One of the best and most complete children’s programs… Boston Globe

Smugglers' Notch Adaptive Programs

Dedicated to giving your child a fun experience in a supportive environment.

We are honored to be chosen by familyvacationcritic.com as one of their "Best vacation spots for families with special-needs children"

The Smugglers' Notch Adaptive Program is dedicated to providing therapeutic recreation for children and adults of all abilities in a supportive environment. Experiences are tailored to meet the needs and goals of each individual. The ratio of counselor to camper is based on the individual needs of each person. Depending on individual need, an inclusion program in our daily children's programs may be appropriate, offering the adaptive guest the opportunity to socialize with peers while still maintaining the support he or she needs through our adaptive program.

It is our hope that each camper will leave the program with feelings of self respect, respect for others and nature, and new skills.

The Summer program offers a variety of adventure activities ...
• Swimming
• Watersliding
• Guided Hiking
• Sing-alongs
• Arts & Crafts
• Kayaking
• Horseback Riding
• Nature Time
• Climbing Wall

Beth from North Andover, MA
Stayed from 06/21/2012-06/26/2012

"Alisa Anderson, the head of the Smugglers' Notch Adaptive Program, was wonderful. She was so helpful, really flexible with letting our daughter ease into the program... She also was so friendly and welcoming to our whole family and gave us some great ideas for fun things to do while we were at the resort. Also, the one-on-one staff person who worked with my daughter was lovely. Our daughter gave her a big smile when we saw her each morning and a big hug goodbye each afternoon. We were very happy with the adaptive program and felt that our daughter was in great hands."


We invite you to read "12 reasons why Smugglers' Notch is special needs family vacation heaven," published in September 2012 on Love That Max, "a blog about kids with special needs who kick butt"!
Additional programs

We offer private swim lessons with Swim Whisperers® trained instructors.

This technique was developed by
Angelfish Therapy®, an East Coast pediatric therapy practice. Angelfish Therapy helps children with a variety of special needs, sensory issues, and motor coordination difficulties reach their full potential through fun and challenging aquatic therapy sessions, swim lessons, and land-based therapy.

How is Swim Whisperers different from other adaptive swim lessons? The program focuses on fulfilling the student's sensory needs, whether the student is uncomfortable and does not want to put their face in the water or if they want to go to the bottom of the pool to feel the pressure provided by the water around their body. Once the sensory system is fulfilled then the door has been opened to learn new skills.

At Smugglers', Swim Whisperers ˝ hour swim lessons are offered two times a day, Monday through Friday.


Our Autism Mountain Camp includes additional programming.
Special activities such as sailing on Lake Champlain with Vermont Adaptive, Swim Whisperers swim lessons and horseback riding are available as part of this program. Please call or email (see below) for details; Autism Mountain Camp is offered selected weeks during Summer programming.
Advanced reservations are required in order to meet each individual’s needs. Due to popular demand we have limited space during our peak weeks. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Please make your reservation as early as possible. For more information about our program or to book a reservation, please contact the Smugglers' Notch Adaptive Program directly.

Full day program, 9:15 am - 4:00 pm, $145 per person, per day. Half-day program, 9:15 am - 12:15 pm or 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, $80 per person, per half-day. Optional camp lunch program: $6.15 + tax (Discovery Dynamos & Trail Blazers programs) $7.25 + tax (Notch Squad & Adventure Rangers) or bring a bag lunch.
Click here to download the
Student Information Form.

For further information about our program, pricing information, or to book a reservation please call the Smugglers' Notch Adaptive Program directly at (802)644-8502 or email Alisa Anderson, Program Manager
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