willowell foundation

Rooted Youth


Attention world changers, what are you waiting for? What if you could spend a week of your summer learning to make a huge difference in the world, while also meeting amazing like-minded friends, finding your voice, and having a ridiculously fun time all at once? All you need is some tools to strengthen your will, your voice and your muscles as a leader prepared for the challenges of life and the world. The future needs you!

Rooted Youth Leadership provides teens ages 12-15 with physical and community challenges through exposure to meditation, craft (blacksmithing, masonry or basic carpentry according to staffing), bike touring, games and conversation that will help you conquer the big and small challenges of life. We invite curious and courageous leaders of all sizes and kinds to enter this adventure, challenge and community!



June 24-28

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


12 - 15


Stoney Meadow Lane
Monkton, VT 05443

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Complete the 2019 Willowell Summer Camp Registration Form Online:



I. Make checks payable to the Willowell Foundation, and mail to PO Box 314 Bristol, VT 05443.

II. Pay through PayPal. Please add a $10 processing fee to tuition total when paying online. Enter name of camp and campers name in “description.”

Applications and full tuition are due one month before the camp start date.

To reserve a space now, please fill out the online application and mail your non-refundable $50 deposit.  Deposit counts towards full tuition.



Melanie Kessler:

Melanie Kessler leads service based bike tours dressed as a superhero, builds rocks walls, grows and preserves food and believes in harnessing the amazing idealism of youth into social action and boundless joy.  She develops community engagement programs for communities and schools like the Safe Routes to Schools campaign in Bristol and the Human Powered Parade!  

Her youth work is inspired by the sweat shared in the forests with teens leading trail crews for the Student Conservation Crew, farm crews at Willowell, and bike clubs.  Also inspiring are her memorable times sharing hope and despair by the fire on Rites of Passage program for middle schoolers and their families  in Vermont and Oregon.