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SMC | WHO WE ARE

SOCAPA MOUNTAIN CAMP is the Mountain Biking and Action Filmmaking branch of SOCAPA ARTS, which has been running Filmmaking and Photography summer programs for teens for the past 17 years in New York City, Los Angeles and Vermont. Each summer, over 1000 students travel from across the United States and all corners of the globe to participate in SOCAPA Summer Intensives. Campers of all experience levels are challenged to advance their skills through hands-on learning with instructors who are leaders in their fields, surrounded by classmates who share their passion. Our faculty and coaches are dedicated to their craft and to passing on their knowledge to the next generation of artists and athletes. Our support staff are equally committed to ensuring that every participant enjoys a safe, rewarding camp experience. This combined effort allows our campers to have one of the most fulfilling experiences of their lives.

SOCAPA Founder and Filmmaking Program Director, Jamie Yerkes, was born and raised in Burke, Vermont.  After receiving his MFA in Film Production from New York University and working for 12 years as a filmmaker, professor, and school director in New York City, Jamie returned to Burke to raise his three children. After falling in love with Burke and Kingdom Trails all over again - this time with his family - starting a mountain-bike, action-film camp was a "no-brainer."

INSTRUCTORS & COACHES

ALEX MCANDREW
Head Coach 

Alex is a professional MTB racer (Team USA Cycling Downhill Elite Men '17) who has been racing for almost a decade and has been in the pro circuit for the last five years. Loyal to Transition Bikes out of Bellingham, Wa., you will be hard pressed to find someone who looks like they are having as much fun as Alex does on a bike! More than racing, Alex lives for helping others find the same enjoyment in biking that he has. Expect to progress when you are following Alex down the hill!

ELLA SKALWOLD
Coach

Ella is a professional MTB racer (USA Downhill Elite Women) originally from Ithaca, NY.  Ella began mountain biking while living in California. Now hailing from East Burke, the tacky dirt and great trails here have her pretty stoked!  She has a "go for it", "when in doubt, air out" mentality that keeps her progressing, and riding faster than most! Sharing her passion for mountain biking is what makes her tick.

KEARA KRESSER
Coach & Dorm Counselor

Keara is a passionate mountain biker, skier, and photographer originally from Burke, Vermont. She has worked as a mountain bike coach and trailside guide at VSS on Kingdom Trails for many years.  This will be Keara's third summer with the SOCAPA Mountain Camp.

MARK CLEMENT
Film Instructor & Coach

Mark is a filmmaker and mountain biker living in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. He spent his early career in Burlington working in broadcast television. The unique landscape and the charm of rural life won him over. He constantly seeks inspiration in the natural environment that surrounds him and the unique people he meets along the way. He enjoys creating engaging media that tells a story and makes people smile. 

SMC WHEEL-N-REEL | SAMPLE SCHEDULE

SUNDAY, DAY 1

10am-1pm: Airport Pickups BTV
3-4:30pm: Dorm Program Check-in at BMA
4-4:30pm: Day Camper Check-in
4:30-5:30pm: Orientation
5-6:30pm: Welcome Ride
7-8:30pm: Welcome BBQ
8:30pm: Day Student Pick-up
8:30pm-10pm: Action Movie 
10:30 pm: Dormitory Check-in

MONDAY, DAY 2

7:30-8:30am: Breakfast
8:30-9am: Day Student Drop-off
9-Noon:  Morning Ride & Shoot
12-1pm: Lunch
1-3pm: Cinematography 1
3-5 pm: Location Field Shoot
6-7pm: Dinner
7-10pm: Game Night
10:30 pm: Dormitory Check-in

TUESDAY, DAY 3

7:30-8:30am: Breakfast
8:30-9am: Day Student Drop-off
9-Noon: Morning Ride & Shoot
12-1pm: Lunch
1-3pm: Cinematography 2
3-5 pm: Location Field Shoot
6-7pm: Dinner
7-10pm: Lake Swim - Magic Hour
10:30 pm: Dormitory Check-in

WEDNESDAY, DAY 4

7:30-8:30am: Breakfast
8:30-9am: Day Student Drop-off
9-Noon: Morning Ride & Shoot
12-1pm: Lunch
1-3pm: Editing w/ Premiere Pro
3-5 pm: Edit Lab
6-7pm: Dinner
7-10pm: Night Photography
10:30 pm: Dormitory Check-in

THURSDAY, DAY 5

7:30-8:30am: Breakfast
8:30-9am: Day Student Drop-off
9-Noon: Morning Ride & Shoot
12-1pm: Lunch
1-3pm: Music & Sound Design
3-5 pm: Sound Edit Lab
6-7pm: Dinner
7-10pm: Final Edit Lab
10:30 pm: Dormitory Check-in

FRIDAY, DAY 6

7:30-8:30am: Breakfast
8:30-9am: Day Student Drop-off
9-Noon: Morning Ride
12-1pm: Lunch
1-3pm: Web Exports - YouTube
3-5 pm: Location Field Shoot
6-7pm: Dinner
7-10pm: Final Showcase & Party
10:30 pm: Dormitory Check-in

SATURDAY, DAY 7

7:30-8:30am: Breakfast
8:30-9am: Dorm Check-out
9-9:30am: Parent Pick-ups
10-2pm: Airport Drop-off BTV

OPTIONAL (at additional cost):
10am-2pm: Burke Chair Fun Ride

RESIDENTIAL (Sleep-Away) CAMP

Residential campers stay at the Burke Mountain Hotel & Conference Center.  This new luxury hotel opened its doors in the fall of 2016.  Campers will stay three to a room.  Amenities include a pool, fitness center, screening room and two restaurants on-site.  No need to bring linens at this location!

The number one priority at the SOCAPA MOUNTAIN CAMP is the safety and well-being of our campers. SMC has a full staff of qualified supervisors on-duty at all times during the program. All of our counselors are at least twenty years of age and have strong leadership skills and experience.  In the evenings after dinner, SMC provides a full schedule of activities until 10pm. All students must check in on their floor by 10:30pm. Our supervisors make rounds and conduct sporadic room checks after lights-out at 11pm, and resident staff are on-duty through the night. Students are not allowed in the dormitory or hotel rooms of members of the opposite sex.



SKIPPING SCHOOL

Check out this 2017 MTB Film by SMC camper, Simon Miller.  It was recently selected to screen in the Action/Adventure category at the Boston International Kids Film Festival.

TRAIL TO BIKING

Check out this 2017 DRONE & ACTION FILMMAKING camp film by 16yo SMC camper, Larry Yu. Awesome work Larry!

RAZZLE

Check out this  SOCAPA Mountain Camp film by Zoe McMullen-Heinrich, Avery Tomczyk and Riley Miller. Filmed at the Burke Bike Park, SMC Summer 2017!  It was recently selected to screen in the Action/Adventure category at the Boston International Kids Film Festival.

2017 S2 #1

SOCAPA Mountain Camp 2017. Ridden and edited by Ben Breslov, Jack Friedman, and Josh Bok. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

DO I NEED A BIKE?

All campers must supply their own mountain bike (with front suspension and disc brakes), helmet, backpack, waterbottle, and proper mountain biking attire. Discounted bike and gear rentals are available but should be arranged prior to arriving at camp.

DO I NEED A CAMERA?

Camera equipment is provided but campers are encouraged to bring their own (Drones, GoPros, Osmo's, DSLRs, etc.) if they want to learn how to better use them.

DO I NEED A COMPUTER?

No, SMC has an iMac Editing Lab with Adobe Premiere Pro nonlinear editing software allowing you to create your own short action film - complete with titles, music, and sound!

WHAT ELSE DO WE DO?

Swim everyday in the lake or river.  Kayak and SUP over to our favorite rope swing!  Bonfires, movie and comedy nights,  guest artists and athletes, and so much more.

FOLLOW US

SOCAPA MOUNTAIN CAMP
BOX 111
EAST BURKE, VT  05832

CONTACTS
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1 (800) 718-2787
Fax: +1 (646) 536-8725

Thanks for your interest in the SOCAPA MOUNTAIN CAMP.