140 Betsey Cox Lane
Pittsford, Vermont 05763
Winter Office address: (until May 25)
48 Bog Road
Rockland, Maine 04841
Frequently Asked Questions
Betsey Cox is accredited by the American Camping Association and we are a member in good standing and in compliance with extensive standards in program, personnel, administration and facilities. We are also a member of the Vermont Camping Association, a collaboration of camps located in the Green Mountains.
Betsey Cox staff are a unique group of people! We are international. We are educators. We are staff who been campers ourselves since we were 9 years old. We are dedicated to the growth of young women. We are invested in making a difference in the world. And we like to play in the outdoors!
Betsey Cox cabins are wood framed and cozy, lit with a Solar lantern. They each have a fieldstone fireplace built by Charles Davies, one of the founders. The bunks are canvas and wood that cradle our sleeping bag and blankets to create a comfortable nest. They have big windows and slatted windows at each bunk. We do encourage a bug net for girls who are susceptible to bites because screens we believe would actually do a better job keeping bugs in than out. There is no running water or electricity in the cabins, so campers bring headlamps or other flashlights of their choice for the evenings.
We create a community where all religions are welcome, and belief is a matter of personal choice. The camp is not religiously orientated but we do sing grace at meals. We also have a community meeting each weekend that is called Vespers. Vespers is an evening gathering with a theme that has been identified by the directors during the week as one the community should be mindful about. The directors, staff, and campers, are all actively involved. There is always music and often a story or small one act dramatic performance. We also use this space as a time for our Leadership program participants to share their Morally Courageous speeches- 5-10 minute talks about something they are passionate about.
Tuition assistance is available to campers and families who would not otherwise be able to attend. Families all contribute. Betsey Cox is dedicated to making camp assessable to as many deserving young women as possible. For more information, please contact us at [email protected]
Laundry is done by a local business picked up weekly for all campers at no extra charge. Campers should label their clothing items and remember that all clothing brought to camp should be able to be played in and get dirty! Campers bring their own sleeping bags, pillows, towels, and blankets unless they are traveling from Overseas. Camp can assist international campers with bedding.
Parents are welcome to visit on the second Sunday of the Session between 11:00am and 4:00pm. We ask parents not to visit after the first week to allow for campers to settle in a bit more before they have visitors. Parents may sign their daughter out for these hours or bring a picnic and stay on site. We are unable to invite parents to join us for our camp lunch based on space in the Lodge. We try to be as flexible as possible with parents’ schedules. If you cannot visit on a Sunday, but you would like to visit, please call ahead to make a plan with us. Many campers do not have visitors and we plan very full, fun weekend activities for all the campers.
Yes! Campers sometimes want to create a “princess and the pea bed” with their bedding choices. We do ask that each camper brings a sleeping bag no matter what so they can take advantage of overnight trips, or simple cabin sleep outs under the stars.
Betsey Cox has an RN who manages the storage and medication administration of camper medications per the ACA standards. Some families work with their personal pharmacy to prepackage meds for the time their daughter will be at camp. All medication needs to be prepackaged or in its original packaging/bottle with prescription intact. On Opening day, each camper family has a face to face meeting with one of our RN’s on staff and any health or medication needs are discussed at that time.
Cabin assignments are made just prior to the opening of camp, and are based on camper needs, development, age and grade. We do try to honor cabin mate requests identified on the camper application. Cabins are generally made up of 9-10 campers and we would not place more than 3 friends from home in a cabin. Summer camp is also a golden opportunity to make new friendships, and we encourage this by mixing returning and new campers in each cabin.