Glover Pioneer Camp

Glover Pioneer Camp is now in its 24th year of bringing local history, pioneer skills, nature, and the arts alive to children in central Orleans County

Glover Pioneer Day Camp is a history camp intended to teach local children about their pioneer roots, and to instill knowledge and hometown pride in them. We are a very active day-camp that began at the Glover Town Hall, eventually moving to the West Glover Church, and have finally found our permanent home at the original Parker settlement. Camp is open to all students going into the 1st through 8

Operating as usual

07/03/2021

In case you missed out on all the great photos of camp this year, here is a highlight reel of the best of 2021! Thanks for a great week campers, and see you in 2022!

07/02/2021

After 24 wonderful years of Glover Pioneer Camp, Betsy Day and Randy Williams, our Executive Administrative Team, have announced their retirement. At Camp today, they were presented with a beautiful bouquet created by the camp's original founder, Peggy Day Gibson. Betsy and Randy will continue to be involved with Camp as land owners and site coordinators. The formation of a new administrative team is already in the works, so stay tuned throughout this year for updates about next year's Pioneer Day Camp program. Thank you Betsy and Randy for your labor of love!

After 24 wonderful years of Glover Pioneer Camp, Betsy Day and Randy Williams, our Executive Administrative Team, have announced their retirement. At Camp today, they were presented with a beautiful bouquet created by the camp's original founder, Peggy Day Gibson. Betsy and Randy will continue to be involved with Camp as land owners and site coordinators. The formation of a new administrative team is already in the works, so stay tuned throughout this year for updates about next year's Pioneer Day Camp program. Thank you Betsy and Randy for your labor of love!

Photos from Glover Pioneer Camp's post 07/02/2021

On the last day of camp, our carpentry group campers finished their picnic table and carved in all their names!

Photos from Glover Pioneer Camp's post 07/02/2021

Our painted barn quilt is coming together! Look for it soon on Roaring Brook Road, just as you are coming into West Glover!

Photos from Glover Pioneer Camp's post 07/02/2021

The completed mallard duck whirleygigs! Keep an eye out for them in our campers' front yards!

Photos from Glover Pioneer Camp's post 07/02/2021

Campers erected a variety of new forts at camp this year that are better than ever! Many are good enough to move into!

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Campers in our Pioneer Technology group practice writing with quill pens, using homemade Black Walnut ink.

07/02/2021

Campers pull a replica cabin using logs tom roll it down the road, the same way that the West Glover Church was moved from it's original location right here on the settlement to its permanent home at the corner of Roaring Brook Road and Bean Hill in the early 1800's.

Campers pull a replica cabin using logs tom roll it down the road, the same way that the West Glover Church was moved from it's original location right here on the settlement to its permanent home at the corner of Roaring Brook Road and Bean Hill in the early 1800's.

Photos from Glover Pioneer Camp's post 07/02/2021

Campers have always loved swimming, whether it's 90° or 60°! Which it's been both this week! 😄

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A few more pictures of our young Carpenters learning tool safety!

Photos from Glover Pioneer Camp's post 07/02/2021

Campers in our Pioneer Technology Group learned how to build old-fashioned fences and use ropes and pullies for heavy lifting.

Photos from Glover Pioneer Camp's post 07/02/2021

In addition to their own forts, our campers have also been learning to build and lash better by working on one huge well-constructed fort all together!

Photos from Glover Pioneer Camp's post 07/02/2021

Our carpentry group has been making a picnic table for camp, and finished the job today by carving "Pioneer Camp " into one of the planks, along with all the names of our campers.

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Fort Building has always been a Glover Pioneer Camp favorite activity!

07/02/2021

Our friend Ua, who visited camp yesterday all the way from Hawaii, shared his culture and his language with our campers, who had many great questions about the environment of Hawaii and their native traditions.

Our friend Ua, who visited camp yesterday all the way from Hawaii, shared his culture and his language with our campers, who had many great questions about the environment of Hawaii and their native traditions.

Photos from Glover Pioneer Camp's post 07/02/2021

Our camper archeologists have been excavating the stone foundation of the old Hannah and Ralph Parker house on the original West Glover settlement. Yesterday, they had a metal detector and found two different types of kitchen knives, as well as hooks for hanging pots from the fireplace. These items date back to approximately 1810, and probably belonged to Hannah Parker.

Photos from Glover Pioneer Camp's post 07/02/2021

Campers in our Carpentry focus group began painting the parts of their mallard duck whirleygigs yesterday!

Photos from Glover Pioneer Camp's post 06/29/2021

Campers in our nature group make a new toad friend. Mr. Toad is now safely and happily back in the forest.

Photos from Glover Pioneer Camp's post 06/29/2021

Campers learning how to lash and tie knots so that they can build a new fort together. Come back soon to check out their progress throughout this week!

Photos from Glover Pioneer Camp's post 06/29/2021

Campers in the carpentry group spent time today learning how to use tools safely.

Photos from Glover Pioneer Camp's post 06/29/2021

Our artist campers spent this beautiful morning working on a beautiful mural of West Glover.

Photos from Glover Pioneer Camp's post 06/28/2021

Our campers work on a scavenger hunt in the West Glover cemetery that brought them a little closer to our town's earliest settlers.

Photos from Glover Pioneer Camp's post 06/28/2021

Budding artists paint squares for a barn quilt project that will be erected on a local barn at the end of camp. Some day soon, you may see their masterpiece on the Roaring Brooke Road!

Photos from Glover Pioneer Camp's post 06/28/2021

Kid Carpenters make their own duck whirleygigs in our Carpenters Group. Check back later this week to see their final products!

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Campers in our archeology group dig for ancient treasures in Hamnah Parker's Garden. They have found pottery, bricks, nails, and ceramic pipe stems dating from the early 1800's.

06/28/2021

Campers enjoy a swim at the end of one of the hottest opening days of camp ever! We're so glad to be back this year!

Campers enjoy a swim at the end of one of the hottest opening days of camp ever! We're so glad to be back this year!

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Glover Pioneer Day Camp still has room for more campers. Camp this year will be June 28-July 2. You can sign up at www.gloverpioneercamp.com. If you have any questions or concerns call Betsy or Randy at 525-4051.

Home | GLOVER PIONEER DAY CAMP We are happy to announce to you that we are planning Glover Pioneer Camp 2021.  We have received permission from the state to have camp at our regular time, the week before July 4.  We are scheduling camp from Monday, June 28 - Friday, July 2.  Because we may still be under mask requirements that...

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We are working hard to get the camp administrative machine back up and running after a year off. It's a struggle, but all seems to be going well so far. We have a great lineup of counselors and junior counselors, and a very creative program of activities. At this point, we are about half full, so go to our website, www.gloverpioneercamp.com and sign your kids up. We are so excited to get back into the swing of things, and you will be to.
Betsy & Randy

Home | GLOVER PIONEER DAY CAMP We are happy to announce to you that we are planning Glover Pioneer Camp 2021.  We have received permission from the state to have camp at our regular time, the week before July 4.  We are scheduling camp from Monday, June 28 - Friday, July 2.  Because we may still be under mask requirements that...

[04/22/21]   Hello All.

We are happy to announce to you that we are planning Glover Pioneer Camp 2021. We have just received permission from the state to have camp at our regular time, the week before July 4. We are scheduling camp from Monday, June 28 - Friday, July 2. There is a possibility that we will be in the Fourth of July parade on Saturday, but that has not been decided yet. Because we will still be under mask requirements that week, we are thinking about limiting the number of campers to 40. So, first come first served. We have received an appropriation from the town of Glover to help with scholarships and welcome other donations from the community..

​Most of our counselors have already been vaccinated in order to protect your children. We are modifying our offerings and our scheduling in order to keep kids in smaller groups and appropriately separated. Our goal is to minimize the free-ro-all aspect of camp and have kids move around through planned activities that keep them spaced out and mostly in small groups, busy and having fun, especially morning arrival and games, lunch and fort building.

We will begin with old pioneer era kids' games, followed by morning meeting and morning activities, which will rotate everyday with a new group of kids, so that all kids get exposed to all morning activities during the week. Some ideas include: first and second graders with Belle Lockwood, gardening and composting, clay, building a solid fort, culinary adventures, prey and predator. Mid-day, we will be taking a different hike every day with a bag lunch prepared by the morning cooks. Afternoon focus groups might include: Stones & Bones in the old cemetery, Pioneer Technology, Carpentry 101, Nature Study, and perhaps parade float prep. Details will follow once we have finetuned our offerings. And then we will, of course, end the day with a swim in the lake. There will also be an archaeological dig, an art tent and a activity building a split-rail fence. and Sand floor Stenciling.

We are hoping that some parents will volunteer to spend the week with us, hopefully vaccinated. We expect every camper to bring a mask every day and to wear it during their small group work, but not on hikes or in the woods.

Stay tuned and we will back in touch as soon as possible with details. We are always looking for junior counselors, work crews, either paid or for community service credit

04/23/2020

Pioneer Camp Online Activities
Instructions:
Each week we will post four activities on our page:
Answer a trivia question about Glover History
Identify a “What Is It” from a weekly photo
Respond to a challenge from our resident Naturalist
Find yourself or your friends in our “Then & Now” photo gallery
(You will be able to download and print out the photos of your choice)

Tell us what you know about Glover History:
1. Where did Parker Pond get its name? Elaborate.
2. What Is It? see photo
3. From the Naturalist: Can you identify this plant? Answer on week 2 on website
Then and Now Photos from 1996 & 2019 camp, (archive them on website)

04/17/2020

Glover Pioneer Camp

To all of our loyal followers and campers, we regret to inform you that we have had to cancel camp this year. We have thought long and hard about this and this is the right thing to do. Camp dates are rapidly approaching and we are all still sheltering and physically distancing at home. The Old Stone House Time Travelers’ Camp in July has already been cancelled, as well as many other summer activities. We just can’t take a chance with your precious lives.

Because we have had to postpone Glover Pioneer Camp due to extraordinary circumstances, we will miss you so much and we have decided to keep you engaged online. Your counselors and the Glover Historical Society(GHS) have come up with a fun plan to educate and entertain you. This will be an online challenge to all campers, family members and friends of the GHS and Glover Pioneer Camp and future campers all over Orleans County. Everybody is welcome.

PDC Online Activities
Instructions:
Each week we will post four activities on our page:
1. Answer a trivia question about Glover History
2. Identify a “What Is It” from a weekly photo
3. Respond to a challenge from our resident Naturalist
4. Find yourself or your friends in our “Then & Now” photo gallery
(You will be able to download and print out the photos of your choice)

You can respond on Facebook in the Comments section and we will keep track of your correct answers. We will post the winners monthly on Facebook and the correct answers on our website the following week, along with a “Flashback” article from the archives of the GHS newsletters. Have fun and stay in touch with Pioneer Camp. We will invite you back to the Parker Settlement as soon as we can.

04/17/2020

To all of our loyal followers and campers, we regret to inform you that we have had to cancel camp this year. We have thought long and hard about this and this is the right thing to do. Camp dates are rapidly approaching and we are all still sheltering and physically distancing at home. The Old Stone House Time Travelers’ Camp in July has already been cancelled, as well as many other summer activities. We just can’t take a chance with your precious lives.

Because we have had to postpone Glover Pioneer Camp due to extraordinary circumstances, we will miss you so much and we have decided to keep you engaged online. Your counselors and the Glover Historical Society(GHS) have come up with a fun plan to educate and entertain you. This will be an online challenge to all campers, family members and friends of the GHS and Glover Pioneer Camp and future campers all over Orleans County. Everybody is welcome.

PDC Online Activities
Instructions:
Each week we will post four activities on our page:
1. Answer a trivia question about Glover History
2. Identify a “What Is It” from a weekly photo
3. Respond to a challenge from our resident Naturalist
4. Find yourself or your friends in our “Then & Now” photo gallery
(You will be able to download and print out the photos of your choice)

You can respond on Facebook in the Comments section and we will keep track of your correct answers. We will post the winners monthly on Facebook and the correct answers on our website the following week, along with a “Flashback” article from the archives of the GHS newsletters. Have fun and stay in touch with Pioneer Camp. We will invite you back to the Parker Settlement as soon as we can.

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We have a new website! Check it out! Campers will now be able to register and pay online though PayPal. And most importantly this time of year, if you would like to make any end of year donations to support our 2020 summer, you can now also do that easily through our new website.

gloverpioneercamp.com Welcome! For information about camp activities, our local food program, ways to donate or volunteer, and to meet our staff, please visit the About Camp section. To learn about this year's new focus groups, to register, or to find out about scholarships, please visit the Registration Page. To see our...

01/12/2019

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01/11/2019

West Glover Congregational Church

Annual Meeting Saturday, January 12 at 10am. Please plan to attend and join the discussion about the future of your church.

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We have planned some awesome focus groups for this year including a full shelter-building and wilderness skills workshop, pioneer cooking, two sessions of pottery studio, and several theater and vaudeville workshops. First and second graders will have their own program, which will include nature, stories, music, and art, all with a pioneer twist!

In addition to the focus groups, campers will go swimming, explore Historic Parker Settlement, build forts, eat campfire food, sing campfire songs, and learn skills like knots and lashing.

Focus groups are first-come first-serve, so sign up for by registering on our website or by mail. A small deposit will hold your space and allow you to get the focus groups you want. We also need to have your registration early if you are applying for a scholarship to help us plan.

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Historic Parker Settlement, 765 Parker Rd
West Glover, VT
05875