June 17-18: Overnight Camping Trip to Vermont

Leaving:  Monday, June 17, 2024 at 11:00am from the Saint John School Parking Lot
Returning: Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at approximately 5:00 – 6:00pm to the Saint John School Parking Lot
Location: Camping on the Battenkill  48 Camping on the Battenkill, Arlington, VT 05250 
Distance: ~3.5 hours (~160 miles)
Transportation: We will all be traveling as a group in a 15 passenger van
Cost per person: $125 payable online or by check (includes camping and transportation costs, dinner Monday evening, breakfast Tuesday morning, snacks and some drinks but we will mostly be drinking water – everyone must bring a personal refillable water bottle)
If you need help with the cost please let us know – no one will miss the trip for financial reasons!
Chaperones: Luke DelVecchio, Jimmy Hastings, Kelly Meraw,  Sr. Colleen Gibson SSJ, Tricia Bombara
Questions? Email us at: youthministry@sjspwellesley.org

Things To Do Now
Things You Will Need to Bring
  • A packed lunch for drive up on Monday (required) Something easy to eat in the van and ideally bagged and disposable!
  • Sleeping bag (required)
  • Camping mat (optional)
  • Camping Mess Kit (required) A good example: https://www.amazon.com/UCO-6-Piece-Camping-Utensil-Venture/dp/B083YYS862?ref_=ast_sto_dp&th=1
  • Life jacket/PFD for tubing (required) Tubes are provided but you must bring your own life jacket/PFD
  • Water shoes/sandals (recommended) The river and shore can be rocky.
  • Flashlight/headlamp
  • Refillable water bottle (required) Bring something light – and that won’t devastate you if it gets lost tubing!
  • Bathing suit and/or shirt and shorts than can get wet for tubing (required)
  • Towel
  • Comfortable clothes – but not too much! (required) Just enough for 2 days plus a complete change of clothes if you get wet!
  • Warm sweats for evening/sleeping (required) It’s still cold at night in Vermont!  
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • Personal toiletries
  • Any medication required Please indicate on medical form
  • McDonald’s money!
Things You Will NOT Need (and should not bring!)
  • Expensive/irreplaceable jewelry
  • Electronics (other than your cell phone which you are welcome to bring – but we will have some phone-free times.)
  • A large amount of cash (just McDonald’s money!)
Tentative Itinerary


  • 11:00am: Assemble at the St. John School Parking Lot
  • Lunch: We will be eating our personal bagged lunches on the road
  • 3:30pm – 4:00pm: Estimated arrival at Camping on the Battenkill
  • Afternoon: Set up campsite, group activities and games
  • Dinner: Provided – we will cook out at the campsite
  • Evening Prayer 
  • Night: Group and individual activities, campfire, singing


  • Morning Prayer
  • Breakfast: Provided we will cook out at the campsite
  • Early Morning: Pack up tents & personal belongings, prepare tubes, etc.
  • Late Morning: Float down the Battenkill River from the campground to Stateline Roadside Park
  • Early Afternoon: Arrive at Stateline Roadside Park, drive back to the campground to get our gear, and depart for Wellesley.
  • Food on the way home: We will stop at McD’s  – bring that McDonalds money!
  • 5:00 – 6:00pm: Anticipated arrival back at the Saint John School Parking Lot.


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