Camp Half Moon in the Berkshire Mountains since 1922, Great Barrington, Massachusetts

Camp Philosophy

Our philosophy...

Sail boats on the lake

At Camp Half Moon, children are given a structure that grounds them and gives them the confidence to explore and to grow. To encourage exploration and discovery, we allow campers to create their own schedules by selecting activities from a weekly roster.

Our counselors are trained to provide active support in helping campers develop positive social values, values that enable children to meet different social challenges.

We believe in giving children sound learning skills, based on consistent skill improvement, rather that rigorous competition. Children gain in confidence when they are encouraged to see even small improvements as personal success.

Our traditions...

Campers gather around a bonfire

The spirit of Camp Half Moon is developed in each and every camper, through interpersonal relationships and fun, exciting activities. Campers receive consistent guidance in choosing activities, discovering new friendships and the routine of daily living. Discipline, when needed, is used as an opportunity for understanding how inappropriate behavior affects everyone in the group.

We encourage and respect the individuality of every one of our campers, while helping each child feel a part of camp life. Recognizing individual achievements in the presence of peers is the best way we know of to build and nurture a child’s self image.

Evenings and weekends are the perfect time for group games, camp fires and theater. Sunsets on the lake are perfect for twilight swims, or fishing. Evenings are also a great time to relax, and reflect on the accomplishments of the day. Weekends include offsite trips and overnight camping. The Berkshires offer the finest in culture and entertainment, including Tanglewood (the summer home of the Boston Symphony). For a different kind of fun, there is also the Jiminy Peak Mountain Slide and White Water Rafting.

Hygiene is an important part of the Half Moon routine, and is supervised by our nurse at all times.

Clean campers are happy campers!

And don't worry about the kids eating right. Our meals are professionally prepared, highly nutritious, and delicious. And we always offer salad, pasta and fresh fruit bars at every meal...so there's always something to satisfy every appetite. Of course, special dietary requirements are never an issue.

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