Summer 2015 Program Details

General Program Schedule

Sunday  3:00-4:30pm     Registration in Dorm Lobby (NOT on main campus!) 
  4:30-7:30pm    Team Building & Dinner
  7:30-8:30pm Group Expectation Setting
  10:30-11:00pm To Dorm Rooms & Lights Out
Monday-Friday 7:30-8:30am Breakfast
  8:30am-4:30pm Activities & Excursions with Marlboro Faculty (with Lunch Break)
  5:30-6:30pm Eat & Clean Up from Dinner
  6:30-9:00pm Evening Activities with College Student Leaders and Dorm Heads
  9:00-10:30pm Chill Time in Common Areas (movies, board games, crafts)
  10:30-11:00pm To Dorm Rooms & Lights Out
Saturday     7:30-9:00am  Breakfast & Packing
  9:00-10:30am Closing Activities
  10:30am-12:00pm Pack-Up & Move-Out (Dorms Close at 12:00pm) 

Facilities and Lodging

Marlboro College is a rural campus located in the small town of Marlboro, Vermont. The campus includes several historic farm buildings, as well as a modern library, computer and media labs, science facilities and performing arts spaces on 300 acres of wooded and open hillside.

Students will be housed at Marlboro North, a standalone college dormitory, with 24 hour adult supervision. Each participant will be assigned a single, double or triple room upon arrival and registration. 

Girls and boys will be housed on separate floors, by gender, with a same-gender adult session leader / dorm supervisor who resides on the same floor.  Many rooms have their own bathrooms. Students who share bathrooms with those from other rooms will do so in single-sex facilities on their own floor.

Travel and Transportation

Arrival and Departure Dates and Times

  • Session I: Arriving Sunday, July 5, 3:00-4:30pm;
    departing Saturday, July 11, 10:30am-12:00pm
  • Session II: Arriving Sunday, July 12, 3:00-4:30pm;
    departing Saturday, July 18, 10:30am-12:00pm
  • Session III: Arriving Sunday, July 19, 3:00-4:30pm;
    departing Saturday, July 25, 10:30am-12:00pm
  • Session IV: Arriving Sunday, July 26, 3:00-4:30pm;
    departing Saturday, August 1, 10:30am-12:00pm

If students are staying for multiple sessions and live 75 miles away or less, we strongly encourage parents to pick up Saturday and drop off Sunday. Special  activities and overnight supervision will be provided for students participating in multiple sessions who live more than 75 miles from campus for an additional $100 fee that covers the cost of staffing, activities and food. (Additional fee may be waived for students receiving scholarships.)

Getting to Marlboro

Marlboro College is located in the southeastern corner of Vermont, near Brattleboro and is accessible by car, train and bus.

By Car

The Marlboro North Dormitory where drop off, registration and pick-up will all take place, is located at 2912 Route 9, across from the intersection with South Road.

  • From I-91, take Vermont Exit 2
  • Turn right onto Route 9 West
  • Drive for 15-20 minutes up the hill
  • The entrance to the Marlboro North parking lot is on the right, just past Applewood Studios

By Bus or Train

The Amtrak Vermonter line picks up in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, New York City, New Haven Connecticut, and a number of other locations along the eastern seaboard. Students can be picked up Sunday from the Springfield, MA Amtrak station at 3:00pm and dropped off Saturday at noon for departure from the Brattleboro, VT Amtrak station. Free pick up and drop off at the Amtrack and Grayhound stations can be arranged with advanced notice.

By Plane

We are approximately a 1.5 hour drive from Bradley International Airport in Hartford Connecticut and 2.5 hours from Boston Logan. Sunday afternoon airport pick-up (2pm) and Saturday morning airport drop off (12 noon) at Bradley International Airport ONLY can be arranged for an additional $50 fee each way. 

What to Bring

Participants in Session I: Food and Farming in Vermont will be sent a specific packing list upon acceptance. 

All students in sessions II, III, and V should bring the following items:

  • Bed linens (sheets, pillow, blanket) for an extra-long twin sized bed
  • Towel and toiletries
  • One week worth of clothes appropriate for outdoor activities
  • Warm layers for evenings (hat, gloves, sweater or fleece)
  • Rain coat or poncho
  • Close toe boots or athletic shoes, suitable for hiking andor outdoor games
  • Bathing suit, sandals, beach towel and sunscreen
  • Sunhat and sunscreen
  • Alarm clock
  • Notebook and writing implements
  • Daypack and water bottle
  • Camera (Note that students will not be allowed to keep smartphones during the program, so should bring a separate camera if they wish to take photos. Photography students are encouraged to bring a digital camera, but can also borrow one from Marlboro.)
  • (Optional) Musical instrument, art supplies, card / board games and other things suitable for non-digital solo and group entertainment.

What NOT to bring:

To encourage full engagement in the program, as well as to limit the possibility of loss, theft or damage of expensive items, the following are prohibited:

  • Cell phones
  • Media players (TVs, DVD players, etc.)
  • Computers / laptops / tablets

Students should also not have personal vehicles while at the program. We ask that parents find a way to drop students off or contact the program director about alternate arrangements.

Keeping in Touch

The programs are short and intense, with many activities packed in! We want students to be fully engaged with each other and the program, which means they are asked to “unplug” from their technology while present.

Students will have access to land-line common room phones during the evening. They will be able to place local calls for free. Calling cards will be available for loan from program staff, and can be used to make long-distance calls. Participants may also have limited access to email during scheduled trips to the computer lab on the main campus.

During the summer, Marlboro’s administrative offices are open 8:30-4:30 Monday-Thursday and 8:30-12:30 on Friday. If you have general questions, or need to get a message to a student during the day, please contact:

Evenings, you can reach students in the dorm at 802-451-7194. Additional emergency numbers will be provided to parents at registration. 

Health and Wellness

Health Insurance

Students are required to have medical insurance to be enrolled and must submit a photocopy of current health insurance card with the completed Health Form.

Medications

A student’s prescribed medications, in their original containers, are given to the Program Nurse at registration. Students will be given any daily medications at the prescribed times. Be sure to bring enough medication for the student’s full stay at Marlboro.

If your student is taking a break from medication for the summer, parents should clearly explain in writing on the Health Form the reasons for the break and what behaviors we might expect.

Health Information

To best serve students, information regarding students’ chronic illnesses, medications, allergies, etc. is shared with staff at the start of each session. This list is based on information provided by families and physicians on Enrollment Form 4: Health History and Physical Exam. Confidentiality is maintained in the sharing of this information.

If it is determined that families have not communicated pertinent health information about their student, Marlboro reserves the right to rescind its offer of admission or dismiss the student from the program without refund and at parent’s expense.

Health Forms

Parents must give consent for medical treatment by signing the pertinent section of Enrollment Form 5: Prescription Medication Order and Permission and let Marlboro staff know where they can be reached in case of emergency. The form must be submitted prior to registration so that we can review each student’s health history. Students will not be registered without all of the health forms.

Medical Response

We respond to medical situations as follows:

Minor injuries and discomforts: Session leaders are first aid and CPR certified, and will carry a first-aid kit to treat cuts, headaches and minor injuries. Primary Care in Brattleboro provides on-call and referral support at all times, as well as daytime office hours, if necessary.

Illness and injuries: Session leaders refer more serious problems to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. We will notify families of any instance in which a child requires a doctor’s treatment.

Questions?

Ariel Brooks, Marlboro College Director of Non Degree Programs, is happy to answer questions and can be reached at: 802-451-7118, summer@marlboro.edu.