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Nessacus Summer Leadership Program

Nessacus Summer Leadership Program is an innovative summer day camp, run by Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA at Nessacus Regional Middle School. Open to students attending Nessacus Regional Middle School as well as rising Nessacus 6th graders, the community based day program has a mission to create responsible future community leaders.


Participants in Nessacus Summer Leadership Program will participate in a program that is a fun, game-filled, physically active, outdoors-based, yet academic program. Our professional facilitators provide a healthy mix of challenging confidence-building teambuilding activities, fun stress-free games and academic coursework.

After the first two weeks of personal challenges and team building, the enrichment program’s focus shifts from individual growth and skill building to community issues. Students identify a real-life problem that has meaning to them and that is tied directly to their community, and develop a problem statement. They are then provided with the resources and space to learn about the issues, develop an action plan, and refine a solution. Their project culminates in a presentation by the students to parents, school officials and community leaders – a large audience, providing them the opportunity to show their solid problem-solving and public speaking skills. Importantly, they will have developed an awareness of social issues faced daily within their community, and will have spent four weeks working together in a team.


The four week program will also include field trips to Becket Day Camp, where participants can play in the great outdoors, canoeing, climbing on the climbing tower, swimming in beautiful Rudd Pond (with American Red Cross lifeguards) and firing arrows at our archery range.



$35 per student, per week, for 4 week sessions

Normally valued at over $1,000 per student, Nessacus Summer Leadership Program is partially grant funded by the Massachusetts Alliance of YMCAs and Berkshire Outdoor Center operations. Program fees for participants are just $35 per week (for 4 weeks). 2 Field trips are included in the cost of the program.


The program runs Monday to Friday, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

  • Session 1: June 25-July 21, 2018
  • Session 2: July 23-August 17, 2018


The program runs at Nessacus Regional Middle School

35 Fox Road
Dalton, MA 01226


Transportation is available from the following locations for $5 per week:

  • Becket Washington School
  • Washington Park
  • Kittredge Elementary
  • Windsor Fire Department
  • Peru Town Hall

2018 Application Process

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