Who is a Camp Billings alumni?
If you were ever a camper or staff at Camp Billings you are part of the family and a member of the Camp Billings Alumni Association.
2006 was a very special year at Camp Billings...
It all started on January 11, when Camp Billings was officially entered on the National Historic Register thanks to the efforts of Board Member, Mike Lemme. In June that year we celebrated our 100th anniversary by hosting a weekend of traditional camp activities for alumni. We had over 500 alumni return from all over the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia. The weekend was planned so that alumni could return to Billings and experience what they had in years past as campers and staff. This was most certainly accomplished. The theme for the weekend was "One Camp- One Family- One Hundred"! We ran a typical camp weekend with a few extras. There were pontoon boat rides, a hot air balloon rides, square dancing, a camp fire with talent show, and on Saturday we had a visit and speech from the Governor of Vermont; declaring the day officially "Camp Billings Day in Vermont". We finished the weekend with the official Camp Billings candle lite ceremony and fabulous fireworks on the waterfront, which could be observed from around the lake. For those who attended it certainly was a weekend we will never forget.
If you missed the 100th or the 105th or the 110th celebration...
If you would like to stop by and visit camp when you are in the area, please feel free to come. Bob Green, our director would like to give you the keys to our Alumni Room, located in Dartt Hall, so you can take a trip down memory lane. Our Alumni Room contains many interesting items for you to look through, guaranteed to make you smile. We have picture albums during Ralph Lawrence's years as director, all put together by Ralph for your enjoyment. We also have old Clock Tower Times ( by year) to bring back memories of summers at camp. You won't believe some of the stuff you read about!! We have many old camp photos dating back to the early 1900's. I know you will find a familiar face. The old style camp uniforms with the middy blouse and bloomers is preserved in a shadowbox on the wall. Come back, sit on the porch of Dartt Hall, and look out over the crystal blue water of Fairlee Lake. Take a walking tour of camp and let yourself go back in time, you will be surprised to find that not much has changed over the years.
One of the nice things about being a Billings alumni is that twice a year you will receive the alumni newsletter, the ClockTower Times. It will keep you updated with what is going on at camp from the directors stand point, as well as from the Board of Directors. Interesting articles will bring back memories and the popular "Alumni Update" section will give you an opportunity to send your own updated information. If you are not on our mailing list and would like to receive our alumni newsletter please send your address info to Elissa Malcolm at [email protected].
When's the next reunion?
After the successful 110th celebration, everyone is asking when is the next alumni reunion. Over the years, dating back to the '50's, reunions have been very popular. A wonderful opportunity to reconnect with camp and the people who made it so special. The 115th reunion will be in 2021. The Clock Tower Times will always keep you informed.
Why not visit camp?
If you haven't been to camp for awhile, why not stop by this summer? Although some trees are gone and some buildings have changed, it is still the camp you call home. We love to have alumni visit. Our alumni room is full of memoribilia from years gone by; you can get lost for hours in there and on the grounds, remembering your stay at Camp Billings. Please call ahead so we know to expect you!