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Berkshire Outdoor Center Camp Eisner

Through partnership with URJ Camp Eisner

Berkshire Outdoor Center is proud to partner with URJ Camp Eisner to provide activities at their Great Barrington campus. The following activities are available through programming at Camp Eisner. Except where noted, all activities are open to all group types, all abilities and all ages.

Leadership Development

Teambuilding - Using a series of trust building activities, physical obstacles and non-physical challenges, the initiative sessions focus on cooperation, effective communication and the development of trust and flexibility of roles between individuals within a group.

Alpine Tower - Ages 6th grade to adult. The Alpine Tower provides participants with the same challenges as climbing and traditional high ropes elements. Each person will be aided with safety gear and a staff member while they ascend the tower and its obstacles. The Alpine Tower is designed to allow participants to choose their own goals for success, and can be a highly rewarding experience for anyone.

Giant Swing - Ages 6th grade to adult. Giant Swing allows small groups to put their teamwork and trust into action. Participants are hoisted into the air by their teammates. At the participants discretion, they then get to fly through the air. 6th grade to Adult/Chimney Corners campus only

Low Ropes - This course is designed to provide challenges as an extension of team building. Involving group work, cooperation, and effective communication skills. Certain elements on the low ropes course can be physically challenging. This activity is best run in small groups of 10-15 per element.

Alpha Beta -This enlightening, enjoyable activity can be taught as a class or with a large group. The students will play the role of a member of either Alpha-land or Beta-land society, and throughout the game will gain an understanding of cultural differences and learn to break down some cultural barriers.

Leadership Fair (60 - 90 mins.) This is a wonderful introduction to activities for small groups, bonding them while also introducing fun, quick team challenges. Provided with various tasks to accomplish groups, must grade themselves after completion and compare their scores with those of their facilitators, to better understand what is valued in effective group work.

Geodesic Dome (90 - 120 mins.) Focusing on planning and teamwork, this fantastic activity allows participants to become architects. Using logs and lashings they will build their very own structure.

Campfire - Campfires are an inspirational place for many. Beginning with a night hike that ends at a quiet and beautiful campfire. It is a powerful place to end your day, take time for self-reflection, and think about what the day has taught you.

Environmental Education

Forest Ecology - Students will learn what it takes for a tree to survive with hands-on exploration of basic concepts of ecology - individuals, populations, habitats, ecosystems. They will learn about trees themselves - how photosynthesis works, how trees survive. In our nature hikes into the back-country, students will learn to identify species of the Central Berkshires, indicative of Northern Broadleaf Forests. They will learn about the layers of the forest and how forest composition impacts the animals found here.

Night Experience - Students will learn about the ways in which the nocturnal world comes alive through games and experiments involving all of the senses. Sensory awareness, predator-prey relationships and the anatomy of animal eyes and ears are just some of the topics of discussion and activity on this night time excursion.

Adventure Recreation

Zingers - Time management is crucial in this fast-paced, action-packed game. Students are divided into teams and travel from station to station, with each station consisting of a high energy task. Teamwork and fun are emphasized in this activity.

Outdoor Living Skills -Fire building, shelter building, and knots are all topics covered and practiced in Outdoor Living Skills. Students will get the chance to go out into the woods and try their hand at these skills while learning a bit of what it takes to get along in the wilderness as well as learning the basics of staying warm in winter and cool in summer.

Campfire - Of an evening, nothing could be more suitable than a beautiful campfire in one of our amphitheaters. Our talented staff can get the campfire off to a roaring start with stories, songs and skits that will entertain young and old alike. Camper and teacher skits and songs are also welcome and encouraged.

Orienteering - Students will learn to read a map, take bearings and use a compass in this fun activity. This class will see students in pairs or triples navigate their way across a defined portion of our campus, finding specific clues and tasks, as well as obstacles set to slow them!

Swimming - Breaking up the intensity of learning on a warm summer of fall day, a leisurely swim in the pool can provide a lot of fun and relaxation to anyone. All swimming activities are supervised by American Red Cross lifeguards and are in designated swimming areas.

Snowshoeing - Students will learn to snowshoe - how to put them on and how to use them. Students will then head out on our snowshoeing trails to explore the forest in the winter. This magical wonderland will give the students opportunities to find evidence of winter residence using basic winter tracking techniques. They will have an opportunity to appreciate the serenity of a forest in the midst of winter. This class may be combined with one of our ecology classes. We will provide the snowshoes (included in your price). Winter only

Broomball (60 mins) This fast paced outdoor activity has students using brooms in place of hockey sticks and a kickball in place of a puck. Broomball is fun and exciting for participants of any age.

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