SFU Minors

Here is a brief overview of each of our SFU Minors as well as in introduction to each Program Head!

Adventure & Games

Arts & Crafts

Nature & Hiking

Sound & Stage

Adventure & Games



Program Head: Bob Kane


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Arts & Crafts

Arts and Crafts at Smuggs is designed for children of all levels and abilities. While projects are designed for campers to work with the same materials, we strive not to have "cookie cutter" results; each child's work is unique. Discovery and Trail Blazers groups have supplies in the Blue Room and the Meeting House, respectively. Much of their arts and crafts time is spent creating costumes and floats for Thursdays' parades. Counselors can create other activities on their own or work with the Program Head to get ideas.

The Adventure and Notch Squad arts and crafts minor is centered at Studio 108 located across Route 108 from the Main Village entrance. There is a day-by-day schedule of projects which should be followed, plus optional activities for campers on Choice Day.

General rules are:

  • Clean up after yourself and your group.
  • Don't waste materials—we do have a budget and materials are expensive.
  • Third and finally, "No Project Left Behind"—be sure every item goes home with its creator.
  • Program Head: TBD


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    Nature & Hiking

    Smugglers' Notch Resort is situated in one of the most beautiful and diverse natural areas in the Northeast, and the Nature and Hiking Program presents campers with fun, safe, and educational opportunities to explore our exceptional environment. More than a dozen hiking trails take our campers up imposing mountains, through sublime forests, and to a bounty of meadows, wetlands, ponds, and streams.

    Prescribed activities facilitate exploration of the rocks, wildlife, water environments, plant life, weather, native culture, and outdoor skills using gear ranging from simple nets and field guides to GPS technology and underwater videocameras. The Nature Center serves as the home base for the program, where counselors can access a variety of nature-related resources at their discretion, and where guests can view educational exhibits and interactive media designed for both children and adults.

    Program Levels and Basic Training Elements

    Discovery Dynamos and Trail Blazers are encouraged to appreciate nature through nature-related games and arts & crafts activities, nature observations with simple gear such as nets and magnifying glasses, easy hikes through our beautiful forests and fields. Adventure Rangers and Notch Squad campers head out on the more vigorous and challenging hikes on our roster, and engage in activities that weave fun together with elements of the observations and explorations of a professional naturalist.

    Examples of Activites

    Survival skills takes Notch Squad campers out into the forest where they build shelter, make and practice using a tool for catching fish, and start a cooking fire with nothing more than what nature provides. In "Climb-It and Climate," Adventure Rangers "conquer" a mountain, and learn cloud names and lore, use a pressure globe to demonstrate cloud formation, measure how steep the mountain is with a clinometer, measure wind speed with an anemometer, try to create their own "hurricane," and use instruments to show how sunlight can be converted into electricity.

    Program Head: John Wrazen
    John has been the Program Head for the Nature and Hiking Program since the summer of 2007. As a professor in the Department of Environmental and Health Sciences at Johnson State College for 28 years, he taught a variety of courses including Environmental Interpretation, Wildlife Field Techniques, and National Parks and Wilderness Management. He served as Director of the Babcock Nature Preserve for 20 years, and organized and hosted Environmental Learning Day annually for the local elementary school. In 1994 and 1995 Dr. Wrazen received grants through which he established the Vermont Nature-Stars Program, the beginning of a continuing relationship with Vermont schools through which he presents on-site nature education "roadshows."


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    Sound & Stage

    Sound and Stage allows campers to sing and dance. They learn a group dance and get to perform it during the Country Fair on Thursday nights.

    Program Head: Sound & Stage does not currently have a dedicated Program Head.

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