The Archery Field is a popular spot at camp. It is where girls can learn to shoot an arrow, or when the targets are put way, kick a soccer ball, serve a volleyball, hit a softball or simply run around! It is located at the entrance of camp, near the Farm, Stables and Riding Ring, and Blueberry Hill Hotel. It is an active place in the daylight. At night, it can be a place for an all camp sleep out under the stars.
Arts and Crafts
Arts and Crafts is where you go if you are feeling creative! There are new projects starting every day- sewing, sand paintings, sketching, jewelry making, fairy houses, fairies, and arcylic painting parties too. Or come in with your own idea! The sky is the limit!
Bird Mountain-Leadership Cabin
Bird Mountain is one of the lower level cabins- closest to the Garden. It often houses the girls in the second year of our Leadership program. It looks out at a great view of Bird Mountain- hence it’s name!
Blueberry Hill Hotel
Blueberry Hill Hotel is a three-sided shelter with a deck located in the Archery field. Our performing arts program often uses it as a stage. It also has a wonderful field stone fire circle in front of it for evening fires and cabin sleep outs. It overlooks Blueberry Hill, a hill owned by a friendly neighbor that was once covered in blueberries. These days it has more strawberries and wild flowers on it that blueberries, but it still offers an amazing view and perfect place for a sunset and a story.
Breadloaf- Nurse’s Cabin
Breadloaf is our nurse’s cabin and camp infirmary. It is a pleasant, quiet spot to recuperate if need be.
Located near the Farm, the garden is a happening place! We plant the garden from seeds and starter plants the last weekend in May, and things grow quickly in the BC soil! Flowers and veggies flourish with camper tending. Everyone takes a turn helping it to grow. We have an ever bearing strawberry patch and herb gardens too. There is even a butterfly garden to help the pollinators in Vermont!
The Office. The place of mail and packages. The first place visitors come on their way into camp. A place to visit any time you have questions about anything!
Located in the central part of camp, Campcraft teaches outdoor skills. How to light a one match fire, or a no match fire, how to make a one pot meal over a fire, knots, map and compass, first aid, shelter building, identifying flora and fauna around camp. Explore the outdoors!
The Betsey Cox Farm is a busy place! It is located on the way into camp, and is home to piglets, sheep and lambs, ducklings, chickens (laying hens) goats and kids (nanny goat to milk!) kittens, and often a cow and calf or a couple of calves. All of the animals need to be cared for and campers learn how do farm chores and a bit about each animal as well.
Hugs and Health
Hugs and Health is our name for the nurse’s office. It is located directly across from the Lodge and is attached to the Crafts cabin. You can find sunscreen, band aids and bug repellent there on your own. If you need something more than that, you should check in with the nurse who is there right after every meal and at bedtime. Other times of the day, you can find the nurse where her sign says she is. Stop by for health or just a hug!
Mindfullness. The labrinth is a place to be thoughtful. A place to collect yourself. A place to breathe deep and appreciate.
First Year Muggie Leaders live in the Leadership Cabins- Ficklebump and Grotto. Muggie is a nickname for our founder’s word for the Leadership Program. The full name is “Mugwump” and Jean believed it was a bird sitting on a fence with its “mug” on one side of the fence and it’s “wump” on the other side of the fence. In camp terms, part camper-part counselor.
The Betsey Cox Library is a unique place. It was built by a crew of Betsey Cox women in the Leadership program under the guidance of an experienced carpenter. It has three levels and is filled with books. The books are there to borrow for anyone that needs a good read. The library often grows with books campers and staff leave behind to add to our collection at the end of a camp season. It is a place campers often come to for a quiet moment, or to play a board game, or play an instrument, or sing together. All cabin staff or Muggie Leaders read a story at bedtime to their campers and often the stories come from our very own library!
The Lodge. Named for our founder, The Jean S. Davies Lodge. It is our dining hall, our gathering place, a rainy day haven, our stage, our dance floor, our kitchen. The heart of camp.
Low Ropes Challenge Course
The Low Ropes course is a favorite spot for girls out for an adventure. They can try their hand at the pirate’s crossing, mohawk walk, swinging vines, a spider web or the bouldering castle. Spotters Ready? Ready!
Lower Horse Pasture
The Lower Horse pasture is exactly what it sounds like. It is one of the pastures for our resident horses. In June when the grass is plentiful, it is filled with wild iris, buttercups, and clover. On warm nights in late June and early July fireflies fill the pasture with glittery lights. The horses happily spend the evenings with the fireflies at the end of their lesson days.
Lower Level Cabins
The Lower Level at Camp Betsey Cox is where our older girls live. There are five camper cabins- all named after mountains in Vermont. Killington, Mansfield, Camel’s Hump, Pico, and Haystack. Bird Mountain is also on the Lower Level right near the garden. It houses the girls in the second year of the Leadership program. There are also 2 staff cabins located on the lower level. And the camp Library!
Narnia is our dress up cabin. It is filled with costumes of every type you can imagine! Fancy hats, ball gowns, suits and ties, roller skates, scarves and capes. Everything you need to help your imagination turn you into something unique and special.
The Pottery is always filled with creative energy! There are 2 wheels to learn to throw pots and plenty of hand building to do. We have a kiln at camp and campers create projects, glaze them and take them home!
The riding ring or arena is where english style riding lessons happen. Located next to the archery field and the to horse pastures, campers learn to ride and care for the camp horses. They are a friendly bunch!
Right Mind Farm and Mom’s Garden
Right Mind Farm/Mom’s Garden is an organic farm located on family land at the entrance of camp. It is planted on land that was once gardened by Carol and Dave Smith, Lorrie’s parents who lived in the Farmhouse at the end of the camp lane. Right Mind Farm is owned and cared for by Yvonne Brunot and Ed Safford. They offer myriad skills to the camp community- and good food! All the lettuce that is in our salad bar comes from Right Mind Farm. Many other veggies on our plates also come from just down the driveway! Campers often help with various garden projects including harvesting for the weekly farmers market, and helping to care for the bee hives Ed tends.
Please visit Right Mind Farm!
The shower house is located in the central part of camp next to the wash houses. There are individual stalls with bright curtains and hot water. Every cabin has a shower day each week assigned during rest hour, but you are welcome to shower more that that if you like! (picture on our current website. but not sure how to get it to this page)
The “Happy Trails” Stables are home to camps 10 horses in the summer. There are 10 covered stalls and 2 outside stalls for the horses, and a tack room for all their gear and feed. Campers learn to care for the horses as well as to ride english style. There are lessons all 4 periods of the day. Sometimes the lessons are in the outdoor riding ring and sometimes they are on the network of trails on camp’s property.
Across the driveway from the Lodge and down the hill are 5 staff cabins. The one at the bottom of the hill is called Breadloaf and it is where the camp nurse lives for the summer. One side of Breadloaf also serves as the camp infirmary should anyone need a quiet night of good sleep for health reasons. There is a bathroom shared by the nurse inside as well as a sitting room and deck in case all campers need is a quiet place to be for a bit.
The tennis court is in the main yard of camp. Try your hand at a game or drill. Sign up for a tournament. Play singles and doubles. On hot days, watch out for water balloons instead of balls!
The Tree House is a very special spot at camp. It was built by our founder Jean Davies’s son-in-law, Paul Kenyon, who is an engineer and avid outdoorsman. We tasked him with making a tree house that was unique and did not hurt the tree! He came through with flying colors! The Tree House is built in collaboration with a wonderful old apple tree. It has 2 levels and has been named “The good ship Sarah June”. “Ship” because it resembles a sailing ship, Sarah June for Betsey Cox’s sister.
Upper and Lower Wash houses
There are two wash houses centrally located at camp. Both have running water, flush toilets, and electricity. One is designated for the Upper Level and one for the Lower Level. An efficient, soft yellow light lights the way all night long in case you need to find your way.
Upper Horse Pasture
The Upper horse pasture is also home to the horses in the evening. It has a grove of apple trees that offers shade from the sun and shelter from the rain. One of those trees has been called the “perfect apple tree” by some staff members at apple picking time. And lots of purple clover-the Vermont state flower!
Upper Level Cabins
The Upper level is where our younger girls live. There are 5 cabins named after the Green Mountains of Vermont: Lincoln, Deer’s Leap, Bromley, Shrewsbury, Sugarbush. There cabins are built amidst some trees, grassy clearings and big rocks- plenty to let your imagination roam!
The Upper Meadow is located near the Upper Level cabins and Pottery. It is a place to gather and play games, or sit quietly. It is surrounded by berry bushes and wildflowers. Sometimes Archery takes place here, sometimes vespers. It is a multipurpose site.
Upper Parking Lot
The Upper Parking Lot is located near the Lodge and is where the camp vehicles can be found. It also houses the camp tractors! Delivery trucks for the Kitchen also stop here. On Opening and Closing day it is also the parking lot for families of girls who live in Camp’s Upper Level Cabins. On an typical camp day, trips depart and return from this lot and it can be a busy spot!
The BC Waterfront is one of the favorite places in camp. Red Cross swimming lessons happen here, and free swim every day 4th Period. There are canoes, kayaks and paddle boards to try out. The sun always shines and it never rains at the Pond!
Weavery. The place of yarn and string, warps and looms. Projects include myriad friendship bracelet patterns, hand loom potholders, floor loom scarves, placements, bags, backpacks, and rag rugs.
Woodshop is a cool place to be. Located near our camp maintenance buildings, there are always projects being created here. Wooden toys, Cutting boards, mobiles, shelves, stools, signs, puzzle boxes, you name it! Power tools and hand tools- life skills to be learned here!
The Yurt is a cabin in the round! It is a traditional yurt, with tent walls and roof and wooden floor. Betsey Cox uses the Yurt for many purposes. Sometimes it is housing for campers and Leadership girls. Sometimes it is a yoga studio, or a stage for Drama. Sometimes it is simply a gathering place.
The Zen Den is a catch all of many things. It holds sporting equipment, sometimes acts as a yoga and meditation studio, serves as a gathering place for Leadership girls, and holds Saturday program props and decorations. Located in the Upper Parking Lot, near Arts and Crafts and the Woodshop. It is a handy spot.