Smirkus Camp’s CIT (Counselor-In-Training) Program is now accepting applications until March 4th, 2017.
The CIT program is for current or former Smirkus campers, ages 16-18, who possess lots of enthusiasm, responsibility, and desire to maybe be a counselor someday! 2017 CITs will work one-on-one with an experienced mentor counselor throughout the camp session, and by the end will perform all of the tasks that their mentor counselor does. You will also meet daily as a group with a camp administrator for sharing, reflection, plus special topics and activities. At the end of the program, CITs will receive a certificate documenting their community service hours. Apply for this program by clicking here.
CIT applications are due March 4, 2017.
2017 CIT Tuition
Smirkling Camp: $200 June 22 – 23
Session I: $550 June 25 – 30
Session II: $550 June 2 – 7
Session III: $950 July 9 – 21
Session IV: $950 July 23 – August 4
Questions? Email Bill and Allie at email@example.com.
Circus Smirkus Chapiteau going up in Essex Junction, VT.
Production Manager, Ben Scheff literally “hooking us up.”
Members of our concessions team, Hannah Herrod and Kevin Hovanic unloading the truck to set up Millie (concessions tent).
Our counselors left to right: Joy, Wendy, Casey. Willam our other counselor will be arriving soon.
The Big Top Tour is now accepting applications for adventurous and spirited folk to come work, travel, and have the summer adventure of a lifetime as the Big Top Tour goes down the road for its 30th Anniversary season!
All applicants should send their Smirkus job application, resume and cover letters to firstname.lastname@example.org. Click the job title to see job descriptions. Room and board is included for all of the traveling positions.
See the open positions below:
Tour Wardrobe Supervisor
Join us this summer on Breezy Avenue hilltop for a summer camp gig like no other! Smirkus Camp is seeking nurturing, enthusiastic and versatile coaches who specialize in clowning, acrobatics, aerial arts, and juggling. Camp is also hiring a skilled Head Rigger to support tent operations! At Circus Smirkus Camp, you’ll be an integral part of a team that upholds Smirkus Camp values- cooperation over competition, friendship, a love of learning, and fostering life-changing adventures in the circus arts.
Interested applicants should send their resume, cover letter, Smirkus job description, and promo video to email@example.com. Visit the employment page for more information.
Handy in the kitchen? Smirkus Camp is also hiring a Specialty Cook for vegetarian and gluten free campers! View the job application here.
See you in Greensboro!
2017 Smirkus Camp Scholarships are now open! Please click here to be directed to the application link.
- Applications must sign up by January 20th in order to not have to pay the $500 deposit on 1/25.
- The final deadline for submitting your 2017 scholarship application is February 4th, 2017.
- Applicants will be notified of their scholarship award by March 3rd, 2017.
Questions? Please email Bill or Allie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you on Breezy Avenue!
With Ringmaster Residencies, Circus Smirkus joins students in the classroom with an artist-in-residency program that enlivens the classroom with the magic and joy of the circus while using the “CircusSecrets” to teach kids important life skills. These strategies are helping kids to develop their self-awareness and interpersonal relationships within the teaching framework of Social and Emotional Learning, or SEL for short. Educational researchers have shown that improvements in SEL are correlated with increased engagement and improved performance in the classroom.
In partnership with Cirque du Soleil and the American Youth Circus Organization, we’re working on a study to demonstrate the impact of SEL. And we’re doing that right here in our hometown of Greensboro, Vermont with a year-long residency and study at Lakeview Elementary hosted by none other than the extraordinary Jackie Davis.
Jackie has been an incredible driving force in making sure that a Smirkus Residency can change kids’ lives, even over the course or a week or two. With her late husband Rick Davis, she developed the initial CircusSecrets framework and has continued to revise it, informed by the very research she has conducted in exploring the deep connections between the circus arts and SEL.
As the news gets out about our new approach to circus arts education – and its impact on students, both in and out of the classroom – we’ve been getting more and more inquiries from schools that want to both infuse their classes with the joy and wonder that the circus brings and also help their kids to develop these critical life skills. We’re hoping that by publishing the findings of this study, that we can expand the CircusSecrets throughout the region (and beyond!), benefitting Circus Smirkus for years to come.
Ringmaster Residencies have been a point of entry into the magical carousel of the circus for thousands of kids. Once seeing the wonder and feeling the joy of a space where everyone can succeed, many continue their exploration by developing their skills at Smirkus Camp. Some of these passionate kids eventually make their way to the Big Top Tour, where they reach new audiences of kids who – until then – had never dreamed of running away with the circus.
And you can bring a Ringmaster Residency program to your school, too! To learn more about the program, please email email@example.com.
The Circus Barn is abuzz with excitement and activity – acceptance letters to Live Auditions have gone out and we want to congratulate all the talented and hard working young people who auditioned. The Big Top Tour has invited 45 applicants from across the country to join us for Live Auditions in January. An enormous HUP, HEY! to everyone who auditioned, your spirit of adventure shines through and is an inspiration to us all!
Speaking of adventure… The 30th Anniversary of the Big Top Tour will be a literal tent-full of it! This year’s show follows a group of intrepid adventurers who spend an exhilarating night inside a magical museum. Follow these Jurassic jugglers, aeronautical aerialists, courageous clowns, and wily wire walkers as they explore a sleepy museum that springs to life. Click here to watch the video reveal!
The Big Top Tour is putting the final touches on the Tour route and schedule, the creative team is brainstorming MIDNIGHT AT THE MUSEUM, auditionees are developing their individual acts for Live Auditions, and the hiring process for our incredible summer staff will begin shortly as well. Things are beginning to pick up steam and we can’t wait to explore this museum of life with you.
Stay tuned for more updates,
The Big Top Tour