2018 Birch Point Camp registration is closed. Please check back for 2019 registration this winter.
Our 2018 schedule runs weekly sessions Monday – Friday, July 9 through August 17. That’s 6 weeks of camp fun! Each week will be a new adventure!
All children 6 to 15 are invited to attend Birch Point Camp. They will be placed in age groups for the week at signup on Monday mornings.
The minimum requirement is 1 week. To fully allow your child sufficient time to gain skills, confidence, and become a member of our wonderful community, including developing bonds with other campers, counselors and staff, we recommend at least 3 weeks.
We can make accommodations for partial weeks, however we can’t give discounts if your child isn’t in camp every day.
The traditional program runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but campers who take advantage of transportation will enjoy additional fun during their commute, as program staff members lead them in song and other engaging activities.
Campers will be provided with breakfast and lunch each day, along with a snack, prepared by our kitchen staff. Our Trading Post carries supplemental snack items and other supplies they can purchase. We have a ‘bank’ where parents can prepay an account for their child’s needs.
In most cases yes. Our Camp Nurse will screen your camper’s application and a physical will be required from your family physician. Special medical or dietary needs will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Campers can have medication dispensed by our nurse.
Yes, we provide an afternoon snack and water is available at all times with additional snacks available for purchase in the trading post.
Children will receive personal attention in in small groups with an 8:1 child to counselor ratio—below the 10:1 government standard.). At times, the ratio is as low as 4:1.
Our counselors and managers are trained, many with teaching and/or professional youth leadership experience. Most of our specialists are coaches and/or teachers.
Team building exercises, water sports like kayaking and canoeing, hiking, outdoor adventures, athletics integrating traditional and STEM outdoor programs, arts and crafts…it would be easier to list what Campers won’t be exposed to!
Covered activities continue as normal, while outdoor activities move inside where counselors lead campers in games and activities. If it’s safe to be outside (no thunder and lightning) we’ll still play in the rain and conduct activities outside, so please bring rain gear and weather appropriate footwear.
Each week, all campers will undergo a swimming evaluation. Those needing instruction are broken up into groups according to age and level of instruction and will have daily classes.
Those who qualify as ‘swimmers’ can choose from supplemental swim instruction (survival swimming, water polo, intro to lifesaving) or proceed to boating activities. We offer rowing, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding and small boat sailing. When boating, life jackets are provided and required at all times. Campers will also have the opportunity to have fun on a water trampoline.
Birch Point Camp, operating as an outreach program of the Western Massachusetts Council of the Boy Scouts of America, is located on a campsite that has been accredited for over 70 years. This is a great opportunity for your child to enjoy a long legacy of camping in Western Massachusetts!