High Ropes Course
Try the zip line, the target dive, or the holy cow swing in our High Ropes Course. Learn to work as a team in our Low Ropes Circuit. Campers will learn to face their fears along with their trusted counselors and closest friends. Cabin groups will deepen their bond through team-building activities.
Campers can set personal goals for themselves and feel the satisfaction of meeting those goals during their stay. For those campers who have experience in rock climbing, our ropes course provides them the opportunity to practice and improve.
Backpacking and Canoe Trips
Each session, campers have multiple opportunities to sign-up for out-of-camp trips. Junior campers get specialized trips purposely designed for a young camper’s stamina and ability. For older campers (12 and over), we offer overnight hiking and backpacking trips, and overnight canoeing adventures. Backpackers have gone to the summit of Mt Washington and to Acadia National Park. Canoe trippers go down the Connecticut or Androscoggin rivers. We offer many day hikes and half-day hikes to local peaks like Mt. Cardigan and Mt. Cube. We also take campers to see local waterfalls, watering holes, and we LOVE going to the Tweed River Tubing Resort for the afternoon. All of these trips are elective. Campers will sign up while at camp; no need to pre-register for any trip. If you think you might be interested in any of these trips, pack accordingly! Bring good waterproof (broken-in) hiking boots, a sleeping bag, and a day pack to camp.
All of the above would not be complete without the timeless and classic skills gained in our Backpacking program. Campers will learn to build campfires, make tools, tie knots, make shelters out of branches and leaves, discern harmless plants from poisonous ones, and of course, they will eat s’mores. Camp Billings is surrounded by many acres of wilderness in which to explore — perhaps while being in complete camouflage!
Archery and Fishing
Refine your survival skills in Archery and Fishing! Last summer, we upgraded our Archery program by adding compound bows – a special bow that helps increase accuracy. The improved let-off capability of a compound bow makes these bows enjoyable to use and offers more accessibility to our younger, smaller campers.
If you love to go fishing, we have lots of great fish to catch in Lake Fairlee: trout, bass, perch, pickerel or sunfish! Fishing is usually catch-and-release, but if you catch a really big one, Casey (the camp cook) will prepare it for you!
Campers will be able to sign up for morning or afternoon trips to a local riding stable to take horse riding lessons and trail rides. The friendly, expert instructors at Open Acre Ranch in Fairlee welcome kids of all abilities and experience levels, and Billings staff with riding experience will accompany the campers on these special outings!
Riding lessons and trail rides will incur an additional fee per trip, and parents will need to sign a waiver on registration day when they drop off their campers. Any questions – ask the Directors or our office staff when you arrive!