YMCA Camp Hi-Rock

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Welcome to YMCA Camp Hi-Rock

Established in 1948, YMCA Camp Hi-Rock is a coed sleep-away camp and adventure tripping center nestled among more than 1,000 acres of forest in the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts with a private 90 acre lake. Camp Hi-Rock is accredited by the American Camping Association and dedicated to creating a place where campers feel safe, empowered, supported and challenged.

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Overview

Established in 1948, YMCA Camp Hi-Rock is a coed sleep-away camp and adventure tripping center nestled among more than 1,000 acres of forest in the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts with a private 90 acre lake. Camp Hi-Rock is accredited by the American Camping Association and dedicated to creating a place where campers feel safe, empowered, supported and challenged.

At Hi-Rock, a camper will be able to choose from over 30 program areas including archery, basketball, canoeing, creative crafts, creative writing, dance, digital photography, fishing, hiking, kayaking, outdoor living skills, paddle boarding, rock climbing, ropes course, sailing, singing, soccer, swimming, ukulele, water skiing, and more! Our main philosophy at Hi-Rock is that each child is an individual and is treated as such.

Our staff strives to identify those areas in which each child excels and help children feel good about themselves. We provide solid role models through sensitive, knowledgeable and professional staff who focus on helping children develop strong friendships and improve self-esteem at camp. The confidence that is developed during a camper's time at Hi-Rock stays with them long after they have left camp.

Camp Hi-Rock also offers BOLD & GOLD Outdoor Leadership Expeditions. On our trips, youth develop their leadership potential as positive multicultural leaders. Our small groups (eight participants and two instructors) travel to some of the most beautiful places in the Northeast. Using breathtaking wilderness classrooms, our participants return from our programs knowing that the confidence, strength and friendships they developed will help them meet any challenge in the classroom, or back home in their communities.

Accommodation

Campers live together in cabins with separate bathhouses. Each cabin houses 7-11 campers along with 2 staff members. The cabins are assigned based on campers age and gender identity. Typically, the campers in a cabin will be within 1 year of age from one another. Each cabin is part of a larger unit of 4-6 cabins which share a bathhouse and are led by an experienced staff member, a unit director, who supports campers and staff, schedules programing, and is the main point of contact for families during their child's time at camp. The units are also divided by age and gender identity. Campers are only allowed to enter thier own unit.

The youngest boys unit, elementary school age, is slightly different from our other cabins and has ensuite bathrooms.

Shared Bedrooms

Max 11 campers per room

Separate Bathrooms

Non-ensuite bathrooms

Ensuite Bathrooms

Room with ensuite bathroom

Facilities

Dining Room
Laundry
Fireplace
Arts room
Library
Lake
Tennis Court
Soccer Court
Basketball Court
Volleyball Court
Archery

Activities

Archery
Arts & Crafts
Basketball
Canoeing**
Cooking
Creative Writing
Dance
Digital Photography
Drama
Fishing
Fitness
Flag Football
Frisbess Games
Gaga Ball
Gardening
High Ropes Course*
Hiking
Juggling
Kayaking**
Kickball
Low Ropes
Orienteering
Outdoor Living Skills
Overnight Camping
Rock Climbing
Row Boating**
Sailing**
Science Exploration
Soccer
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding**
Swimming
Tennis
Ukulele
Voice
Vollleyball
Wakeboarding**
Waterskiing**
and more!

*high ropes course participants must be 12 years old or over
** some aquatic activities require an advanced swim level

Academic Courses

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  1. Alexis Kycia
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    Camp is really an extension of my family. The friendships I’ve created here are still going strong today with people from all over the globe that I never would have otherwise met. It’s a summer vacation that lasts two to eight weeks but the experience lasts a lifetime. It’s an environment that allows you to find yourself and encourages personal growth. It has been a fabulous learning experience and has enriched my life greatly.

  2. Shea Watson
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    Every time I drive up the camp road I get an overwhelming feeling of excitement. This is due to the fact that camp really is a home-away-from-home. Being a Hi-Rocker means being bonded to amazing people all over the world, and right here in Mt. Washington. The people you meet through camp become your family, whether you spend 1 year with them, or 15 years. There is no greater connection than befriending, working, and living with people from all over the world, while living on this beautiful little lake. Camp is a part of you, no matter where you go. Sending me to Hi-Rock was the greatest gift my parents ever gave me, and returning as staff was one of the best decisions I ever made.

  3. Erica Gerson
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    Camp Hi-Rock changed my life! I started attending Hi-Rock as one of the littlest campers at 8 years old and continued straight through for more years than I can count, eventually working as a counselor and then program director. I return now with my children for Family Camp and am happy to report that the magic that is Hi-Rock is alive and well. Campers and staff come from all walks of life and all corners of the world. Every person who is lucky enough to spend a summer at Hi-Rock will grow tremendously in all aspects of their life (social, emotional, sports and outdoor skills, etc.).

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How to get to there

Address: 544 East St, South Egremont, MA 01258, USA
Closest Airport: Albany International (ALB)
Airport Pickup: available from JFK

Things to know

Cancellation Policy

The deposit is not refundable, as it covers the administrative costs of registrations and cancellations. Any other payments will only be refunded if the camp office receives written notice of cancellation by June 1. Refunds can take up to 90 days to process, regardless of amount. If a camper is unable to come to camp due to an accident or illness, payments are refundable provided a doctor's note is submitted. Refunds will also be granted in the case of COVID-19 related cancellations. Refunds will not be granted to campers who choose not to complete their stay due to homesickness or dislike of our programs, or who are expelled from camp due to their failure to comply with the Camper Code of Conduct.

Covid Measures

COVID vaccinations strongly encouraged. COVID testing policies and other COVID transmission mitigation measures such as enhanced ventilation will be determined by May 2023 depending on the current state of COVID at that time. CDC recommendations will be followed.

Health & Safety

1. Daily medical care is provided by the medical staff in accordance with our standing orders from our consulting medical practice, Macony P.C. Our medical staff is available 24 hours a day. A sick call is available periodically throughout the day for mildly ill campers. First aid kits are kept in the program areas and the campers' living areas. They are also carried on hikes and overnight trips. The majority of first aid will be administered by the medical staff. The general staff will administer first aid when necessary. Individuals administering first aid are qualified in at least basic first aid. Staff members will call for assistance in any situation where procedure is unclear. 2. Medications of any kind, including over-the-counter medications and vitamins, can only be administered with a current and complete YMCA Camp Hi-Rock Medication Administration Release form, signed by both the parent/guardian and the prescribing physician. All medications will be locked in the camp infirmary. All administration of medication will take place under the direct supervision of camp medical staff. Should a medication be required to be kept on the camper's person, a physician must provide a written authorization for the medication to be with the camper at all times (usually in the case of albuterol or epinephrine). YMCA Camp Hi-Rock has standing orders to administer some typical over-the-counter medications as deemed necessary by our medical staff, including acetaminophen (Tylenol), Benadryl, milk of magnesia, oxygen, VoSol (ear drops), oral glucose, Chloraseptic, activated charcoal, and others as deemed necessary by our consulting physicians. Medications given per standing orders do not require a Medication Administration Release. 3. Emergency medical care is administered by the medical staff, and, if necessary, campers will be transported to a hospital or doctor's office for further treatment. In the case where the camp emergency vehicle is inadequate given the patient's needs, or in any other case deemed necessary by camp staff, the Emergency Medical System will be activated. 4. The camp must comply with the regulations of the State of Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local Board of Health. 5. Copies of our background check, complete health care and discipline policies and our procedures for filing grievances are available to parents upon request.

Staff & Student Ratio

1:4

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