By Darcie Sosa
With spring in full bloom, parents are busy searching and planning which camp to send their kids off to! We know this process can be overwhelming for parents who are experiencing this for the first time. We also know that the Berkshires are home to a diverse selection of camps that will fit your child’s specific needs and wants.
Girls camps such as Camp Danbee, located in Hinsdale, offer state of the art facilities equestrian & gymnastics centers, dance & art studios, while camps like Romaca offer aquatics sports like sailing and water skiing and land sports and horse-back riding. And if the girl in your life is really into soccer, the Berkshire camp scene has that covered. Berkshire Soccer Academy for Girls, in Otis, is a world-class soccer camp that helps infuse balance and fun into an athletic growth.
And the fellas aren’t left out. The Berkshires contains three premiere sports camps for boys. Camp Greylock , founded in 1916 in beautiful Becket, boost that young men will not only learn sportsmanship, but citizenship and grow as athletes and young adults. Camp Mah-Kee-Nac, located on the Stockbridge Bowl boosts that their campers participate in a variety of activities that features team and individual sports, lake and pool activities, outdoor adventure, and arts & creativity featuring our popular wood shop. And Camp Winadu, located in Pittsfield holds land and water sports, including ice hockey in a warm, sensitive atmosphere.
But perhaps you want a coed experience for your young adult. Well the Berkshires has a host of those as well. Camp Lenox, in Lee, hosts children from age 7-16 with the idea that “life is a coed experience and coed creates a well-balanced individual that learns to respect themselves and others.” Camp Taconic, in Hinsdale and Camp Watitoh, in Becket, also have coed experiences, sports, watersports and at Taconic, a fine arts program. Also not to be missed is Camp Half Moon. They are celebrating 93 amazing summers on Lake Buel and offer a traditional sleepover camp experience as well as a day camp program for local campers.
What if your child’s interests expand beyond the traditional activities of summer camps? The diversity of Berkshires summer camps has you covered. Belvoir Terrace, located in Lenox, is a girl’s camp that specializes in art, dance, music theater and individual sports and the owners boost degrees from Oberlin and Julliard.
The long-established camps of the Berkshires reflect the natural beauty and cultural activities of Berkshire County and have young adults that come back each year to participate in fun activities and form bonds that last a lifetime.
Darcie is a resident of Dalton and is currently operating her own Communications consulting business, Darcie Sosa Communications and freelance writing for local publications and organizations. Outside of work, Darcie is an active member of the Berkshire community volunteering time with Eleanor Sonsini, Berkshire Creative, Friends of St. Mary Ad Hoc Committee and NAMA Prom. She is also an avid hiker, dancer, runner and boot camp attendee.