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The Camp Experience

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. In the afternoon, campers design their own schedule by selecting from 10 different actives.
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. In the afternoon, campers will design their own schedule by selecting from 10 different activities.
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. 

Camp registration is currently closed. Please check back in March.

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 in the school-age room at the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires. At 8:15 they will get on the bus and head off to camp. After camp the children play in our school-age room until 5:30 PM. They also have access to the gym and will receive a snack.  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 the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires Lighthouse Café. Children will get on the bus at 8:15 and head to camp. After camp children will play in the big gym until 5:30 PM.

Additional fees apply.

REGISTER

Registration is currently closed. Please check back in March.

Returning Camper Registration
Use this link if you have attended Camp Russell before.

New Camper Registration
Use this link if you have never attended Camp Russell before.

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.

2020 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) 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.

Dates TBD!

 

 

 Bi -Weekly Payment Schedule


$175 payment at time of reg.

Dates TBD!

 

 

Weekly Payment Schedule

$175 payment at time of reg.

Dates TBD!

 



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:

  • 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!

 


2020 Bus Stops

Location Morning Afternoon
Greenridge Plaza  8:00  4:05
Williams Elementary 8:10  3:55
Elm St. Car Wash 8:10 4:00
Miller Supply Co. 8:20  3:50
Allendale Underground 8:00 4:10
Herberg/Pomeroy Ave 8:15  3:50 
Guardian Life 8:15  3:55
Boys & Girls Club 8:20  3:45
Berkshire Humane Society 8:25  3:40

2020 Camp Weeks

To be announced! 

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