Lithuanian Heritage Children’s Camp
(7-16 years old)
Up to 10 campers live together in one cabin, grouped according to age. At least one counselor lives together with the campers in the cabin. The youngest children are cared for by “camp moms.” Sinks and toilets are built into each cabin and common shower facilities are situated nearby.
The staff members are chosen for their experience in working with children as well as knowledge of Lithuanian culture and Neringa values. Cabin counselors are at least 18 years old and work together with the program team, the camp chaplain, and the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception–all of whom are an integral part of the staff.
Each day begins with prayer, breakfast and clean up. After the flag raising ceremony, the campers are involved in various activities mentioned below until noon. After lunch, there is a free time followed by swimming in the Neringa pond, snack, and further group activities. Dinner and flag lowering are followed by an evening program which varies according to the theme of the day; sometimes the program is serious, sometimes it is humorous and playful, but, as with all Neringa activities, always aims to be meaningful.
Kids playing Daily activities include Lithuanian dancing, singing, folk art, and basic cultural understanding as well as Roman Catholic liturgy and study, nature study, hikes, camp newspaper, art, woodworking, sports, swimming, games, drama, and character development discussions. Campers are involved in daily activities with their own cabin mates, as well as in appropriate mixed groups of children.
“Third Week” Youth Camp
For English speakers
(12-16 year olds)
The third week is a privilege enjoyed by the older campers, a time to enjoy Neringa in a more relaxed atmosphere. This week we focus on personal development – spiritual growth, cultivating talents and building deeper bonds with one another. We go on various hikes, spend the evenings interpreting Lithuanian history through plays and songs and discuss questions of faith to further our understanding of our beliefs. Lithuanian language classes are also offered. Of course, it wouldn’t be camp without the camp fires, soccer games, dance-evenings, photography classes, nature walks and the occasional glance at the constellations in the night sky. And if all that wasn’t enough to entice you, how would you like to learn to cook Lithuanian jelly, or cheese, or kuldūnai; or to craft a working instrument or some other fantastic work of art?
Neringa is waiting for you!
Heritage Family Camp
What is Lithuanian Heritage Family Camp?
Lithuanian Heritage Family Camp offers a unique opportunity for families to learn about Lithuanian traditions first-hand, while providing wholesome, fun, creative, and nurturing experiences for children and adults in the Roman Catholic faith tradition, all within the natural beauty of Neringa and Vermont.
What do we do at family camp?
Program activities include Lithuanian games, songs, stories and traditions, nature hikes, arts and crafts, liturgy (Roman Catholic), and common prayer. There will be activities for families as a unit as well as age-specific activities for children and adults.
What are living accommodations like?
Each family lives either in cabins, which are equipped with sinks and toilets, or in the main lodge, which has a bathroom down the hall. Common shower facilities are situated near the cabins. All meals and snacks are provided for at common meal times.
Who can come to family camp?
This session is geared to families with younger children. Everyone in your extended family is welcome to join you; many aunts, uncles, and grandparents have had a wonderful time at family camp. No one is too young or too old to enjoy Neringa!