Program Facilities at Common Ground Center

Common Ground Center is located in Starksboro, Vermont, which is 30 minutes from Burlington and Lake Champlain. Our site is located on an old farm, nestled in the valley between the Hogback and Green Mountains with 700 acres for our campers to explore and play.

Unique Program Facilities

Our program spaces are located in renovated barns and farm buildings.

Our Dining Hall features a game room, library, and a large screened in porch for drumming, arts & crafts, and other activities. It also has a wrap-around porch with rocking chairs perfect for reading, singing, and relaxing!

Our Eco-Lodge Common Room is a quiet space with beautiful views for reading, games, or programs like non-violent communication.

The Hay Barn is a cathedral like space for dance and yoga (pictured to the left).

The Creekside Barn is the starting point for our children’s programs and hosts an indoor basketball court in addition to an art and teen space. There's also giant sandbox in the foundation of the silo outside of of the Kid Barn along with a play structure for smaller children.

We have plenty of Outdoor Facilities to keep adventurous folks of all ages busy.

Recreational Facilities

In addition to the indoor basketball court in our Kid Barn and our ping-pong table in the Dining Hall, there are plenty of outdoor recreational activities for campers to enjoy.

Our two Har-Tru tennis courts dry off after rain in just 30 minutes and are so soft you can play with bare feet! Next to the tennis courts is an outdoor basketball court that can also be used for shuffleboard. 

A younger camper favorite is a Play Structure made from recycled playgrounds within view of the dining hall!

Our playing fields and other open spaces are enjoyed by adults and kids alike.


Nestled privately under the Hogback Mountains and a ten-minute walk from the main campus is our two-acre swimming pond. The pond has a shallow end with a sandy beach for our less experienced swimmers, as well as a floating dock for deep end swimmers. While swimming or basking the sun, campers get a fabulous view of the Green Mountains.

Snowshoe trails at Common Ground CenterOutdoor Fun and Exploration 

Our 700 acre property offers endless opportunities for outdoor fun and nature exploration. Whether you are a hardcore hiker or at camp with your small children, there is always something to do.
There are miles of hiking & snowshoeing trails that vary in length and difficulty, meandering peacefully through the woods as well as leading you up a mountainside. We even have a hike to a beaver pond at the top of our mountain!
There are 17 different natural habitats on site for campers to explore and spot wildlife, including a protected wetland.
Lewis Creek, which runs for a mile along our border, is full of nooks and crannies for people of all ages to explore and also has a deep hole for swimming.
Because of our rural, but not remote, countryside location your family can listen to birds call on quiet mornings, star-gaze on clear nights, and enjoy the evening peepers, crickets, and fireflies after dinner from our dining hall porch.

Our Green Ethos

Careful consideration has been taken to minimize the human impact in our use of the land. We are committed to energy conservation, recycling, composting, and to using environmentally friendly products and materials. We have kept our site rustic, but comfortable, to minimize our impact on the environment. To read more about our sustainable choices, click here