Greylock Camp

Greylock is the Northeast’s preeminent traditional residential summer camp for boys, entering our 105th summer on Center Lake, in the heart of the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts.  

Our camp is the home of over 400 boys, divided equally between a junior and senior campus.  Greylock features an unparalleled facility of nearly 300 acres on a beautiful lakefront campus and an instructional teaching program that is second to none.  We offer a structured program that combines game play and teaching in all major land sports, waterfront activities, nature/adventure, and the arts.  Since 1916, we have stressed the importance of citizenship, sportsmanship, fair play, and friendship.

 

Facilities

A summer visit is the best way to truly appreciate the beauty and quality of Greylock’s facilities. Picture a natural park set on three hundred acres of forest land, nestled between rolling hills and a large, sparkling, spring-fed mountain lake. Our waterfront extends close to a half-mile along Center Lake. Within this beautiful setting you will find a combination of well-maintained traditional fields and courts, and state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.

A partial list of our facility is as follows: 15 Tennis courts (8 lit for night play), 10 Basketball courts (8 lit for night play), 5 Baseball fields (1 lit for night play), 3 Soccer fields, 2 100-yard Flag Football fields, a regulation in-line hockey rink (lit), a Lacrosse field, 12 Golf hitting cages, a putting green, an eight acre on-campus nine-hole executive golf course, a two-sided climbing wall, a zip line, low and high ropes courses, and a state of the art weight room for our staff and older campers.

 

In addition, we have many buildings on the campus, including beautiful camper and staff cabins, a dining hall, a social hall, a health center, an indoor and an outdoor theatre for shows, two indoor movie spaces, four shower houses, and an arts studio. Greylock is also committed to expanding and improving our program and facilities, and we believe we have the finest facility in private camping. Our most recent major project was a Field House, equipped with four new indoor basketball courts, retractable baskets, bathrooms, and a conference room. Occupying 22,000 square feet, it is the largest recreational field house of any residential sports camp of our kind.

Our large campus affords us the opportunity to do a great deal of adventure oriented activities on our grounds. Our 300 acre facility includes three outpost sites for overnights, many campfire areas, numerous hiking trails, and six exceptional mountain biking trails.

 

Staff

Each summer Greylock brings together a group of 250 men and women, who want to make a positive impact on the lives of children. Of those 250, 150 live in cabins with the campers, 40 are professional staff, 30 are women, and 30 work in a support staff capacity. Of the 150 bunk staff, more than half are returning from previous summers, and about 15% come from outside North America. Nearly all of our cabins in 2019 had at least one returning staff member.

Greylock is run by three directors who have over 200 years of experience combined at our camp. Our infrastructure also includes three head counselors, eight group heads, and five assistant group heads. Each has extensive experience at Greylock. Most are young teachers in their late twenties and thirties, many of whom now have young families themselves.

We have an extraordinary professional staff of coaches who run our activity areas. Unlike most camps, department heads are given no other responsibilities in camp so that each lesson that they teach is dynamic, fun, and upbeat. In 2019, Greylock employed well over a dozen coaches who had coached at the collegiate level. Among them were coaches with over 1000 collegiate baseball victories, an NCAA tennis national champion, a Davis Cup & Olympic player, a former NBA player who was teammates with Michael Jordan, a two-time New York state teacher of the year, and a US Olympic committee national developmental coach of the year.

Almost 60% of our counselor staff as worked previous summers with us. About one-third of our bunk staff are former campers. Of our 60 top staff leadership positions (department heads, group heads and their assistants, directors, and head counselors), 58 of them were filled by people with Greylock experience. Our seven group heads had a combined 66 years of experience at Greylock. Our 20 department heads had a combined 203 years of experience at Greylock. It is an extraordinary group.

Our overall bunk staff to camper ratio on campus is approximately 3 to 1, and it is 2 to 1 for cabins with boys under the age of ten. Our counselors are highly motivated young men and women, who wish to make a positive impact on the lives of children. They are recruited from U.S. colleges, and a few are from around the world. Most of our counselors are returning staff members and many are former campers. They have completed at least one year of college, and most are upper classmen and graduate students.

A criminal background and multiple reference check is conducted on all people who work at Greylock. In addition, all staff members are personally interviewed by a director before they are hired. Our mandatory ten-day orientation session, one of the longest in camping, is yet another chance to make sure that all staff share the camp’s philosophy on the treatment of children and appropriate interactions.

With such a large staff, Greylock offers leadership and instruction, close camper supervision, and a counselor to camper ratio unparalleled in camping.

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