Dorm Life at TDI

Governors DormsTypically about 85% of our participants sleep in the dorms each night, while about 15% commute to and from their homes. Resident campers attending TDI have the opportunity to live in the Northern Vermont University-Johnson dorms for the week(s) of camp. We generally fill three or four dorm floors. Each floor has two Dorm Supervisors and 2 -4 teaching staff as well. Dorm supervisors are responsible for all resident campers, particularly the ones on their floors, from dinnertime until breakfast the next morning. Dorm staff lead evening activities that range from swimming and outdoor games, to computer time or board games, and provide campers with a healthy evening snack.

Each dorm floor has a central bathroom with shower stalls, sinks and bathroom facilities. Dorm rooms are typically doubles or triples, and campers are encouraged to request a favorite roommate if they’d like to share with a particular friend.  Dorm staff generally have as much fun as the campers and enjoy the energy and fun that comes from living in a dorm setting!

Evening activities may include swimming, Campfire, Movie Night, or Active Games, and, of course, the Talent Show on our last evening together each week.

Our Fourth of July are regularly well-received. What better way to beat the heat than water games! We have a blast with a hose, a water slide, buckets, sponges, bubbles, and water bottle rockets! There are always lots of smiles and laughter from campers, Leadershippers, and staff. We always look forward to trying some new water game ideas for each Fourth, and invite your child(ren) to join us! Even when the Fourth of July lies outside the TDI schedule (as in 2020), the water games are too much fun to pass up, and we reschedule to another night.

After evening activities (or sometimes during evening activity time), campers and staff might play games, read, listen to music, or just hang out in the common room and chat. Returning campers look forward to dorm time as a chance to relax and unwind after a full day of new experiences. Campers like the autonomy of living in a college dorm and managing their own time, while parents like knowing the dorm supervisors are actively involved with the campers and providing an adult presence on the floors.

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