Champlain’s Campus Traditions

Here at Champlain, there are many activities our students look forward to every year. These events range from carnivals and dances to winter fun! Many of these events have become traditions and points of anticipation throughout the year.

Spirit Week


Some of the CHAMP members at this year’s spirit week carnival

This is the first major event of the year. It gets students hyped about what this year is going to bring! Our student-run activities group on campus, CHAMP (Champlain Has Activities and Motivational Programming), puts it on every year, and they have yet to disappoint. They pack every day with exciting events, such as stoop decorating, scavenger hunts, crafts and more! At the end of the week, CHAMP puts on a big carnival for students filled with photo booths, bounce houses, games and free t-shirts for everyone that attends. To check out what happened at this year’s Spirit Week, check out Rachel’s blog post here.

Halloween Extravaganza


Some of the participants of this year’s costume contest

Another staple on our campus is our big Halloween event. This is an event that happens every year on the Thursday before Halloween. Years ago, this was a dance, but recently, Champlain has switched it up. In the past two years, Champlain has hosted a carnival and a roller disco. These two events were unforgettable and featured a classic photo booth, music, candy and a costume contest for both groups and individuals. On Halloween, the dining hall also hosts a costume contest. This year’s was super hero themed.

Rail Jam

This year's rail jam took place in 60 degree weather!

This year’s rail jam took place in 60 degree weather!

Love to ski or snowboard? Well, Champlain has got the event for you! Every year, our Ski and Ride Club puts on the Rail Jam, a time for students to get together on campus and show off their skills on the slopes. Students from all majors show up and compete for incredible prizes right on our quad. This is a fun event that really gets you excited for winter to come because even if there’s no snow on the ground, the Ski and Ride club covers the quad in snow that they gather from local ice skating rinks. This really gets you ready to hit the real slopes soon! Check out the Ski & Ride Club’s facebook page for the latest news and events.

Late Night Breakfast

This year had a 1950's theme

This year’s 1950’s themed logo

This is a favorite for all students stressing out as the fall semester’s finals week approaches. For one night only, CHAMP provides all students with a FREE, yes free, late night breakfast. Late Night Breakfast is a staple on Champlain’s campus. The dining hall opens its doors from 8:30-11:00 PM serving students food ranging from breakfast staples, such as waffles, bacon, and eggs to non-traditional morning foods, like wings and mac and cheese, even pizza. This year’s theme was the 1950s, and CHAMP gave out free ‘50s-themed gifts, such as free Coca-Cola glasses, to students that chose to attend. Not only did students get free food but they also got to enjoy a photo booth, crafts, a soda bar, a ‘50s candy station, movies, massages and more!

Snow Ball

A group of students at last year's Snow Ball

A group of students at last year’s Snow Ball

Who doesn’t love a good dance? Each year toward the end of January/early February, CHAMP picks a unique theme for our semi-formal dance that takes place at the Hilton Burlington hotel by the lake (this year’s theme is EnCHAMPted Forest). CHAMP provides a DJ, food, photo booths, unlimited amounts of candy and, the best part, a chocolate fountain. The music is going all night and so are our feet! This is a good way for students to dance the stress away and celebrate the beginning of their spring semester.


Mr. Champlain

Last year's Mr. Champlain contestants

Last year’s Mr. Champlain contestants

Probably one of the most anticipated CHAMP events of the year is Mr. Champlain. This is the school’s annual pageant where students from all majors and years can strut their stuff and show off their talents. This night is full of laughs and good fun! They are judged on their beauty, poise, talent, and, of course, their answers in the ever-important question round. Then, the audience and judges cast their votes to determine who will be the reigning champ at Champlain!

Spring Meltdown

The Velcro wall at last year's Spring Meltdown.

The Velcro wall at last year’s Spring Meltdown.

As the year concludes at Champlain, we have one last hoorah—Spring Meltdown. This is a full day, at the end of the semester, where students get to unwind and have some fun. CHAMP brings in elements such as foam pits, games, inflatables, bull riding rings, smoothies and photo booths. Every year seems to top the previous one! Each student who attends can receive a free t-shirt and CHAMP comes up with some of the best and most outrageous themes to make the day more fun (some of the past themes have included Dr. Seuss, Cheese, and Champstock)! Students are always waiting for Spring Meltdown to come around so that they can relax and have some fun.  


Champlain College puts on some amazing events throughout the year for its community. All of these traditions excite students year after year, and we can’t wait until they come around. If you want to find out more about Student Activities on campus, check out Senior Admission Intern, Rachel Hatem’s, Google Hangout!

Julianna Pratt is a senior Early Childhood Education major and Admissions Intern at Champlain College.