Silver Lining Circus Camp

Tour Camp
Ages 12-20
Tour camp: June 23-27 and June 30-July 5, 2014

Video of our 2010 Tour Camp...

Video credit: Meghan McClure

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The Silver Lining Youth Circus Tour is our most advanced level camp of the summer and is performance-oriented.   Except in unusual circumstances, the Tour Troupers are teenagers, or at least "tweens" (11 or 12.) Tweens and teens may request attendance in the Tour if they:


  •          have prior circus or performance experience,
  •          are confident 3-ball jugglers (at least),
  •          can perform basic tumbling skills (forward roll, cartwheel),
  •          and have experience in at least one other circus skill that they want to develop. 

The Tour program concentrates on longer and more advanced training sessions to improve physical fitness, strength, and flexibility in addition to circus skills.  Troupers select a few disciplines and spend more time specializing in those areas.  Circus skills are taken to higher level including a workshop day for learning to juggle and twirl fire torches safely and responsibly.

Troupers must possess interpersonal maturity and an ability to self-motivate, and they must be able to work independently of an adult supervisor and to collaborate with others on acts for the performance.  At this stage in their development, adolescents are ready to take increased responsibility for determining which skills they will focus on over the course of the training period and an active role in constructing the show that they will then take “on the road”.  The coaches fade into the background as they empower Troupers to share their skills with each other, manage the many tasks of touring, and assess the successes and gaps in each performance in order to improve and grow.

The schedule is rigorous. The first week is spent training, building a show, and rehearsing. There are two days off during the weekend. In the second week, dress rehearsal is held and the show is polished. Finally, Troupers load the truck for day trips to various locations to gain experience in working cooperatively, taking responsibility on tour, and interacting with different audience populations. But there is also fun and relaxation!  Past activities have included swimming at the MacDowell Dam, bowling, an ice cream soda party, and balloon animal making. We have taken several field trips to see the Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour, meet Smirkus director Troy Wunderle, and get tips from Smirkos about auditioning for the Smirkus Tour.

Past SLYC tour locations include the Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley, the Nashua Boys & Girls Club, Hampshire Hills Fitness Club, Pony Farm, Goss Park, Dublin Days Festival, the Pine Hill Child Care Center, Antrim Parks and Recreation, Townsend Recreation, 4th of July parades in New Boston and Amherst, and even two summers at the Spacial Dynamics Institute in New York State. In 2011, thirteen Silver Lining Youth Circus Troupers made the trip to Sarasota Florida to perform and take 4 days of workshops at the biennial national festival of the American Youth Circus Organization.

Requirements for registering for Tour Camp:  Unless the Tour Director knows the applicant’s levels of circus skill and maturity, an interview or audition (or DVD) may be necessary prior to admission to the Tour. Two letters of recommendation are required but can be waived if the Director knows the applicant personally and/or has worked with the applicant in previous situations. To inquire contact Jackie, SLYC Tour Director, at

Tour Dates:   June 23-27 and June 30-July 5
Silver Lining Youth Circus Tour 

Space is limited to 18 troupers for the 2-week session.
Note: The weekend of June 28-29 is off. Tour ends on SATURDAY, JULY 5.


Tour Camp’s Week I meets Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tour Camp’s Week II meets Monday-Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to ?? (Times TBA due to performances.) 

Troupers may be dropped off starting at 8:30 (but not earlier, please).



Tour Camp meets at the Temple Elementary School on Rte. 45 in Temple, NH.

Come to the gymnasium at the back of the building. Map

NOTE: Kinder, Junior, and Youth Camps meet in Friendship Hall in the Congregational Church (Temple Center); Tour Camp meets at the Temple Elementary School.  


Fee:  $450 for Tour.  

A $50 non-refundable deposit is due upon registering. Balance is due two weeks before camp begins.

We offer a $25 discount for siblings!

Fee includes the famous Silver Lining Circus Camp T-shirt!



Troupers must bring their own hearty snacks and lunches – and LOTS of it!

Please – healthy foods only. No sodas, candy, or sugary treats (brownies, cupcakes etc.)

We regret that we can’t offer a refrigerator or microwave – plan accordingly.

Bring a bottle for water!  We supply refills as needed.


Clothing & belongings:

Troupers should wear clothing that is easy to move in and will keep them cool.

Sneakers and socks are necessary for certain activities.

Gymnastic or soft-soled shoes should be brought if you have them.

Helmets for unicycling may be needed (see Helmet Waiver form.)

Please do NOT bring or wear:


Clothing with offensive language or pictures

Electronic games or devices (cell phones may be brought by older campers)


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