated schedule will be as follows: total registration fee, minus non-refundable deposit, minus twenty percent of the balance per day for a maximum of four days. The day of check in is day one.

Immunization Policy:

In order to attend camp, all campers must fill out the immunization section of the online health form or complete and mail to Camp Downer the Vermont Department Health Medical or Religious Exemption Form EVERY YEAR.  Camp Downer does not accept Philosophical Exemptions.

Visit the State of Vermont Department of Health website for their Religious Exemption form:

Swim Test Policy:

Only campers who can prove they have the ability to swim safely in the deep end of the pool will be allowed to swim in the deep end. All other campers will be restricted to only swimming in the shallow end of the pool.

There are two ways campers will be allowed to swim in the deep end of the pool:

1.) Bring proof of their current swim level to camp. Campers must have at least one of the following:

• American Red Cross – Level 4 or higher
• YMCA – Level 4 or higher
• Boy Scouts – Swimmer or higher
• Girl Scouts – Swimmer or higher
• Other organizations not listed will be at the discretion of the testing lifeguard


2.) Campers will need to take and pass a swim test at camp on Sunday (or Monday if there is inclement weather on Sunday). The test will consist of the camper’s ability to complete all of the following requirements:

• Jump into the deep end of the pool
• Swim 1 full lap of the pool
• Tread water for 2 full minutes

If your camper does not have proof of swim level ability, and needs to complete a swim test, this is what to expect on Sunday:

• Once the camper completes registration and settles in to their cabin, they will need to change into their swim suit and head to the pool for testing. (Please have your camper pack their swim suit and towel so that they are easily accessible)

If campers have proof of an appropriate swim level or successfully pass the swim test, they will receive a wrist band. They will need to wear this wrist band all week, so when they are at the pool, lifeguards can readily identify them as able to safely to swim in the deep end.

We will keep a record in our camp database of campers who have been approved to swim in the deep end. We will retain this record so campers don’t have to show proof of swimming level or take another test in subsequent years.

Campers who would like to take swim lessons during the week will need to take a separate test that will indicate which swim level they will be placed in for their lesson. If campers bring their Red Cross, YMCA or equivalent swimming card/certificate with them when they come to camp they will be exempt from having to take a test. Instead they will need to present their card/certificate to the evaluating lifeguards to prove what level they are currently in and will be placed in the appropriate level class for the week.

If you have any questions in regards to any of these policies, please contact the director.

Camp Season (June 20th to August 21st, 2021):
Emily Myers, Director
Camp Downer
1535 Downer Rd.
Sharon, VT 05065
Phone: 802-763-7007
Email Address:

Emily Myers, Director
Camp Downer
70 S. Winooksi Ave. #196
Burlington, VT 05401

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