DAY CAMPS, OVERNIGHT CAMPS
AND SUMMER PROGRAMS
Read Gay Parent magazine's list of quick descriptions of day camps, overnight camps and summer programs for your child.
FARM & WILDERNESS SUMMER CAMPS
The F&W experience will offer your child new friendships, exciting challenges, immersion in the natural world, and the discovery of new skills. Our six camps nestled on 4000 acres of Vermont woods and lakes are the perfect setting for a wilderness summer. We offer overnight programs from three and a half to seven weeks for children 9-17 and day camp programs for children 4-10. At F&W, children practice outdoor living skills, participate in a working farm, swim in the lake, make their own music and art, discuss social issues, and play rousing games.
F&W campers experience a sense of confidence and joy in their daily lives, because they have an important role in the community. Campers participate in real work at camp, and find it really fun. They learn to build cabins, milk cows, harvest vegetables and serve them for lunch, paddle canoes, blaze trails, and much more. Our programs include hiking, canoeing, and rock climbing adventures. We work to have a diverse staff and camper community. Our counselors receive anti-bias training and discuss issues of diversity with campers in age appropriate activities. Financial aid available. For information, write firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-422-3761.
SHIRE VILLAGE CAMP
Founded in 1972, Shire Village Camp was described by The Boston Globe as a camp that "...espouses liberal values; it's nonprofit, nonsexist, nonracist, nonhomophobic, nonsectarian, and noncompetitive." A coeducational residential summer camp for 7 to 13 year olds, it also offers vegetarian meals and has a policy to avoid chemical additives and preservatives in their food. Shire Village Camp is located on 96 acres of beautiful hills and woodland in Cummington, Massachusetts. On the grounds are two riding rings, a tennis court, athletic fields, a filtered pool and a large brook which flows into a private pond and into the Westfield River which flows through the campgrounds. Traditional activities offered are theatre, music and dance, arts and crafts, film and photography, swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, gymnastics, field trips, and nature exploration. In addition, the camp offers tai chi, shiatsu, meditation, yoga and emphasizes a nonsexist, noncompetitive approach to sports activities which include archery, soccer, tennis, softball, volleyball, basketball and Frisbee. This approach has created a more relaxed atmosphere and according to a camp counselor, more girls are playing sports and more boys are trying to motivate them.
Many Shire village campers return year after year and former campers have sent their children. Some return to work as counselors, support staff and administrators. The camp boasts a popular teen staff training program and several former campers are now serving on the Board of Directors. Sessions begin the first week of July through the end of August and introductory two-week sessions are available for children 7 to 9 years of age. Discounts are available for siblings and early tuition payment. To receive a brochure and enrollment information contact Beth Schneider, 175 Eastern Parkway, Apt. 6J, Brooklyn, New York 11238, telephone 718-622-8204. Summer contact information: Shire village Camp, Mellor Road, Cummington, Massachusetts 01026, 413-634-2281. Visit www.shirevillage.org.