Outdoor Exploration Camp

Get ready for a summer of fun! Mount Snow Outdoor Exploration Camp (OEC) is a high-energy summer camp providing children the opportunity to explore Vermont’s Green Mountain National Forest. Our staff of expert adventurers will lead your children through engaging activities including hiking, biking, swimming, golfing, chairlift rides, arts and crafts, exploring local attractions, and MORE.

Contact our team at 802.464.4172 or MOSummercamp@vailresorts.com

Daily Agenda

Every morning will start with a camp-wide morning meeting, and then it’s time to break into grade specific home groups for a snack, group prep, and activity time. After lunch, we’ll regroup for activity select where we’ll group together based on the activity of interest for the afternoon. Fridays we’ll stick with our home groups for all-day activities and adventures.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday – Friday: 7:30 am – 4:30 pm

Camp Groups

Hawks: Campers 6 to 7 years old
Eagles: Campers 8 to 9 years old
Falcons: Campers 10 to 12 years old

OEC Packs are assigned to an individual and are non-transferable. OEC packs may be used non-consecutively and are eligible for use any day of the season. For example: A camper who may attend every Thursday and Friday for 10 weeks would likely purchase a 20-pack. A camper who may attend 5 consecutive days in July may purchase a 5-Pack.

We encourage all participants to bring their bike to camp regardless of their interest level in biking. Biking in an integral part of our camp activities and may be used as a form of transportation from one location to another. Our team of staff is trained and happy to coach biking skills for all ages and abilities. For students unable to ride a bike, many alternative transportation options do exist. Many children have come to camp never riding a bike before and love biking by the time they leave. Camp modifications may be made for certain individuals who are unable to ride a bike.

If your child in not able to ride a bike, has not learned to ride a bike, or does not own a bike, please give us a call at 802 464 4172.

During Activity Select sessions campers will have a variety of activities to choose from. On certain days, multiple skill variations of an activity may be offered. Activity Select programming allows campers of different Home Groups the opportunity to participate in an activity that meets their skill level and interest regardless of age (challenge by choice).

See the Daily Activity Offerings above for an example of each day’s primary activities. Our challenge by choice activities are designed to provide participants with an opportunity to practice skill development with an appropriate amount of challenge. Challenge by choice disciplines include but are not limited to, biking, hiking, golfing, and swimming. Some activities may have qualifying requirements, to participate a camper may be asked to demonstrate a minimum level of skill, experience, awareness, and/or behavior control for the desired activity.

Lead activity counselors and OEC management have final discretion on camper eligibility.

  • Basic rules of respect and courtesy are expected at camp. Our simplified camp philosophy is to “BE SAFE, BE FAIR, and BE KIND”. Campers who do not follow the Code of Conduct will first be redirected by our camp staff. After receiving redirection campers will be issued the following notices:
  • 1-Reminder: Camper will be reminded of the rules of camp and the code of conduct.
  • 2-Warning: Camper will be asked to quickly pause from participating in the current activity to discuss actions and the code of conduct.
  • 3- Final Warning: Camper will be asked to temporarily stop participating in the current activity to discuss actions and the code of conduct. Camper will also discuss their choices and influences with a supervisor, manager, or another OEC staff member when available. A final warning note will be placed and held on file.
  • 4- Call/Note Home: If a camper continues to break the code of conduct, the OEC Camper will receive all responses of a final warning and a call/note home. The note on file will be released to parents.

No Tolerance Policy: If a camper displays any of the prohibited behaviors in the code of conduct or a camper's behavior at any time threatens the immediate safety of him/her, other campers, or staff, the child’s parent/guardian will be notified and expected to pick-up the child immediately.

  • Campers are required to bring with them daily: Morning snack, picnic lunch, and afternoon snack
  • Water bottle and/or backpack hydration system
  • Sturdy closed toe shoes for outdoor activities like hiking/biking
  • Sunblock & bug spray

We highly recommend bringing the following items each day. Campers without these items may not be eligible to participate in certain daily activities:

  • Backpack
  • Closed toe water shoes/sandals (please do not bring flip-flops or crocs)
  • Change of clothes, jacket/sweatshirt, pants, and extra socks
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Mountain bike (rentals available through Mount Snow Sports)
  • Helmet and other protective gear

Please label all personal belongings. Mount Snow is not responsible for lost, misplaced, or stolen items.

Basic rules of respect and courtesy are expected at camp. Our simplified camp philosophy is to “BE SAFE, BE FAIR, and BE KIND”.

Campers agree to demonstrate appropriate, sportsmanlike conduct through the following behaviors:

  • Campers shall follow the directions of staff members.
  • Campers will show respect to their counselors, camp staff, Mount Snow employees, and the public.
  • Campers will demonstrate respect for personal safety and the safety of others.
  • Camper will demonstrate respectful and responsible behavior which includes respect for property, courtesy and good manners, and the use of appropriate language always.

Participants and participant parents/guardians understand the following actions or behaviors are prohibited: Actions which intentionally endanger the health and safety of themselves, other campers, and/or staff. Performing acts of bullying, aggression, or violence. Stealing, damaging, or failing to care for Mount Snow property, staff property, and/or property of other campers. Actions which continually disrupt daily programs. Using profanity or inappropriate language or displaying clothing or other personal items with offensive content. Performing inappropriate physical contact. Possession or use of illegal substances, tobacco, or alcohol. Refusal to follow behavior guidelines. If a camper's behavior at any time threatens the immediate safety of him/her, other campers, or staff, the parent/guardian will be notified and expected to pick-up the child immediately.

Participants and participant parents/guardians agree that failure to comply with any of the above provisions can lead to disciplinary action which can be taken by the counselor or camp supervisor/manager. Any disciplinary action will be applied fairly and equitably to all parties involved. Failure to comply with the Code of Conduct may result in the removal from activities, the program, and/or additional fees. There will be no refunds given for campers who are removed from the program due to violations of the Code of Conduct. Nothing in this code shall be deemed to restrict the individual freedom of a participant while not representing Mount Snow.

Biking at camp is primarily classified as Cross Country (XC) Mountain Biking. Some activities may include biking on paved or unpaved roads, pump tracks, or trail riding. Biking may be offered every day but is not guaranteed. Weather, camper interest, staffing, and trail conditions may dictate if/when activities are offered. Examples of additional biking activities include skills building for riding without training devices, safe shifting and braking, riding as a group, Intro to XC-Mountain Biking, Beginner XC- Mountain Biking, Intermediate XC-Mountain Biking, and Advanced/technical XC-Mountain Biking.

OEC campers participate in regularly scheduled activities within the boundaries of Mount Snow, Handle Road to Crosstown Trails, Mount Snow Golf Course, Rt. 100, and Dover Park. Transportation to these destinations may occur via foot, bicycle, or Southeast Vermont Transit dba MOOver. Activities within this region do not require field trip permission slips, in some circumstances (i.e. medical issues, bicycle mechanical failure, etc.) campers may receive transportation back to Mount Snow Resort via Mount Snow Rescue, Mount Snow Security, or Grand Summit Hotel Valet.

Parents will be contacted prior to departure for these trips. Campers may be offered the opportunity to participate in field trips outside of our traditional play boundaries. Field trips are internally posted 1 week in advance and do require parental permissions. Field trips may include additional costs. Parents with reservations will be notified if a camper may be attending on a day a field trip is scheduled. Examples of field trips include, trips to Wilmington, blueberry picking, trips to the Cremee Stand, Stand-up Paddle boarding, etc.

Outdoor Exploration Camp operates out of the Discovery Center building in the Main Base Area of Mount Snow Resort. Drop off and pick up occurs in this location unless otherwise notified by camp staff. OEC campers participate in regularly scheduled activities within the boundaries of Mount Snow, Handle Road to Crosstown Trails, Mount Snow Golf Course, Rt. 100, and Dover Park. Transportation to these destinations may occur via foot, bicycle, or Southeast Vermont Transit dba MOOver.

Activities within this region do not require field trip permission slips; in some circumstances (i.e. medical issues, bicycle mechanical failure, etc.) campers may receive transportation back to Mount Snow Resort via Mount Snow Rescue, Mount Snow Security, or Grand Summit Hotel Valet.

Our adventurous counselors are professional teachers, coaches, athletes, outdoor enthusiasts, and all-around great people. We believe outdoor exploration is essential to child development and our team of staff is trained to facilitate camper education through experiences exploring new environments and conquering goals and challenges.