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Berkshire Outdoor Center and Berkshire Adventures are proud to collaborate on our brand new outdoor education program: Berkshire Happy Camp. Specifically established as an opportunity for Chinese youth to visit and experience American culture through camp programs and travel, Berkshire Happy Camp aims to encourage Peace Through Understanding, in developing relationships between Chinese and American youth.
At Berkshire Happy Camp, campers participate in a true summer camp experience, all while surrounded by some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the United States. Campers will experience life away from technology such as phone, tablets and video games and instead find entertainment through canoeing and kayaking, adventure games, and teambuilding on our high ropes challenge course. Through participating in these camp activities, Chinese and American campers will have the opportunity to develop relationships and make meaningful friendships with one another. Our structured outdoor activities focus on stimulating a deeper cultural understanding and awareness of one another. And building these interpersonal skills is easy: campers will simply play games and participate in healthy, outdoor, active summer activities, together.
The largest component of Berkshire Happy Camp is participating in the full Becket Day Camp program, for an entire week. Each day, campers will participate in individual choice activities, group choice activities and large camp activities, all of which focus on character development: growth in spirit, mind, body and relationships. At the end of each day, select invitees will participate in bonus activities, unique evening activities only offered to Berkshire Happy Campers. These activities will include sunset canoeing, night hikes, campfires with S’Mores and other adventures in the Berkshire woods. Chinese and American campers will enjoy a cookout dinner over a campfire, along with other picnic dinners in a true outdoor experience. There will even be the opportunity to spend the night under the stars, camping in a tent!
Most evenings, Berkshire Happy campers will retire to local accommodation to spend the night. On the weekends, campers will go on field trips to experience local American culture, right here in the Berkshires. They will see museums and art galleries, and participate in fun outings: eating hot dogs at the baseball, roller skating and ten pin bowling.
All activities at Berkshire Happy Camp will encourage cooperation with peers, problem solving, critical thinking, imaginative play, and physical challenges. It’s our aim to keep kids active both physically and mentally as they play and explore. Along with the fun and games, there will be time allotted to reflect and debrief experiences to help the campers further process the experience and be more aware of what’s happening around them.
Our staff is highly trained to work with campers of a variety of ages and backgrounds. They are able to analyze groups and establish exactly what a group needs to work together, have fun and bond with one another. Our staff are our most valuable resource in making participants feel welcome and giving everyone the attention they need.
As a result of attending this camp, participants will find more value in connections with other people and make friends with people from all over the world. They will experience a culture that differs greatly from their day-to-day life and be able to integrate parts of that culture into their own. The participants will develop a sense of belonging and be confident interacting within the camp community. Campers will get plenty of practice with speaking English and improve in their ability to communicate with their American peers in the program.
Along with personal growth within the program, participants will get to spend time at one with nature in the Berkshires as they explore an area of the world very different than their own. Whether it involves canoeing adventures through beaver inhabited waters or seeing fireflies and incredible stars at night, participants will surely remember this adventure of a lifetime.