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Camp Russell

Transportation

Safety is always our first priority here at the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires and Camp Russell.  The Department of Public Health and the Department of Early Education and Care have created new regulations for minimum requirements for health and safety at the Club and Camp.  Due to these requirements, the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires will be unable to provide transportation for Camp Russell. Parents will need to drop off and pick up at Camp Russell.  If the requirements change as the state of Massachusetts goes through its re-opening phases, we will re-evaluate this policy.  There will be a reduction of $10 per week to our camp fee due to this. 

Travel Advisory

** Please be aware of the new COVID-19 Travel Order if you are registered for additional weeks of camp and have an out of state vacation planned.  Effective August 1, 2020, all visitors AND returning residents entering Massachusetts must follow new travel orders. All visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to: (1) Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, unless you are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health (2) Quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts. If your COVID-19 test result has not been received privor to arrival, visitors, and residents must quarantine until they receive a negative test result. 

2020 Camp Weeks

Anticipated Camp Weeks:

July 6 - July 10 FULL
July 13 - July 17 Registration is CLOSED
July 20 - July 24 FULL
July 27 - July 31- FULL
August 3 - August 7 FULL
August 10 - August 14 FULL
August 17 - August 21 FULL 


*Schedule subject to change. 

REGISTER


Returning Camper Registration
Registration for Returning Campers

New Camper Registration
Registration for New Campers

Registration closes at 10 AM on Friday before each week of camp
.
All changes to registration must be made before 10 AM on Friday.
No exceptions permitted.



We encourage campers to register for summer camp as planned. If camp is later cancelled or abbreviated due to further public health concerns dictated by the Governor, we will take appropriate action to reimburse families.

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to develop, we are monitoring the situation and assessing potential impacts on the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires and Camp Russell. This situation remains fluid. We encourage all our families to regularly review and follow the latest information from the CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html.
In the event that public health concerns dictate further restrictions on travel, or gatherings, we will update you on any contingency plans that may need to be made for our 2020 Camp season.

We are very much looking forward to the 2020 Camp Russell Season and we hope to see you soon!


The Camp Experience


2020 Camp Experience

Campers will be organized into age appropriate groups with a 2:10 staff ratio. Siblings will be grouped together in accordance to their ages.  

In Day Camp the groups will have individual schedules that follow an itinerary of activities such as swim time, nature adventures, arts and crafts, and group games. In Sports Camp, campers will be learning how to train as athletes as well as learn new skills for their favorite sports. 

To promote social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 group activities will be modified for the campers safety, without losing the fun of Summer Camp. Campers are required to bring a mask every day.  In addition to personal safety measures our camp is being updated to include sanitizing stations in different areas, as well as thorough cleaning after group use in areas. 

* Please allow extra time for the drop-off process. Parents/guardians are required to complete a daily screening prior to their child(ren) entering the camp grounds. 

Parents/guardians must provide transportation to and from Camp Russell located at 341 Boys Club Rd. Richmond. ** Drop-off is no earlier than 8am and pick-up is no later than 4pm UNLESS you have registered for the After School or Before & After Care extended programs.** If you are registered for one of the extended care programs drop-off is 7:30am and pick-up is no later than 5:30pm.

At this time, campers will need to bring lunch. Camp Russell does not have the ability to heat lunches but can provide a refrigerated area for storage. Please send your camper with a refillable water bottle.

The Camp store will not be operating at this time. If this changes, parents will be notified by email.

Click here for our COVID-19 Control Plan. 

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Camp Russell, located on over 200 acres on Richmond Shores, is the summer home of the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires. 

Day Camp operates from June through August yearly. On any given week,250 – 380 campers attend.

The most influential and genuine learning experiences often occur outside traditional classrooms. These learning experiences generate enthusiasm among young people and leave lasting impressions on their development.

Camp activities include: sailing, water trampoline, water skiing, tubing, kayaking, competitive and non-competitive games, swimming, arts and crafts, animal care, fishing, gardening, hiking, various special events, and field trips. 

Camp facilities include: dining hall, infirmary, recreation hall, 2 directors cabins, girls cabin, 2 brick structure cabins, boathouse, wilson storage cabin, pool house, pavilion, and a handicap accessible in-ground wading pool.

The camp grounds offer: playground area, 9-hole miniature golf course, soccer and ball fields, outdoor basketball court,  in ground beach pool and a full waterfront area for swimming and boating.

Summer vacations are an ideal time for members of the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires to engage in physical & learning opportunities. The Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires summer camp activities reinforce important skills that are often not focused on when school is not in session. 

This camp must comply with regulations of the MDPH & be licensed by the LBOH

Camp Programs

We have options for every child!

Day Camp
Campers explore a wide range of age-appropriate structured, supervised activities. Day Campers will have individual schedules that follow an itinerary of activities such as swim time, nature adventures, arts and crafts, and group games.
Eligibility: Grades 1 through 8. Must have completed Kindergarten. Boys & Girls Club membership required. 

Sports Camp
Sports Camp offers athletic based activities organized by age. Sports campers will be learning how to train as athletes as well as learn new skills for their favorite sports.
Eligibility: Grades 1 through 8. Must have completed Kindergarten. Boys & Girls Club membership required. 

Leader In Training (L.I.T.)
The L.I.T. program helps teens learn teamwork oriented leadership skills and builds self-confidence. L.I.T's will be assigned to work with counselors to help with campers while experiencing Camp Russell at it's fullest.  
Eligibility: Entering grades 9 & 10. Boys & Girls Club membership required. 

Recreational Therapy
Recreational Therapy programs emphasize the continuation of a school IEP objectives to prevent significant regression, emphasis on the development of positive self esteem, and age appropriate social skills. 
Eligibility: Any individual with an Independent Education Program (IEP) ages 6 to 23. Boys & Girls Club membership required. 


Additional Care Options

After School
This program is for children enrolled full-time year-round in After School program. Children can be dropped off as early as 7:30 AM Camp Russell with pick-up no later than 5:30pm.   All staff are EEC qualified.

Additional fees apply. NEFW voucher accepted.

Additional forms are required for this program and are available on your parent dashboard once you have registered. 


Before & After Care
This program is for children that are not in the full-time year-round After School program. Children can be dropped off as early as 7:30 AM at Camp Russell and picked up no later than 5:30pm. C

Additional fees apply.

2020 Fees & Payments

WEEKLY RATES

Day & Sports Camp
$165 per week

 
LIT Program
$100 or $400 for 4+ weeks registered* 

Additional Care Options
$50 per week

*A current Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires Membership ($20) is required to attend camp

No Daily Rate Available


REGISTER EARLY!

Payment plans are only available if you register early. Take advantage of our Summer Camp payment plans and spread your payments out. We offer 3 payment schedules.  Please keep in mind our payment dates will not be changed. When setting up a payment plan, you must make a payment of $175 per child at the time of registration then your remaining balance will be divided by the number of payment dates remaining in the payment plan you select. The longer you wait to register the less payments you make resulting in higher payments. Once payment schedules end, payment must be made in full to attend (complete registration).

  Choose 1 of our 3 payment plans

Monthly Payment Schedule


$175 payment at time of reg.

5/1

6/5

7/3


 

 

 

 Bi -Weekly Payment Schedule


$175 payment at time of reg.

4/24

5/8

5/22

6/5

6/19

7/3

Weekly Payment Schedule

$175 payment at time of reg.


4/17

4/24

5/1

5/8

5/15

5/22

5/29

6/5

6/12

6/19

6/26

   



We accept credit/debit, checks, cash and NEFW vouchers.

IMPORTANT: You must pay in full for camp or enroll in one of our payment plans to be registered for camp. All payment plan payments will be automatically deducted from your credit/debit card.

 

What to bring / NOT bring to Camp

 What You Need Everyday:

  • Lunch
  • Face Mask
  • Swim Suit
  • Towel
  • Water bottle
  • T-Shirt
  • Shorts
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Sneakers

LABEL EVERYTHING

 What NOT to Bring:

  • Fidget Spinners
  • Pokemon Cards
  • Cellphones
  • iPads, Tablets and iPods
  • Electronic games 
  • Unnecessary sports equipment
  • Stuffed animals & toys
  • Trading cards
  • Expensive clothes/ accessories
  • Weapons of any sort - fake or real!

 


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