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Berkshire Outdoor Center LARKUM LAKE

Through partnership with Berkshire Soccer Academy

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Built on the shores of Larkum Lake in the 1940's, then renovated in 2009, this facility is gorgeous. The campus is surrounded by groves of Eastern Hemlock and spectacular northern broadleaf forest. Larkum Lake is a private lake, open only to guests at this campus. Campus Map

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Dining Hall

The lakeside Dining Hall and outdoor picnic area are at the center of camp. This picturesque building is anchored by an old stone fireplace, and surrounded by a wrap-around deck. It is newly-renovated with pine-paneling and a state-of-the-art kitchen, which provides the perfect place for kitchen staff to cook up delicious and nutritious meals for hungry guests!

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The Playhouse

A cozy, comfortable hall with a stage and sound system at one end, evokes old camp charm in a beautiful setting. Hardwood floors and open ceilings provide a beautiful atmosphere.

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Accommodation

Accommodation is in lodge-style cabins. These comfortable cabins are pine-paneled and each cabin includes electricity, screened windows, and a bathroom containing 2-3 private shower stalls, bathroom stalls, and sinks. Spacious bunk beds include thick mattresses. Storage areas allow guests to keep their things organized. Most cabins have a small deck as well. There are a total of 156 beds available to guests.

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Cabins are arranged in groups

Lake Side (42 beds)

  • Lake View (12 beds)
  • Pine View (12 beds)
  • Cove (4 beds)
  • The Lodge (14 beds)

On the River (60 beds)

  • River's Edge (40 beds)
  • Boulder Creek (20 beds)

At the Bluffs (40 beds)

  • The Bluff (20 beds)
  • Ledges (20 beds)

Hillside (14 beds)

  • The Overlook (14 Beds)

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Activities at Larkum Lake

Please note that this facility does not have a high ropes course.

Low Ropes - This course is designed to provide challenges as an extension of teambuilding. Involving group work, cooperation, and effective communication skills. Certain elements on the low ropes course can be physically challenging.

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 between individuals within a group.

The Beast - This activity can be taught either as a class or as a large group activity. The students are shown a model of the Beast and asked to duplicate it. However, the student who sees the model is not the student who does the building. The Beast focuses on effective communication and working together.

Alpha Beta -This fun 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.) In this activity groups put their teamwork to the test. Provided with various tasks to accomplish groups, must grade themselves after completion and compare their scores with those of their facilitators.

Raft Building (90 mins.) Participants are challenged to build a raft able to complete a relay race. Provided with a goal, supplies, and a time limit groups must put their communication and planning abilities to the test. 6th Grade and Up, May - October only

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

Pond Ecology - Students will learn about animal adaptations to an aquatic habitat, focusing on insect life in the pond. Students will also explore water quality issues and how their actions may affect aquatic habitats.

Beaver Ecology - Students will learn about the American Beaver, its habitat and its adaptations to its habitat, before embarking on a search for evidence of beavers, and the beavers themselves. Several families of beavers live on our ponds here in the Berkshires, so this is a great chance to see beaver dams and lodges up close.

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.

Predator Prey - All things are interdependent in this come-to-life role-play activity where students learn about food chains, predator-prey relationships and the web of life that connects all living things. This is a very active outdoor activity where students interact as predator or prey species. The concepts of bio-accumulation and the trophic pyramid are also discussed.

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.

Canoeing - Students will learn how to enter and exit a canoe safely, the basic paddle strokes and safe conduct in the boat. After an instructional session, students will put on their life jackets then head out onto the pond to explore and practice their skills. 5th Grade and Up April to November only.

Archery - Students will learn the basic shooting technique along with range safety. Students can then practice marksmanship and play games based on accuracy and technique.

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 mountain pond 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.

Outdoor Facilities

  • Portable Low Ropes Course
  • 2 Grass Soccer Fields – with field netting, one lit for night play
  • Artificial Turf Soccer Field – lit for night play
  • Outdoor Basketball Court
  • Central Recreational Deck – with foos ball, ping-pong, and seating areas
  • Arts & Crafts Studio – with materials for projects of all kinds
  • Campfire Circle – for all-camp meetings and campfires

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