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CAMPS IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS

Western MA families have so many wonderful camp opportunities that happen in and around the region during the summer months and school breaks. The range of boutique camps is impressive, including sports, art, theater, science, farm, outdoor adventures and the likes, along with opportunities for just a good old fashion summer camp!

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SUMMER CAMPS MARKETING SPECIAL

Summer Camps in Western MassachusettsIn an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, we’re offering camps a chance to partner with Hilltown Families in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer with a special post titled: 2014 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out how you can Add Your Camp/Program.

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31 Comments

  1. olivialeone said,

    July 11, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Desert Dangers: Godly Play Summer Session
    August 4-8th from 9am to 1pm
    All children ages 3-12 are invited to come
    St. John’s Episcopal Church, Northampton

    Dance, sing, craft, eat and play games with an emphasis on the Sacred desert stories. Moses, Miriam, Jesus and more. All inclusive, non denominational, just open hearts wondering about where God may have been in those stories, and where God could be now. For more information email education@stjohnsnorthampton.org or check us out on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/764758270235444

  2. Google said,

    June 25, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Google’s Maker Camp
    A FREE summer camp for building, tinkering and exploring. Online and in Western Massachusetts!

    Kids ages 13-18

    July 7th-August 15th, 2014
    Daily at 2 PM EST

    Each weekday morning, Maker will post a new project or activity on their Google+ page—30 things to make over six weeks. Each weekday afternoon at 2 PM EST, tune in to a live Google+ Hangout On Air to meet expert makers who create amazing things.

    Register here > http://makercamp.com/sign-up-for-camp/

  3. June 18, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Great NEWS! Family Camp:
    Multi-Arts is expanding its programing for children 2 and 3 years old.
    Now 2 & 3 years old with their caregiver can enjoy learning from our outstanding faculty: art, dance, theater, music and story telling.

    June 23-27
    9-12 noon
    Place: Immanuel Lutheran Church, Amherst

    For more info or to register:
    http://www.multi-arts.org/family-with-the-arts.html

  4. June 3, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Summer is HERE!

    Interested in planting the seed of creativity and self-confidence in your child? Multi-Arts’ summer program is here for you! This fun program will awaken and develop your child’s creative powers and stimulate, provoke, and engage your child’s imagination.

    There is still time to sign up your 4-13 year old(s) for our summer workshops, or you can choose our one day or half day options. Please visit us at multi-arts.org to learn more about Multi-Arts and our 2014 summer offerings, or call 413-584-7951.

    Check our NEW program for children 2 & 3 years old with their caregivers.

    “Multi-Arts is a tremendously unique place.” — Parent

    Catalina Arrubla
    Director
    http://www.multi-arts.org
    413-584-7951

    Facebook: http://on.fb.me/IYAnLs

  5. May 22, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Snow Farm Summer: The New England Craft Program for High School Students offers glassblowing, woodworking, ceramics, drawing, digital photo and video, textile arts, metalsmithing, welding and more! For students ages 14 – 18.

    Limited space is still available for your best summer ever.

    For more details and to register: http://www.snowfarm.org/high_school_crafts_program.html.

    Call to schedule a tour or with any questions: 413-268-3101.

  6. April 15, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Keeping children’s creativity alive is our goal, and the heart of our mission at Multi-Arts. Our projects nurture their self-esteem and assure them that they have power in their voices and ideas.

    As part of our outreach, we are raffling a one-day camp (an $85 value!). One lucky child can enjoy a day filled with art, music, dance, fashion, writing and theater, led by our fantastic teachers.

    To participate, visit our Facebook page. If you want to be a part of our mission just click “Like” to be included in our raffle. The winner will be announced on April 29 via Facebook. Good luck!

    Multi-Arts’ Facebook: http://on.fb.me/IYAnLs

  7. April 15, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    We are debuting our new exciting art project: GLOW IN THE DARK. It will be magical, fun, and an unforgettable experience.

    We want to invite your children to join ANY DAY next week, during the spring break.

    We will also have theater, black light, funk dance, mime, flamenco dance, fashion and writing.

    Join us now at http://www.multi-arts.org/spring-break-2014.html or just call 413-387-5241 before coming.

    See you next week!

  8. March 31, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Save the date: Sunday April 13, 1:30-4:30 pm

    Family Afternoon with the Arts.

    Join Multi-Arts with your entire family and engage yourself in a creative process full of fun and self-discovery. You will feel alive more than ever recreating yourselves trough art, story telling, theater, and even movie making.

    Jones Public Library, Amherst
    Free of charge

    This program is supported in part by a grant from the Amherst Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

  9. March 10, 2014 at 8:52 am

    WILDERNESS SURVIVAL VACATION PROGRAM

    April 22 – April 25, 2014
    (April School Vacation, Tuesday-Friday)
    9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Ages 8 and up

    Limit of 8…Register now!

    Experience the AWAKENING of Spring!

    While spending lots of time outdoors, we will

    * notice new growth all around us, while learning about edible and medicinal plants,
    * notice new birds…establishing territories.

    There is so much happening during Spring.

    By practicing nature awareness, we will learn to look deeper and through our tracking skills and the ability to be quiet in the forest, we may even see some of the young wildlife. Animals are very busy this time of year, and it is a great time to actually see wildlife.

    We will also wander and learn what to do if lost, learn basic wilderness living skills (like shelter making, fire making, cordage), and develop our ability to be comfortable in the woods. Wherever you are, there is home.

    Bonus: In the past, we’ve seen, as a group, baby foxes (kits)…maybe well see them again!

    …hanging out and making new friends…while being in the woods…practicing and learning new skills…nothing quite like it!

    All of this for $240-$280, sliding scale, for 4 days! If not available for 4 days, 2-day minimum at $65-$75/day, sliding scale.

    Register online (www.earthworkprograms.com) or call 413-340-1161

  10. January 24, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Registration is open for Multi-Arts February Vacation Camp .
    Dates: February 17-21
    Full week, half-days week, and one day only options available
    Place: Immanuel Lutheran Church, Amherst
    for more info: http://www.Multi-Arts.org or call 413-584-7951

    At Multi-Arts children embark on an exciting journey engaged in
    art, music, dance, theater and writing projects that tap into their
    creative thinking skills and broaden their artistic horizons.

  11. Sara Coblyn said,

    June 24, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Play and learn in the garden with your child this summer at Sweet Roots Gardens! Today is the last day to receive $10 any program!

    Kids CSA: Join us in a variety of garden and craft activities with your 3-5 year old and bring home a snack share of veggies! Saturday mornings, July 6- August 3 10-11:30am. 6 week session is $100, $20 for individual session

    Family Yoga: Yoga in the garden with your 3-5 year old. Monday mornings 10-11:30 July 1-July 29. 5 week session is $60, $15 for individual sessions

    Kids Yoga: Yoga for kids age 5-9 and their adults in the garden. Fridays mornings, 10-11 July 12-August 2. 4 week session is $48, $15 for individual sessions

    Contact us to register saracoblyn@gmail.com. All programs take place in South Deerfield. Please see our website for more info about these and other programs. http://www.sweetrootsgardens.com

  12. Sara Coblyn said,

    May 31, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Play and learn in the garden with your child this summer at Sweet Roots Gardens!

    Kids CSA: Join us in a variety of garden and craft activities with your 3-5 year old and bring home a snack share of veggies! Saturday mornings, July 6- August 3 10-11:30am. 6 week session is $100, $20 for individual session

    Family Yoga: Yoga in the garden with your 3-5 year old. Monday mornings 10-11:30 July 1-July 29. 5 week session is $60, $15 for individual sessions

    Kids Yoga: Yoga for kids age 6-9 in the garden. Fridays mornings, 10-11 July 12-August 2. 4 week session is $48, $15 for individual sessions

    Workshops: Hands-on food and gardening programs, Saturdays 10-1; Kids’s Snacks & Baby Food (7/20), Pickles (8/10), Making Body Products (9/21)

    Open House: Free work parties for the family! Sundays 6/9 and 7/14 1-4. Get your hands dirty and have fun in our educational gardens.

    Contact us to register saracoblyn@gmail.com. All programs take place in South Deerfield or Whately. Please see our website for more info about these and other programs. http://www.sweetrootsgardens.com

  13. May 27, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Way of the Scout Summer Program
    Wilderness Skills & Martial Arts

    August 5-August 9
    Includes Overnight Thursday-Friday
    Conway, MA

    For 10+ year olds who have attended At Home in the Woods or one of our seasonal Programs

    While attending At Home in the Woods, your children learn wilderness skills that the “village” does together. In Way of the Scout, your children learn how to develop proficiency with their own skills. They will practice:
    * advanced firemaking, shelter building and camouflage
    * blindfold activities
    * learning to listen to inner vision…meditation
    * water stalking
    * night movement (how to move in the night without a flashlight)
    * calling in owls
    * campfire stalking

    They will learn martial arts movements, animal forms, advanced stalking and stick fighting (a way to learn balance, coordination and strength). Warriorship training is not about war…it’s about being able to take care of those who cannot take care of themselves…very empowering for all!

    With a close-knit community, we will all help each other grow into the Way of the Scout.

    $355-$430, sliding scale; $100 deposit required. Includes 5 days plus 1 overnight (and Thursday dinner, Friday breakfast and lunch)

    ———————————————————————————

    Register online: http://www.earthworkprograms.com. Call Frank Grindrod at 413-340-1161 for more information.

  14. May 27, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    HUNTER-GATHERER SUMMER PROGRAM
    For Preteens and Teens
    August 12-August 16
    Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Conway, MA

    Introduction to hunting and gathering.
    Learn how to skin an animal, process wild food, primitive cooking, make net bags and cordage, primitive fishing (stone and bone tools).
    And as time permits, learn how to make a bow.
    $295-$360, sliding scale
    Register online: http://www.earthworkprograms.com
    Or call Frank Grindrod at 413-340-1161

  15. April 11, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Village Theatre Co. Summer Theatre Workshops

    Week long workshops for ages 8-14 – create an original play in a week!

    Come spin a HomeSpun Musical – July 1-5
    Make ‘em laugh in Something’s Funny… July 8-12
    Crack the case in WhoDoneIt? July 15-19

    All workshops take place at the North Hadley Village Hall

    Visit villagetheatreco.com or email christinestevens@me.com or call 413 549 4881 for more info.

  16. Kara Hedge said,

    April 10, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Teen U – Guitarapalooza!
    August 4-9, 2013

    Guitarapalooza! is a comprehensive, residential guitar performance program.

    Classes include:
    – Survey of Great Guitarists
    – Harmony
    – Ensembles
    – Guitar Styles

    Students will put on a final performance for family, friends, and the Westfield State community on August 9th!

    Please plan to bring your guitar and amp, unless you are an acoustic guitarist!

    The cost of this camp is $900, which includes small group instruction with Westfield State University Music faculty and other professional guitarists, lodging, and meals.

    For more information, please contact Meaghan Arena at (413) 572-8355 or marena@westfield.ma.edu, or visit http://www.westfield.ma.edu/teen-u/guitarapalooza/.

  17. Kara Hedge said,

    April 10, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Teen U – H.E.L.P.: Exploring Health and Medicine
    July 28 – August 3, 2013

    The H.E.L.P. program is a hands-on, residential program for any high school student with an interest in health care fields: future doctors, nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists, phlebotomists, EMTs, etc.

    This program includes observations and learning experiences at Noble Hospital in Westfield.

    Topics include:
    – Issues in healthcare
    – Movement Science
    – Ethical Issues
    – Nursing
    – Nutrition
    – Exercise
    – Occupational Therapy
    – First Aid
    – HIPAA/Privacy regulations
    – Sports Medicine
    – Infectious diseases
    – Respiratory therapy
    – Stress management
    – Social Work
    – Disaster management
    – CPR
    – Skills labs: Blood draw, blood pressure, lung sounds, suturing, giving injections, disability awareness, CPR certification

    The cost of the camp is $900, which includes instruction, CPR certification, skills labs, field trips, lodging, and meals.

    For more information, contact Meaghan Arena at (413) 572-8355 or marena@westfield.ma.edu, or visit http://www.westfield.ma.edu/teen-u/help-program/.

  18. Kara Hedge said,

    April 10, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Teen U – Westfield CSI
    July 14-26, 2013

    This program is open to students entering their freshman, sophomore, or junior year in high school in the fall of 2013 with an interest in criminal justice, investigations, science, or technology, or who would like help preparing for the college application process.

    This program does not require any specific previous background, just an interest in helping us solve our mystery while experiencing college first hand!

    Work as a team to solve a “murder” on campus using forensic science, criminal justice and the latest in crime scene investigation technology!

    While on campus, students will:
    – Live in the Westfield State University residence halls
    – Eat in the Dining Commons
    – Participate in on-campus activities and field trips

    Learn about choosing a college that’s right for you including:
    – Applying to college
    – Financial aid
    – Writing your personal essay
    – Study skills for college success
    – Living away from home
    – Career counseling

    The cost of the camp is $1500, which includes over 80 hours of instruction, lodging and meals, weekend activities, and field trips.

    For more information, please contact Meaghan Arena at (413) 572-8355 or marena@westfield.ma.edu, or visit http://www.westfield.ma.edu/teen-u/westfieldcsi/.

  19. Felice Wolfzahn said,

    April 9, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Dance this Summer
    Summer Dance Week I:
    (ages 9-10) Monday – Friday July 8th-12th
    9 – 1 p.m. (pick up time is flexible).
    Summer Dance Week II
    (ages 11-13)Monday – Friday July 22nd-26th
    9 – 1:30 (pick up time is flexible)
    WHERE?
    Felice’s studio: 73 Ashfield Street in Shelburne Falls, MA
    The atmosphere is relaxed and we work in a non-competitive, creative and fun environment! Donation: a sliding scale of $75-$125 for the week.
    Questions / Register: write or call: 413 625-6776 felwolf@crocker.com

  20. Miranda Shannon said,

    April 9, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Swordclass.com Vacation Week Program in Hadley: April 15 – April 19 from 9:00 to 3:30pm. $250 for the week or $50 per day. Extended afternoons free of charge on Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday. Your child will practice longsword, do roleplay, miniatures, game inventing & more.
    Location: Western Family Golf, 294 Russell Street (Rt.9), in the red building at the end of the driveway.
    For more information or to register: thomas@swordclass.com
    http://swordclass.com/

  21. April 5, 2013 at 11:45 am

    FREE camp promo clinic on Saturday, April 20th at Mohawk High School.
    12 -12:45 pm 3-5 year olds
    1 – 1:45 pm 5-11 year olds
    2 – 2:45 pm 12+ year olds

    Challenger Sports coaches will be running 45-50 minute clinics and then taking registrations. If you register for camp at the clinic Challenger will send out your jersey with no shipping fee. (You save $6.95!) Even if you aren’t sure about registering your child for camp they are still welcome to attend the FREE clinic. Spread the word – the clinics are open to EVERYONE!

    RSVP to westcountysoccer@gmail.com with your childs name and age.

  22. Olivia Leone said,

    April 1, 2013 at 10:52 am

    In The Beginning…

    Godly Play Summer Session
    August 12-16, 2013
    St. John’s Episcopal Church, Northampton

    Join us as we use drama, music, crafts, sports, snack, sacred stories and dance to help us wonder about our shared beginnings. While hosted by an Episcopal church, this Godly Play event welcomes children from different denominations all over the valley each summer. (am – 1pm each day, snack included. For more information feel free to contact Olivia Leone, Director of Christian Ed. @ St. John’s Episcopal Church, Northampton.
    http://www.stjohnsnorthampton.org
    or on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/428558663895985/?fref=ts

  23. March 14, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    West County Soccer is offering a Challenger Sports soccer camp for kids ages 3 to 17. Mini-camp, Half-day and Full Day options. Dates are July 15-19th. Camp will be held at the Mohawk High School. This is a really fun soccer camp! Open to any children in the hilltowns surrounding Buckland, Ma. Follow this link to the camp registration and to learn more about Challenger Sports.

    West County Soccer is sponsored by the Shelburne Recreation Com.

  24. March 6, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Berkshire Theatre Group’s BTG PLAYS! Camps!

    BTG PLAYS! on Vacation is offered during the April School Vacation Week at the Berkshire Theatre Festival campus for students ages 8-13. Classes run Mondays-Fridays from 9am until 2pm. Classes culminate in a final performance. Registration required. Scholarships are available through the Richie duPont Award. Students must apply.

    BTG PLAYS! Summertime classes are offered during the summer vacation months and held at the Berkshire Theatre Festival campus in Stockbridge, MA. Sessions are divided by age group. Each one week session culminates in a final performance. Classes run Mondays through Thursdays from 9am until 2pm and Fridays from 9-12pm. Registration is required. Scholarships are available through the Richie duPont Award. Students must apply.

    For more information go to: http://www.berkshiretheatregroup.org/education/btg-plays-arts-in-community/vacation-camps.html

  25. Tess Poe said,

    February 17, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    BeeCamp at Beehive Sewing
    Where: Beehive Sewing Studio + Workspace
    When: Wednesday, February 20th – 22nd
    Time: 11:00am for kids ages 11-13, 1:00pm for kids ages 14-17

    During school vacation week Beehive Sewing is hosting its first “Bee Camp.” Four slots are available each day for kids ages 11-17 to learn the basics of sewing at Beehive’s drop-in studio.

    Kids ages 11-13 meet for 2 hours with a short break. Projects are: eye pillow (2/20), iPod/cell phone sleeve (2/21), and lunch bag (2/22).

    Young people ages 14-17 meet for 2 hours with a short break. Projects include small tote (2/20), phone/iPod sleeve (2/21), and boxer shorts (2/22).

    $60 for each individual session; pre-register for all three days for $150. Call the studio to reserve a slot or register online at http://conta.cc/XkYwOX

  26. February 14, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Register now for April vacation farm camp at The Hartsbrook School.
    Spring is a joyous time on the farm; the grass turns green, flowers begin to bloom, and babies arrive! Farm camp offers children aged 5 ½- 12yrs old, hands-on experience caring for farm animals and agricultural crafting. Camp runs from April 15th-19th, Mon-Fri, 8:45am to 3pm. For more information or to register visit: http://www.hartsbrook.org, or call Marie Lauderdale on (413)586-1908, ext. 116.

  27. Miranda Shannon said,

    February 12, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Thomas Rabideau will be running his popular Swordclass.com winter break program February 18 through 22 from 9:00am to 3:30pm in Hadley. This coming week’s activities include new sword games, game inventing, a world to create, Viking sword lessons, roleplaying and helping to build a pirate ship.
    Swordclass.com is located at 294 Russell Street (Rt.9) in Hadley, in the Western Mass Family Golf complex. It is in the red building at the end of the driveway. Cost is $250 for the week or $50 per day.
    For more information contact Thomas Rabideau at swordclass@gmail.com.

  28. February 10, 2013 at 10:27 am

    HI please let know your families this camp opportunity:

    Weather forecast for Multi-Arts’ winter break!

    Showers of creativity and eruptions of happy memories!

    On the menu to brighten the skies: theater, fashion design, art, creative writing, and dance.

    February 18 – 22
    Grades pre-K to 6 Groups organized by age.
    Location: Amherst
    http://multi-arts.org/info/

  29. Dean and Felix said,

    February 8, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Hello Valley and Hilltown Parents,

    Leapfrog Programs is offering a week-long Nature Camp over the February school break! Over the week of 18th-22nd, your kids will explore the outdoor beauty of The Amethyst Brook Conservation Land on Pelham Rd. in Amherst. We will be cooking over fires, hiking up mountains, learning to identify local flora and fauna, and perhaps encountering some fantastical characters along the way.

    Leapfrog Programs runs a year-round Afterschool Program in Amherst focusing on primitive skills, nature exploration, and team-building through an integrative fantasy storyline. Our teachers are Felix Lufkin and Dean Colpack. Felix is a seasoned nature and primitive skills educator who teaches at Four Rivers Charter School, North Star, and Umass Amherst. Dean has taught in afterschool programs in Easthampton, Holyoke, and Amherst, and has been working with elementary aged kids for 10 years.

    The hours for our February break program are from 10 am to 3 pm. Tuition for the week is a sliding scale from $150 to $250. Ages 9-13!

    Please email us at Bufonia1@aol.com or give us a call if you’re interested in enrolling your child!

    Sincerely, Felix and Dean

    617 515 5280

  30. Sally said,

    February 3, 2013 at 9:05 am

    I can vouch for Frank’s camps– my five year old did a summer session and thoroughly enjoyed herself.

    However, can anyone tell me if there are any preschool camps?

  31. December 10, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Winter Survival Day Camp
    (during School Vacation)
    Tuesday, February 19- Friday, February 22

    9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Ashfield, MA

    Ages 8 and up (limit 8)

    Experience the WILD in winter in our beautiful forest and fields! While spending lots of time outdoors, we will

    * track animals and find the special places of the fox, deer, bobcat and others…we will get a glimpse of their secret winter life.

    * build winter shelters: a quinzee, a lean to, a zarsky…various methods to stay warm and dry.

    * test our fire-making skills in the snow…we will help each other learn the best techniques with and without matches, then bask in the warmth of our accomplishments in our wilderness home.

    We will enjoy hanging out around the fire, staying warm in shelters that we make, sharing lunch and cool stories and other natural mysteries.

    Bonus: we will also learn about ice safety and hypothermia and how to stay safe outdoors in the winter. We will pick up strategies of staying warm by playing games and other activities.

    All of this for $240-$280, sliding scale, for the week! If not available for the 4-day Program, 2-day minimum at $65-$75/day, sliding scale.

    Register online (www.earthworkprograms.com) or call 413-522-0338 for details.


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