The Craftsbury Outdoor Center and Hosmer Point Camp make significant economic and social contributions to Craftsbury, the region and the state of Vermont.
The Outdoor Center and Hosmer Point contribute a considerable amount to the local economy and employ over 60 Vermonters year round and 75 in the summer. Sculling alone generates1.2 million to the economy. Regardless of the Center’s non-profit status, it pays all property and state taxes. Outdoor Center guests buy gas, gifts, sandwiches and more at local businesses, a majority of the food served at the the Center is grown locally and local contractors and suppliers are used whenever possible.
The Center provides an amazing array of programs for our community, many of which are very affordable thanks to income generated by the Center’s Sculling Camps. All residents of Craftsbury and Albany are offered complimentary Center memberships. 422 have joined. Programs include:
Summer Mountain Bike Club:
- 39 participants total for the three month summer program, which included mostly local kids
- Program cost was $100 for the 3 month program. Scholarships were available for those in need
Age Group Summer Ski Programs:
- 49 kids in three different programs, ages 8-18, coming to practices multiple times each week
- Scholarships available to those in need
Summer Ski Camps, all filled to their limit:
- 74 kids attended summer ski training camps
- Four ski camps over the course of the summer, for ages 8-18
Between camps and regular practices, there were 91 unique kids coming to the Center this summer for ski training. The Center gave out 13 scholarships for kids to attend BKL camps, attend national and regional training camps, and to participate in our full-time programs
- 41 kids participated in biathlon at the Center, between Hosmer Point campers, junior ski campers, and private lessons
- All ski program participants also get to do biathlon once/week
Hosmer Point Summer Camp:
- 794 kids came to camp at Hosmer Point this summer, that number includes residential campers, day campers, and school groups
- About half of residential campers were from Vermont.
- A sliding scale is offered to keep camp affordable to more families.
Total: Over 1,000 kids served
- Attendance ranged from about 10-25 per day.
- Sessions were 3x a week and gave opportunity for community members to try sculling
Masters Ski Training:
- 15 masters enrolled in summer ski training, with average attendance around 12 for the 5 month program
Tuesday Night Run/Bike Trail Races (all ages):
- The overall total of unique participants for this year was 280
- Most race weeks had between 50-80 participants
- Cost was $5 per race, or $30 for the whole series
- 123 running campers this summer, between seven camp sessions
- 893 sculling campers spread over 33 sessions
- Approximately 54 participants in an average week of fitness classes at the Center between yoga, CrossFit, Community Fitness, ErgSpin, Simple Strength and Feldenkrais
- $5 for members, $10 non-members, subsidized
- Hosted anywhere from 30-90 people for monthly Forestry talks this summer
- Free for all attendees
Total: Over 1,500 people of all ages served
Outdoor Center Memberships
- There are 2,070 total COC members, which gives them unlimited trail use as well as free and discounted access to many of programs
- 422 people have formally accepted a complimentary Outdoor Center membership for Craftsbury/Albany residents
Age Group Programs (Craftsbury Nordic Ski Club):
- 135 kids participate in regular club ski programs, ages 8-18.
- Scholarships are available to kids in need
- This season 853 different kids scheduled to participate in winter school outreach program (December through March).
- The kids are largely from public elementary schools, but also include alternative and therapeutic schools, regional after school programs, and Sterling College ski classes.
- Only the after school groups (REACH and Kids on the Move) pay a small fee for Center staffing, all other school groups go free
Albany KOM (after school)
Arlington High School
Craftsbury KOM (after school)
Green Mtn. Kids (after school)
Hardwick KOM (after school)
Lamoille Union Middle
Total: Almost 1,000 kids served
- There are 45 community members with gym memberships this winter. They attend weekly classes including yoga, CrossFit, Community Fitness, ErgSpin, Simple Strength, Zumba, and Feldenkrais
- $5 for members, $10 non-members, subsidized
Adult Recreational Skiing:
- 25 local adult skiers participated in the program which met twice a week to ski together at the Center
- 140 participants ages 45-88 came for nine different Road Scholar programs over the course of seven weeks.
- 20 Master’s skiers, many of them local, attended weekend camp in December
Total: Over 200 people of all ages served
Local Farmers Support the Craftsbury Outdoor Center
It is well known the Craftsbury Outdoor Center is both a major employer and hub of lifetime fitness, social activity, and education in our region. What is less known is the immense positive impact the Outdoor Center has on the prosperity of local farms. Due to their commitment to the local economy, COC sources the majority of food served to their guests from producers in the Northeast Kingdom. There are few sizable markets for local farm products in the Northeast Kingdom which makes COC's commitment to buying local all the more important to the success of local farms.
There aren't many sectors of the economy that are expanding in the Northeast Kingdom. Local food farms are an exception. Local food farms have increased both in number and in size in the last decade adding many jobs to our region. In order to continue growth, we need tourism-related business like the Outdoor Center to continue to thrive. Not only does this allow them to purchase more food from farmers; their economic impact multiplies via their employees and other local businesses, who then have more purchasing power themselves. As a result, we oppose movements to restrict the COC's use of Great Hosmer Pond for sculling camps. Sculling camps are a great example of green tourism, which brings outside dollars into our communities and are an excellent avenue for increasing the market for and visibility of our businesses.
It is our hope that all interested parties will see the Outdoor Center as essential to the vitality of the Northeast Kingdom. As we proceed with conversations, we ask you to consider the Outdoor Center's positive impact on local farm businesses when making decisions about water access.
Great Hosmer Pond provides recreational opportunities year round. It is a place for kids young and old in our communities to learn biathlon, nordic skiing, sailing, swimming, snowshoeing, mountain biking, trail running, etc....
Craftsbury Outdoor Center
The Craftsbury Outdoor Center is an important part of the Great Hosmer Pond community. It provides a surfeit of year-round recreational, economic, and educational benefits to our community.
Hosmer Point Camp
Hosmer Point Camp provides residential and day camps to kids from our community and beyond. Kids are on the water daily learning to sail, canoe, swim, and scull. We want to make sure that existing safety laws are enforced to keep everyone safe this summer.