Green Mountain Camp for Girls celebrated its 100th birthday on Saturday, August 12 at the camp. Founded in 1917 by teenagers, Sarah Bradley and Grace Holbrook, the young friends understood that girls needed a place to come together away from the isolation and chores of the many small family farms scattered throughout southern Vermont. While society has changed since 1917, GMC is still a place for girls to be girls and have an authentic summer camp experience in the beautiful woods of Dummerston, VT. From swimming and campfires to arts and gardening, GMC is a place for girls to build friendships, be bold, discover new passions and enjoy the Vermont summer away from technology, and for some, the stresses of home life. Camp Executive Director, Billie Slade, was a camper herself, and many current campers have mothers and grandmothers who also attended the camp. Sarah Bradley’s grandson, Richard Epstein, is President of the Board and chair of the camp’s “Centennial Campaign,” which aims to raise $100,000 for upgrades to the campus.
Multiple generations of alumnae were present for the all day celebration, which included classic camp activities such as arts and crafts, hikes, musical lessons and singing, swimming and delicious meals. Young campers gave tours of the camp and there were many opportunities for alumnae to reminisce and reflect on their time at camp, including a place to record their stories. A film about the camp and its centennial year screened in Hildreth Hall and a history corner set up in the library was chock-full of camp memorabilia. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place for the newly constructed “Centennial Stairs” which links the senior and main levels of the campus. It is one of the camp’s ten improvement projects underway in recognition of the camp’s 100th year. A contra dance topped off the special day which honored the camp’s past, celebrated its big birthday and raised funds to ensure its future.
Thanks to all who participated and helped us celebrate our 100th birthday!
This year Green Mountain Camp for Girls is celebrating its 100th birthday. While the spirit of GMC is alive and well 100 years after its founding, we know that you can’t have a camp without a campus. To celebrate our big birthday we're raising $100,000 for much-needed repairs and upgrades to our venerable campus.
Please consider a gift to help us honor our past, celebrate our centennial and ensure our future.
Gifts can be made by credit card or PayPal account, check or stock.
Please make checks out to "GMC Centennial Campaign".
To make a gift of stock please email Centennial Campaign Chair and Board President Richard Epstein.
While society has changed a great deal since 1917, GMC is still a place for girls to be girls and have an authentic summer camp experience in the beautiful wooded hills of Dummerston, VT.
Building fires, making s’mores, learning new games, performing at the talent show and swimming in our beautiful pool are some of the magical activities at GMC. It’s camp the way it should be – all about fun, friends and community
Planned capital improvements:
Upgrades to electrical systems
Upgrades to the sleeping cabins
New junior campus bathroom
Restoring the Art Barn
Creating the "centennial stairs" which links the senior and main levels of the campus
A new shed to house the athletic equipment at the playing field
A land survey of our property
Structural repairs to Hildreth Hall
Upgrading the swimming pool to an eco-friendly system
We invite you to be a part of our 100th anniversary celebration by giving a gift that will keep Green Mountain Camp for Girls going strong for another 100 years!
Gifts can be made by credit card (PayPal); check or stock. Please make checks out to "GMC Centennial Campaign" and send to Green Mountain Camp, 565 Green Mountain Camp Road, Dummerston, VT 05301
For gifts of stock please contact Board President Richard Epstein.