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Grab your favorite Scandinavian sweater, jump in the car and head up to the Berkshires this Columbus Day Weekend for Fall Foliage Family Camp. This is it: Peak foliage weekend in the Berkshires, and the forests are spectacular! Go pumpkin carving, cider pressing or on a long hike in the woods! Sit by the fire on the crisp fall evenings. Get lost in the gorgeous foliage scenery as you canoe across Rudd Pond! Take the kids to the climbing wall, archery or play tennis and basketball. Fall Foliage Family Camp is a fabulous four day event that extends across the Columbus Day long weekend in October.



Classic Family Camp Program

Fall Foliage Family Camp is our typical Berkshires autumn getaway.

Sitting by the Fire!

Grab your favorite rocking chair in the Becket Library (circa 1927) and your favorite book and pull it up to the fire. Itâ's a great time to crochet, to chat, to hang out with friends to relax and enjoy your long weekend.

Campfires and Marshmallows!

Classic campfires with skits performed by our staff and by your families' if you wish!

Pumpkin Carving!

It's almost Halloween, so its time to practice those carving skills. We provide the pumpkins and the child-friendly carving tools. You supply the artistic talent!

Old Fashioned Cider Press!

Learn how apple cider was made at the turn of the century with our old-fashioned cider press. Plus you get to drink it afterwards. Hot or cold, it's natural and delicious.

Canoeing the Serene Rudd Pond!

There's something special about a late afternoon paddle on Rudd Pond, watching the Little Brown Bats catching the last bugs of the season across the water, hearing the occasional fish splashing, or you might get a glimpse of the beaver. Occasionally, guests will also see otters.

But most spectacularly, feeling like you're the only people in the world, canoeing as a family surrounded by fall foliage.

Hikes galore in the foliage!

Take a tour with our staff and get out to see our famous Beaver Meadows - active beaver dams with beaver lodges that have flooded dozens of acres of our back country. It's a beautiful hike, and we'll teach you all the things we see and hear along the way.

Sunset Boating and Sauna!

Wind down your day with a quiet paddle on the serene Rudd Pond. Or embrace the steam and camaraderie of the famous Becket Sauna.

Family Time!

The greatest thing about our family camps is that you get to spend time with your family, real time, quality time. It's so easy to spend some time with the family, but at family camp, you can devote three full days to those you love most.

Family Camp Counselors!

Families will have their very own Camp Counselors - they'll join you at meals and help plan your day! They're great resources for skits for the campfire and a whole load of camp games!

Family Chat!

Experience the magic of summer's Cabin Chats with your own family. Your Camp Counselor will give you a suggested topic and then you can run your own Family Chat, with or without your counselor.

Kids Only Activities / Adults Only Activities!

Most of our activities are family-centered, but every now and again, you can participate with other adults and kids will be supervised by our staff.

Kids' Night In / Parents' Night Out!

One evening of wacky kids games, supervised by our fantastic staff while adults share some quality social time.

Daily Schedule

7:00am Optional Sunrise Activities

8:15am Breakfast

9:00am Morning Activities

11:00am More Morning Activities

12:00pm Lunch

1:00pm Siesta

1:30pm Afternoon Activities

3:30pm More Afternoon Activities

5:30pm Free Time

6:00pm Dinner

7:00pm Evening Activity

9:00pm Family Chat

Traditional Camp Activities

High Ropes & Climbing Wall - Push yourself to new heights with family and friends for support (and bragging rights!)

Campfires & Songs - Get goofy each night, then roast S'Mores by the campfire under the stars.

Canoeing & Kayaking - Learn some basic paddling skills and enjoy spending time together with your family on the water.

Archery - Try your hand at this skillful sport!

Bingo - Prizes galore in this traditional family camp favorite.

Woodshop - Get together as a family and build something for the home or for a gift.

Arts & Crafts - Relax and explore your creative side.

Nature Hikes & Outdoor Living Skills - Get back into nature, get mud on your boots and learn more about the world around you.

Teambuilding & Low Ropes - Learn to problem solve together and communicate with your family with an alternative approach.

Adults vs. Kids Kickball - Kids versus adults. Enough said.

Amazing Race Scavenger Hunts - Find the treasure. The race is on.


Lodging and Meals

Fall Foliage Family Camp is held at our Camp Becket here in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Accommodation for this program is in Camp Becket's rustic cabins or historic Gibson Hall. Each family gets its very own cabin!

Meals are served in our beautiful Dining Hall, on the shores of Rudd Pond. The meals include a fabulous array of options - pastas, chicken, vegetables, delicious steaks. The mouth-watering selections are accompanied by an extensive salad bar, fabulous desserts and snacks, fresh fruits and coffee, tea and drinks, as well as hot vegetarian options. All meals and accommodation are included in the rates for the weekend.


Explore our rates for all of our family programs.


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