Rookie Days 2024

When Is My Child Ready For Camp?

There are many ways to tell if your child is ready for camp. One common way that we see is if your child starts asking about camp or is curious in learning/exploring more. If you’re searching or starting to have a conversation about it and your child seems excited by something they see or hear then they are also demonstrating their readiness. If you’re not sure, start to have a conversation with your child about the possibility of camp and gauge their reaction. Another great step is to try out on of our Rookie Days to get a feel for camp.

What Is Rookie Day?

Rookie Days at Berkshire Hills are the perfect opportunity for your child to enjoy and see camp through the eyes of a BHEC camper. The day will begin together at 10:00am. After a little snack and some getting to know one another, your child will join a LIT (Leader-in-Training) buddy and be swept away to experience fun activities and tour camp while being engaged and making connections. Before heading off your child will receive a sweet treat and goody bag from camp as a memory of all the fun they had during the Rookie Day!

Parents, while your child experiences camp and hops off to an adventure with new friends and our terrific staff, you will have the opportunity to tour camp with members of our Director team. There will be plenty of time to ask all those questions on your mind and to speak to other staff throughout camp.
Once the tour has concluded, enjoy an afternoon exploring the wonderful Berkshires and Hudson Valley region. Some of our recommendations include:
• Great Barrington, MA: Enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants on Railroad Street and grab a scoop at SOCO Creamery
• Hudson, NY: Explore shops and restaurants along Warren Street
• Millerton, NY: Grab some lunch and take a walk along the Harlem Valley Rail Trail
• Bash Bish Falls: Enjoy a scenic hike up to the waterfall

Rookie Days will take place on:
Sunday, July 7th
Sunday, July 28th

Register here.

After a day spent at Berkshire Hills, your child will feel ready to join us for a summer full of fun in 2024!

Rookie Day Schedule

10:15amWelcome: Grab a bite, get to know your LIT buddy, turtle watching
10:30amRookies enjoy their first activity choice with their LIT buddy
10:30amParent tour with members of our Director team
11:30pmRookies enjoy their second activity choice with their LIT buddy
12:30pmBBQ lunch for Rookies and LITs
12:30pmParents depart for lunch and to explore the local area
1:00pmLake party with swimming, boating, inflatables, and music
2:15pmS'mores at the Treehouse and bunk tour
3:30pmParents return to pickup their Rookies after a fun day!