Fresh Air, Water, Sunshine, Trees
A camp comes full circle.
In the mid-1960’s, the parents of Camp Director Putnam L.Blodgett (known as Boo), created two different summer camp experiences for kids. Boo’s mother (Mary Blodgett) started an equestrian camp for girls. The program centered on riding instruction and taking care of the horses. In their free time, the girls creatively pursued their own unique interests. The camp was called What-Ya-Wanna Camp for Girls.
Boo’s father (Putnam W. Blodgett, known as Put), on the other hand, created a boys’ camp based on wilderness survival and challenging physical experiences in the out of doors, in a more structured manner. Put’s camp was called Challenge Wilderness Camp for Boys.
Growing up, Boo had the opportunity to observe and be a part of both camp philosophies – the “what you wanna do” camp and the “challenging outdoor wilderness” camp.
The Challenge Wilderness Camp was run by Boo’s father for 20 years. The camp business was then sold to a former Camp Challenge counselor Thayer Raines who, along with his wife Candice, ran the camp under a different name (Roaring Brook Camp for Boys) for 35 years, preserving the teaching of outdoor skills and sports, and VT crafts.
The camp property has come full circle, back into the Blodgett family and is now co-directed by Putnam L. (Boo) Blodgett and his wife Shelly. The camp, a blending of the camp philosophies of Boo’s parents, has undergone a slight name change to Roaring Brook Camp and is registering girls and boys beginning in the summer of 2019.
Roaring Brook Camp is a 550-acre private property including an 15-acre lake. In this beautiful setting, the campers, boys and girls ages 9-14, stay in screened-in Adirondack shelters and share a communal outdoor cooking area. There is a main shelter for crafts and central gathering, a blacksmith shop, 2 playing fields, an archery range, a ropes course, a rock climbing cliff, mountain bike trails, and the heart and soul of the camp, the central campfire area.
The property has won VT Tree Farm of the Year award and VT Conservation Property of the Year award. The property has been pristinely preserved by the Blodgett family for 90+ years so that kids can enjoy a safe and fun outdoor summer camping experience!