NORTHERN BERKSHIRE YMCA
22 Brickyard Court | North Adams, MA 01247
P. 413-663-6529 | F. 413-663-5700

Camp Abenaki: Empowering camp with STEAM

Program Time:
Program Location:
  • Windsor Lake, North Adams
Program Ages:
  • For children ages 5 years to entering 6th grade
Program Cost:
  • Cost: $165/week and includes extended care. Campers must be Y members. Membership fees: Youth (up to 12 years) $40/year. Financial assistance is available. We accept vouchers
Contact Info:
  • When camp begins, phone: 413-841-6271, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Downloadable Forms:

Camp enrollments open soon! Scholarship applications are due June 1, 2016.

Camp Abenaki: At Windsor Lake, North Adams
For information about the Y’s Camp Sumner: At Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield
, click here.

Our camps develop the necessary building blocks for youth development by providing a safe, creative learning environment for young people to feel empowered, build self-esteem, explore personal interests, develop interpersonal skills and make lasting friendships and memories.

OVERVIEW

  • One-week sessions: June 27-Aug. 26, Mon–Fri, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $165/one-week session and includes before- and after-camp care. Campers must be Y members. Membership fees:
    Youth (up to 12 years): $40/year. Teen (13-19 years): $10/month.
  • For children ages 5 years to entering 6th grade
  • At Windsor Lake, North Adams
  • Contact: Jessie, 413-499-7650 x113, jrumlow@pittsfieldfamilyymca.org
  • When camp begins, phone: 413-841-6271, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Camp activities: STEAM, Swim & SPARK!

Camp Abenaki will offer curriculum in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) and be held twice each week! Activities include studying fossils, nature, weather, astronomy, dance, music and talent shows! YMCA counselors will provide hands-on lessons focusing on science experiments creating volcanoes, galaxies in a bottle, exploring engineering using circuit boards, Legos and tower building with environmental resources. Campers will also explore the habitats and nature around Windsor Lake.

More activities

  • Character development focusing on the Y’s Core Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility
  • Swim lessons (grades K-6)
  • Recreational swim
  • Field, group games
  • Arts and crafts
  • Frisbee Golf
  • SPARK: Sports, Play & Active Recreation for Kids
  • Fitness Classes
  • Team building
  • Traditional sports
  • Field trips in/around Berkshire County (grades 3+) and/or on-site visitors/educators

Daily Supplies

North Adams and Pittsfield Public Schools provide free lunches to all campers. Campers may choose to bring a lunch from home if they prefer. Parents must provide snack.

  • Sneakers must be worn. Flip flops are permitted for swim
  • Water bottle. No glass bottles
  • Sunscreen/Bug spray
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Snack

Camp Groups

  • Buckaroos (Entering K, must be 5 years old) & Pioneers (Entering 1st grade): Our youngest children begin the camp experience with the excitement of trying new things! Daily schedules provide a balance between active and quiet play and group and individual activities.
  • Explorers (Entering 2nd grade):Our more experienced campers will enjoy new challenges and new excitement. We emphasize increased self-confidence, encouraging others, responsibility and team building.
  • Voyagers (Entering 3rd grade) & Trailblazers (Entering 4th grade): As the child grows so will his camp experience. Emphasis in this unit is on increased self-confidence, encouraging others, responsibility and team building. Campers may also choose their activities in the mornings and the afternoons.
  • Pathfinders (Entering 5th-6th grades): Our most experienced campers will take leadership programs and specialized activities that are designed to be progressive and challenging, as well as fun and entertaining. As the oldest unit, campers may choose their morning and afternoon activities.

ABOUT THE CAMP

The YMCA is committed to recruiting and developing an outstanding group of counselors and directors that are dedicated to providing the best possible camp experience. Many of our staff members are teachers and college students who have been Camp participants. The staff participates in extensive training, and our lifeguards are certified. For your child’s health and safety, both camps are licensed by their local city’s departments of health. All staff members are certified in First Aid and CPR, as well as CORI checked. In addition, the health care administrator is on-site daily. Policies and procedures are available in the camp office.

FINANCIAL SCHOLARSHIPS

The Berkshire Family YMCA offers financial assistance for children to participate in summer camp. You must meet our eligibility guidelines. Eligibility is based on household size and income which is then given on a first-come, first-serve basis to qualified families. Applications for financial scholarships can be found at berkshirefamilyymca.org, as well as at our Welcome Centers. The Y reserves the right to deny or discontinue service at any time. Vouchers are also accepted.

Scholarship applications MUST be received no later than June 1.

Eligibility

  • Families must work or reside in the Y service area.
  • Assistance will be granted on financial need for low income on a first-come first-serve basis.
  • Financial assistance is for the current camp year only and includes the cost of an annual membership.
  • Prior account balances must be paid in full before applying.

How to apply

  • Applications must be filled out completely.
  • Federal tax form or one month of current pay stubs or other form of income (SSI, food stamps, etc.) must be submitted.
  • Copies of documentation must be provided.
  • A registration fee of $25 is required for NEW registrants in order to process an application. This is a non-refundable deposit if you decide not to attend the camp.
  • A deposit is also required for each week of camp upon enrollment and is calculated based on the scholarship award.
  • Applicants will be notified by mail of their award.

PAYMENT INFORMATION

  1. All campers must have a Berkshire Family YMCA membership. If your child is already a member, then his/her membership must not expire until after the completion of the desired camp sessions or a membership renewal is necessary. All YMCA school-age participants have a free membership. Youth (up through 12 years old) membership: $40/year. Teen (13-19 years old) membership: $10/month.
  2. Make all checks payable to the Berkshire Family YMCA, 292 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 in the amount of the required deposit and membership fee.
  3. Camp fees must be paid in full the Friday before the week of camp. Put your child’s name on the check.
  4. If a participant cancels an enrollment prior to the start, the Y will issue a refund minus the $25 non-refundable deposit. After the program has met twice, no credits or refunds will be issued.
  5. There will be a fee of $1 per minute for children who are picked up after 4:45 p.m. or after 5:30 p.m. if your child is in our after-camp care.
  6. Make all payments at the YMCA, not at Camp.

SUBMIT WITH REGISTRATION FORM

  • Completed registration form with emergency contacts and transportation sections filled out.
  • Proof of medical physical and immunizations by licensed physician within 12 months preceding start of camp.
  • $25/week deposit and membership fee,
    if applicable.
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