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Camp Life

What is life at camp really like? Read below to learn about where campers sleep, play and eat! 

"My child said his experience was a 10 out of 10! His favorite things were hanging out with his friends, and playing all camp games. He can’t wait to be back next year."

- Mom of nine-year-old Base Camper

The Camp Property

Camp WA WA Segowea is located in the southern Berkshires of Massachusetts. The main camp is surrounded by 450+ acres of private land, which encompasses a small lake. The main buildings include our almost 100-year-old lake-side Main Lodge, attached to our kitchen and Dining Hall. Ringing "base camp" are 11 rustic camper cabins. 

The Main Lodge has spacious front and side porches perfect for enjoying the fresh air, rain or shine. The front porch leads directly to the Parade Field, a versatile, grassy flat area near the waterfront, where many of our camper activities take place!

Our waterfront area features access to rowboats, canoes, and paddleboards as well as a dedicated fishing dock. There are two dedicated swimming areas - a deeper one for strong swimmers and small, shallow one for those still working on core skills. 

Accomodations

11 Camper Cabins ring the Parade Field. This is where all Base Campers sleep. The best feature of these rustic but cozy cabins is the 8 large screened windows that surround the structure. Opening their large shutters provides shade and fresh air when sunny, and they can be closed to keep out wind and rain when weather turns wet, or for privacy. They also let you wake up to panoramic views of the sunrise over the lake and the Main Lodge!

These cabins hold 3-4 bunk beds for campers, and two single beds for staff. They also have eight large screened windows, an outlet for basic electricity, a light, a fan, and a changing area. 

Campers use a central bathhouse for toilets and showers. This facility is split into a “Girls” and “Boys” side for toilets, and has a central shower area that is used by cabins on an every-other day rotating schedule.

Additional single-stall, all-gender bathroom facilities are available in Base Camp.

Teen Campers live on Cabin Row and in a variety of outer spaces including in platform tents and “The Thomas Estate” - an A-Frame bunker-style cabin located just above Base Camp. Like Base Campers, Teen Campers access shared bathrooms and showers either in Base Camp or conveniently located close to their sleeping area. When not on a trip, Teen Campers shower daily, by cabin.

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Cabin counselors live in camper cabins. Single beds and a small area for personal belongings are available for each cabin counselor. Counselors access the main bathhouse in Base Camp for all bathroom and shower needs utilizing a time-off and break schedule that is specific for counselors. 

Other program-area staff and leadership staff are also placed in outer buildings. These simple cabins have bedrooms and private bathrooms. Campers in need of a supportive private bathroom setting can access these bathrooms upon the direction of the healthcare staff. 

Daily Schedule

Morning

Wake-up: 7:30 - 8:15

Breakfast: 8:15 - 8:45

Camper Kapers &

     Cabin Chores: 8:45 - 9:30

Morning All-Camp Activity: 9:30-11:00

Free-Time & Open Swim: 11:00 -12:30

Afternoon

Lunch: 12:30 - 1:00

Rest Hour: 1:00 - 2:15

First Activity Period: 2:15 - 3:15

Second Activity Period: 3:15 - 4:15

Third Activity Period: 4:15 - 5:15

Evening

Dinner: 5:15 - 6:00

Free Time & Open Boating: 6:00 - 7:30

Evening All-Camp Activity: 7:30 - 8:30

Friendship Circle, Cabin Chats, & Lights Out: 8:30 - 10:00 PM

For information about specific programs and activities, please visit our programs page.

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Meals

Campers eat 3 meals family-style in a lakeside dining area. All meals include a hot main course, and several side choices. 

Breakfast includes a cereal bar with cereal and milk choices, yogurt, granola and fruit. 

Lunch and dinner include a salad bar with lots of veggie choices, and a soup. 

Popular Menu for a Day:

Breakfast: 

Pancakes, sausage, orange juice, cereal bar. 

Lunch:

Chicken and bacon wraps, tater tots, “Bug Juice,” salad and soup bar.

Dinner:

Beef tacos, rice and beans, toppings, salad and soup bar.

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Closing Ceremonies

Every program at camp has a closing celebration. For two-week overnight programs, this includes an all-camp olympic-style competition, a camp banquet dinner and dance, and a candlelight ceremony. For one week programs, the closing ceremony is an evening arcade. 

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