The HAYES FOUNDATION
P.O.Box 1257 • Rutland, VT 05701 • 802-417-2170
In addition to its historic mission of providing grants to students for participation in high-level academic and arts programs, The Hayes Foundation provides funds to two Vermont summer camps—Camp Hochelaga in South Hero (for girls) and Camp Abnaki in North Hero (for boys)—to support scholarships for Rutland County children who might otherwise not be able to participate in a summer residential camp experience.
Here is what the camps' websites have to say about their programs:
Camp Hochelaga is the last girls-only YWCA residential camp in the United States. We truly believe camp is not just a place; it is an incredible opportunity to learn and grow in a protected environment tailored to meet the needs of kids in a fun and safe way with great role models. Through a broad array of programs in arts, sports, swimming and boating, nature activities, and longstanding camp traditions, girls ages 6-17 are encouraged to have fun, express themselves, try something new, and create friendships that will last a lifetime. Girls and young women benefit from exposure to a wide-range of activities and opportunities.
YMCA Camp Abnaki provides a traditional boys sleep away summer camp program, with an emphasis on character development, skill building and fun. Boys are provided with an experience designed to foster personal growth and independence. The friendships they make and memories they take away last a lifetime. A tradition of commitment to the individual makes Abnaki what it is today, a camp that cares about a boy's needs and feelings. Our motto of "Help the Other Fellow" is still as true as it was in our founder "Dad" Clark's days.
The Hayes Foundation does not require or accept applications for scholarships for these two camps; rather, prospective campers should apply for such scholarships directly through the individual camps. For more information, please contact the individual camps.