By Kim Ostellino
With our current snowy conditions you may only be thinking about your next ski trip to the Berkshires, but now is the perfect time to start planning for where your kids will attend summer camp. The Berkshires is home to an abundance of these camps and with the laid back and personable attitude of our communities, world-class cultural attractions, and amazing scenery that beckons with a wealth of outdoor activities, the Berkshires are a perfect choice for a summer camp experience. Whether your child is a budding basketball star, an up and coming thespian, or simply looking to have a great summer with new and old friends, the Berkshires has a camp for everyone.
If a traditional sleep-away camp is what you’re interested in, you’ll find plenty of enticing choices throughout the area. Camp Half Moon, in Monterey, is a co-ed camp that has day programs and overnight camping options. With a gorgeous lakefront location, heated swimming pool, ropes course, and a skate park campers’ days are filled with new discoveries and exciting activities. Another co-ed camp is Camp Lenox, which along with summer fun, focuses on sports as part of their daily routine. Kids get the benefit of traditional camping events, as well as practicing their individual athletic skills, all while creating lasting memories.
If you’re looking for something outside of the typical experience, there are many summer camps that provide unique experiences.
Shakespeare and Company’s Riotous Youth Camp offers children the chance to explore Shakespeare, and immerse themselves in his plays, mastering new skills and learning method acting. These spirited two-week programs guide campers to their final production of a play, which is put on at the end of their session, for family and friends. Eisner Camp, is a Jewish based experience, for those looking to include their religious values with summertime entertainment. For a truly memorable and unique summer away for the daughter(s) in your life, you must look at having them spend the time at Belvoir Terrace. Here they will discover world-class programming unlike anywhere else in the country.
If your idea of summer camp is simply friends playing the days away, then Bousquet’s Adventure Camp may be the choice for you. Or if you want a bit more outdoor programming for your child, look into having them spend a week at Pleasant Valley’s Nature Camp. Aside from our website, which has an extensive list of camps also be sure to visit Berkshire Summer Camps site to see all our region has to offer. Whatever your campers desire, whether it’s for a week or the entire summer, the Berkshires is a fantastic place for your child to make memories and friends that they will carry with them through a lifetime.
Kim is a freelance writer, devoted to bringing the best of the Berkshires to locals and visitors alike through her website, Berkshire Girl Online. She is an avid hiker and kayaker, who also loves to explore the cultural and historical sites of the Berkshires.