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Camp Weeks


We are full for the rest of the summer but encourage parents to sign up for the waitlist if you are interested in attending the weeks of 8/2, 8/9 or 8/16. 

Week: June 28-July 2 Registration is CLOSED for this week. 
Week: July 5-July 9  (Closed Monday in observance of July 4th) Registration is CLOSED for this week. 
Week: July 12-July 16 Registration is CLOSED for this week
Week: July 19-July 23 
Registration is CLOSED for this week
Week: July 26-July 30  - (This week is COLOR WAR week for SPORTS Camp only) Registration is CLOSED for this week
Week: August 2-August 6 Registration is CLOSED for this week         
Week: August 9-August 13 Registration is CLOSED for this week       (14 on the waitlist)
Week: August 16-August 20  Registration is CLOSED for this week    (16 on the waitlist) 
*Schedule subject to change. 

Transportation

Bus transportation is back for 2021

  • 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. If the requirements change as the state of Massachusetts goes through its re-opening phases, we will re-evaluate this policy.  Please view the Parent Handbook for rules and policies for transportation.  

  • CLICK HERE for a list of bus stops and times.  Please allow extra time for bus transportation - times are approximate.

 

  •  Parent Pick up & drop off AT CAMP is NO EARLIER than 8:30am and NO LATER than 3:30pm

  • Facemasks are required during transportation

 

  • ALL CHANGES,  to registration for the upcoming week MUST be made by 10:00am on Fridays. **This includes changes to bus stops. **

REGISTER


Returning Campers Click Here to Register


New Camper Registration Click Here to Register


Registration closes at 10 AM on Friday before each week of camp
.    **This includes changes to bus stops. **
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 2021 Camp season.

We are very much looking forward to the 2021 Camp Russell Season and we hope to see you soon!


The Camp Experience


2021 Camp Experience

Campers will be organized into age appropriate groups with a 2:10 staff ratio.

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 on the bus.  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.

We are offering bus transportation this year. ** Drop-off at the Boys & Girls Club is no earlier than 8am and pick-up at the Boys & Girls Club is no later than 4pm UNLESS you have registered for the Active After Schoolers or Extended Play 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.

Parent Pick up and drop off at Camp Russell located at 341 Boys Club Road Richmond, MA is no earlier than 8:30am and no later than 3:30pm. 

We are providing lunch for the 2021 camp season. If you send your child with a 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 is operating at this year.

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. 

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. The week of July 26th is COLOR WAR week. The camp is split into two teams who compete in both athletic & non-athletic activities for 5 days straight. Each team takes pride in its costumes, banners & as the competition gets more intense, the little things matter even more. Your arrival to a big event, sportsmanship, and team spirit could be the difference between taking the title & coming up just short. 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, which is on its 49th year, program 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 22. Boys & Girls Club membership required. 


Additional Care Options

Active After Schoolers
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 at the Club 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. 


Extended Play
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 the Club and picked up no later than 5:30pm. 

Additional fees apply.

2021 Fees & Payments

WEEKLY RATES

Day & Sports Camp
$175 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 + a $3 service fee) 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.

5/7

6/4

7/2


 

 

 

 Bi -Weekly Payment Schedule


$175 payment at time of reg.

4/16

4/30

5/14

5/28

6/11

6/25

Weekly Payment Schedule

$175 payment at time of reg.


4/16

4/23

4/30

5/7

5/14

5/21

5/28

6/4

6/11

6/18

6/25

   



We accept credit/debit, 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, no cash or check option for payment plans. 

 

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