This was our first time at CCG with kids. We have camped many times and have gone to summer camp so our expectations were reasonable. The camp is beautiful and it is clear the owners care a lot about the camp and program. That said- it was not a good match for our family. In my opinion this camp is best suited for very laid back, communal, nature based families, specifically in terms of lifestyle and mind set. And although we eat organic food and consider ourselves eco aware, the feeling of the camp for us was overwhelmingly "hippie" for lack of better word. The bathrooms got dirtier as the week went on, the food was great, but the lettuce was sandy often, kids were left unsupervised by parents to the point of irritation. Quite hours were not respected, program offerings kept changing, teachers did not show, lack of afternoon offerings etc.
Many of the people there also work there. So there is this mix of staff participating in the workshops then leaving 1/2 way through to go clean the kitchen etc... I was never quite clear on who was working there or who was a camper- it seems people try to find a way to stay longer than they can afford, so they barter.
The kitchen is a screened in building and the sitting area is on the front porch right against the kitchens screened wall. I had to move off the porch several times due to the intensive arguing and processing of the kitchen staff coming through the screen.
I did participate in a few sessions that were good and enjoyable. the music teachers are talented and helpful.
While my family will not be returning, it was clear that many people loved it there and had a great week.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Common Ground Center is an education and retreat center on gorgeous 700 acres in the heart of Vermont. Our signature program is Camp Common Ground, a week long all-inclusive family vacation. Unplug and reconnect with your family through arts, good food, nature exploration, and community. Our site is also available for rentals to weddings, family reunions, and corporate groups. We can accommodate up to 150 overnight guests in May through October and up to 30 overnight guests between November and April. Call us to register or schedule a tour today! ... more less