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Hampshire Regional YMCA


Ages 5-15

Camp Norwich takes place on a beautiful facility encompassing 175 acres of lake, woods, and fields in the foothills of the Berkshires.

For 135 years, Camp Norwich has provided quality programs in a caring family environment. A session at Camp Norwich offers many exciting opportunities for growth, joy, and discovery in a well supervised, small-group atmosphere. Groups of 5 to 14 same-age campers with two counselors spend the day together. Inclusion in these groups encourages children to experience new and diverse age-appropriate activities. These activities are a tool to help campers develop self-confidence, creativity, teamwork, an appreciation of the outdoors, and pride in themselves and their newly learned skills. Camp Norwich is proud of its quality staff members, who provide expert leadership, guidance, and friendship. Our staff helps each camper reach their fullest potential in skill development as well as social and personal growth. Many friendships and special memories await you at Camp Norwich. Come and explore the Norwich adventure with us!

At Camp Norwich we believe in taking care of the whole camper in spirit, mind and body. Our camp programs have been designed to ensure the health and safety of our campers. A full-time health professional works on-site, along with a physician on call each day.

This camp complies with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and is licensed by the local board of health. HRYMCA
day camps follow all local and state health department, health care consultant, Y-USA, EEC, and CDC guidelines for Covid-19 regulations.

Camp Norwich Director: Jenny Vanasse
(413) 584-7086, ext. 122

2023 Camp Norwich session dates:

Session I (4 days due to July 4 holiday) 7/3–7/7
Session II (2 weeks) 7/10–7/21
Session III (2 weeks) 7/24–8/4
Session IV (2 weeks) 8/7–8/18
Session V (1 week) 8/21–8/25

Monday–Friday: 9:00 am–4:00 pm

During each session, campers have the opportunity to participate in…






Arts & Crafts

Music, Movement, and Drama


Nature Study

Outdoor Cooking


Overnights for Grades 3-8

Camp Extras

Daily Snack

Every day we offer our campers a nutritious snack to keep them fueled for more activities.

Camper Gift

All campers will receive a T-Shirt.

Camper groups are made up of five to fourteen children in the same age group. each of these groups belong to an age-specific unit that shares common activities while receiving instruction to help develop a wide range of skills.


Entering grade K-2

The Explorers group is a great introduction to summer camp for our youngest children. Each day of camp is filled with excitement and new experiences! Daily schedules emphasize routine and provide a balance between active and quiet, sports and culture, group and individual activities. In our small-group environment, children receive the extra support and encouragement they need to feel at home. There is a Family Night and camp fire on the second Wednesday of each two week session for the Explorers Unit.


Entering grade 3-5

This challenging and exciting program for new and experienced day campers not only provides daily cabin group activities, but also encourages campers to pursue their own interests by participating in a special program area each day. Program areas allow campers to develop new skills and confidence under the guidance of knowledgeable and supportive instructors. The second Thursday of each 2-week session also includes a campfire and overnight in Norwich’s cabins.


Entering grade 6-8

Empowering youth to assume more responsibility is the emphasis of this specially designed program. Each session allows campers to experience lessons in group dynamics, creative problem solving, environmental awareness, and program planning. Traditional camp activities such as boating, swimming, crafts, and sports round out the total experience. The second Thursday of each 2-week session, Trailblazers enjoy a day of outdoor adventures concluding with a campfire and overnight. This unit’s campers participate in all program areas each week in order to master skills and spend time mentoring younger campers.

CIT Program

Entering grades 9 and 10

Does your teenager love camp, but is ready for a new leadership experience?

Two, 4-week sessions for teens.

Session A: July 3 – July 28

Session B: July 31 – August 25

Click here for the CIT application

Send all CIT applications to CIT Unit Head Olivia Wakefield-Colly, olivia.wakefieldcolly@hrymca.org,

The goal is to transition campers into counselors, creating responsible and independent young leaders who can contribute positively to Camp Norwich and their community. The creativity, energy, and enthusiasm necessary for working at camp provide participants from all fields with great training for any future career. These skills and experiences are important for any job searches as well as student’s personal and professional growth. The CIT program is, at least, a four-week commitment with the opportunity to be a CIT the full summer.

The program has an application process that requires two letters of recommendation and an in-person interview with the camp director. We accept teens into the CIT program that are committed, enthusiastic, caring, hardworking, and believe in a child’s future. The program is a blend of leadership training and traditional camp activities, community service, observation, and hands on experience working with various age groups at the camp.

Family Nights & Overnights

One of the most special events of camp sessions II-IV are our Family Nights. This is a time when campers can show their families the camp and explain the activities they have had a chance to be involved in during the session. The night includes dinner, a few activities around camp and a campfire with skits and songs.

Adventurers and Trailblazers will then be invited to attend our overnight. We will be asking families to bring a valid photo ID for this event. You’ll be asked to sign your camper out at the lodge prior to going to the pavilion for dinner. Please note you will be required to RSVP for these events one week prior to the event.

2023 Family Night/Overnight Dates

Session II:

Explorers: July 19

Adventurers: July 20

Trailblazers: July 20

 Session III:

Explorers: August 2

Adventurers: August 3

Trailblazers: August 3

 Session IV:

Explorers: August 16

Adventurers: August 17

Trailblazers: August 17